BLU-RAY REVIEW: HIS DARK MATERIALS SEASON ONE
8/04/2020



His Dark Materials Season 1 Blu-ray Review



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OVERVIEW: Lauded by critics as HBO’s new hit original fantasy drama series, His Dark Materials: The Complete First Season will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on August 4, 2020. Adapted from Philip Pullman’s epic trilogy of the same name, which has sold over 22 million copies worldwide, His Dark Materials: The Complete First Season will feature all eight episodes from the debut season along with an exclusive new bonus feature, Making His Dark Materials. This special feature follows the ambitious undertaking of bringing the beloved award-winning book series to life. Available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

“Fans and critics alike have been raving about HBO’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy since its debut,” said Rosemary Markson, Senior Vice President Marketing, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. “We are thrilled to release His Dark Materials: The Complete First Season with over an hour of behind-the-scenes extras including an exclusive new featurette for all viewers to enjoy.”

SYNOPSIS: His Dark Materials takes place in a world parallel to our own, where a human’s soul exists outside one’s body in the form of a talking animal called a “daemon.” The all-powerful Magisterium rule over this world where they suppress any knowledge that attempts to challenge its ideas, particularly around the theory that multiple worlds exist. Season One of this compelling HBO series follows Lyra (Dafne Keen), a young orphan who was left as a baby at Oxford’s Jordan College by her uncle Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) and desires a life of adventure beyond the confines of her bookish, scholarly surroundings. But when Lyra’s best friend goes missing, her search for her kidnapped friend uncovers a plot involving stolen children and transforms into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon known as Dust. Over the course of the season, as she journeys through the different worlds – including our own – Lyra encounters extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living and the dead at stake. .
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BLU-RAY: The film is presented in widescreen in a 16x9 aspect ration preserving its theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good, a 5.1 Master Audio in English that provides a good complement to the picture. It also includes  English and French subtitles.

VIDEO:
Widescreen 16x9

AUDIO:
English   Francais Digital Surround 5.1

Subtitles - English SDH, French, Complex Chinese, Brazilian Port. Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.

Making His Dark Materials (**Exclusive to Blu-ray and DVD)

Dafne Keen: Bringing Lyra Belacqua to Life

Ruth Wilson: Bringing Mrs. Coulter to Life

Lin-Manuel Miranda: Bringing Lee Scoresby to Life

James McAvoy: Bringing Lord Asriel to Life

Adapting His Dark Materials

The Daemons of His Dark Materials

Dressing His Dark Materials

Building His Dark Materials

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