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Leverage: Season 1 (2008)

Timothy Hutton , Gina Bellman  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Aldis Hodge, Beth Riesgraf
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 14, 2009
  • Run Time: 584 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,226 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Leverage: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

- Audio Commentary is on each episode.
- Deleted Scenes
- Leverage: Behind the Scenes
- Anatomy of a Stunt Fight
- The Cameras of Leverage
- Leverage Gets Renewed
- Beth Riesgraf Crazy Actress Spoof Video

Editorial Reviews

TNT's Leverage takes a Robin Hood approach to criminal justice. After losing his son, ex-insurance investigator Nathan Ford (Timothy Hutton) reinvents himself as an avenging angel who rights wrongs for victims of organized greed with the skilled support of thief Parker (Beth Riesgraf), hacker Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge), grifter Sophie Devereaux (Coupling's Gina Bellman), and retrieval specialist or “hitter” Elliot Spencer (Angel's Christian Kane).

In the spirit of Mission: Impossible, each episode revolves around a different job, and though producer/director Dean Devlin (Independence Day) shot the pilot in Chicago, Leverage Consulting sets up shop in L.A., where the rest of the series takes place. Hardly original--even the jazz-funk score sounds familiar--it's still a breezy lark that moves easily between drama and comedy, and the flashbacks to the team's past are a fun touch. During their inaugural year, they represent clients ranging from a wounded reservist to Nate's pastor (D.B. Sweeney). Other notable guests include Buffy's Danny Strong as a conscience-free contractor and Popular's Sara Rue as an endangered whistleblower. All the while, the hard-drinking Nate's attraction to the increasingly alarmed Sophie grows at the same rate as his alcohol consumption (Alec also develops a crush on the oblivious Parker).

Despite Hutton's Oscar credentials and top billing, 21-year-old Hodge often steals the show with his hilarious line readings and the deleted scenes reveal some equally amusing adlibs. Other extras include five featurettes and commentary on the 13 episodes from Devlin, creators John Rogers and Chris Downey plus key writers and directors, like Tony Bill (My Bodyguard) and Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: The Next Generation), who directs Trek veterans Brent "Data" Spiner and Armin “Quark” Shimerman in "The Juror #6 Job." In response to strong ratings, TNT renewed Leverage for a second season. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

Leverage is a slick and crafty drama following a team of expert thieves that take down corrupt corporations in elaborate high-tech schemes. Insurance investigator Nate Ford (Academy Award-winner Timothy Hutton) exposed scams and recovered stolen items worth millions. But his life hit the skids when his insurance company allowed his ailing 8-year-old son to die. Years later, Nate gets even as the leader of a specialized team of thieves, computer experts and con artists that right corporate and governmental injustices against honest citizens. To expose corruption, Nate will do wrong for all the right reasons –– he will provide Leverage.

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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand fun! May 24, 2009
This series features a modern day Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men -- or in this case, men and women -- pulling off cons, capers, and heists that redress wrongs, return ill-gotten gains to their rightful owners, and also pad the pockets of our heroes.

Though it's tempting to focus on the excellent cast, who do a uniformly stellar job with the scripts, the greatest strength of this show is in the writing. The stories are focused as much on revelation and development of the characters and their histories and interactions as on the clever and intriguing plots. The characters are given depth and dimension -- not to mention humor -- and the viewer finds as much to care about in each of them as in how the caper of the week will play out.

An outstanding opening season for this new series. Not to be missed.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Sometimes bad guys are the only good guys you get." August 5, 2009
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Hog heaven, brother, is what I'm wallowing in. Loving con artist stories like I do, LEVERAGE: THE FIRST SEASON is like unwrapping a crazy awesome present. If you dig stuff like The Sting (Universal Legacy Series), Ocean's Eleven (Widescreen Edition), or even Paper Moon, then LEVERAGE falls right in your wheelhouse. It's slick and smart and funny, and the key characters, initially cut from that predictable mold, quickly grow on you. TNT rolled out thirteen episodes of television goodness, except that by the first episode I'd already gotten hooked. Okay, "The Miracle Job" isn't any great shakes, but the rest of the episodes are very good. In fact, the standouts are "The Nigerian Job," "The Mile High Job," "The Stork Job," "The Juror #6 Job," and the two parter season closers "The First David Job" & "The Second David Job."

