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Spin the Disc: Hook, Line, and Sinker, and Part of the Dock




Dark Water

It was Minty ...

St Elmo's Fire

That was bad ...

The 2005 Academy Award Nominated Shorts

Brewster's Millions

Love actually, is all around

$90,000 or 90,000 Donuts

Farewell to Frasier

Hook, Line, and Sinker, and Part of the Dock

Dark Water
It was Minty ...
St Elmo's Fire
That was bad ...
The 2005 Academy Award Nominated Shorts
Brewster's Millions
Love actually, is all around
$90,000 or 90,000 Donuts
Farewell to Frasier
Hook, Line, and Sinker, and Part of the Dock -->







Hook, Line, and Sinker, and Part of the Dock
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005 9:11 AM

Deadwood Season 1 DVD Set

I’m addicted. It seems HBO can’t do any wrong when it comes to producing television series. Their string of hit shows is undeniable with Sex and the City, the Sopranos, and Six Feet Under, among others under it’s belt. After seeing the first two episodes of Deadwood, I’m trapped and will have to see them all, though it may take a while with my schedule. Deadwood is that addictive. Looking back, I’ve done exactly what HBO wants me to—get hooked on the show right before the second season begins and in order to avoid the ultra long wait for the second season to hit DVD, order HBO. And like the aforementioned shows, the Sopranos especially, you crave the next episode like Al Swearengen’s dope.

The DVD set features all 12 1 hour episodes of the first season on five discs, and a sixth disc of bonus features. While it’s no match for the high definintion picture shown on HBO HD, the DVD’s anamorphic picture is generally excellent since each episode has room to breath. (The first two and last disc feature only two episodes per dual-layer disc, while two discs feature three per disc, which is still in keeping with optimum bitrates). I detected no excessive edge enhancement and black levels were deep and dark which is a triumph considering much of the show takes place in candlelight or in its shadows. There are a few audio commentaries on the discs, as well as a making of featurette, which should give fans some insight behind the scenes.

The only bad thing about this and other HBO DVD sets is the price. The $99 MSRP makes it a difficult pill to swallow. Even though retailers like Amazon are selling the set for $69, that’s almost $6 an episode! HBO wants to punish you for not subscribing to it’s premium service, and subscribe is exactly what people may do after seeing this set after either buying the set or renting it, the latter, being in my opinion, the more sensible option. Either way, this is a great show but ultimately you will have to decide if the steep price is worth it.



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