SRP $89.99 1.77:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL   5.1
PARAMOUNT is continuing their successful run of releasing popular tv
series on dvd with “CSI MIAMI: FIRST SEASON”.  A spin-off from
“C.S.I.”, this series features the same kind of elaborate fusion of
high-tech imagery, pumped up score, beautiful girls, snappy, albeit
cliched, dialogue and kinetic energy, only set in Miami.  Both series
do a fine job in making complex forensic science theories seem simple
and accessible for the masses. Just visit a strip joint and one will
be surprised as to how many dancers aspire to go back to school to be
forensic investigators now!  While the Miami setting may leave one
with the idea that the new location could offer a different
production design, the original series, set in Vegas, has enough
variety between bright lights of the strip and the heat of the desert
to make this a moot issue. Still, C.S.I. Miami makes the most of its
southern coastal locations, bikinis, fast boats and more, to at times
resemble a smarter “MIAMI VICE”.  Unfortunately, it’s not that “much”
smarter!  David Caruso takes the starring role as Horatio Caine, lead
criminologist and resident Dudley Do-Right. Fitting an assumingly
self-indulgent need, his character is too morally perfect. 
Seriously, Joe Friday would roll his eyes here!
While the writing is better in comparison to most crime shows, it’s
not as consistently tight as it is on the original C.S.I.  In trying
to keep its audience, some episodes are spread out, and they’re too
thin to work this way. 
PARAMOUNT has preserved the show’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9
enhancement. It looks flawless! The colors are rich and vibrant in
every instance, and there’s incredible detail throughout. It’s a far
better tv to dvd transfer than most!
PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for this release.
There are plenty of discrete/panning effects throughout each episode,
enhancing the mood and impact to many high-tech scenes. The music is
also well complimented, with great bass presence as well. Dialogue is
always intelligible and free from distortion.
There are plenty of extras here, including featurettes and
commentaries.  “CSI: MIAMI UNCOVERED” is the longest, offering
interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. The rest are entertaining
but far too brief.