Torchwood: Miracle Day Blu-ray Review
Audio: DTS-HD HR 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 4 BD
Miracle Day, when all the dying stops. No more watching your loved ones leave you. No more having to say goodbye.
Sounds great, huh?
The problem with that is that the suffering doesn’t go away and the ravages of age and disease do not simply vanish. There is simply no end. Hospitals overcrowd, issues with food become abundant, the world overcrowds. On top of these is an issue of how the suffering are seen and classified, where the sick go, how to treat injuries or long-term care. The world has gone mad, something is behind it, and one name seems to be connected to it all. Torchwood.
As far as a story, I liked Miracle Day. The idea itself is huge, almost too big really, and that made it nice. Many of the episodes were filled with “look at this issue” moments, and those made an impact. As a viewer I caught myself asking questions about what would happen and many of the ideas they threw out went beyond the basics. I also liked the idea of how the characters worked. Not only did you have more people to work with Torchwood and more types of baddies, but you had oddities like groups and what they believed, the suffering, and you had the disposable. In a way I thought this seemed more impacting, because it showed how much was up for grabs and just how dangerous it could be. I also liked the thing being hidden when people hit Category 3, and what the plan there was. This could have been a season of shows instead of a special, and I would’ve liked seeing that play out. That said, it was good.
As far as the actors, I really liked some people and the things they brought to the table. I really liked Bill Pullman and the way he played the child killer/speaker/whatever-you-wanna-add. The role was one a lot of people might not have wanted, but he tackled it really well. The pauses and inflections he added made a more believable character with ticks and issues, and the way he did the voice made him seem – creepy. Mekhi and Alexa made good agents, one a field agent and one a button pusher, with a lot of human elements. There were family issues, loves, hates, needs, and it was all understandable. Alexa as Ester was especially good when it came to issues dealing with her sister, because it added a human element to this tale that took it from something global to something one-on-one. Mekhi as Rex also worked on that level because of the chest wound and how he takes us into the story, and how it all ties Torchwood in. John Barrowman is exactly what I expect, sometimes moreso, and I love that about him as Captain Jack. Eve will always be integral to Torchwood as well because Gwen, and the portrayal of her, continues to add that human side to the immortal exploits of Jack.
Movie Quality: 8/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1:78:1 aspect ratio. Having watched every single episode of this series on broadcast television in high definition, this show looks really good in its transfer to Blu-ray. Colors are strong throughout and vary from episode to episode to fit with the atmosphere. Details are great especially with scenes where the camera is up close. Black levels are very strong considering that the series has many dark scenes throughout each episode. Fans of the show will not be disappointed the slightest.
Print Quality: 9.5/10
The audio is presented in a DTS-HD HR 5.1 mix. The soundfield is immersive at all times no matter if it is the special effects or dialogue. I was literally amazed with the amount of dynamic panning from each speaker in the rears. Bass was punchy. Dialogue is also well placed in the center channel sounding crisp and clear. The best part of this all around aggressive soundtrack is that it is well balanced between the dialogue and sound effects.
Print Quality: 9/10
- Audio Commentaries
- Episode Introductions
- FX Special
- Behind the Scenes
- Deleted Scenes
- Torchwood Motion Comic
Special Features: 8/10
I like Torchwood, have for a while, and continued enjoying it with this. For fans of the series it is a change, but possibly a good one. If you are not a fan or do not know Torchwood, you can still enjoy this as well. It leaves gaps, watching anything without background does, but this was made not only to continue but to connect people as well.
Overall Rating: 8/10