SRP $59.99 1.78:1 DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 FOX
 
FOX has released "LIE TO ME: SEASON 9" on blu-ray.  Networks spend so much time and resources trying to duplicate the successes of hit series by merely copying them, rather than come up with something "new," which is what some of these "successes" were when first starting out to begin with! With that in mind, trying to catch the heat from "C.S.I" type shows, FOX has created "LIE TO ME."  Instead of providing an emphasis on shots of forensic "tv" science, bullet characteristics, micro-fibers,etc.., "LIE TO ME" provides close-up analysis of human characteristics, gestures, facial tics,etc.  Tim Roth has already proven to be a terrific actor with great range(ROB ROY, RESERVOIR DOGS,PULP FICTION)and he further demonstrates his range here as Dr. Cal Lightman, an expert in the field of analyzing and interpreting facial and body expressions. While the explanations given as to how the human body displays subconscious "tells," substantiating whether they're being honest, resentful, lying, or more, it's up-in-the-air as to how much presented is accurate or just "entertaining," but it's certain to impact some viewers in the same way "CSI" has made plenty of strippers feel the calling to consider leaving their jobs for at least part-time school in hopes of becoming a forensic crime scene investigator since they "understood" the episode of "CSI: MIAMI" they just watched!
 
Lightman has a company, made successful due to a variety of clients requiring their unique ability to discern the "truth" to various situations. Roth's "Lightman" is aided by Roth's style of energy and atypical charisma, however, he's also aided by a cast of attractive young actors, coincidentally appearing to be selected for a "HOUSE" style of environment.  While there's nothing necessarily bad about wanting to emulate success, this and some other penchants of the series seem more forced than natural.
 
Some of the early episodes feel a bit redundant in their execution, even with "individual" storylines for a given episode. However, by the 6th episode, the series begins to show a stamp of originality, as the writing becomes bolder and multiple storylines are introduced. It's still a question as to whether the revalations concerning the science of analyzing and interpreting "lying" are diverse and plentiful enough to continue entertaining viewers over many episodes, the last 8 of the 13 episodes featured in "SEASON ONE" succeed in providing entertaining suprises and storylines.
 
FOX has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray release.  In comparison to other recent tv-to-blu-ray transfers, "LIE TO ME: SEASON ONE" is good, but not great. While there are scenes with excellent depth, even vibrant colors and consistently fine detail haven't made a notable improvement over the 1080i original airings of the series. Furthermore, a significant number of scenes come across soft and grain is occasionally intrusive.
 
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix.  More impresssive than the Dolby Digital mix provided on the original HD airings, this lossy mix is surprisingly aggressive and even more engaging. With focus still aimed at the center channel, ambient and discrete effects are plentiful. Bass is frequently active and well balanced, without overshadowing dialogue, and complimenting the terrific score.
 
Extras include a featurette with behind-the-scenes footage and discussion of the roles from cast and crew. Deleted scenes are basically just scene extensions, adding nothing of note.