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LIE TO ME: SEASON ONE

As I have stated previous reviews, the broadcast sea is awash in police procedural styled programming, and such shows need something to set them apart from the rest of the tide. Fortunately, LIE TO ME ($60) is a different kind of police procedural with its own gimmick, which makes it stands out from the others. LIE TO ME is a show that doesn’t concern itself the actual police work of gathering physical evidence, but instead, relies on the science of human behavior to get to the truth. In LIE TO ME, Tim Roth stars as Dr. Cal Lightman, a psychologist and founder of The Lightman Group, whose expertise in body language and especially micro-expressions, places him and his colleagues in high demand as private contractors, who assist law enforcement, and other entities, in getting at the truth in both criminal and civil matters

Roth is quite good as Lightman; the character is the series showoff role-- a scientific know-it-all, similar to that of Dr. Gregory House, only Lightman is less abrasive and a tiny bit more human. The roster at The Lightman Group also includes Kelli Williams as Dr. Gillian Foster, Lightman’s top associate, whose approach is a bit more traditional and human. Brendan Hines is Eli Loker, a Lightman Group employee, who adheres to radical honesty, saying absolutely everything on his mind unfiltered, as a way throwing others off balance. Monica Raymund is Ria Torres, a recent recruit to the company, who lacks the formal training of her colleagues, who demonstrated a natural ability to read people as a TSA agent, which brought her to the attention of The Lightman Group. Also along for the ride is Mekhi Phifer as FBI Agent Ben Reynolds, who works along side The Lightman Group on various cases.

LIE TO ME: SEASON ONE ($60) comes to Blu-ray in a three-disc set that features the following thirteen episodes that were aired during year one: Pilot, Moral Waiver, A Perfect Score, Love Always, Unchained, Do No Harm, The Best Policy, Depraved Heart, Life Is Priceless, Better Half, Undercover, Blinded and Sacrifice.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has made all twenty-four episodes that comprise LIE TO ME: SEASON ONE available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio presentations that have been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. The 1080p presentations are good, but they are a little uneven, and are not representative the best-looking television programs released on Blu-ray. However, I think this has more to do with the antiseptic quality of the show’s photography, than a flaw in the Blu-ray mastering. LIE TO ME sometimes looks too cold and austere for its own good. However, sequences that register warmer do come across in a more favorable manner. Image sharpness and fine detail are well represented here. Colors are variable, occasionally appearing drained, but mostly displaying a good level of saturation. Blacks appear uneven, but the whites are stable. Because the blacks are uneven, there are issues with the levels of contrast that sometimes causes things to appear a bit milky. Shadow detail seems just fine for a television level production. Flaws in the original elements are virtually non-existent. Grain/noise is present in the image, but is not excessive.

All of the episodes that comprise LIE TO ME: SEASON ONE are presented on Blu-ray Disc with 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks. The episodes sound good with the outlying channels being utilized for occasional placement of active effects during key moments. However, since LIE TO ME is in essence a talky police procedural, the sound is confined to the front (and largely center) much of the time. Of course, the usual complement of ambient and environmental sounds does find their way to the outlying channels, as does some fill. Fidelity is very good for a television production; with the lossless encode helping things along. Dialogue is crisp and always easy to understand. No other soundtrack options are present. Subtitles are available in English, French and Spanish.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the disc's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard episode selection and set up features, as well as some extras. The Truth About Lies is a half hour program that looks at the production. Approximately twenty minutes of Deleted Scenes close out the extras.

LIE TO ME has enough of a gimmick to set it apart from the sea of police procedural styled television dramas, plus it has Tim Roth on board, not to mention proving itself rather entertaining. The Blu-ray presentations are not outstanding, but they aren’t particularly bad either. If you are a fan, hi-def is definitely the way to go.

 

LIE TO ME: SEASON ONE 


Lie To Me: Season One [Blu-ray]

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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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