Ralph Potts reviews season six of this compelling Showtime TV Drama that is loosely based on the Israeli television series Prisoners of War.
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The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
20th Century Fox - 2016
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English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
English SDH, French, Spanish
Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend, F. Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Marvel, Hill Harper
February 6, 2018
"New President, New Threat"
Taking place several months after the previous season, Carrie Mathison is back in the United States, living in Brooklyn, New York with her young pre-school aged daughter. She is now working at a foundation whose efforts are to provide aid to Muslims living in the United States. Peter Quinn is alive, but has suffered a major stroke, and is incapacitated but seemingly, turned to a junkie. Saul Berenson, and Dar Adal are still CIA operatives, and are dealing with counter-terrorism within the United States. The season features the results of a presidential election of a female candidate, and takes place between election day and inauguration day.
is loosely based on the Israeli television series “Prisoners of War”, created by Gideon Raff, and is developed for American television by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa. The series is set to a post 9/11 narrative that is scripted with taut pacing, personal themes and character driven elements where conflict abounds and nothing is a given. Season six continues in that vein as the storyline builds over the course of its 12 episodes and features a variety of enriching subplots that interconnect the main plot points. The subject matter is relevant, the characters are well developed, and the air of mystery, and morally suspect nature of their connection, enriches the proceedings. There are viable plot twists some of which you might see coming, and some you might not, that go hand in hand with the melodrama, and thematic thrills.
I really enjoyed season six. It started off a bit slow but, but picked up a decent head of steam over the last half. I liked the Peter Quinn storyline, and felt that it made for a solid companion, alongside the primary narrative. All in all, the show’s writing continues to compliment the performances of the core cast members headed by Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend and newcomer Elizabeth Marvel. They are aptly supported by an excellent ensemble that compliments the show.
makes for an entertaining, and engaging TV series that will hopefully maintain its edge going into its seventh season which premiered on Showtime yesterday, February 11th. We’ll be watching…
Season six’s 12 episodes are spread over three BD-50 Blu-ray Discs that come housed in a standard amaray style case with slipcover, that contains flip type inserts to hold the discs.
The show contains thematic material, sexual content, violence 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.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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- DSU/DTS Neural:X Rating * (non-rated element): NA
Homeland The Complete Sixth Season comes to Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 23 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.2 Mbps.
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This is an excellent high definition video rendering that features well resolved images, defining sharpness and two-dimensional depth. Colors are beautifully rendered with revealing delineation, tonal warmth and vibrant textures. Fleshtones appear descriptive with discernible complexional variety that brings out the finest gradations in the differing complexional types among the cast. Blacks are a solid shade of deep black with excellent dynamic range and discernible highlights. Contrast is well balanced which enriches both light and dark onscreen elements. I saw no signs of video related anomalies or artifacts.
The DTS-HD MA soundtrack features crystal clear dialog, gratifying dynamic range and a subtle, yet enriching surround sound mix. I was pleased with its use of spacial dimension and directional cues to create a realistic and occasionally immersive sound field. This worked hand in hand with show’s music, and active sequences to build tension and drive its thematic elements. I thought it sounded quite good.
- ● The Paley Center for Media Q&A with Cast and Creative Team from PaleyFest NY 2016 (BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE)
● On Location: New York City
● About Season 6
is an engaging, character driven TV drama that features solid writing that revolves around a post 9/11 narrative that takes audiences on a tautly paced and provocative trip down the rabbit hole. Season six is solid, and proves that the show hasn’t lost its ability to be compelling. It comes to Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring rewarding high definition video quality, crystal clear lossless sound and a subpar supplemental package. If you’re a fan or are looking for a worthwhile TV series to binge watch on Blu-ray Homeland
deserves a look.
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