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Power: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray) Official AVS Forum Review

Check out our review of Power: The Complete First Season. Power is the tale of James "Ghost" St. Patrick, a wealthy New York night club owner who has it all, catering for the city's elite and dreaming big, lives a double life as a drug kingpin.

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



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



Studio and Year: Starz/Anchor Bay - 2014
MPAA Rating: NR
Feature running time: 460 minutes
Genre: Crime, Drama

Disc Format: BD-50 (2 Disc Set)
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Omari Hardwick, Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton, Joseph Sikora, Andy Bean, 50 Cent
Created By by: Courtney Kemp Agboh
Music by: Jeff Russo
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: May 12th, 2015

"Choose Wisely"

My Take:

"Power tells the story of James "Ghost" St. Patrick, a wealthy New York City nightclub owner who caters to the city's elite. He wants to build an empire, turn the club into a Fortune 500 business, but there's just one problem: Ghost is living a double life. When he is not in the club, he is the kingpin of the most lucrative drug network in New York for a very high-level clientele. His marriage, family and business all become unknowingly threatened as he is tempted to leave his criminal life behind and become the rags-to-riches businessman he wants to be most of all."

I found power to be a slickly produced, glitzy crime/drama that rarely is successful engaging much deeper than the superficial level on display by its characters and production. At first I had a bit of attraction the the series as it filled a voyeuristic void with its candid look at high powered back room deals within the real business world and the drug trade. It is a fresh look at some old cliches, mostly due to its settings and approach, however, it didn't grab me as strong enough to invest 8 hours in.

There are moments in which the characters and the drama do click, especially with our leads wife played by Naturi Naughton. She is a force in the show, working and pulling strings to keep his yin/yang business dealings in-line. Naughton really sells the part and is the shows stand-out.

Bottom line, worth a rental to see if it is up your alley.

Parental Guide:
Strong violence, Nudity, Drug Use 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: 96
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

  • Dynamics:
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  • Dialogue Reproduction:
  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA

Video: 92
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Power: The Complete First Season comes to Blu-ray Disc from Starz/Anchor Bay featuring 1.78:1 1080p AVC video with an average bitrate of 22.8 Mbps and lossless Dolby TrueHD Master 5.1 sound that has an average bitrate of 3.4 Mbps.

I could not find anything not to like with this release of Power: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray. Any nit-picks would be with production choices and sound design, but to me both were sharp, detailed and extremely dynamic. The aggressive and accurate sound mix utilized surrounds to present every nuance, and dialogue was always audible, even in the loud club scenes. Speaking of those club scenes, the bass was pounding, deep and really impressive in my theater.

Bonus Features:
  • (HD) 4 Featurettes - 8 minutes total [/B]

Final Thoughts:

Power: The Complete First Season is not as good as the plethora of binge-watch worth TV shows we have been treated to over the last few years. It sure has its moments, and is a fresh take on some old cliches. A/V wise its surely a winner and fans will be happy with the results the Blu-ray as to offer. Too bad they will not get move than 8 minutes of extra features here.

Lee Weber
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