I don't follow Timothy Hutton too much, but if a guy was ever meant to play a functioning alcoholic mastermind, it's Hutton. Nathan Ford (Hutton) is an ex-insurance investigator who parted ways with his insurance company when it refused to pay for his 8-year-old son's medical treatment. And Nathan's son died. So there's a grudge against corporate entities already set in place when Nathan is approached to lead a "specialized" team in a righteous heist. And that's how the not-quite-legal Leverage Consulting & Associates firm was born (providing "leverage" for the downtrodden).
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Hood meets Ocean's 11 February 24, 2009
Love this show, too. I wasn't sure how it was supposed to work after the pilot but it really did. The stories are good, the dialogues witty, smart and to the point, the characters are intriguing and the mix of comedy, thriller & action is very well balanced.
Season 2 is being shot april-october so the first new episodes will air in summer, by the way.
The seasons are shorter than usual, somewhere between 12 and 16 episodes I believe, but the budget must be as big as for 22 episodes because each on feels like a small blockbuster. So for those of you who missed the show so far, get it ASAP!!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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With so many reality shows on TV, medical dramas and procedurals, I was happy to run across this wonderful show. The cast is superb and acting is sublime. The writers made sure the characters have their own past histories and flaws to work through and all of them appeared to grow in the first season (except Nate who seems to be getting worse.) There is no gratuitous sex or violence in this show and the writers keep things moving with witty dialogue and action. Frankly, I have yet to guess how they are going to resolve each caper each week. My favorite episode is the pilot - The Nigerian Job. If you have not seen the series, download the pilot. I promise you will be hooked. The Nigerian Job
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Steal from the rich and give back to those who deserve it, giving those who have no chance some leverage.

"LEVERAGE" is the hit TV drama series on TNT executive produced by Dean Devlin ("Godzilla", "Independence Day" and "Universal Soldier"), Chris Downey ("The King of Queens") and John Rogers ("Cosby") and also to see involvement by Jonathan Frakes ("Star Trek: The Next Generation", "Roswell") as a director and Amy Berg ("The 4400') as a writer/producer.

"LEVERAGE" stars Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton ("The Good Shepherd", "Ordinary People" and "The Last Mimzy"), Christian Kane ("Angel", "Close to Home"), Aldis Hodge ("Red Sands", "Friday Night Lights"), Gina Bellman ("Coupling", "Jekyll" and "Permanent Vacation"), Beth Riesgraf ("Struck") and Mark Sheppard ("Battlestar Galactica" and "Dollhouse").

The series also features quite a bit of talent which include Mark A. Sheppard ("Battlestar Galactica) as James Sterling, Nate's former business partner and now rival. Kari Matchett ("24', "Heartland" and "Invasion") as Nate's ex-wife Maggie, "Star Trek" talents Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Armin Shimerman. And appearances by Lauren Holly, D.B. Sweeney, Sara Rue, Jeremy Roenick and many more.

The series would become a major hit for TNT as it became the #1 program on Tuesday nights with solid ratings for the drama series.

"LEVERAGE" features the following episodes on four discs:

Disc 1:

* EPISODE 1 - The Nigerian Job - The first episode that shows us how the group came together for the first time.
* EPISODE 2 - The Homecoming Job - A military reserve who was filming private military contractors are ambushed by them.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing entertaining here
Unoriginal Robin Hood inspired vigilante series . Lame acting ,lame plots , stupid and so unrealistic it borders on sci- fi. And it sends the message that stealing is okay . Read more
Published 14 days ago by Z.M.Jamison
5.0 out of 5 stars Leverage
Love the show. It has it's serious and funny moments. The characters are well developed and their dynamics are great.
Published 15 days ago by liz
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I just found the show this year. I was always working when it was on, so had to get the first season to catch up on it. Loved it!
Published 15 days ago by Glenda S. Willis
4.0 out of 5 stars On time
I received the produce on time and in good shape. The show is just as good as it's first season
Published 24 days ago by Martin Seawright
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern-Day Robin Hoods
Leverage is witty, charming, fun, and most of all eye-opening on some of the ways bad guys can legally get away with bad stuff. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Rose Winters
5.0 out of 5 stars LEVERAGE
This has become one of my favorite shows and was said when it ended. Thank heavens for dvds. I watch this show a lot.
Published 27 days ago by CHERYL Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Leverage
Love the series! I can watch them over and over. As soon as I can I am ordering the rest of the series.
Published 27 days ago by Rhonda Caves
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I got the DVD
I think that whenever you love a television show, you should get the DVD as homage to a show that you loved but also because of the DVD extras. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Just discovered Leverage, just love the shows idea! I am surprised it did not last a lot longer! People love seeing the bad guy or woman get what they deserve.
Published 1 month ago by Colleen Ramsdell
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series!
Excellent series, great story lines, good ensemble acting, lots of action, and family-friendly which we like - it's hard to find family-friendly TV shows. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Phillip B. Panczuk
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I have the same problem, I found no subtitles on the DVD
Sep 23, 2009 by S. Bollin |  See all 3 posts
Episode one - full or cut version?
The DVD has the full version of the first episode.
Jul 19, 2009 by Jeffrey Arnold |  See all 2 posts
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