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The Unit – Season Four/The Final Season (2008 – 2009/Fox Blu-ray)


Picture: B-     Sound: B     Extras: C-     Episodes: C



The semi war-porn action storyline is so played out that you can hardly tell one such show from another.  The reason The Unit lasted as long as it did is because the cast brings this somewhat above the usual formula with Dennis Haysbert, Robert Patrick, Scott Foley, Regina Taylor and Rebecca Pidgeon among others.  So with a likable cast and even David Mamet working on the show at one point, why did this show only stay a steady hit, instead of a phenomenon?  The show is now concluding on Season Four and now seems like the time to quit while on top.


The problem is that he use of the military in fiction has been so strained, formulaic, screwed-up and played for shallow propaganda since the 1980s anti-Vietnam Syndrome revisionism that the genre has been stuck in a rut (think Top Gun, JAG, Schwarzenegger films) that it is stuck their long past the end of the Reagan Era and the Bush Years when this show began.  Though this show mixes things up and may be seen as a transitional work of some kind, the whole genre remains to jingoistic for its own good and even undermines a show like this with more intelligence than usual.


Of course, to tell for sure for yourself, you should not watch this season until you’ve seen the first three in chronological order.  That it is being released on Blu-ray before the first three will irk some fans and those who would like to see the show in High Definition all the way through.  However, those season should arrive sooner or later.  That it is folding during a season with a significant change of U.S. Presidents says something.


The 1080p 1.78 X 1 AVC @ 18 MBPS+ digital High Definition image is on the soft side throughout with motion blur and not a very memorable presentation, but hit sis what you’d expect from a sitcom.  The DTS-HD Master Audio (MA) 5.1 mixes are also underwhelming throughout, since this is dialogue/joke-based and is not going to be sonically great.  Extras include deleted scenes and three featurettes: Into Hell: A Brotherhood Divided, Shadow Riders: A Western Come Undone and Snake Doctor: A Leader Among Us.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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