Fringe - Season 5

Fringe - Season 5

For a Full review + screencaps: Fringe Season 5/Blu-Ray.com

 

Coming Soon!

 

Release date [US] May 7, 2013

Release date [UK] May 13, 2013

Release date [NL] October 16, 2013

Release date [Germany] Novenmber 8, 2013

Release date [France] November 30, 2013

Release date [Australia] November 11 ,2013

 

Extra Information regarding this Blu Ray Release:

 

  • 50GB Blu-ray Disc
  • Three-disc set (3 BDs)
  • UV digital copy
  • BD-Live
  • Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • Video resolution: 1080p
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Subtitles US/UK: English SDH, French, Spanish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Packaging: Slipcover in original pressing
  • Region Code: Free

Fringe - Season 4

For a Full review + screencaps: Fringe Season 4/Blu-Ray.com

 

Coming Soon!

 

Release date [US] September 4, 2012

Release date [UK] September 24, 2012

Release date [NL] October 2012

Release date [Germany] October 31, 2012

Release date [France] December 5, 2012

Release date [Australia] October 17,2012

 

Extra Information regarding this Blu Ray Release:

 

  • 50GB Blu-ray Disc
  • Four-disc set (4 BDs)
  • UV digital copy
  • BD-Live
  • Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • Video resolution: 1080p
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Subtitles US/UK: English SDH, French, Spanish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Packaging: Slipcover in original pressing
  • Region Code: Free

 

Fringe - Season 3

Fringe Season 3 Blu Ray

 

Release date [US] September 6, 2011

Release date [UK] September 26, 2011

Release date [NL] November 23, 2011

 

Fringe was renewed for a third season and this almost was a miracle. After good first season ratings, the rating were beginning to drop in season two. Fox showed faith...somewhat and renewed Fringe but moved it to the dreaded Friday Night Death Slot. Friday night has always considered to be the graveyard slot, don't expect big ratings there. This was not different for Fringe, it really struggled ratings-wise, although the series itself remained strong.

 

I personally loved the alternate universe, I loved the difference in characters, the complex stories. I applaud the boldness of the creators to have episodes which were entirely played out in the alternate universe. Two Olivia's, two Walters...two Universes. A Universe which is so much alike like ours but on the other hand so different. The first part of the third season is mainly focussed on these two Universes, arguably the best episodes of Fringe.

 

Fringe's third season consists of 22 episodes and these are spread over 4 discs. The PQ is comparable to season two and this looks very satisfying. Fringe: The Complete Third Season arrives with a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track; an exciting development that marks a big change in Warner's upcoming television releases. The set isn't loaded with special features but it still will take about 90 minutes of your time. Beside those 90 minutes there are two audio commentaries available.

 

Extra Information regarding this Blu Ray Release:

 

  • Four-disc set (4 BDs)
  • 50GB Blu-ray Disc
  • Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • Video resolution: 1080p
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Subtitles US : English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Subtitles UK : English, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, French, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Subtitles NL :
  • Region Code : A, B & C
  • Packaging : Slipcover with standard Amaray Blu Ray Case

 

Special Features:

 

  • Audio Commentaries: Two audio commentaries are available: "The Plateau" on Disc One, with executive producer Jeff Pinkner, writer/co-executive producer Monica Owusu-Breen and editor Timothy A. Good, and "Lysergic Acid Diethylamide" on Disc Four, with producer Tanya Swerling, editor Luyen Vu and visual effects supervisor Jay Worth. Both tracks are informative, I'll give them that, but the cast is sorely missed. And with twenty-two episodes spread across four discs, a whopping two crew commentaries just doesn't cut it.

 

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  • Maximum Episode Mode: Glimmer to the Other Side (Disc 3, HD, 46 minutes): Executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman host this single-episode twist on Warner's Maximum Movie Mode formula, and it's a blast; such a blast that it's a shame more episodes don't feature a MEM track. What awaits those who venture into Episode 16, "OS," with the Maximum Episode Mode engaged? Interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, optional production featurettes, special effects breakdowns and more, all courtesy of a dynamic Picture-in-Picture window that sometimes houses the MEM content and sometimes houses the episode itself (so the MEM content can have more room to breathe). It's hands down the best feature in the set.

