The BBC has been churning out some pretty entertaining programs lately with Sherlock and now The Hour. This six episode set starts off very slow and it almost lost me, but I was hooked once I got to know the characters and Freddie began to unravel the mystery behind the murder.
For some reason the BBC is releasing most of its shows with 1080i encodes, although you'd be hard-pressed to pick out many flaws with the presentation. Shadow detail is stunning due to inky blacks and stable contrast. Resolution is crisp and detailed and flesh tones look very natural. The audio is only in LPCM 2.0 stereo, but with the show being dialog-centric, this doesn't bother me that much and there are no glaring issues.
Extras include a featurette on the sets and a behind the scenes featurette.
Hollywood hasn't produced that many good movies the past few years and I'm finding myself gravitating back to high quality TV shows that are making their way to Blu-ray. While The Hour took a couple of episodes to warm-up to, once it grabbed me it wouldn't let go. Recommended.
Studio: BBC (2011)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio Format: LPCM 2.0
Length: 344 Min
MPAA Rating: N/A
Director: Coky Giedroyc, Harry Bradbeer, Jamie Payne
Starring: Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw, Dominic West