The Hour (BBC Series) Blu-ray Review
Audio: DTS HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Disc Spec: 2 BD
The Hour is currently being shown on BBC America, and the important thing I wanted to let people know about is that if you are not very happy with what you have seen on BBC America, don’t blame it on the drama. In the UK, the length of each episode (without commercials) is 60 minutes. On BBC America, the episode WITH COMMERCIALS is squeezed into a 60-minute time slot. If you feel that you are missing something (approximately 10 minutes?) while watching it on BBC America, YOU ARE, and the drama suffers accordingly. The good news is that this DVD contains the full episodes.
I enjoyed watching this mystery (the full episodes). The drama unfolds well, and the cast is excellent. I can’t say enough about the cast. I would watch any show with only one of the following actors: Ramola Garai, Anna Chancellor, Jamie Parker (Scripps from The History Boys), Juliet Stevenson, Tim Pigott-Smith, or Julian Rhind-Tutt. Lucky for me that they all are in this series. There are many other recognizable and talented actors (aka Masterpiece alumni): Dominic West, john Bowe, Andrew Scott and Nicholas Woodeson. While I was not familiar with the Ben Whishaw’s work, I will now add him to my list of must view actors.
My engagement in the drama grew throughout the six hours. By the end, I had to know how it was going to turn out. My only criticism is that it leaves a lot of loose ends on what happens to the people involved in the drama. Presumably, this allows more freedom for the second series, which has been approved by the BBC, but it bothered me. Still, I gave it five stars. I did like the mystery and its solution.
I guess I can’t blame BBC America for thinking that it can cut 10 minutes or so out of each hour. PBS does it with Masterpiece, and I was shocked to read that the Torchwood: Miracle Day is 60 minutes in the UK and only 50 minutes on Starz. That really upsets me. At least PBS’ Masterpiece is free. I pay a lot of money each month to watch truncated shows on Starz? What is this world coming to? So much for the free market and capitalism.
Movie Quality: 9.5/10
- Behind the Scenes
- Creating ‘The Hour’
Special Features: 2/10
It’s very important to view the show as a typical mystery. Historical mysteries are very popular today, and that includes mysteries that take place in the 1920s, 40s or 50s. As a historical mystery, this is one drawer below the top.
Overall Rating: 8/10