Fastlane - The Complete Series
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From cutting-edge director McG (Supernatural, Chuck, The O.C., the Charlie's Angels films) and acclaimed writer John McNamara (Jericho, The Fugitive, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), this high-octane series -- which won an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Stunt Coordination -- explodes onto the screen, redefining cool for a new generation. To take down the most dangerous crime rings in Los Angeles, two undercover detectives -- a former Orange County surfer (Peter Facinelli -- Six Feet Under, The Scorpion King) and a street-smart New York native (Bill Bellamy -- Any Given Sunday) -- borrow from the "Candy Store," a warehouse filled with dazzling valuables impounded by the police: sports cars, designer clothes, jewelry, guns and cash. Led by their sexy boss (Tiffani Thiessen -- Beverly Hills, 90210), it's a dream come true for these driven, young cops. Fasten your seatbelts and hang on -- from the speedway to the beach, you'll find all the Fastlane action right here.]]>
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First and foremost, the DVD release does not contain the same music as the aired series. Let that sink in.
So in the pilot episode, you aren't treated to The Vines, Limp Bizkit, and N.E.R.D. as you were on television, but rather some nameless hack band spouting generic platitudes about being "hip". This is ironic, considering the point of the show is to be bombastic and authentic. Instead we get the audio equivalent of "white socks and a Corolla," to quote the show. They don't even have the theme song for the opening credits.
Even worse, the DVD isn't widescreen. This would be fine if the show was originally aired fullscreen. But it was aired in widescreen. This is baffling. I get the music thing; it takes money to re-license tracks. But why not widescreen?
The show would get a 5-star rating, but the poor quality of the DVD is what gets 1 star. It's sad when the pirated version of the show that fans have been keeping on their hard drives for all these years is of superior quality to the trash I just paid money for. Get your act together, Warner Brothers.
NO Dolby Digital 5.1 surround Sound
No animated menus
Worst of all they changed the music! the music they used does not work.
I am sure that this is a show that could have achieved cult status on DVD if properly produced and marketed. Hopefully the fan reaction will send the message and a new set will come out that is worthy of this great show.
[Soundtrack Note]After 5 years of silence from the show's studio, Warner Brothers finally released the series to DVD this past Tuesday. Why'd it take so long? Most stories lead back to the expansive soundtrack featured throughout the Fastlane series. The problem seems to have been that many of the songs were originally licensed only for television and not a DVD release; as such, the series has jumped over to disc shy of nearly every single one of its original songs (thumbs down). Unfortunate, yes, but the new soundtrack has been reworked with a slight attention to the mood layed out by the original songs. That said, you can't take out a Coldplay or Phil Collins song from a dramatic scene and shovel in some unheard of tune. Half the reason this show was worth watching was simply for it's endless barage of hit tracks.
Video Quality: The Fastlane DVD set looks good, but there is some noticeable grain in each episode. The grain was perhaps a decision by the series' writer/director/producer, McG. Colors are vibrant, intense and saturate well. Resolution is hit or miss at times, but acceptable for the most part, especially when viewed with an upconverting player. Overall, the five year old series has a respectable transfer, but not great.
Audio Quality: Alas, it's 2.0 Stereo.Read more ›
To top it off the quality doesnt look that great, episodes look grainy.
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More of a drama show...Not much car racing...good show and nice cars.Published 2 months ago by Soccer Franc
im so happy this series was made, i remember loving it so much when it first came out. im still bummed out that the show was cancelled after one season, but you know what its still... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Vicente
Dvd is fantastic as far as I'm concerned. Sound, picture pretty good. Loving every minute of it. I have seen all the shows, taking my time. Enjoying it.Published 11 months ago by Ed Verdugo
I read all of the reviews complaining about the music not being the original series music. That didn't bother me in the slightest. Didn't even notice it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by KERS
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