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88





Studio and Year: Universal - 2013
MPAA Rating: NR
Feature running time: 573 minutes
Genre: TV/Sci-fi

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English SDH
Starring: Rachel Nicols, Victor Webster, Erik Knudsen, Steven Lobo, Jennifer Spence, Luvia Petersen, Roger Cross, Lexa Doig, Richard Harmon, Brian Markinson, Omari Newton
Directed by: Pat Williams & Various
Music by: Jeff Danna
Written by: Simon Barry & Various
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: March 25, 2014
"The end is just the beginning"


Film Synopsis:


When a group of fanatical terrorists escape their planned execution in 2077 by traveling back in time to 2012, they inadvertently take City Protective Services officer Kiera Cameron with them. Trapped in a more “primitive” past, Kiera infiltrates the local police department to try to track down the terrorists before they change the course of history.


My Take:


As I began to formulate my thoughts for this review I decided I wanted to provide some foundation for the show’s premise. Here is a concise overview of Continuum’s plot borrowed from Wikipedia:

City Protective Services (CPS) law enforcement officer Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols) lives a quiet, normal life with her husband and son in 2077-era Vancouver. Under the corporatocratic and oligarchic dystopia of the North American Union and its "Corporate Congress", life goes on in apparent freedom under a technologically advanced high-surveillance police state.


When a group of anarcho-socialist self-proclaimed freedom fighters known as "Liber8" escape execution by fleeing to the year 2012, Kiera is involuntarily transported with them into the past. Joining with Detective Carlos Fonnegra (Victor Webster) and the Vancouver Police Department, and enlisting the help of teen computer genius Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen), Kiera works to track down and thwart Edouard Kagame (Tony Amendola) and his followers in the present day while concealing her identity as a time-traveller from the future.


Kagame and the members of Liber8 plot to alter the past to avert the rise of what they see as a dictatorial andOrwellian corporate regime to be stopped at all costs. Meanwhile, Kiera learns that Alec is none other than Alec Sadler, future corporate mogul and head of SadTech, one of the mega-corporations that dominate the world in 2077.


Fighting to return home to her family, Kiera finds that her presence in 2012, and that of the members of Liber8, may be no accident at all.



In Season 2, Kiera continues her alliance with Vancouver Police Detective Carlos Fonnegra (Victor Webster) and grapples with the big question: why was she sent here? Meanwhile tech genius Alec (Erik Knudsen) struggles to understand the mysterious message sent from his future self and the terrorists, Liber8, becomes more strategic—and even more lethal. Going into this review my familiarity with Continuum was pretty limited but the premise looked interesting so I was all in when season two arrived for review.


The show is well written and features an engaging plot with a multi-genre theme centered in science fiction while containing elements of action, mystery, suspense, drama and crime. There is an excellent character base with the primary focus revolving around Kiera Cameron. The continuing plotline has an unfolding narrative that shifts between supporting subplots based both in the future and present/past. There is an evolving nature to the proceedings that seem to have an endless array of possibilities which keeps interest high. This is one of the show’s strengths and allows creator Simon Barry the opportunity to broaden/expound upon the implications of time travel on both the characters and story.


I went in with relatively low expectations but quickly found myself fully immersed in the show. Having not seen season one wasn’t an issue as many of those threads are sufficiently touched upon and/or continued in season two. There is a rewarding progression to the unfolding events that keeps it feeling edgy and the cast as an ensemble is really quite good. The series is shot in Canada and shown on the Showcase network as well as the SyFy network. Season Three premiered on Showcase on March 16th and will premiere on the SyFy network on April 4th. I look forward to it and have added the series to my watch list.


Continuum Season Two comes to Blu-ray with its 13 episodes spread over three BD-50’s, with the bulk of the bonus material found on disc three. The keep case is of the amaray type with the discs contained in the page style plastic inserts with the center push buttons. Here is the list of season two’s episodes:
  1. Second chances
  2. Split second
  3. Second thoughts
  4. Second skin
  5. Second opinion
  6. Second truths
  7. Second degree
  8. Second listen
  9. Seconds…
  10. Second wave
  11. Second guessed
  12. Second last
  13. Second time



Parental Guide:


Season two contains thematic material, violence, brief language and sexual content.



AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


Audio: 86

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  • *Low frequency extension (non-rated element): NA



Video: 90

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Continuum Season Two comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Studios HE featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 29 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.8 Mbps.


