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Charmed: The Complete First Season

Paramount // Unrated // October 30, 2018
List Price: $55.98 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Neil Lumbard | posted December 17, 2018 | E-mail the Author



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Charmed Season 1 Blu-ray Review


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is a series that manages to entertain while revolving around a simple
premise: magical sisters defeating bad guys. The series was created
by Constance M. Burge (who also wrote for series such as Royal
Pains
). The story focuses on sisters Piper (Holly Marie
Combs),
Phoebe (Alyssa Milano), and Prue (Shannen Doherty) who return to
their old home together after the passing of the grandmother. When
the trio reunites the sisters discover that there was more than just
a home left for the three of them: each sister has the ability to use
witchcraft. They are "charmed ones" and can use supernatural
powers. Spooky!


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the course of the story these sisters become more intertwined in each
other's lives. Each character begins learning how to use their magic
abilities to ward off evil monsters. The series was wise to give each
character a unique set of magical powers that they use and discover
over the course of the set. It keeps the magical aspect of the series
interesting.


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the series follows a pretty basic formula which features a host of
different monsters to take down in weekly episodes the series has
some continuation as well with romantic sub-plots and the developing
drama between the characters lives. The performances by the cast
ground the series by giving it a more human-touch with Holly Marie
Combs, Alyssa Milano, and Shannen Doherty bringing their unique
talents to each episode. These actresses are charming in the
respective roles and make the series far more enjoyable.


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a production standpoint, the series has some excellent work from it's
varied group of artists behind the scenes. The series includes a
whole host of talented directors, including work done by director
John T. Kretchmer (Veronica Mars, iZombie)
and score by
Jay Gruska (Supernatural). The costumes are also
quite
effective for the series. Production designs are above average for
television. Unfortunately, the special effects work feels
underwhelming at times (which is one of the biggest drawbacks). If
one can look past the spotty CGI the majority of the series
production values are worthwhile.


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might not feel as epic in scope as Buffy the Vampire Slayer
and some of the other more highly regarded supernatural television
series but it's still a noteworthy show made more enjoyable through
its excellent cast. The season finale is tense and exciting and
leaves one wanting to watch more. Charmed doesn't
break any
new ground but now that a reboot is airing on The CW it's nice to
see the original is arriving on Blu-ray for the first time.


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size="3">Video:


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arrives on Blu-ray for the first time with 1080p MPEG-4 AVC encoded
presentation. While the series was originally broadcast in 1.33:1
full frame this release presents the series in 1.78:1 widescreen. The
good news is this appears to be an opened up widescreen presentation
and not a cropped presentation as the framing appears to be quite
excellent. The jump to HD is a big one. The colors are robust,
resolution increase is quite remarkable, and the presentation has a
nice filmic look to it. It's hard to imagine any fans of the series
walking away disappointed. This is a big upgrade.


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audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 at 192kbps. Yes, you read
that correctly. For anyone who hoped the quality high-definition
video would be accompanied with great lossless audio, think again.
The audio is on the low-quality side of average streaming platforms
or a standard DVD. This lacks the higher quality of a 24 bit
resolution mix or HD audio presentation and is instead merely
passable. It's no better than the DVD audio (no worse).


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subtitles are provided in English SDH (for the deaf and hard of
hearing) and French.




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are no extras on this release.


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Thoughts:


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on Blu-ray for the first time. Fans of the series will delight in
revisiting the show with the superb picture-quality on this
high-definition release. While the set lacks in the audio department
(as well as when it comes to extras: there are none) it's still a
noteworthy upgrade over the DVD's. Uber-fans should take note.


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biggest downside to this release might be the mere fact that
Paramount has a spotty track record when it comes to releasing entire
series on Blu-ray. One can only hope that the HD restorations are
entirely released on the format over time (or even, preferably, in a
complete series set) rather than simply ending up on HD streaming
somewhere down the road.


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Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.

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