The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Warner - 2012
MPAA Rating: NR
Feature running time: 964 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Stereo
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Taraji P. Hensen, Kevin Chapman
Directed by: Various
Music by: Ramin Djawadi
Written by: Jonathan Nolan/Various
Region Code: A,B,C
Blu-ray Disc release Date: September 3, 2013
Set in New York City, this procedural centers on an ex-CIA agent, presumed dead, who partners with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes. Using data siphoned off the U.S. intelligence agencies' threat matrix -- information not related to terrorism, but rather violent crimes of a personal nature -- during each episode, the former CIA agent and his enigmatic partner identify a "person of interest" and set about solving the mystery of the impending crime. Tapping into the world's Big Brother-like surveillance network, the shadowy duo knows that something bad is going to happen; it's their mission to discover what that event will be ... and somehow prevent it.
In season Two of Person of interest Billionaire tech genius Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) and ex-CIA operative John Reese (Jim Caviezel) face adversaries from Reese's undercover past that threaten the team's crime-fighting mission and anonymity. Meanwhile, NYPD Detectives Joss Carter (Taraji P. Henson) and Lionel Fusco (Kevin Chapman) face down FBI probes and the dangerous tentacles of the police conspiracy known as "HR." Will the team be shut down? Will the “machine” fall into the wrong hands?
There is quite a bit of quality programming to be found on regular TV (meaning non-cable) today which makes it pretty difficult to try and sift through what to watch versus what not to, even with a DVR. After watching season one, we were hooked and watched season two during prime. Person of interest adheres to regimented formula but the introduction of new scenarios/characters as well several recurring ones keeps it interesting and this season upped the ante by giving Finch more of a role in the solving of cases, enlisting Lionel/Carter, and continuing to reveal more and more about the development of the “machine, Finches past and bringing in elements that present significant challenges for Mr. Reese past. The “Eye in the sky” concept about “The Machine” is a bit of a stretch but once you get past that the idea of these two very different men conjoining to covertly prevent crimes actually works well.
Each hour long (43 minutes without commercials) episode allows for varying guest stars to appear each week along with the core cast of Jim Cavaziel, Michael Emerson, Taraji P. Hensen and Kevin Chapman. The show contains elements of sci-fi, drama, mystery/suspense and action with the blend gelling nicely. The writing is quite good and supports the characters with various plots containing edgy themes set within the show’s narrative construct. I find it to be fairly compelling and enjoy the intervening nature of Reese/Finch’s methodical operation as well as Reese’s take no prisoner approach. Person of interest is an entertaining crime story drama with a twist that allows it to appeal to a wide audience.
Season Two’s 22 episodes are spread over four BD-50 Blu-ray Discs that come housed in a standard amaray style case (with flimsy matching slipcover) that contains flip type inserts to hold the discs. The set includes the series on DVD as well which pushes the disc count to ten requiring the case to be roughly the height of two single Blu-ray cases.
Person of interest is on my watch list and look forward to checking out season three this fall. Here is the season one episode list:
1. The Contingency
2. Bad Code
5. Bury the Lede
6. The High Road
8. Til Death
10. Shadow Box
12. Prisoner’s Dilemma
13. Dead Reckoning
14. One Percent
15. Booked Solid
18. All In
19. Trojan Horse
20. In Extremis
21. Zero Day
22. God Mode
The show contains violence and thematic content that would be inappropriate for young viewers.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
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Person of interest Season Two comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner Home Video featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 16 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 2.1 Mbps.
By choice I would say that Person of interest isn’t bright or overly colorful. The chromatic palette consists mainly of cooler tones and muted secondary hues with the occasional interjection of primary colors that don’t offer much in the way of visual stimulation. This makes for a rougher visual style that works quite well with the show’s thematic tone. Resolution is excellent but the nature of the photography isn’t always lent to the high gloss definition that provides an infinite sense of depth. There are many instances where detail is clearly resolvable with discerning visual perspective and rich clarity. On the other hand there are times where delineation and sharpness is less tangibly defining. Close ups tend to be outstanding and offer plenty of appreciable refinement in the physical features and weave of the fabric in the clothing worn by the cast. Contrast is stable over the course of the presentation and blacks, while not inky, have good dynamic range and are gradationally satisfying. I didn’t note any overt signs of video related anomalies and thought that this presentation as a whole was excellent.
The lossless DTS-HD Master Audio sound like the video quality is quite good. Dynamics are robust and defining without being strident or edgy. Dialogue is rendered with appreciable tonal expression and excellent room penetration through the center channel speaker. The front soundstage is diffused with notable separation and articulated detail. The presentation makes ample use of the surround platform. At times it opens up quite nicely to create an involving listening environment that contains a mix of directional and ambient sounds. Bass response doesn’t reach subterranean levels however it appropriately supports the source elements and provides a tight, punchy low end.
- (HD) View from the Machine: 24 hours behind Person of interest – 21 minute featurette
- (HD) Gag reel – 3 minutes
- Audio commentary on Episode 22: God Mode
- Bonus DVD – 6 Discs
- Ultraviolet Digital Copy
Person of interest is an entertaining crime story TV drama with a twist that deepens its plot making it appealing to those that enjoy not only crime stories but action, mystery and a little sci-fi as well. Season Two makes its debut on Blu-ray featuring excellent audio/video quality and a barebones supplemental offering that contains a behind the scenes featurette, a short gag reel and season finale audio commentary. I thoroughly enjoy the show and look forward to checking out season three this fall. If you’re a fan or are looking for a decent series to check out on Blu-ray Person of interest Season Two is worth picking up.
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