Swamp Thing: The Complete Series Blu-ray Review
From executive producers James Wan (The Conjuring Universe films, Aquaman), Mark Verheiden (Heroes, Constantine), Gary Dauberman (IT and Annabelle films), Michael Clear (The Nun) and Len Wiseman (Sleepy Hollow, Underworld films), Swamp Thing follows Dr. Abby Arcane as she investigates a deadly swamp-born virus in the small town of Marais, Louisiana. When a mysterious creature emerges from the murky marsh, she finds herself facing the nightmares of a supernatural world where no one is safe. With nature wildly out of balance and coming for the people of Marais, in the end, it may take some Thing from the swamp to save it.
Studio: Warner Brothers
Release Date: Feb 11, 2020
Run time: 489 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1
Disc Spec: 2 BD50
The first episode is fantastic, from its set pieces, to its ‘not-too-expositiony’ introduction of characters, including our lead and her supports, to its effects, as mentioned – and most importantly (to me), to its story – a dark little mystery in an isolated town with a creepy backdrop that never ventures too far out of its way. Wan brings his horror prestige to the show with class, and just halfway through the first episode, I was thrilled to watch the rest of the show. After a mind-boggling end to the first episode, the story folds along at a careful, but still exciting pace, and I was faced with the joy of a full season, and the approaching dismay when I realised there would be no more.
In my opinion, what makes the show stand out amongst others in the same vein, is its casting – everyone here is playing the part with care, and you can’t help but love and loathe them as the creators intended. The lead, Crystal Reed, and Andy Bean are both immediately heart-warming, and Virginia Madsen is a delightful antagonist. Even from there, all the supporting characters are wonderfully crafted and acted – I honestly got more upset at the realization I wouldn’t see them in these roles again than I was about never finding out where the story was going. I’ve tried to find similar shows in the past week to fill the void, and I can’t quite find the same kind of all-round likeable cast.
Movie Quality: 9/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC with a 2.20:1 aspect ratio. I have to say that I am pretty impressed with the image quality. This show looks really good in its transfer to Blu-ray. While some maybe disappointed because some of the lower quality CGI in some episodes, that doesn’t detract from an excellent looking transfer. 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 especially with the vast green lush swamp throughout each episode. There is also grain and noise throughout the transfer, it never becomes obtrusive or distracting. Fans of the show will not be disappointed the slightest.
Video Quality: 9.5/10
The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 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.
Audio Quality: 9/10
Special Features: 0/10
This is an incredibly well crafted version of the character. Not only that, this series introduces some of the best characters DC has to offer like Phantom Stranger and Madame Xanadu. If only somehow they would make a season 2.
Overall Rating: 8.5/10