Veep: The Complete Sixth Season Blu-ray Review

Ralph Potts reviews the sixth season of this laugh out loud HBO comedy series that hilariously skewers the whirlwind day-to-day existence of now, President Selina Meyer, and Washington politics at-large, as it continues to prove that in Washington, even the most banal decisions can have ripple effects, with unexpected and far-reaching consequences.

The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )

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Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )

84

Details:

Studio and Year: HBO – 2017
MPAA Rating: TV-MA
Feature running time: 285 minutes
Genre: TV/Comedy

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, French DTS 5.1, Spanish Stereo
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Latin Spanish
Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Timothy Simons, Matt Walsh, Sufe Bradshaw, Gary Cole, Kevin Dunn, Hugh Laurie, Sarah Sutherland, Sam Richardson, Clea Duvall
Directed by: Various
Music by: Rupert Gregson-Williams, Christopher Willis
Written by: Armando Iannucci
Region Code: A

Release Date: September 12, 2017

“Making History Whether You Like it or Not”



My Take:

In the sixth season of VEEP, we find President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) now out of office for the first time in years after her loss in a Senate vote to resolve an Electoral College tie last season. Forging ahead to secure her legacy and find her place in the world, while much of her staff pursues endeavors of their own, Season 6 finds Selina and her band of fellow misfits hilariously attempting to make their mark while navigating the political landscape in Washington and beyond.

I am a Julia Louis-Dreyfuss fan and have been for years. She is the perfect blend of good looks, onscreen charisma and pitch perfect comedic timing. Veep and character Selena Meyer is a perfect vehicle for her, and the show’s terrific supporting ensemble. Meyer’s inner circle includes: her chief of staff Amy (Anna Chlumsky), longtime press spokesperson Mike McClintock (Matt Walsh), right hand man Gary (Tony Hale), secretary Sue (Sufe Bradshaw), and advisors Kent Davidson (Gary Cole), and Ben Cafferty (Kevin Dunn). Let’s not forget smug interloper Jonah (Tim Simons), Richard Splet, Dan Egan, and Catherine Meyer, Selina’s needy daughter. While the show’s theme is one of satire it eschews soap box posturing in favor of focusing on the comedy found in political dysfunction and the day to day conflict/maneuvering of now ex-President Meyer, her minions, and the farcical perspective of a group of people that once helmed the most powerful political office in the world.

Veep is a hoot. My wife and I enjoyed the funny bone tickling antics of Selena whose intentions seem to be thwarted at every turn not only by her opposition, but by her staff whose hearts are seemingly in the right place but are constantly derailed by the obstacles of the day. That isn’t to suggest that Selena herself isn’t responsible for a good old-fashioned crash, and burn from time to time. A few of my favorite Season six moments; Meeting Gary’s parents, Jonah’s new “romance” and all that it entailed, Salena, Mike and the book, Dan and HR, Funding Salena’s Library, Qatar AND Georgia, any gathering of Kent, Ben, and Jonah. The entire season has its share of moments, witty banter, and engaging character interaction, that makes for laugh out escapism, and an entertaining half an hour of cable TV watching. Season six’s ten episodes are spread evenly over two BD-50 Blu-ray Discs. The set is housed in an amaray keep case with accompanying slipcover.

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Parental Guide: 

The show contains mature thematic content and language.

AUDIO/VIDEO – By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

Audio: 82
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

 

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  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA
  • DSU/DTS Neural:X Rating * (non-rated element): NA

 

Video: 86
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

 

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Veep: The Complete Sixth Season comes to Blu-ray Disc from HBO Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 24 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.1 Mbps.

This television series effectively uses visual aesthetics (predominantly lighting) to set the tone based upon the mood of a particular scene. In all respects there is a pleasing blend of primary colors that are capably offset by delineated secondary hues. Fleshtones are on the warm side but are tonally balanced and lifelike in depiction. Resolution is estimable as close ups and midlevel pans have appreciable depth while exhibiting varying levels of refinement. Fine detail isn’t always copiously on display which results in images appearing less delineated at times. On the contrary there are many instances where the video has defining sharpness and lucidity. Contrast is stable and blacks have appreciable dynamic range but are mildly crushed which in some instances makes subtle gradations harder to detect. This isn’t problematic as there are few instances of low level sequences where it is even noticeable. I didn’t see any obvious signs of video related anomalies.

The multi-channel lossless audio won’t test the limits of your surround sound system but it capably delivers the elements present in the show’s soundtrack. Dialog is tonally rich with excellent room penetration and defining clarity. Dynamic range and bass response is appropriate in support of the track’s recorded elements. The front channels handle the bulk of the audio and presents an open two-dimensional soundstage with the surrounds supplying ambient detail. I think the mix mates perfectly with the source material and sounds great.

Bonus Features:

  • 7 Audio Commentaries with Cast/Crew
  • Digital HD Copy

Final Thoughts:

Veep: The Complete Sixth Season is lots of fun thanks to star Julia Louis-Dreyfuss’ spot on performance, a terrific supporting cast and excellent writing/direction. It comes to Blu-ray Disc from HBO featuring gratifying and faithful high definition audio/video and a middling supplemental package that consists of cast/crew audio commentaries. I thoroughly enjoy this show, and will catch season seven when it airs on HBO. If you’re a fan this set it worth picking up as I find the series to have excellent replay value. For those not familiar with the show give this a rent or try and catch it on demand. You’ll be glad you did.

 

Ralph Potts
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