Lovecraft Country appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. As expected, the shows offered solid visuals.
Sharpness worked well. A few interiors could be a smidgen soft, but those instances remained rare, so the majority of the episodes delivered tight, concise material. I saw no signs of jaggies or moiré effects, and the shows lacked edge haloes and source flaws.
Country went with a fairly amber and teal palette, though it broadened on many occasions as well, so expect plenty of reds and purples as well. The episodes displayed them in an appropriate manner and they boasted good vivacity as necessary.
Blacks appeared dark and dense, and shadows showed nice opacity. The episodes came across as appealing.
In addition, the DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio of Country also satisfied. With plenty of action on display, the soundscapes boasted a nice array of information from all five channels, and the information moved well.
This left us with broad, immersive soundfields. They used the different speakers to create a good sense of the fights and mayhem – the TV series’ budget meant the audio wasn’t quite feature film quality, but it still seemed very good.
Speech came across as natural and concise, while music showed rich, full tones. Effects appeared accurate and dynamic, with good low-end and impact. I felt pleased with the soundtracks found here.
A mix of extras appear on Disc Three, and Orithyia Blue and the Imagination of Diane Freeman runs 11 minutes, 20 seconds and brings comments from series creator Misha Green, comic book artist Afua Richardson, property master JP Jones, and actors Jada Harris and Aunjanue Ellis.
“Blue” looks at the source novel and its adaptation, the Dee character and her comics. It becomes a decent overview of the topics.
Compendium of Horrors lasts 12 minutes, 26 seconds and features Green, novelist Matt Ruff, creature designer Jerad Marantz, executive producer Bill Carraro, director of photography Robert McLachlan, movement choreographer Terry Notary, visual effects supervisor Kevin Blank, and actors Courtney B, Vance, Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett,
With “Horrors”, we discuss the source novel and its adaptation, story and characters, effects, creatures and photography.
Next comes Crafting Lovecraft Country, a 28-minute, 14-second show that offers notes from Vance, Smollett, Ellis, Majors, Green, Carraro, Ruff, McLachlan, Marantz, Notary, Blank, Jones, production designer Kalina Ivanov, costume designer Dayna Pink, supervising location manager Maria T. Bierniak, director of photography Michael Watson, set decorator Summer Eubanks, stunt coordinator Stephen Pope, and actors Michael K. Williams and Abbey Lee.
Here we cover the novel’s origins and adaptation, cast and performances, story/characters, period influences and various references, sets, locations and costumes, photography, creatures, props. “Crafting” repeats a little information from prior featurettes, but it gives us a stronger summary and becomes a tight view of different production domains.
Exploring Lovecraft Country offers eight featurettes that fill a total of eight minutes, 13 seconds. Each focuses on a different actor, and these involve Ellis, Majors, Vance, Smollett, Lee, Harris, Williams and Wunmi Mosaku.
The clips look at cast and characters. Each lasts barely a minute, and they exist for promotional purposes, so don’t expect substance.
Finally, The Craft brings four more featurettes that occupy a total of six minutes, 59 seconds. These bring info from Richardson, Jones, storyboard artist Eric Yamamoto and SPFX makeup supervisor Carey Jones.
We hear about these folks’ talents and their involvement in the project as well as other aspects of their careers. These offer a few useful thoughts but they tend to feel fairly superficial much of the time.
A mix of history, fantasy and horror, Season One of Lovecraft Country becomes a fairly involving experience. Not every show hits – and the year starts a bit slowly – but it seems ambitious and mostly compelling. The Blu-rays bring solid picture and audio along with a decent array of bonus materials. This becomes a good series that boasts potential to work even better in the future.