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BONES:
THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON

Even after seven seasons, BONES remains one of the bright spots in the whole police procedural television genre. With its mixture of forensic science, detective work, a decided sense of humor and character driven storytelling, BONES is one of my favorite police procedurals currently airing on network television. Based very loosely on the life and writings of forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs and developed for television by Hart Hanson, BONES offers fans of the venerable television genre, requisite murders on a weekly basis, in addition to the decomposing corpses that are the bread and butter of this particular series. Of course, to offset the grisly decomposing corpses that get plenty of screen time, BONES interjects plenty of quirky, character driven humor into the mix. Fortunately, the humor never undermines the series forensic science that serves to solve each weekly mystery.

Unlike most police procedurals, which deal with fresh murder victims and corpses that tend to be intact, BONES strips away the flesh and blood of a crime, and places the investigation firmly in the hands of forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel). Given the unfortunate, but appropriate, nickname of "Bones," our forensic anthropologist works out of Washington’s Jeffersonian Institute on difficult cases brought to her by the FBI, where she and her team reconstruct crimes from the human remains that are literally little more that bones. For these difficult cases, Dr. Brennan is (for the lack of a better term) partnered with Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz), that is, when the investigation requires her to deal with the living.

Other members of Dr. Brennan’s forensics team include Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin), an artist who specializes forensic facial reconstruction and Dr. Jack Hodgins (T. J. Thyne) the resident entomologist, who is also an expert on spores and minerals. Dr. Camille Saroyan (Tamara Taylor) is the Head of the Forensic Division at Jeffersonian Institute and a pathologist, who oversees the investigations. Dr. Lance Sweets (John Francis Daley) is the psychologist assigned to Booth and Brennan by the FBI, who sometimes assists in their investigations by providing motive, psychological profiles and probative questions during interrogations. Caroline Julian (Patricia Belcher) the prosecutor from the U.S. Attorney's office, who becomes involved the cases investigated out of the Jeffersonian Institute on a regular basis. Michael Grant Terry, Carla Gallo, Pej Vahdat, Eugene Byrd, Joel David Moore and Luke Kleintank portray the rotating roster of interns/lab assistants that work with Brennan’s forensics team.

BONES: THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON ($70) comes to Blu-ray in a 3-disc set that features the following thirteen episodes that were aired during year seven: The Memories In The Shallow Grave, The Hot Dog In The Competition, The Prince In The Plastic, The Male In The Mail, The Twist In The Twister, The Crack In The Code, Prisoner In The Pipe, The Bump In The Road, The Don't In The Do, The Warrior In The Wuss, The Family In The Feud, The Suit On The Set and The Past In The Present. Season seven of BONES was truncated to a half season order if episodes to accommodate actress Emily Deschanel's real life pregnancy and maternity leave from the series. Deschanel's real life pregnancy mirrors that of her character, with complication arising in Temperance's relationship with her partner and co-workers, as well as the character reduced mobility as the pregnancy advances.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has made all twenty-three episodes that comprise BONES: THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON available on Blu-ray Disc in 1.78:1 aspect ratio presentations that have been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. Like the preceding BONES Blu-ray releases, the episodic 1080p presentations easily best their 720p broadcast counterparts, which are over-compressed and artifact ridden on my local cable system. Almost always, the image appears crisp and very nicely defined. Dimensionality is quite good, plus there is a nice amount of fine detail and texturing. As expected, there are some shots that are a bit softer than others, plus the hi-def presentations tends to reveal the weaknesses in the series process work. Colors are naturally saturated, and the flesh tones appear true to life. Blacks are inky, while whites are crisp. There are no noticeable defects in the source materials. Very little grain/noise is present in the image.

All of the episodes that comprise BONES: THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON are presented on Blu-ray Disc with 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks. Like the previous seasons, the episodic television sound designs contained in this collection are talky and tend to favor the forward soundstage, with some good channel separation across the front. As expected, the rear channels deliver a few active effects, as well as the usual complement of ambient sounds and musical fill. The lossless encode really enhances the musical component, especially the show’s wonderful theme music. The bass channel adds some weight. Dialogue is crisply rendered and generally easy to understand. No other language tracks have been included on the disc, but English, French and Spanish subtitles are provided.

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 a few extras. There is a running Audio Commentary on the following episode: The Past In The Present. Deleted Scenes are provided for the following two episodes The Memories In The Shallow Grave and The Past In The Present. Featurettes and other programs include: Creating The Suit On The Set (eleven minutes) and Bone Of Contention: On The Red Carpet (twelve minutes). A Gag Reel closes out the supplements.

Despite a truncated seventh season, BONES remains one of the most enjoyable police procedurals out there. The Blu-ray presentations are pretty sweet. Recommended.

 
BONES: THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON 


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


 

 

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