The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack is not as strikingly awesome as the visual presentation, but it’s still very strong. The directionality of sound effects during the “jump” moments works really well, with creatures bursting from one side of the surround spectrum to the other. The mix makes good use of all channels, perfectly balancing ambient effects with music and dialogue. The overall result goes well beyond what would be required of a B-list potboiler, so Universal really deserves credit for the technical care that obviously went into this.
Extras are not extremely extensive, but there is a nice array, including audition tapes for several of the primary cast members. More than half the episodes have deleted scenes. “The World of Grimm” is a superficial behind-the-scenes featurette that lasts about 10 minutes. A few additional featurettes range from mildly interesting (“Making the Monsters” focuses on the makeup effects) to worthless (“Highlights Reels” are just that, montages of clips from throughout the season). Helpful for viewers who want to know more specifics about the monstrous creatures is the “Grimm Guide.” This one’s a Blu-ray exclusive and it’s mostly text based, presenting insight about the creatures.
A note about the packaging: the five Blu-ray discs are housed within pockets in an annoying cardboard foldout. If you hate sliding discs in and out of sleeves as much as I do, with the scuffs and fingerprints that inevitably result, be prepared to intensely dislike this package.
Grimm is a generally fun time-passer rather than a genuinely great show. Its formulaic approach gets a little tiring, especially when watching numerous episodes back to back. But the high quality Blu-ray presentation makes this first season package a winner for fans of the show.