SRP$49.95 1.78:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1    SONY

 

   

The FX channel has changed cable television in terms of quality by leaps and bounds.  "RESCUE ME", "THE SHIELD", and a few other series have been amongst the most innovative, provocative, and entertaining programs in the last decade!  In "RESCUE ME: SEASON 2" Denis Leary is back in his role as Tommy Gavin, the alcoholic, troubled, intense, annoying, comical firefighter.  While there's plenty to be annoyed at with Gavin, it's due to Leary's incredible grasp of the character and the show's writing and direction, that we ultimately empathize and struggle, willingly, alongside him week after week.

Season 2 stars off with Gavin longing for his old crew, while working at a relatively calm Staten Island firehouse, alongside men whose lives are generally uneventful, and certainly without the mischief and mayhem that Tommy relished in with his old friends.  As Tommy deals with his alcoholism, a lot of welcome storyline is given to surrounding characters adding even more depth to an already brilliant show.

SONY has presented the show's correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio. The colors are solid throughout. While there is some grain, it's never problematic. There's great detail in even the darkest scenes. Fleshtones appear natural.

SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. It's extremely aggressive, adding greatly to the impact of various creative moments within each episode, especially during Gavin's frequent dream-like encounters.  Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.

SONY has included a variety of extras, including a long featurette running over several discs, plenty of behind-the-scenes footage and a gag reel.