 

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  • Duality of Worlds (Disc 4, HD, 30 minutes): Explore Walternate's universe in four production featurettes: "The Other You," "Visualizing an Alternate World," "A Machine of Destiny" and "The Psychology of Duality."

 

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  • Constructing an Extra-Sensory Soundscape (Disc 4, HD, 7 minutes): How does the Fringe creative team tamper with your psyche? Through sound effects, music cues and other sonic sleight of hand.

 

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  • Secrets of Fringe: The First People (Disc 4, HD, 2 minutes): An all-too-brief Q&A session with Jeff Pinkner and Jay Worth about The First People and their place in the series.

 

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  • Gag Reel (Disc 4, HD, 3 minutes): Simple, funny and to the point. Just how I like my outtakes.

 

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  • Animating "The Lysergic Acid Diethylamide" (Disc 4, HD, 8 minutes): A look at Episode 19's jump-the-shark animated sequences and the deadlines that propelled it.

 

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  • Network Promos (Disc 4, HD, 6 minutes): Three lengthy promos round out the package.
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Fringe - Season 2

Fringe Season 2 Blu Ray

Release date [US] September 14, 2010

Release date [UK] September 27, 2010

Release date [NL] November 2010

 

Fringe is definately one of the best tv series of the last decade, an unbelievably strong cast and supporting cast. Fringe's first season started out as a bit of a "monster of the week" series but the in the second season this rapidly changes. Even this season we still see "monster of the week" stories but when they (the characters) get get access to the alternate universe we see some multi-arc stories developing and then it really gets interesting.

 

I personally enjoyed this season more than it's first, which is still a very good season. Season two does have shorter episodes, season one episodes are roughly 50 minutes while season two and the following seasons are the standard 42 minutes. This had something to do with an experiment of having more advertisong time during the broadcast of the episodes. This did not proved to be successful and that's why they discontinued it. The second season consists of 23 episodes, one episode, Unearthed, is a season one episode which has been broadcast in the middle of the second season. On the set this episode is labelled as a special feature.

 

Season one consisted of 20 episodes, spread over five discs, the second season, 23 episode are spread over four discs, which means the PQ of the first season is somewhat better. it's not a huge difference but it is noticeable here and there. Still season two looks very good on blu-ray, the set is loaded with special features.

 

As I said, Fringe is arguably one of the best tv series in the last decade but if you look at the ratings, which in season two, although dwindling, were still okay, you cannot understand why such a terrific show had so much trouble keeping it's audience. I personally think the complex mythology stories are the main issue here, most people, who watch the networks, want simple stories, easy to swallow. Perhaps if Fringe had been on one of the cables networks like USA, HBO or AMC, it would have had a more stable audience. Despite the weak ratings, Fringe has become a huge success and rightly so.

 

Extra information regarding this Blu Ray release:

 

  • Four-disc set (4 BDs)
  • 50GB Blu-ray Disc
  • Video codec: VC-1
  • Video resolution: 1080p
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • English: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Portuguese: Dolby Digital 2.0
  • Subtitles US/UK : English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Subtitles NL : Dutch, French, Spanish
  • Region Code : A, B & C
  • Packaging : Slipcover with standard Amaray Blu Ray Case

 

Special Features:

 

