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PERSON OF INTEREST takes the dystopian nightmare of Big Brother constantly watching you and spins something positive out of the potential loss of all personal privacy. Created by Jonathan Nolan, PERSON OF INTEREST looks at the post 9/11 world, with the government's stepped up surveillance of everyone and everything. Barely living in this paranoid world is former Green Beret and CIA field officer John Reese (Jim Caviezel), whom we first encounter as a homeless drunk on the New York City subway system. After a very public incident that is captured on the subway car's security cam, Reese is hauled off to jail, along with the local toughs who attempted to harass him, and weren't prepared for the homeless man's hand to hand combat skills. With some help, Reese gets out of jail and is brought to reclusive billionaire computer genius Harold Finch (Michael Emerson), who offers him a unique proposition... a way to use his currently wasted skill set to do some good in the world, and actually help people.

It seems that after 9/11, Finch was enlisted by the government to build a specialized computer system, one which uses the overwhelming amount of information gathered from omnipresent surveillance devices as a means to predict future terrorist attacks. Referred to as "the machine" Finch's computer system can predict future terrorist attacks, but it also has the ability to predict future crimes that will happen to ordinary citizens. Unfortunately, the government has no interest in the irrelevant data coming from "the machine;" however, Finch does. Leaving himself a backdoor to "the machine," Finch is able to access the irrelevant data in the form of a social security number for someone who will be involved in an imminent crime. Finch then relays the identity of said "person of interest" to Reese, who must determine how this individual will be involved, and find a way to prevent the imminent crime. Both Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson are excellent in their roles on PERSON OF INTEREST, with Emerson constantly giving a standout performance. The cast of PERSON OF INTEREST also features Taraji P. Henson as NYC Police Detective Joss Carter, who first attempts to apprehend Reese, but ultimately forms an alliance with him; and Kevin Chapman as Detective Lionel Fusco, a corrupt cop whom Reese blackmails into being inside man in the police department.

PERSON OF INTEREST: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON ($70) comes to Blu-ray Disc in a four-disc set that features the following twenty three episodes that were aired during its freshman year: Pilot, Ghosts, Mission Creep, Cura Te Ipsum, Judgement, The Fix, Witness, Foe, Get Carter, Number Crunch, Super, Legacy, Root Cause, Wolf And Cub, Blue Code, Risk, Baby Blue, Identity Crisis, Flesh And Blood, Matsya Nyaya, Many Happy Returns, No Good Deed and Firewall.

Warner Home Video has made all twenty-two episodes from PERSON OF INTEREST: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON available on Blu-ray Disc in 1.78:1 wide screen presentations that have been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. PERSON OF INTEREST is terrific looking show, which is evidence by these marvelous 1080p presentations. Because PERSON OF INTEREST is a television production that integrates rough looking, standard definition footage and surveillance quality video feeds, there is some unevenness in the picture. However, this is an intended effect that adds a layer of stylization to the production. As for the series actual principal photography, here is where PERSON OF INTEREST succeeds in being a truly terrific looking show. Across the board, image sharpness and clarity, as well as fine detail and depth are all quite strong. Some shots are a hair softer than others, but it never detracts from the overall presentations. Colors are stylized and changeable from scene to scene; depending on the mood that the production team is trying to create for a particular moment. Sometimes subdued to produce a grittier quality, and at other times delivering good saturation, the hues always appear correct and stable. Contrast is sometimes pushed to create a dramatic effect, but is otherwise generally smooth. Shadow detail is quite strong for a television production. There are no flaws in the source materials. Modest grain/noise is apparent in the image, with darker scenes showing more evidence.

All of the episodes that comprise PERSON OF INTEREST: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON are presented on Blu-ray Disc with 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks. PERSON OF INTEREST is the real deal in television sound, featuring episodic sound designs that are far more cinematic than the vast majority of television fare. Sound effects are well placed with the sound design making excellent use of all the discrete channels, including the rears. Additionally, effects pan around the sound field quite effectively, plus incidental sounds bring the street sequences of New York City to life. Thanks to the lossless encode, fidelity is also very strong, placing several notches above most other television productions. The bass channel is deep and authoritative. Dialogue is crisp, clean and totally understandable. French and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 tracks are also encoded onto the disc, as are English, French and Spanish subtitles.

The interactive menus allow one access to the standard episode selection and set up features, as well as, as well as the extras. Running Audio Commentaries are featured on two version of the same episode- the Original Broadcast Pilot and the Extended Pilot Episode. Both commentaries feature executive producers Johnathan Nolan and Gregg Plageman. Featurettes and other programs include the following: Living In An Age Of Surveillance (fifteen minutes). A Gag Reel closes out the standard extras. PERSON OF INTEREST: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON also includes five DVDs containing the entire first season. An authorization code is provided for an UltraViolet Digital Copy of the episodes, which are just a stream away.

PERSON OF INTEREST is the best new show of the 2011-2012 television season. The Blu-ray presentations for PERSON OF INTEREST: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON cannot be faulted. Absolutely, positively recommended.


Person of Interest: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] (2011)


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



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