Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray review

Apr 27, 2023- Permalink

Warner Brothers Home Entertainment has released Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray. Tartakovsky’s caveman and dinosaur pairing is an animated show for adults. I don’t mean that in a “Family Guy is raunchy but the kids will still watch” kind of way. Primal is dark, violent, brutal and moving. The WB likes disclaimers, so here goes: Though Warner Brothers provided me with a copy of this release to review, the thoughts and opinions below are mine.

The 1080p AVC encoded digital transfer is presented in a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The animation looks crisp and clean with strong lines and edges and the colour palette reflects the darkness of the material. There is some colour banding here and I wonder if perhaps presenting the ten episodes over two discs instead of one would lead to less compression artifacts. It’s not a huge problem at all and doesn’t take away that this is just a stunning series to look at.

On the audio side of things, the disk comes with an English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack. Subtitles are available for English SDH, French, and Dutch. There really isn’t much use of language in the series. The soundscape is alive with action and ambient sounds that move throughout the surrounds. The subwoofer adds some dinosaur worthy weight to the proceedings.

The ten episodes of the second season are, as mentioned, provided on one Blu-ray disc. There is no digital code included. The lone extra is a thirteen minute featurette with Tartakovsky and the production team discuss the series and the creation of an episode.

Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray is a worth addition to your library, with my one quibble being the season should probably have been spread over two discs.