Torchwood

Season 1

Torchwood
Cover Art US Release

For a full review + screenshots : Blu-Ray.com/Torchwood - The Complete First Season

 

Release date [US] September 16, 2008

Release date [UK] June 30, 2008

Release date [NL] Not Released

 

After the revival of Doctor Who in 2005, 2 spin-off's were created the next year! The Sarah Jane Adventures for the kids and Torchwood, a more adult series. Torchwood, an anagram of Doctor Who, was also being used in the preperation of the new Doctor Who series back in 2004. Fans were looking for every piece of information on the new series so the creators used " Torchwood"  on all their communications to avoid leeking information about the show to the internet.

 

Russel T Davies had the idea of the series Torchwood long before the Doctor Who arrival en when Doctor Who became, again, a hit, Russel T Davies got a greet lit to create Torchwood. Other than the first season of Doctor who, Torchwood's first season was being recorded with HD so season 1 could be released on Blu ray. Picture and sound quality are very good and also this release is loaded with special features.

 

Extra information regarding the Blu Ray release:

 

  • 25GB Blu-ray Disc
  • Six-disc set (6 BDs)
  • Video codec: VC-1
  • Video resolution: 1080i
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • English: DTS-HD 5.1
  • Subtitles : English SDH
  • Region Code : Region free

 

Special Features:

 

 

DISC I

  • Audio Commentaries
    • Episode 1 – Executive producer Julie Gardner, writer Russell T. Davies and director Brian Kelly
    • Episode 2 – Producer Richard Stokes, writer Chris Chibnall, actress Eve Myles

 

  • Welcome To Torchwood
    • Part One (14½ minutes)
    • Part Two (10½ minutes)

 

  • Node: 235-783
    • Torchwood On The Scene (15½ minutes)
    • Deleted Scenes (11 minutes)

 

  • Torchwood Out Of This World
    • Weevil (5 minutes)
    • Sex Gas (5½ minutes)

 

  • Torchwood Declassified
    • Jack Is Back (8 minutes)
    • Bad Day At The Office (9 minutes)


DISC II

  • Audio Commentaries
    • Episode 3 – Director Colin Teague, actor Burn Gorman, writer Helen Raynor
    • Episode 4 – Director James Strong, writer Chris Chibnall, actor Gareth David-Lloyd
    • Episode 5 – Director Alice Troughton, composer Ben Foster, actor Eve Myles

 

  • Torchwood Out Of This World –
    • Ghost Machine (5 minutes)
    • Cyberwoman (4½ minutes)
    • Fairies (5 minutes)

 

  • Torchwood Declassified –
    • Living History (9 minutes)
    • Girl Trouble (10 minutes)
    • Away With The Fairies (10 minutes)


DISC III

  • Audio Commentaries
    • Episode 6 – Writer Chris Chibnall, actor Gareth David-Lloyd, director Andy Goddard
    • Episode 7 – Producer Richard Stokes, director Colin Teague, writer Toby Whithouse

 

  • Torchwood: Sex, Violence, Blood And Gore (15½ minutes) 
  • The Team And Their Troubles
    • Ianto & Evan (5 minutes)
    • Toshiko & Mary (5 minutes)

 

  • Torchwood Declassified
    • The Country Club (10 minutes)
    • There's Something About Mary (10 minutes)


DISC IV 

  • Audio Commentaries
    • Episode 8 – Director James Strong, writer Chris Chibnall, script editor Brian Minchin
    • Episode 9 – Producer Richard Stokes, director James Erskine, actor Paul Chequer

 

  • Node: 885-698
    • Torchwood On The Road (9 minutes)
    • Deleted Scenes (7 minutes)

 

  • The Team And Their Troubles
    • Owen & Suzie (5½ minutes)
    • Gwen & Eugene ( 6 minutes)

 

  • Torchwood Declassified
    • Beyond The Grave (10½ minutes)
    • Dead Man Walking (10 minutes)


DISC V 

  • Audio Commentaries
    • Episode 10 – Actor Eve Myles, composer Ben Foster, director Alice Troughton
    • Episode 11 – Co-director Chris Chibnall, actor Burn Gorman, co-director Andy Goddard

