Chernobyl Limited Series HBO/Warner Brothers 12/1/2020
Directed By: Johan Renck
Starring: Jared Harris, Jessie Buckley, Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgard
Disclaimer: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment has provided me with a copy of this series free of charge for the purposes of review. All opinions contained within are my own honest reflections.
Picture: As I said in my review Chernobyl is a series that has a provoctative visual style. It straddles the line between grounded and hyper-stylized which is not an easy thing to do. This film is dark and I mean not just in subject matter but also visually. Colors are often muted and things have a sickly tint to them. The upgrade to 2160p really celebrates the series and is certainly in my opinion the way to go if you want to see this series as it really is intended. The overall images and in my opinion are sharp and retain a lot of detail in clothes, sets and locales. As I said this series isn't a big bright colorful outing so you may not knock your socks off. However, I think it's in the subtle details that makes this set shine.
Sound: Chernobyl has a DTS 5.1 soundtrack. The show has some amazing sound design and score which come through incredibly in this track. Sounds have a complex 3D sound which I think really sets the right tone.
Extras: Chernobyl has a nice array of bonus features. Included are Inside the Episodes a short but really worth while look into the making of each episode and the core themes explored within.
Behind-the-Curtain Featurette-Director Johan Renck goes into the creation of the series.
Meet the Key Players: Cast members Jared Harris, Emily Watson and Stellan Skarsgard discuss bringing these characters to life.
What is Chernobyl Cast and crew discuss the real life tragedy that inspired this series.
Pivotal Moment -The Trial In this short feature the trial scene is explored.
Script to Screen Featurette Highlights the making of some of the more harrowing moments from the series.