“It's shameful”: The Last of Us is almost perfect, but the series has a real problem that particularly annoys the French

"It's shameful": The Last of Us is near perfect, but the series has a real concern that particularly annoys the French

By Quentin Piton Journalist Series – Cinema Journalist specializing in series, cinema, but also anime and manga. Spends his time dreaming of Emma Watson, considers Olivier Giroud the GOAT and refuses to speak with those who are against the absolute truth which is: How I Met Your Mother is a better series than Friends. The broadcast of season 1 of The Last of Us – series adapted from video games, has finally started on HBO in the USA and on Amazon Prime Video in France. Good news, especially since the fiction carried by Pedro Pascal (Joel) and Bella Ramsey (Ellie) pays perfect homage to Naughty Dog's opuses, but nevertheless marred by a ridiculous restriction in France. And inevitably, it does not please some fans.

While waiting for season 2 of House of the Dragon, HBO has just started broadcasting its new very big project in the world of series: The Last of Us, a fiction by Neil Druckmann & Craig Mazin, and carried by Pedro Pascal (Joel) and Bella Ramsey (Ellie), adapted from the video game saga of the same title (Naughty Dog).

An adaptation that was eagerly awaited by fans of the video game franchise, but also by the general public ready to reconcile with the post-apocalyptic genre after the disappointment The Walking Dead, which obviously answered all expectations.

Since the broadcast of episode 1 this Sunday January 15, 2023 in the USA and Monday January 16 on Prime Video in France, the feedback on the networks has been unanimous and everyone praises both the respect for the original work and the qualities perceptible on screen, whether in terms of the acting, the staging or the absolutely incredible sets. Yes, we can guess exactly where the XXL budget allocated by HBO to producers has gone. Well almost.

The little problem of The Last of Us in France

If the first episode did indeed amaze us and promised us an exciting exploration of this new world, a detail nevertheless came to upset French viewers who have high-powered televisions. Despite the new technologies implemented in TV, The Last of Us did not really shine for its screen presence.

A suprise ? No way. It's JeuxVideo.com who has just pointed out the problem that may have bothered some fans: “The Last of Us series does not have a 4K version in France! Unfortunately, the ultra high definition version is only available on the HBO Max platform, not available in France. Amazon Prime only offers a 1080p version.

Fans not happy with Prime Video

And inevitably, this limit imposed by Amazon Prime Video makes some people cringe today, even though YouTube is on its side capable of offering content in 4K. “And the compression is very rotten in addition, we are entitled to beautiful artifacts in dark scenes” , lamented one Internet user, while another said, “The acceptance of mediocrity is terrible. It is sure that Amazon will not move“. Similarly, we can read on social networks remarks like: “I noticed the moldy quality directly, it's shameful!< /em>“, “Ashamed to pay for ground burst 1080p. Hdr, dolby vision, there is enough to do b*rdel, all that to make us subscribe to another offer.

The honeymoon will not have lasted very long between Prime and Subscribers.

Despite everything, Amazon Prime Video can blow, this limitation of quality should not motivate subscribers to flee the platform. First, we are used to seeing HBO series being restrained in this way in France since OCS was already doing it with House of the Dragon recently. Secondly, as many netizens reveal, you really have to have the eye to realize this, especially since the interest lies elsewhere.

Really criticize for 4K while the series was not even sure to be available in France. The 1080p remains an HD quality, it remains entirely suitable. It is not at all embarrassing to watch“, can we read in particular on Twitter, just like, “We have the series in good quality and legally it's already not bad” and even, “We won't start complaining 1 weeks ago we didn't know if it was going to be broadcast in France…1080p is better than nothing…

Who said that it was no longer possible to find measured opinions on Twitter?