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Some will consider ELEVENTH HOUR a misfire from Jerry Bruckheimer Productions. Personally, I really liked the series and was somewhat shocked and disappointed, when CBS cancelled the show. Based upon the even shorted lived British television series of the same name, ELEVENTH HOUR starred Rufus Sewell as Dr. Jacob Hood, who works as a Special Science Adviser for the FBI, and Marley Shelton as Special Agent Rachel Young, who is assigned to protect Hood. Unlike THE X-FILES or FRINGE, places its basis in science fact, as opposed to science fiction, and on a weekly basis Hood and Young investigate crimes of a scientific or seemingly paranormal nature that other agents or agencies have been unable to solve. Always entertaining, ELEVENTH HOUR mixed a heavy dose of science into the police procedural format. Midway during the episodes, Special Agent Felix Lee (Omar Benson Miller) is introduced into the mix and he assists the pair in their investigations.

ELEVENTH HOUR: THE COMPLETE SERIES ($35) comes to DVD in a six-disc set that features the following eighteen episodes: Resurrection, Cardiac, Agro, Savant, Containment, Frozen, Surge, Titans, Flesh, H2O, Miracle, Eternal, Pinocchio, Minamata, Electro, Subway, Olfactus and Medea. Released exclusively by on, ELEVENTH HOUR: THE COMPLETE SERIES is in the format of the Warner Archive titles, which are part of the Studio's manufacturing on demand service.

Warner Home Video has made all eighteen episodes from ELEVENTH HOUR: THE COMPLETE SERIES available on DVD in a 1.78:1 widescreen presentation that features the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays. The episodes look fine for standard definition, with no glitches being evident, as these are burned DVDs, instead of standard manufactured discs. Image sharpness and detail is good, while colors appear strongly saturated and stable. Blacks are accurate, as are the whites. Contrast and shadow detail are also quite good. There are no flaws in the materials from which the episodes are mastered.

ELEVENTH HOUR: THE COMPLETE SERIES arrives on DVD with Dolby Digital 2.0 channel surround stereo soundtracks. This is "get the job done" talky police procedural sound; so much of what we hear is front and center. There are occasional channel separations, but the outlying channels donít see too much activity beyond ambient sounds and musical fill. Dialogue is clean and easy to understand. No other language tracks or subtitles are provided. Menus are basic and offer episode access or a play all function. No supplements are included.

ELEVENTH HOUR was an entertaining show that I am sorry was canceled. At least fans will be able to acquire it in some form from





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



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