This 1.78:1 framed video presentation offers appreciable high definition resolution that has a satisfying glossy aesthetic. Images are stable and sharp with plenty of discernible texture and revealing fine detail during close-ups. Many of the show’s sequences are shot in uneven and low lighting. Shadow delineation and depth is quite good. Blacks are deep while exhibiting appreciable dynamic range with stable yet slightly elevated contrast that never infringes upon fidelity. Colors are snappy and bright and sullen and muted where appropriate. Fleshtones appear descriptive with variable depth that brings out the finest gradations in the differing complexional types among the cast.


The DTS-HD multi-channel soundtrack offers excellent lossless sound quality. Dynamics are robust without being ostentatious. Vocal reproduction is excellent as dialogue is rendered with clear intonation and deep room penetration through the center channel. The front soundstage is nicely diffused with excellent separation and clearly articulated detail. The soundtrack doesn’t contain lots of discrete surround activity but there are moments that make great use of the platform via head turning off camera cues and involving spatial dimension/ambience through the rear channels. Bass response isn’t room shaking however it appropriately supports the source elements providing a tight, punchy low end.

Bonus Features:

  • Cast/crew commentary on select episodes

  • (HD) Continuum - Behind the scenes (13 segments):
    1. Reloading: season two kickoff – 5 minutes
    2. Evolution of an action scene – 7 minutes
    3. What do we do about Travis? – 5 minutes
    4. Casting Continuum – 5 minutes
    5. Do you think I’m pretty? – 5 minutes
    6. Continuum at Fan Expo – 9 minutes
    7. Know your crew – 6 minutes
    8. Alec: past & present – 4 minutes
    9. Creating the future – 7 minutes
    10. An actor’s journey – 5 minutes
    11. The bad guys – 4 minutes
    12. Young love – 5 minutes
    13. Gone fishing – 4 minutes




Final Thoughts:

Continuum is an engaging and entertaining sci-fi TV series that has an enveloping pushing style that is complimented by good writing and a solid cast. It comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Studios Home Entertainment featuring excellent overall high definition audio/video and a complimentary assortment of bonus supplements that provide lots of insights from the cast/crew. Season two is my first experience with the show but I am all in and look forward to season three which airs on the SyFy network on April 4th.


Here is the season one trailer:








Ralph Potts
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Great review Ralph.


Seen a few epi during a marathon session over on SyFy channel and loved it, I've been meaning to re watch in the right order, and missed episodes on Netflix.


Is the second season on Netflix?



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Originally Posted by Djoel  /t/1524069/continuum-season-two-blu-ray-official-avsforum-review/0_20#post_24528255


Great review Ralph.


Seen a few epi during a marathon session over on SyFy channel and loved it, I've been meaning to re watch in the right order, and missed episodes on Netflix.


Is the second season on Netflix?



Djoel

Greetings,


It was released just today on Blu-ray Djoel so I would say probably not yet.



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Originally Posted by Djoel  /t/1524069/continuum-season-two-blu-ray-official-avsforum-review#post_24528255


Great review Ralph.


Seen a few epi during a marathon session over on SyFy channel and loved it, I've been meaning to re watch in the right order, and missed episodes on Netflix.


Is the second season on Netflix?



Djoel

Seasons 1 and 2 are available streaming on Netflix (in the US at least.) Neither season 1 or season 2 are available on disc. If you are waiting on getting Blu ray rentals from Netflix, I wouldn't hold your breath.


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Originally Posted by Suntan  /t/1524069/continuum-season-two-blu-ray-official-avsforum-review#post_24533520


Seasons 1 and 2 are available streaming on Netflix (in the US at least.) Neither season 1 or season 2 are available on disc. If you are waiting on getting Blu ray rentals from Netflix, I wouldn't hold your breath.


-Suntan


Long wait ?


I only stream from Netflix, don't have the renting option currently.


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I had looked at this series but had my doubts, then read your review. Ordered season 1 and 2 on Blu Ray, I am half the way through and really enjoying it.


I have become a big fan of these TV movie series in most all genders. To a point that most of the new movies I am passing on.


btw, this series looks very good on Blu Ray disc, I would rate it about a 93.


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Originally Posted by sillysally  /t/1524069/continuum-season-two-blu-ray-official-avsforum-review/0_20#post_24542519


I had looked at this series but had my doubts, then read your review. Ordered season 1 and 2 on Blu Ray, I am half the way through and really enjoying it.


I have become a big fan of these TV movie series in most all genders. To a point that most of the new movies I am passing on.


btw, this series looks very good on Blu Ray disc, I would rate it about a 93.


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Awesome sillysally. Thanks for chiming in with your thoughts...




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