  • Audio Commentaries: Four tracks are available. First up? "Momentum Deferred," an informative commentary delivered by an underwhelming lineup of no-names (showrunner Jeff Pinkner's assistant Jill Risk, writers' assistants Matthew Pitts and Danielle Dispaltro, script coordinator Justin Doble and music supervisor Charles Scott, IV). But don't let the words "assistant" and "coordinator" scare you away. These fine folks are the series' workhorses; devoted everymen (and women!) with unique perspectives that often go unheard. It drags here and there, and silences are commonplace, but it's still a worthwhile listen. Next, TV Guide's Damian Holbrook moderates a conversation between actors John Noble and Blair Brown, both of whom have plenty of production tidbits, amusing anecdotes and insights to offer. Holbrook's questions keep the track moving, and Noble and Brown serve up the set's best commentary. "Brown Betty" gathers co-producer Tanya Swerling, co-music supervisor Billy Gottlieb, composer Chris Tilton and effects supervisor Jay Worth to discuss the second season's admittedly clever musical episode. Their chat is the most effortless and forthcoming, and their scene-by-scene analysis is the most revealing. Unfortunately, showrunners Jeff Pinkner, J.H. Wyman and Akiva Goldsman bumble their way through "Over There, Part 2." Half-hearted jokes and long pauses are the name of the game, and their commentary emerges as the lone disappointment.

 

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  • The Unearthed Episode (Disc 4, HD, 44 minutes): Fans who followed Fringe from week to week during its 2009-10 broadcast run were probably as shocked and confused as I was to see a previously deceased character suddenly bounding around mid-season as if nothing had happened. Was this a Beta-Verse trick? An alternate universe episode? Nah, just an unaired episode from Season One that Fox neglected to bill as such. Here though, the unearthed episode is presented on Disc Four rather than amongst the official second-season eps, making its appearance far less jarring and far less confusing.

 

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  • Analyzing the Scene (Discs 1-4, HD, 21 minutes): Despite being weighed down by copious plot synopses (courtesy of an enthusiastic cast and crew), Season Two's "Analyzing the Scene" mini-docs offer episode-specific peeks into the series' production. Six all-too-short featurettes are available alongside "A New Day in the Old Town," "Momentum Deferred," "Of Human Action," "What Lies Below," "Brown Betty," and "Over There, Part 2."

 

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  • Dissected Files (Discs 1-4, SD, 9 minutes): A rather slim and shallow collection of smartly trimmed deleted scenes from "Night of Desirable Objects," "Grey Matters," "Olivia, in the Lab, with the Revolver," "Northwest Passage," and "Over There, Part 2."

 

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  • Beyond the Pattern: The Mythology of Fringe (Disc 4, HD, 27 minutes): This beefy, extensive and entertaining Season Two documentary almost, almost makes up for the anemic "Analyzing the Scenes" featurettes peppered throughout the release.

 

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  • In the Lab (Disc 4, HD, 7 minutes): Noble and prop master Rob Smith take viewers on a tour of the Fringe Lab set and show off the gizmos and gadgets therein.

 

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  • Unusual Side Effects (Disc 4, SD, 3 minutes): Tee hee hee. Watch the cast giggle and snicker through a familiar mix of miscues and bumbled lines.

 

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  • BD-Live Functionality

Fringe - Season 1

Fringe Season 1 Blu Ray

Release date [US] September 8, 2009

Release date [UK] September 28, 2009

Release date [NL] 2010

 

Fringe Season 1 has been released in September 2009 in the UK as well as the US. In The Netherlands it only was released somewhere in 2010. Every episode is approximately 50 minutes instead of the standard 42 minutes. This is only done with season 1, this was done so there could be more advertising during the broadcast of the episodes. If you missed The X-Files, you can sink your teeth in this superb sci-fi series. Besides great stories, the cast is also a treat.

 

Arguably one of the best tv series in the last few years, give yourself over to this great way of storytelling! Regarding the Blu-Ray itself, the PQ is almost flawless, the sound quality could be much better. Warner refuses to give series the same treatment as they do for movie releases. In the special features department you do not have to complain about the quantity because it's loaded but unfortunately most is offered only in SD quality. Still, I can only recommend this series wholeheartedly, it's fantastic television.

