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Person of Interest: Season 1 (2011)

James Caviezel , Michael Emerson  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (891 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Caviezel, Michael Emerson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2012
  • Run Time: 1012 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (891 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0053O8AKU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,826 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Person of Interest: Season 1" on IMDb

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Person of Interest: The Complete First Season (DVD)

A high-concept show that isn't afraid to get down and dirty, this latest exercise in paranoid worldbuilding from producer J.J. Abrams provides an addictive combination of action and future tech. Series creator Jonathan Nolan (brother of Christopher) lays out the premise at a furious clip: an eccentric tech genius (Lost's Michael Emerson) enlists a shadowy soldier-of-fortune (Jim Caviezel) to help with his pet project--a machine with seemingly endless surveillance capabilities. Utilizing the device's ability to identify threats before they happen, they set out to right future wrongs, attracting the attention of a dogged New York cop (Taraji P. Henson) in the process. Were Person of Interest content to remain at the level of weekly procedural, it would be a very good one, with every installment boasting well-choreographed fight scenes, Emerson's impeccably weird comedy timing, and a thorny morality that keeps the methods of the protagonists edging into the black. (A standout early episode, featuring Linda Cardinelli as a doctor with a hidden past, boasts an open-ended resolution that would do Elmore Leonard proud.) Thankfully, however, Nolan and co. also show an ability to play the long game, cannily inserting flashbacks that hint at a bigger mystery, introducing a strangely empathetic recurring supervillain, and laying out minor plot elements that pay off big further down the line. The show's impressive planning also extends to the supporting cast, with Henson given a character arc that many leading characters would envy. (Kudos as well to Kevin Chapman, as a former dirty cop whose slowly growing conscience provides many of the best moments.) The best element of the show, however, may well be The Machine itself, an initially implausible gimmick that quickly becomes a character in its own right; an omnipresent asset that--pay close attention to the evolving graphics overlays--may not be quite as passive an observer as its creator insists. By the time the final cliffhanger episode of the season rolls around, it's apparent that the show's mythology still has plenty of unexplored depths to delve. Extras include a lengthier cut of the pilot, a fascinating/scary look at the current state of surveillance tech, and a brief gag reel showcasing Caviezel's ability to do a killer Christopher Walken. --Andrew Wright

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289 of 305 people found the following review helpful
"Person of Interest" is by far the best new drama on television this year, in my opinion. The writing and acting are top notch, and the characters of Finch (Michael Emerson) and Reese (Jim Caviezel) have great chemistry together. I was hooked from the very first episode, and I look forward to purchasing the DVD so I can rewatch the entire series again (without commercials). I really enjoy this show and look forward to watching every week, and I just hope that CBS recognizes that this show deserves to be renewed for another season (and many more).

JUST EDITED this review to add that I would LOVE to see "Person of Interest" added to the Amazon Instant Video Library. I would purchase the entire season AND also the DVD when it becomes available. This show is worth every penny, trust me.
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139 of 149 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Person Of Interest: Best New Show Of 2011 October 27, 2011
Person Of Interest is the best new show of 2011. If you liked the Equalizer, Burn Notice, and shows where people with special skills help and save the threatened, the indigent, and the underdog and where the bad guys get their comeuppance, and frequently permanent comeuppance, you will thoroughly enjoy Person Of Interest. Great show, and worth your time to watch.
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109 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best drama of 2011 Season! November 9, 2011
By Jorja
This show is excellent entertainment. Complex, complicated characters, good acting, and a premise of special individuals trying to save the innocent while staying anonymous! Similar to the original premise of Batman (or The Equalizer), these individuals risk arrest or death if they're caught, yet are compelled to make amends for past bad deeds by helping the innocent and punishing the evildoers.
Lets hope CBS recognizes just how well this story is done and keeps it around for more than one season.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars never got cliche or predictable June 21, 2012
By Dave G
My comments concern plot (no spoilers).

This show takes what seems like a stereotyped theme and really plays with it, leaving the watcher never quite sure what is going to happen next. Good balance between story line and character development.

The relationships move quickly and develop, flashbacks are never quite what you expected, and the typical pattern of "guys on the run who help people" theme never quite gets old because the writers never fall prey to routine.

They also refused to fall prey to the "stretching out the tension" routine. Hidden identities and tensions are often resolved within a couple of episodes rather than stretching them out for dramatic effect. New underlying hidden story lines suddenly emerge. For example, the romantic thing in "Castle" has been drawn out way too far, as well as the "death of Kate's mom" story line. Castle got boring (took two seasons). Burn notice got boring (took three seasons). Glades got boring Took one and a half seasons). we might like the characters, but its business as usual every episode.