 

  • Node: 111-170
    • The Captain's Log (10½ minutes)

 

  • Torchwood Moments In The Making
    • A Wing And A Prayer (5 minutes)
    • Fight Night (5½ minutes)

 

  • Torchwood Declassified
    • Time Flies (10½ minutes)
    • Weevil Fight Club (10½ minutes)


DISC VI 

  • Audio Commentaries
    • Episode 12 – Producer Richard Stokes, director Ashley Way, actor John Barrowman
    • Episode 13 – Producer Richard Stokes, director Ashley Way, actor John Barrowman

 

  • Node: 627-967
    • Torchwood: On Time (10 minutes)
    • Deleted Scenes (14 minutes)
    • Outtakes (5½ minutes)

 

  • Torchwood Moments In The Making
    • Officer And A Gentleman (5½ minutes)
    • Bombing The Base (5 minutes)

 

  • Torchwood Declassified -
    • Blast From The Past (10 minutes)
    • To The End (10½ minutes)

Season 2

Cover Art US release
Cover Art US release

For a full review+ screenshots : Blu-Ray.com/Torchwood - The Complete Second Season

 

Release date [US] July 28, 2009

Release date [UK] June 22, 2009

Release date [NL] Not Released

 

 

After the succes of the first season, the second season was a go very quicly and this happened in 2007. The second season was, in my opinion, superior to the first, although season 1 was a strong season also. James Marsters [Buffy, Smallville] was a villain, Ianto finally got a bigger part in this season and there are events where you as viewer..the fan, really get shocked at the end of the season.

 

Picture Quality is very good, sharp images, sound quality is ok, could have been a bit better and sadly in the special features department, it could have been a bit more. First season had a lot more special features.

 

Extra information regarding the Blu Ray release:

 

  • 50GB Blu-ray Disc
  • Four-disc set (4 BDs)
  • Video codec: VC-1
  • Video resolution: 1080i
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • English: DTS-HD HR 5.1
  • Subtitles : English SDH
  • Region Code : UK release is region free, highly probably the US version is also but is not confirmed as yet.

 

Special Features:

 

 

  • Torchwood Declassified (SD, All Discs, 144 minutes): There may not be any cast or crew commentaries -- a disappointment for sure -- but each episode does include an informative production featurette that digs into its development, creation, and function within the Torchwood series and mythos. Interviews, analysis, behind-the-scenes footage, and more awaits any fan eager to plow through this two-and-a-half hour segmented documentary. My only complaint (admittedly a minor one) is that the majority of the featurettes squeeze in too many clips from the show. Since each one is only ten-twelve minutes long, I would have preferred to see every second devoted to the task at hand.
 
  • The Life and Deaths of Captain Jack (SD, Disc 4, 22 minutes): This solid series-spanning, character-centric featurette is yet another "Torchwood Declassified" special, in this case one that looks at the conundrum that is Captain Jack. Packed with plenty of candid cast and crew interviews, its lone weakness (like the other TD shorts in this 4-disc set) is its overuse of clips from the show.
 
  • Deleted Scenes (SD, Disc 4, 17 minutes): A rather bland selection of deleted scenes that offer extra character beats, exchanges, and connecting shots.
 
  • Outtakes (SD, Disc 4, 9 minutes): Mildly amusing but far too long, this blooper reel gets old fast. Still, series fans will have quite a few laughs.
 
  • High Definition Setup Guide (HD, Disc 1): A calibration tool is offered for viewers who haven't properly adjusted their picture.

Season 3 "Children of Earth"

Torchwood "Children of Earth"
Cover Art UK Release

For a full review + screenshots : Blu-Ray.com/Torchwood - Season 3 "Children of earth"

 

Release date [US] July 28, 2009

Release date [UK] July 13, 2009

Release date [NL] Not Released

 

 

Season 3 wasn't a "real" season really, it was a miniseries called "Children of Earth", 5 episodes, every episode was 1 day and I don't know about the US but in the UK the miniseries has been broadcasted in 1 week. This is also the best "Torchwood" has to offer! Children of Earth amazed and excited people, the best thing on TV, absolutely, no other TV show has done what Torchwood did with Children of Earth. It has SF, aliens, humor, sadness en a lead player who is anything BUT perfect.

