Bomb Girls: Season 2 (TV)
R2 - United Kingdom - Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment
Review written by and copyright: Samuel Scott (15th April 2014).
The Show

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Same war. Different battles.

Set during World War II, BOMB GIRLS tells the remarkable stories of women who risked their lives in a munitions factory, building bombs for the European front. Liberated from social and cultural restrictions, they embrace their new-found freedom, changing their lives and the world around them forever.

When war starts, these females must face broken hearts from the front line whilst risking their life every day in dangerous working conditions, but above all else they have to decide whether they are going to play the cards they were dealt with or break the rules and fight!

Originally airing in the United Kingdom on ITV3, this set includes all 12 episodes of the second season.

Video

Independent British studio Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment, release the second season of Canadian wartime drama "Bomb Girls" on to DVD in the United Kingdom, using the original aspect ratio of 1.78:1. The transfer has been anamorphically enhanced, and is generally okay. Unfortunately though, it does exhibit some problems.

One of the biggest problems, is the large amount of banding that is prevalent throughout. It's most notable against the dank beige walls, and is more obvious in external scenes than it is in internal scenes. Another problem, is that several episodes have a strange flickering effect in some frames. The first and seventh episodes are where this is most noticeable, but it does happen in other episodes also. This isn't to say the transfer is bad though, because it's certainly passable outside of these problems. Colours utilise the 'wartime 1940s' look well with many browns, greens and blues used. They sometimes seem a little soft, but this may be a stylistic choice. Blacks are deep where they need to be, with only minor crush. Detail is average, with details within the lighter setting of the factory floor being best. There are no signs of damage to the print such as scratches or unsightly blemishes. Although it looks average for the format, it is disappointing for such a new show.

The set is four discs, with three uncut episodes per disc.

Audio

Kaleidoscope have included two audio options here:
- English Dolby Digital 5.1
- English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised by the inclusion of a 5.1 track, because this is a bit of a rarity for television shows which aren't massively budgeted action affairs. Listening to it, I got what I expected. The surrounds are used solely for the simplistic but perfect score by Peter Chapman, which does a great job at setting the scene. All dialogue and sound effects come from the front, with good clarity, and well-balanced and consistent volume levels. It isn't a particularly involving track, and the 5.1 is only at 384kbps, but it's more than adequate. Do note though, that the 2.0 track plays by default. There are no problems with background hiss, and I noticed no scratches or drop outs.

No subtitles have been included.

Extras

None.

Overall

The Show: C+ Video: C Audio: B- Extras: F Overall: C

 


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