Slings & Arrows: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
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"Outrageously entertaining" --NPR
Winner of 13 Gemini Awards and showered with critical acclaim, this darkly comic Canadian series follows the fortunes of a dysfunctional Shakespearean theatre troupe, exposing the high drama, scorching battles, and electrifying thrills that happen behind the scenes.
Paul Gross (Due South) stars as Geoffrey Tennant, the passionate but unstable artistic director of the New Burbage Theatre Festival. Haunted by the ghost of his predecessor (Stephen Ouimette), he struggles to realize his creative vision while handling touchy actors, a jittery general manager (Mark McKinney), a pretentious guest director (Don McKellar), and his own tempestuous romance with the festival’s leading lady (Martha Burns). The backstage bedlam mirrors the onstage angst as Geoffrey directs three of Shakespeare’s masterpieces--Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear--one in each season. Guest stars include Rachel McAdams (The Notebook), Colm Feore (Chicago), Sarah Polley (Go, The Sweet Hereafter), and renowned Stratford Festival actor William Hutt in one of his last performances.
"A winner: funny, touching" -- E! Online
"Achieves perfect pitch with its mix of dark wit and drama" -- The Washington Post
"One of my all-time favorite television series. Filled with irreverent, hilarious dialogue and heart-felt performances" -- TVGuide.com
"Sophisticated and cutting yet sincere...A" -- TIME Magazine
4 of 5 stars. -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram, July 2007
An exceptionally well crafted, beautifully nuanced and wonderfully smart series. -- San Francisco Chronicle
Backstage masterpiece this one-in-a-million TV show. -- The Phoenix, July 2007
Charming and complex and lovely. -- The New York Times
EW Pick...A -- Entertainment Weekly
Funny, tragic and exhilarating, "Slings" memorably celebrates the nobility of human dreams and the intoxicating impact of live theater. --Newsday, July 2007
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But it seems there is some misconception about this Blu-Ray Set and the quality thereof.
So as a matter of Clarity let me be clear - Only Season One was shot In Standard Def and is upscaled for this Blu-Ray Set. Seasons 2 and 3 were shot in High Def and so look quite nice on this Collection. To quote from Blu-Ray.com:
"Ay, there's the rub. The first season of Slings & Arrows was shot in standard definition and has been upscaled here into a 1080p/AVC-encoded presentation.
As you'd expect, the image is quite soft and even chunky at times, with no fine detail to speak of, frequent bouts of thick video noise, and black levels that are hazy and grayish. That said, this is the best the material can and will look given how it was shot, so I see no cause to complain. (The back of the case also clearly states that the first season is upscaled.)
Thankfully, though, the production switched to high definition for seasons two and three, and the picture improves dramatically.
The image is still nowhere near as crisp as that of current shot-on-video shows, like Sons of Anarchy, say, but detail improves enough that close-ups display refined textures, and longer shots—like the actors on stage, seen from the perspective of the audience—look much less soft. Noise is also significantly reduced, so that it really only becomes noticeable during the darker scenes, and black levels seem deeper and less prone to murkiness.
Color throughout the series is realistic—that is, not exceptionally vibrant—and skin tones are consistently natural. Some typical video anomalies still exist—mild macroblocking, blown highlights, etc.—but nothing that rises to the level of distraction.
While Slings & Arrows may not look as clear and pristine as bigger budgeted major network shows, it's clear that this Blu-ray release from Acorn Media is faithful to source, which is really the best possible outcome."
I assume it has all the Extras from the 3 Three DVD Box sets... And the Blu-Ray Set takes up less space on a Shelf - Good News for Us Apartment Dwellers.
I picked this up last Christmas 2014 after I Wrote this Review. I watched every episode and the Blu-Ray.com Review is dead-on. This Set looks quite Nice on Blu-Ray!
It definitely made me want to go back and read all those famous plays strategically ducked in high school. Better yet, to see them performed. The series writing is extraordinary, the humor better than engaging, and the ensemble casts headed by Paul Gross ["Geoffrey Tennant", Artistic Director, who's burdened by the ghost of his predecessor] and Martha Burns ["Ellen", Leading Lady who's burdened by Geoffrey, as well as her own foibles] are simply the best! I've watched all three seasons countless times, gaining insight as to why I never became an actress. Risking the cliché: You don't have to be totally crazy to act, [or direct, or write] but it must certainly help. Slings and Arrows is crazy, literate, humorous, and extremely enjoyable.