Video Video codec: VC-1 Video resolution: 1080p Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Audio English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (less)
Subtitles English SDH, Spanish English SDH, Spanish (less)
Discs 50GB Blu-ray Disc Five-disc set (5 BDs) Bonus View (PiP) BD-Live Mobile features
The Blu-ray edition of House: Season Six cures any lingering ails with an outstanding, near-perfect 1080p/VC-1 presentation sure to thrill fans of the series. Colors are lifelike and wonderfully saturated, granting skintones healthy hues and black levels presence. Contrast is spot on (barring a few underwhelming nighttime sequences, no fault of the technical transfer) and depth is inviting as well, leaving little room for complaint. Fine detail is exceptional -- closeups are crisp and refined, textures are well-resolved, object definition is sharp and satisfying, and delineation is revealing -- and only a hint of ringing will give eagle-eyed videophiles pause. Pause your screen and examine any one of the show's crystal clear closeups. Notice the facial pores, the stubble, the fabric on the doctors' coats, or the stitching on House's Nikes. Some softness is apparent from episode to episode, but each instance traces back to the series' photography, not Universal's proficient encode. Artifacting, banding, smearing and other digital anomalies are nowhere to be found, and the harmless noise that does occasionally appear is a product of intention, nothing more. Suffice to say, there's little cause for concern. As television presentations go, House: Season Six offers one of the better transfers I've reviewed lately, and easily earns my recommendation.
Though not quite as impressive as its video transfer, Universal's involving DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track delivers the goods, immersing viewers in the life of a disagreeable diagnostic medicine rock star. Dialogue is clean and intelligible from episode to episode, and lines are rarely lost in the mix (the rules of television apply though, meaning some sound design mishaps do slip through unchecked). LFE output is earnest and earthy, injecting some punch into the series' veins, and the rear speakers are active enough to craft a convincing soundfield. Distant life support beeps, the hiss of diagnostic equipment, the hum of hospital lights, the clattering of ward blinds... it's all here to some degree, transplanting the Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital to your home theater. Directionality is precise (albeit a tad restrained at times) and dynamics are bold as well, making for an enjoyable sonic experience overall. Granted, drawn out conversations often transform into front-heavy procedurals all their own, but the track offers enough ambient effects and acoustic prowess to make the thinnest soundscape digestible. All in all, House: Season Six is an able-bodied AV powerhouse that will please any series fans who take the BD plunge.