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Leverage – The Second Season (2009/Paramount DVD Set)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Episodes: C-



Somehow, Leverage has made it into it Second Season, but I was far from impressed with its debut, as this link will show:





That also explains the show, which has crooks switching sides for the money.  Timothy Hutton still leads the cast in what is still a show wishing it was Hu$tle and the titles of the episodes (every title ends in “Job” instead of “Affair” like that other Robert Vaughn series, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), it has only saved itself by becoming formulaic and that is no improvement here.  If this is what Paramount has been avoiding by not making a sequel to their Italian Job remake, that will be one less bad feature film in the world.


All 15 hour-long shows are here on 3 DVDs and I don’t think it will make much of a difference if you start here or with the debut season, but the show is just lame.  Acting is fair, wit bad and comedy dumb.  Action is rare and effects are weak too, making this TV done much better too many times before.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is softer than the shows on the first season for whatever reason, possibly including a step backwards in HD shooting and other sloppiness (like those digital visual effects), but there is no excuse for this.  Detail is also an issue.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix on each episode is not as expansive as the first season with less soundfield in each show.  These declines cannot be just something about budget cuts, but it is not good.


Extras include audio commentary on each episode, a Gag Reel, Spoof Music Video, Creators Q&A, two making of featurettes and John Rogers Set Tour.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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