- Aspect Ratio: 1:78:1
- Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
- Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
- Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
- Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
- Subtitles Color: White
- Region: A (Region-Locked)
- Rating: TV-MA
- Run Time: 288 Mins.
- Discs: 2 (2 x Blu-ray)
- Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
- Blu-ray Release Date: June 19th, 2012
- List Price: $39.99
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In this first season of Wilfred, we meet Ryan Newman (Elijah Wood; The Lord of the Rings trilogy), an unemployed ex-lawyer living in the Los Angeles area. Down on luck ever since losing his job, Ryan seems to live each day with little to no focus, meandering about. Figuring he has no reason to live, he pens a suicide note, downs some pills and a bottle of NyQuil, and heads to sleep thinking he’ll die. Only he doesn’t. Awakening the next morning, Ryan answers the door of his cute next-door neighbor Jenna (Fiona Gubelmann), who asks if he can watch her dog Wilfred for the day. Nothing big about this, right? Well, to us we see a dog; however, to Ryan he sees Wilfred as a beer chugging, bong ripping, trash talking Australian (played by Jason Gann). In these first 13 episodes, the term “man’s best friend” is taken to a whole new level. What results is a quirky, usually funny series.
The real charm in this series comes from the interactions between Ryan and the dog. Typically funny, mostly laugh-out-loud, but more often head-shaking comedy. The humor isn’t necessarily groundbreaking or over-the-top. Instead the back-and-forth banter between each character really helps to make this series worth checking out. In fact, it makes the series watchable because, as far as I was concerned, I couldn’t find myself connecting with any of the characters outside of these two. I’d say best give this one a rental, as you may not find the humor worth your time.
Wilfred: The Complete First Season arrives with a 1:78:1 framed, AVC MPEG-4 encoded transfer, which is mostly solid especially when you take into account the use of a Canon 7D camera. The series color palette features a wide range of colors. Whether the grays of the dog suit or the greens of the trees, colors do hold look fine and the image holds a good amount of detail. There are little anomalies like noise, but you need to consider what the filmmakers were aiming for here. Instead of using a high cost camera, the Canon 7D can generally be purchased for as low of $1300. Yes, this isn’t the eye-popping transfer that other series hold however, the use of a consumer grade camera with these kinds of results? I can’t find much to complain about.
The series’ DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track handles the series just fine. With this being a dialogue driven show, dialogue reproduction is important. No worries here folks, as dialogue is clean and easy to understand. There’s a bit of atmosphere during some of the outdoor sequences where we can hear other chatting, and cars driving by. The varying musical selections all sound good, giving us a bit of LFE when called upon. Truth be told, these tracks aren’t anything amazing. More they just suit everything well.
The supplements provided on this release are:
- Wilfred at Comic-Con – This runs 6:32 in length and shows a portion of the panel at the 2011 Comic-Con.
- Deleted Scenes – Roughly 15:38 worth of deleted scenes are shown. If you enjoyed the series, definitely check these out.
- Wilfred and Bear – A brief 1 minute sort of montage to Wilfred stuffing his bear.
- MaryJane – Akin to the above feature, this shows the love for MaryJane that the series has.
- Life After Film School with Jason Gann – Gann fields a few questions from film students in this 9:57 piece.
The Definitive Word
While this series will definitely not connect with everyone, I feel that those who enjoy Wood’s work or just want a unique comedy, should check this one out. Fox’s Blu-ray suits this first season well with a solid V/A presentation, and a few features. Recommended as a solid rental.
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