 

Regarding the PQ, this was one of the first Blu Ray's I'd seen and I was pretty impressed but according to this review it could have been better, I think I need to re-watch this soon! Unfortunatley this Blu Ray release does not feature a alot of supplemental material, pitty, especially when you look at the first season which is really loaded with special features.

 

Extra information regarding the Blu Ray release:

 

  • 50GB Blu-ray Disc
  • Two-disc set (2 BDs)
  • Video codec: VC-1
  • Video resolution: 1080i
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • English: DTS-HD HR 5.1
  • English SDH
  • Region Code : Region Free
  • Packaging : Standard BD case, no slip [UK]

 

Special Features:

 

  • 32-minute behind-the-scenes "Declassified" documentary (presented in standard definition)

Season 4 "Miracle Day"

Torchwood "Miracle Day"
Cover US Release

For a full review + screenshots : Blu-Ray.com/Torchwood - Season 4 "Miracle Day"

 

 

Release date [US] April 3, 2012

Release date [UK] November 23, 2011

Release date [NL] Not Released

 

 

Season 4 - Miracle Day - 2010 was a Torchwoodless year but than it was announced 2011 would bring our heroes back with a 10-part season 4. What different was from the first 3 seasons was that it would mostly be taking place in the US instead of the UK. Torchwood fans immediately were worried, they thought their Torchwood would not be the same anymore.

 

Many Torchwood fans still think that way after seeing it but there als also enough fans who enjoyed the fourth season, like myself. Okay, perhaps it's not in the same league as "Children of Earth" but it is still a very enjoyable season with a strong cast, strong new regulars and also a impressive gueststars like John de Lancie [Q, TNG] and Nana Visitor [Kira, DS9]. Season 4 is a good season on it's own, like the first 3 seasons. Picture and soundquality is very good also, very impressive and you also have plenty of special features to dive into. Let's hope there is still a chance of a fifth season!

 

Extra information regarding the Blu Ray release:

 

  • 50GB Blu-ray Disc
  • Four-disc set (4 BDs)
  • Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • Video resolution US: 1080p
  • Video resolution UK: 1080/50i
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • English: DTS-HD HR 5.1
  • Subtitles US/UK : English SDH
  • Packaging US : Slipcover in original pressing DigiPak
  • Packaging UK : Standard BD with slipcover
  • Region US/UK : Region Free

 

 

Special Features:

 

  • Audio Commentaries (Discs 1 & 4): Executive producer Judy Gardner and head writer/executive producer Russell T. Davies deliver spirited commentaries for the first and final episodes of Miracle Day, "The New World" and "The Blood Line." The duo do more in two rapidfire chats than most showrunners do with a season worth of commentaries, and the results are both entertaining and informative.

 

  • Episode Introductions (Discs 1-4, HD, 10 minutes): Davies and John Barrowman provide excited introductions to each episode, commenting on where things are and teasing where things are going.

 

  • Character Profiles (Disc 1, HD, 9:55 minutes): A series of short featurettes that offer some quick background info on Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper, Rex Matheson, Oswald Danes, and Rhys 

 

  • FX Special (Disc 2, HD, 16 minutes): Be careful watching this one if you haven't seen every episode of the season; spoilers abound. Visual effects take center stage, though, with a nice selection of shot breakdowns, sequence overviews, and FX team interviews.

 

  • Behind the Scenes (Disc 3, HD, 30 minutes): This rather extensive trip behind the scenes gives Davies and his cohorts more than enough time to discuss Torchwood's latest outing, the elements that renewed the production team's love of the series, and where Miracle Day fits in the show's ongoing arc.

 

  • Deleted Scenes (Disc 4, HD, 8 minutes): A small collection of incomplete, fly-on-the-wall deleted scenes, none of which made it past the shooting stage or to a point of being show-ready.

 

  • Torchwood Motion Comic (Disc 4, HD, 30 minutes): A "Web of Lies" motion comic tops off the set, written by Jane Espenson and Ryan Scott, with the voice talents of John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Eliza Dushku.

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