Veep: The Final Season Blu-ray Review

Former vice president and onetime president Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is back in the campaign trail in the seventh and final season of the acclaimed HBO comedy series. Ralph Potts reviews the Blu-ray release of Veep: The Final Season from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The Review at a Glance:
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84

Details:

Studio and Year: HBO – 2019
MPAA Rating: TV-MA
Feature running time: 226 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: January 14, 2020

“So Long…Thanks for the Laughs”

Synopsis:

“Former vice president and onetime president Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is back in the campaign trail in the seventh and final season of the acclaimed HBO comedy series.” – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

My Take:

The seventh and final season of Veep finds Selina wooing uber-wealthy donors while navigating threats from primary challengers, including aide-turned Congressman Jonah Ryan (Timothy C. Simons), her band of misfits is also back – save for Mike (Matt Walsh), who’s been banished from Selina’s orbit and now covers the Presidential campaign, having been replaced by ongoing nemesis in the press, reporter Leon West (Brian Huskey). Meanwhile, Amy (Anna Chlumsky) is figuring out how she feels about her pregnancy vis-a-vis Dan (Reid Scott), who seems unwillingly to give up his playboy ways for fatherhood. And rounding out the team are ever-faithful bagman Gary (Tony Hale), cantankerous Ben (Kevin Dunn), numbers-obsessed Kent (Gary Cole) and new staffer Richard (Sam Richardson).

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. For seven seasons Veep and character Selena Meyer have been 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 President Meyer, her minions, and the farcical perspective of a group of people in her inner circle and beyond.

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. The seventh and final season follows Selena and company on the campaign trail as she makes a bid from the presidency. This season on only seven episodes long and wastes not one moment as well get to see the scorched Earth left in Selena’s wake, in all of its associated forms, the hysterical hijinks associated with candidate Jonah Ryan and his staff, Amy and Dan’s situation, news reporter Mike, and of course the series finale, which was just so apropos.

As a fan I was sorry to see the series end but, I suppose it had run its course and I was okay with that. Thanks to all of the writers, cast members, directors and HBO for giving us seven season of Veep. It was a blast!

Here is the episode breakdown for Veep: The Final Season:

  1. Iowa
  2. Discovery Weekend
  3. Pledge
  4. South Carolina
  5. Super Tuesday
  6. Oslo
  7. Veep

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

Video: 86
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Veep: The Final Season comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound.

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:

  • Character Retrospectives
  • Inside the Final Episode
  • Audio Commentaries

Final Thoughts:

For seven seasons Veep has consistently been lots of fun thanks to star Julia Louis-Dreyfuss’ spot on performance, a terrific supporting cast and excellent writing/direction. Veep: The Final Season comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment featuring gratifying and faithful high definition audio/video and a fair supplemental package. I have thoroughly enjoyed this show and its final season which closed things out so well. If you’re a fan this Blu-ray release is 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. Thanks for the memories!

 

Ralph Potts
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