Monday, September 23, 2019

Blu-ray Review: Damages: The Complete Series

*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

Mill Creek Entertainment; Amazon
I spent the last few weeks binge watching Damages: The Complete Series ($99.98; 46 hours 17 minutes) which was released to Blu-ray by Mill Creek Entertainment earlier this year. I believe it's also available on DVD.

Created by Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, and Daniel Zelman, the series starred Glenn Close and Rose Byrne. The series aired from 2007 to 2012 and won four Emmy awards. The first three seasons aired on FX and the last two seasons were on Direct TV's Audience Network.

The series centers around a fresh out of law school Ellen Parsons (played by Rose Byrne) who gets a job at the law firm "Hewes & Associates" which is owned by Patty Hewes (played by Glenn Close). During the first season, she's assigned to work on the Arthur Frobisher case. The only reason she was hired in the first place is because of her soon-to-be sister-in-law, who's connected to Frobisher (played by Ted Danson).

Each season centers around a different case with a slew of cast members and guest stars, including William Hurt, Marcia Gay Harden, Timothy Olyphant, Martin Short, Lily Tomlin, John Goodman, Ryan Phillippe, Dylan Baker, Janet McTeer, Jenna Elfman, and John Hannah.

Final Thoughts
I was a big fan of the television series Nip/Tuck when it originally on FX and I recall seeing many advertisements for the legal drama Damages but like many shows, I never got around to actually watching it. Well, that is until it arrived on Blu-ray!

Damages is an uneven series with great performances from the cast. The flash forwards were really annoying! The writing at times was very clunky and I had to push myself to continue watching it. 

The picture and sound qualities varies per disc. Some episodes are a bit grainy, while others are nearly perfect. I'm not for sure it if this was a 4K transfer issue or if there were just too many episodes crammed on each disc. Speaking of discs, there are a total of 10 discs. There are no special features or bonus extras!

Overall, Damages is just an average legal drama that never thrilled me. Besides from the acting, the series is a complete bore. Well, at least that's my opinion. If you're a fan of the series, then you'll probably like the "The Complete Series" Blu-ray more than me. Then again, there are no special features and the picture quality isn't the best, so maybe fans won't be very happy with this release.

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