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LA Law Season One DVD ReviewTV Reviews Shout Factory DVD
Feb 27 2014 08:52 AM | mattCR in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews
- Studio: Shout! Factory
- Distributed By: N/A
- Video Resolution: 480I/MPEG-2
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Run Time: X Hr. X Min.
- Package Includes: DVD
- Case Type:
- Disc Type: DVD-9 (dual layer)
- Release Date: 02/25/2014
- MSRP: $29.99
The Production Rating: 4.5/5LA Law is a show that we don't see that much of anymore. A legal program from the perspective of the attorneys who handle private practice, defense as well as those who handle prosecution. We get teases of this kind of program now and again on cable networks, but most of the standard network fare at this point is oriented around the prosecution viewpoint. What I always found interesting about LA Law was the need to defend even those who are clearly guilty.
When this show hit the air, it was easily praised as one of the most exciting pilots since Hill Street Blues hit the air. Even decades later, watching the fast paced pilot reminds you of how a sharply written series can survive the test of time.
LA Law made news when in it's first season, Episode 10 "The Venus Butterfly", they addressed issues of HIV, discrimination and the rights to determine your own healthcare. The first season is built like that, and it is sometimes refreshing to look back at a show 30 years ago tackle issues that are still societal complications today.
Video Rating: 3/5 3D Rating: NA
Unfortunately, the video quality on this title is not great. While preserved as well as is likely possible, color bleeding and static is evident in many moments. Pops and video errors are numerous, but it still is likely as good as we will ever expect from a series that was originally recorded on video so long ago.
A series like LA Law will never see a Star Trek type remastering, and so as a buyer you have to be appreciative that you are buying this title for the content, not for an unbelievable encode.
Still, the video quality is satisfying enough that I didn't find myself pulled out of the storyline.
Audio Rating: 4.5/5LA Law is a TV show built around series of monologues and hushed conversations. Presented in Dolby Digital Stereo, the dialogue is crisp and clear and you are able to follow the storylines. The best way to present a title such as this is to focus on delivering the content as it was meant to be heard. LA Law was originally presented in Stereo, I'm glad for a stereo offering here that effectively presents the show exactly as it was meant to be heard.
There are a few audio pops here and there, but they are rare; and the title itself is a fun listen. LA Law reminds me of an era where I could sit and listen to a TV show in another room and have an exact idea of everything that was happening.
Special Features: 2/5Special features presented on disk 6 are primarily interviews with cast members and Steven Bochco. It's fun looking back at the TV series that gave so many of these actors there start, and how they remember it now.
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