The 80s are fond memories for me. Middle school and High school and everything that captured youth. My parents and I would watch a lot of programming; but NBC was a staple in our household, and it didn't take me long to fall for a hip show about an LA Law office and all the wacky happenings there.
Looking back at LA Law now, as an adult, I'm reminded of how different the world is. I can watch a western or a scifi show from any era and not be caught aback by the issues presented. But a show like LA Law acts like a piece of history; a barometer of where society was 30 years ago on some social issues versus where we are now.
Studio: Shout! Factory
Distributed By: N/A
Video Resolution and Encode: 480I/MPEG-2
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Run Time: X Hr. X Min.
Package Includes: DVD
Disc Type: DVD-9 (dual layer)
Release Date: 02/25/2014
LA 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.
The Production Rating: 4.5/5
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.
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.
Video Rating: 3/5 3D Rating: NA
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.
LA 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.
Audio Rating: 4.5/5
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 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.
Special Features Rating: 2/5
There is a reason to grab hold of classic TV titles, the way we remember them and nostalgia is part of it. But LA Law has something else going for it; I am always grateful for programming like LA Law to show my younger nieces/nephews and children: this is the way people discussed major issues you may be taking for granted today. Think about what the next thirty years will be.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
I've always respected programming like Hill Street Blues, LA Law and others as a way to look back at history through entertainment as a medium.
In a series with 23 solid hours - of which there are very few clunkers, I wanted to take my time and really go back and experience LA Law. All I can say, in my final thought is: I hope this sells well enough that we see more, because this journey back in time was well welcomed by this viewer.
Reviewed By: MattCR
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