But not Person of interest (so far). It keeps coming in fresh and things end at the most random and unexpected times. In a television world where stretching things out to appease the executives and advertisers is common (remember the 4th and 5th season of Lost?)Person of Interest so far has my undivided interest.

I highly recommend it.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best show since 24 July 13, 2012
By pab
This is a great show. The acting is great, and the chemistry between the characters is really good too. There is just enough tension between the two main characters to make it interesting, yet you realize that there are good feelings too. The supporting cast is first rate. The quality of the episodes makes it seem as if they were produced as if it were a movie.

I am surprised though that they are waiting this long to release the DVD. The DVD release is just prior (I believe) to the start of the 2nd season. I would have thought that, based on word of mouth from people telling their friends how good the series is, that the producers would want to get this DVD out sooner so people who didn't watch it could catch up. I'm sure they have their own reasons.

Regardless, an excellent show, and the best I've seen since 24. Of course can't comment on the quality of the DVDs or the extras (not released yet) but I have a feeling that I will be purchasing this DVD when it is released.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't POI on amazon instant video October 17, 2011
Most of the other current/new shows are on amazon's instant video--why not person of interest. This is a great show and I have been watching re-runs on the CBS website because each time you watch and episode again, you discover something you missed the first time. This is a great show--a smart show--one of the best new shows out there. CBS will eventually take these episodes down--I would like to buy/download and keep them on amazon. Waiting for the DVD could take a year perhaps. I guess my point is others are up--why not "Person of Interest".
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best new fall shows! October 24, 2011
By Julie
I love how you don't know if the Person of Interest is the target or the perpetrator. And the use of technology is appropriate for this day and age. Jim Caviezel is mesmorizing! I find him fascinating to watch. And Michael Emerson is a very multi-dimensional actor (anyone who watched him on Lost I feel would agree). If you miss an episode...just go to [..]cbs to watch them for free! (hopefully there will be a dvd released by Amazon!)
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best New Drama In A LONG TIME - NEED Instant Video!!! January 12, 2012
Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel as a team was *genius* casting. I already loved Michael Emerson - he is such a compelling actor, and somehow layers his characters beautifully. The surprise to me was the chemistry with Caviezel as his partner; they are funny, well-matched, and work hand in glove. Every scene with them is seamless. Their acting is at a Broadway/major film level, not television. They are amazing.

The writing is great, and becomes increasingly complex, as well as consistently intelligent. Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Chapman are also very good in their roles. This show had me within the first 20 minutes and I'm totally hooked now. I only pray that CBS takes the hint from the fact they won the People's Choice Awards for favorite new TV drama and ensures a season 2 - this show deserves a long run.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BUT ENJOYED VERY MUCH
Published 1 day ago by Virginia Hotelling
5.0 out of 5 stars Jim Caviezel is a person of interest....
I love Jim Caviezel. Excellent plots...he always wins even in tough circumstances. His co-stars equally shine...a great team.
Published 3 days ago by CICI
5.0 out of 5 stars POI = excellent
Excellent show! I became a fan of Michael Emerson after seeing him portray Ben Linus in the television show, Lost. He does an excellent job as Harold Finch in POI. Read more
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Love this show
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you haven't seen this show, start here and be ready for an...
Best show ever! Love it and watch it over and over. This allows me to really break down the details of the complex story. Well written and excellent acting. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Sierra Oscar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent! Solid acting, creative story lines. I can't believe I never watched it on TV.
Published 11 days ago by K. Howell
5.0 out of 5 stars mac can't watch: ( you gotta need a blu-ray ...
mac can't watch :(
you gotta need a blu-ray player...
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Finches history
Not yet. Episode 22 reveals a more human side of Finch though, and shows just what he has given up for the sake of what he does.
Sep 9, 2012 by Matt |  See all 6 posts
Cliffhanger ?
Yes, it's a cliffhanger, but the show has been renewed for Season 2. If you can wait until then, you'll be OK!
May 25, 2012 by N E Terrel |  See all 5 posts
poi dvd vs. blu-ray
They have the same bonus features. The Blu-Ray set has four BD's and six DVD's so basically you're buying two copies of the show. Otherwise I'm sure the picture quality is superior to the DVD version. I've added a link to a review of the Blu-Ray... Read More
Sep 8, 2012 by Jordan Strange |  See all 3 posts
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