FOX has released "THE UNIT: SEASON 4" on blu-ray. After a pretty
engaging 1st season, inconsistent but still gripping 2nd season and
sometimes ridiculous 3rd season, "SEASON 4" took an entirely different
approach, with more action than before, compensating for plotting flaws,
but it still failed to reach a large enough audience to prevent its
Dennis Haysbert offers a commanding presence as Jonas Blane, a former
military expert in charge of "The Unit," a secret operations force, on 24
hour alert to handle global threats. Blane's team of specialists are
die-hard patriots, regularly braving the most dangerous missions to protect
America and allies from truly ruthless adversaries. The unabashed patriotism
is a major appeal of the series and "THE UNIT" at its best, presents some
very inspiring moments. Unfortunately, the writing team on any given season,
never fully grasps the underlying direction of where the series is heading.
Sometimes the series comes across as a bigger budget "A Team" and sometimes
it shoots for some depth and intricate plotting with story arcs and
connecting episodes. There's also a strong attempt to carry over plot
intracasies from previous seasons. However, even moments that feel close to
provocative or insightful, get undermined by uneven pacing and action that
feels forced and formulaic. Typically, in season 4, it's almost like the
writers of "Baywatch" have been re-writing something by David Mamet. Even
while "Season 4" offers plenty of gripping tension and makes for compelling
and even addictive viewing, the often comic-book stereotypes of adversaries
and lack of depth to its main characters, showcases the overriding problems
of the series.
Fans of the series will enjoy "SEASON 4" but those new to the series,
will likely feel lost, even while watching the simple plotting at hand.
FOX has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC
MPEG-4 blu-ray. Colors are pushed to the limits, resulting with intentional
oversaturation and an unusual design, similar to what Tony Scott sought with
"MAN ON FIRE." Contast is also pushed to its limits, and the result, while
unique can be overbearing in large doses. Thankfully, the producers were
smart enough to offer "regular" looking imagery to mediate these scenes.
Detail is excellent, and in spite of consistent grain, the image is pretty
sharp, even while artisticly challenging.
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. Far more aggressive than
most tv series, this mix offers everything conceivable to please its fans.
There are plenty of directional and deep bass effects, complimenting the
actions scenes, but even calmer, dialogue sequences as well. And, there's a
lot of dialogue in this series, although little of it adds much substance,
providing more exposition than dramatic force. The score, effects and
dialogue are perfectly, even artfully balanced, making this one of the best
tv on blu-ray mixes available.
Extras include: deleted scenes in standard resolution and some
featurettes in HD.