Mod Squad, The - The First Season, Vol. 1 DVD Cover Art
SRP $39.99 1.33:1 DOLBY DIGITAL 2.0 PARAMOUNT
 

Debuting almost 40 years ago, "THE MOD SQUAD" feels much more dated than other series of its time and even older ones, but is nevertheless entertaining.  "THE MOD SQUAD: SEASON ONE, VOL.1" offers the first 13 episodes of its 26 episode first season.  A car thief(Michael Cole), beautiful runaway(Peggie Lipton)and a semi-revolutionary/rioter(Clarence Williams III) are recruited by a police captain, organizing a special unit to do undercover work, nabbing really bad guys(and gals) taking advantage of decent people. The premise isn't original at all, by today's standards, but most episodes work well, conveying the group's moral dilemma in helping an agency, that by their own experience, has proven to be unfairly heavy-handed at times. 

It's hard(at times)not to find unintentional humor with some of the vocabulary of the time(honest as it was), with a modern audience, but there's a real heart to the series. The actors are all consistently good, and far better than some of today's "big" tv stars, adding even more to the show's entertainment value.

PARAMOUNT has provided the correct 1.33:1 aspect ratio.  For a series this old, the rich colors and excellent contrast are striking. Sure, there are some compression artifacts, here and there, but, overall, it's a great looking transfer.

PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby Digital 2.0 mix. While we didn't discern any separation, the dynamic range is impressive, with hi's and lo's perfectly rendered. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.

The three featurettes included are all wonderful!