Eli Stone: The Complete First Season dvd cover art
SRP $39.99 1.78:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 BUENA VISTA
 

When a greedy corporate lawyer finds out that he's suffering from an apparently brain aneurism, he thinks it might explain why he's experiencing vivid hallucinations, on a scale to which most television shows have never encountered! This, as much as his approaching demise, make Eli into a much more soulful, caring, and enlightened lawyer seeking to remedy his wrongs, as well as those done against various victims, and the first season of "ELI STONE," a daring new series, begins. While its style and even the music will turn off as many viewers as it endears, it's original, and features a great cast, including Victor Garber. Johnny Lee Miller, as Eli, is perfect, and while some episodes fare better than others in this first season, none are less than quite good, and some rank up there with the best of any dramatic series. Of course, there are also moments of great humor, but at its core, "ELI STONE" is a drama, punctuated with an aura of goodwill towards men, and the cry for everyone to care a little bit more for their fellow men and women, and it does this without ever feeling patronizing or preachy!

BUENA VISTA has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this 16:9 enhanced presentation. The image is bright, but colors are surprisingly dull and contrast is often hindered by average blacks, providing little detail for a show with such an elaborate production design and settings. Unfortunately, the overall quality of the image is disappointing.

BUENA VISTA has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for this release.  Surprisingly, it's much less involving than one would expect from the music and busy settings. There are some decent ambient effects, but these are often few and far between. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.

Extras include: Deleted scenes, a "slightly" extended pilot, featurettes and more.