October 25, 2009
‘Lie to Me’ season one was my first look at a high definition television series on Blu-ray. I didn’t watch the first season as it aired but I was curious to see what TV on DVD Blu-ray had to offer. Given the success of other television series on DVD and the popularity of network HD broadcasts, combined with the storage capacity of Blu-ray; the medium really should shine with television series. An entire season in one case (on three discs) makes for a lot fewer disc loads to boot.
Plot: Ah, the plot, well I started with the pilot episode of course and within just a few minutes the premise (Murder She Wrote with a dude who reads faces) was already growing tiresome. Someone twitches their face a certain way so it must mean they’re hiding something. Of course this is a real ability and I’m sure it happens every day, but I suspect that it doesn’t happen as easily or quickly as its depicted in ‘Lie to me’.
At the risk of passing early judgment on the series and realizing the face-reading bit was merely window dressing on a story driven plot, I trudged forward through several more episodes. Once the shows gimmicks subsided a bit I was able to get into some of the storylines, at least on a minor level. Don’t get me wrong, Lie to Me isn’t a bad show, the problem is there are better shows, plenty of them to be honest.
Sound and Image: I was interested to see a HDTV series on Blu-ray, I thought it would be a good benchmark against my local cable provider. Overall I was satisfied with the results, while the discs do look great (or as great as one should expect given the medium) I was pleased to see that my cable image was capable of holding its own against the discs. In other words, this is a great looking disc(s) but if you have reasonably good HDTV service in your area don’t expect a massive improvement over the original broadcast.
The audio is presented in DTS 5.1 HD, while a television soundtrack may not be as dynamic as a feature length movie I did notice plenty of deep bass, in all the right places. The dialogue was articulate and anchored firmly in the center of the soundstage. All in all, the soundtrack was convincing enough but hardly remarkable in its own right.
Extras: Sparse would describe the extras on ‘Lie to Me’ season one. They include a 30 minute featurette that gives some of the back story about the development the show and 20 minutes or so of deleted scenes. Truth be told, not much in the way of extras but worth a look if you enjoyed the show.
Overall: ‘Lie to Me‘ strikes me as a whodunit genera in search of a twist, dare I say gimmick. Take away the micro-expressions bit and you’re left with a generic crime drama, that’s the bad news. The good news is that Tim Roth and company do provide moderately compelling performances and the shorelines themselves are entertaining enough. If you’re a Tim Roth fan and or are just interested in the premise of the show, I recommend this one as a rent, then if you’re sufficiently hooked by all means then its worth a purchase.
Blu-ray: Lie To Me: Season One [Blu-ray]
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Blu-ray Release Date: August 25, 2009
Run Time: 572 Minutes
Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Blu-ray