Damages: The Complete First Season (BLU-RAY)


On DVD: 
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, January 29, 2008

FX has quickly become the go-to station for unknowing television stars.  From Denis Leary to Michael Chiklis, the network has established itself as the new Showtime.  Coming to television on FX’s hit series The Shield, Glenn Close garnered immense critical acclaim.  So much so that FX offered her a series all her own.  From those talks was born the brilliant Damages and yet another surprise comeback in Ted Danson (not to mention Close herself).

Not fantastic.  Every other scene is of different quality.  Obviously, no complaints about the grittiness of the “present day” footage (which is very sporadic as this show goes back and tells the story of how we got to the present, thereby making the entire story set in the past).  But, during the regular shots, some are grainy with faded lines through and then it will cut to another scenes that is pristine and beautiful.

Commentaries, deleted scenes, an “interactive guide” to class action lawsuits and a few featurettes.

A great show that may not be for everyone.  But, for those that enjoy great writing and remarkable acting, Damages is certainly worth a watch or two.  For those Lost fans that were disappointed after going back and watching Twin Peaks and finding that it was boring, Damages is probably closer to what you were looking at.  For a serial, it falls somewhere between Lost (without the paranormal) and Twin Peaks (without the…boring cheesiness.)  A- (3.80) – would be higher if it weren’t fort he disappointing quality.

Peter Oberth
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