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  • Missing – Season 2

    Posted in: Disc Reviews by David Annandale on February 9th, 2006

    Overall
    Film
    Video
    Audio
    Extras
    (out of 5)

    Synopsis

    FBI trainee and psychic Caterina Scorsone is suddenly graduated because her abilities are needed on a missing person case, and so begins her partnership with borderline rogue FBI agent Vivica A. Fox. And there’s the premise set up: each episode, someone else is missing, and CSI meets the X-Files, but with none of the panache of either show. The dialogue is pseudo-hard boiled, and Fox is no more an federal agent than I am the Pope (I highly doubt those stiletto-heeled, snakeskin boots are eit…er regulation or practical). The show is competently put together, but flat and uninspiring, the investigation feeling like tired motions being gone through. If the premise grabs you, you might find a modicum of entertainment here, but that’s about it.

    Audio

    If the show isn’t that exciting, the audio is considerably more so, especially as far as 2.0 television soundtracks go. The score sounds simply terrific, and there are plenty of very solid environmental effects (such as all sorts of miscellaneous office noise in the FBI headquarters scenes). The dialogue is clear and undistorted. All in all, this is a very solid example of its type, but it is somewhat let down, as seen below, by the picture.

    Video

    The picture makes the series look rather older than 2004 (and that, my friends, is not old at all). The grain is present, but minor, and there is no visible edge enhancement, which is all to the good. But the image is rather soft, and the colours are a real problem, varying in quality quite wildly. Some scenes are noticeably pale, with flesh tones so washed out the entire cast seems to be suffering from a bad case of the flu.

    Special Features

    None, barring a few trailers. The menu’s main screen, intro and transitions are animated and scored.

    Closing Thoughts

    Distinctly pedestrian stuff, at every level: show, transfer and extras.

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    Posted In: 1.33:1 Fullscreen, Box Set, Disc Reviews, Dolby Digital 2.0 (English), DVD, Lionsgate / Maple Pictures, Television

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