 

Extra information regarding the Blu Ray release:

 

  • Five-disc set (5 BDs)
  • 50GB Blu-ray Disc
  • Video codec: VC-1
  • Video resolution: 1080p
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • English: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Subtitles US/UK : English SDH
  • Subtitles NL : Dutch
  • Packaging : Slipcover with standard Amaray Blu Ray Case
  • Region Code : Region Free

 

Special Features:

 

  • Audio CommentariesFringe includes a trio of fast and funny commentaries (four if you count the exclusive track accessible via The Complete First Season's BD-Live menu), all of which pair production insight with wry wit. Series creators Alex Kurtzman, Robert Orci, and man-of-the-hour himself, J.J. Abrams discuss the "Pilot," delving into the series inspirations, its debt to director David Cronenberg's cinematic canon, the techniques used to draw in an audience, special effects, the title sequence and score, casting, and much, much more. From there, J.R. Orci (not to be confused with Robert) joins co-writer David Goodman and executive producer Bryan Burk for "The Ghost Network," delving into the series' budding mythos and its complex plot threads, while writer/director Akiva Goldsman and executive producer Jeff Pinker tackle "Bad Dreams," chatting about the direction of the show, various developments in the story, and what fans can expect from future seasons. I do wish Abrams was a part of each track -- his breezy presence is sorely missed in the latter commentaries -- but all of the participants deliver entertaining tracks.
 
  • Deciphering the Scene (SD, All Discs, 34 minutes): Each episode features a brief, two to three minute featurette that provides an overview of the various makeup applications, creatures, death scenes, computer generated effects, chase sequences, transformations, experiments, weapons, practical effects, and characters unique to the episode in question. Mildly satisfying appetizers, these quick glimpses behind-the-scenes are a decent addition to the release.
 
  • Dissected Files (SD, Multiple Discs, 10 minutes): Essentially a collection of deleted and extended scenes, Fringe's "Dissected Files" offer an interesting mix of revealing character interactions, additional lab sequences, and other cuts that didn't survive the editing process.
 
  • The Massive Undertaking (SD, Multiple Discs, 21 minutes): Similar to the "Deciphering the Scene" quickies, these streamlined EPKs dig into the visual effects, set construction, production work, and challenges presented by the series' pilot episode, "The Ghost Network," "The Transformation," and "There's More Than One of Everything."
 
  • Spoilerific Production Featurettes (SD, Discs 4 & 5, 44 minutes): These three mini-docs are packed to the brim with series spoilers, so much so that a warning has been added to each one to ward off viewers who haven't finished the season. "Evolution: The Genesis of Fringe" give the creators another opportunity to describe the attributes that make the show so unique, "Behind the Real Science" looks at the blurred lines between science fiction and science fact in Fringe, "Visual Effects" unravels the series' more complicated VFX, and "The Casting of Fringe" provides an overview of the casting process (with footage of the actors' original auditions!), as well as interviews with key members of the cast and crew. There's quite a bit of overlap with the first season's audio commentaries and "Deciphering the Scene" shorts, but the larger featurettes are still worth some attention.
 
  • Robert Orci's Production Diary (SD, Disc 5, 13 minutes): Series co-creator Robert Orci takes viewers on a fairly interesting tour of several season one locales, covering a lot of ground that's already been covered elsewhere on the discs. Still, it's candid, engaging, and amusing.
 
  • Unusual Side Effects (SD, Disc 5, 5 minutes): Diehards will enjoy watching Torv, Jackson, and Noble snicker and forget their lines, but most fans will nod off as a dry parade of flubs and crack-ups march by.
 
  • Gene the Cow (SD, Disc 5, 3 minutes): It might surprise you to learn that a cow is one of Fringe's secret weapons. Every time a scene gets too serious, Gene keeps things light. Actually three different bovines, this cute featurette looks at the Harvard lab's resident mascot.
 
  • Fringe Pattern Analysis (HD, Disc 5, 25 minutes): The lone high definition feature in the set allows a bevy of field experts and scientists to weigh in on six scenes and concepts from the series. The only downside is that the access menu through which users can access each featurette obscures all of the video content with a somewhat distracting translucent overlay.
 
  • BD-Live Functionality: In addition to the usual trailers offered through BD-Live, Fringe's online suite includes a bonus audio commentary for its season finale with writers Jeff Pinker, J.H. Wyman, Akiva Goldsman, and Bryan Burk.

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