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White Collar Season 1 Blu-ray Review

“White Collar” never lives up to the fun-filled pilot episode.

The plot: A famed con man (Neal Caffrey) escapes prison in order to find his wife, but he winds up being caught (again) by his nemesis- an FBI agent named Peter Burke. Faced with having to go back to prison again, Neal comes up with an idea that would allow him to team up with the FBI to catch other white collar criminals (AKA a consultant of sorts). Eventually, Burke and the FBI agree and soon thereafter the two begin collaborating together. Episode plots involve taking down thieves who stole a bible and a portrait, an Interpol agent, a jewelry heist, a shady agent named Fowler, Neil’s girlfriend Kate, a bogus charity, and a music box. The first season contains 14 episodes.

After viewing the fun, charming, cool and stylish pilot episode, I started to think I found myself a new show to become obsessed with. Not only did the lead actors (Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay) have great chemistry together, but their characters proved to be very likeable. In other words, I wanted to see more of their adventures. Unfortunately, the writing of the show plummets in quality after episode 3. What could have easily been a fun, light, breezy series turns into a repetitive crime investigation show with a few drawn out story arcs. It’s a shame because I really feel this show had a lot of potential. Now, it’s possible the show will improve in season two (which is airing now), but for the moment I can’t say the show is worth investing in past the pilot.

Note: I’m not sure if any other people have had this problem, but I noticed the load time for these discs was abnormally slow.  

The 1.78:1 1080p picture quality is superb. ‘Collar’ is a well shot series and it looks phenomenal on Blu. The colors in particular look incredibly crisp and clear.

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track does a fine job of conveying the hustle and bustle of the city, the dialogue, the hip music, etc.

Extras:
* “White Collar,” “Burn Notice,” “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” Fox ad
* Commentary on the pilot episode by Matt Bomer, Jeff Eastin, Tim DeKay, Tiffani Thiessen, and Willie Garson. A decent track with some behind-the-scenes info. and plenty of jokes. There are also commentaries on episodes 7, 8, 10 and 14. Episodes 8 and 14 feature Bomer, DeKay and Eastin, episode 7 features Eastin, Bomer, DeKay, and Garson and episode 10 features Eastin, DeKay and Thiessen.
* “Cool Cat In A Hat”- A featurette about the costume design work.
* “Pro And Con”- A featurette on the two lead characters (and the actors).
* An amusing gag reel.
* 6 deleted scenes.
* “Nothing But The Truth”- A former FBI agent turned technical consultant Tom Braden talks about his work on the show.

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August 1, 2010 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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