127 of 136 people found the following review helpful
A great well written show with great performances and direction, "The Closer" focuses on Deputy Chief of Police Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) is a fish out of water lured from Atlanta to L.A.by Assistant Police Chief Will Pope (J.K. Simmons J.J. Jameson from "Spider-Man" and "Spider-Man 2") lead an elite unite that tackles high profile murder cases with her unusual approach to solving crimes. Her Georgia accent immediately sets her apart from her colleagues. She's much savvier underneath her down home accent than many give her credit for allowing her, like Columbo to tackle crimes that others might not be able to solve. Like Columbo and Monk she's got her own quirks (an addiction to junk food, she shows up at a crime scenes with her sick cat--named Cat--in a paper back and her southern charm can't quite hide her abrasive personality). It's a marvelous TV show with a terrific supporting cast (Jon Tenney, Robert Gossett among others). Unlike Columbo this show is much harder edged.
"The Closer" is presented in a goofy looking presentation; the show is presented in widescreen but because its not anamorphic when you watch it on a widescreen TV the images are stretched or boxed on the sides, bottom and top. The presentation is rather bizarre and I can't quite figure out why they made this idiotic decision but, again, the show looks quite good despite this flaw. The colors are accurate with accurate skin tones. The show has a significant amount of dark sequences but that's the way the show is shot with lots of use of shadows and moody lighting dominating the look of the series. The audio sounds fine and is presented in 2.0 stereo surround as it was originally broadcast. It's primarily dialogue driven so there isn't a huge amount of surround type of effects.
Unfortunately there are no featurettes on the development of the series, how Kyra Sedgewick became involved in the show, interviews with the supporting cast or a glimpse into the creative process of the show. We get deleted scenes for the bulk of the episodes (they were clearly cut for time constraints) presented with the time code at the bottom of the images so clearly most were cut prior to the final assembly of the show. No commentary tracks which is disappointing but the price is right for the show and it's presented in thin packs making it easier to store the DVDs without taking up much room.
Well written, performed and directed "The Closer" looks solid in its DVD presentation but could be improved significantly for the second season. I'd suggest that Warner present the show anamorphically enhanced and include some featurettes or commentary tracks in addition to the deleted scenes. This top notch show one of the best of the season deserves a deluxe treatment but because it's on TNT and has a smaller audience it's unlikely we'll probably see either one of these improvements for future
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2006
I love The Closer because it is both funny and serious at the same time. Brenda Lee has her share of quirks. She is a strong woman and what makes her awesome as a strong woman is she is in no way "Overly Butch" in a position of authority working with men who are hard edged cops. I especially liked how most of the people she worked with did not actually like her when she arrived as a new fresh southern belle out of Georgia.
I liked how the script writers had the men of her unit making snide fun at her accent and odd mannerisms behind her back and some did things to undercut her authority earlier on. I liked how over time the writers gradually showed how she earned the respect of those who worked with her. I like how she uses her southern charms to disarm some and flare up with fire and passion to others as needed. The writers give Brenda Lee added demension as a character. I like how they show how she thinks and eliminates aspects of the crime details till she reaches the solution. While I loved Columbo in many ways and made it my business to buy every Columbo series from [...], I think Brenda Lee is his equal and is somehow made more real by her weird character flaws and quirks.
Yes it would be way nice IF they added lots of featurettes and extras you see in DVD releases of mainline series but, for the money this is an awesome value. I'd much rather enjoy all of the Closer Series than pay tons more for a few extras. I must admit I Brenda Lee's gentle southern Georgia down home just plain folky accent is one of the biggest turn on's for me. All things considered I like the closer because, the scripts are great the acting is great. Most of all I love the closer because the Brenda Lee character is full of heart, passion, down home plain old fashioned humble beginnings southern charm while being still an awesomely intelligent strong woman who speaks her mind. Futhermore Brenda Lee regularly stands her ground with guts and gusto in a male dominated field a trait I think most young ladies need to see so they have a better chance of growing up to be strong, intelligent and self assured. The weird wide screen format was a stupid decision on the studios part who knows why studio executives make the dumb choices they so often do.
You can't beat the price od the closer when you factor in the sheer number and quality of the programs you get for this DVD investment. If you like crime mystery and drama with a tinge of southern charm buying The Closer from [...] is a no brainer. If this new next season of the closer is awesome as the first season was I will be buying that DVD set from [...] too unless the production company gets piggy wanting an arm and a leg kings ransom price for the 2nd season DVD set.
Thanks TNT...Its nice to have the closer to go along with the steady diet of Law and Order you guys show.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2007
I typically like detective shows, especially if they have quirky, flawed characters. Kyra Sedgwick's Deputy Chief Brenda Lee Johnson is a marvelous, wonderful, funny, quirky character, with a flawed, insensitive personality. The amusing thing is that as the series goes along, she's obviously trying to figure out how to get along better with those she works with, and she generally succeeds (with one serious exception).
The supporting cast is also very good. Corey Reynolds' David Gabriel is the perfect sidekick for her, veteran character actors G.W. Bailey and Tony Dennison are wonderful as Lts. Provenza and Flynn, John Tenney is wonderful as the exasperated/bemused boyfriend/FBI colleague Fritz, and J.K. Simmons is wonderful as her boss Assistant Chief Will Pope.
The series's first season is especially good. For one thing, there's a plot thread throughout the first season as the whole team gets used to her, and she them. It's probably better if you watch the episodes in groups of two or three, over a period of only a few days. That will allow you to see the plot that continues from episode to episode, and that includes the whole dozen episodes. This is a very good collection and a very good series.
99 of 116 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2006
I have this set in hand, and I'm quite disappointed. Don't get me wrong, the show is great, but the DVD leaves something to be desired. This program was shown in widescreen originally, and that's the way it is presented here, but not anamorphically enhanced. That means that people with 16:9 monitors will see black bars on the sides as well as the top and bottom. They really blew it with that. :( The show gets 5 stars, but this DVD treatment brings the rating down to three.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2006
Kyra Sedgwick is brilliant in this show, and her supporting cast is also excellent. The fish-out-of-water aspect of an Atlanta cop taking over a predominantly male department in L.A. is only part of what makes this show so great. Brenda in the interrogation room is something to behold. I remember Columbo from my childhood, and I've begun collecting the DVD collections. I understand the comparisons of Brenda to Lt. Columbo, because on the surface, both appear inept. It's not often that a "crime show" can both satisfy the amateur detective in you, and make you laugh out loud -- but The Closer does just that in EVERY episode.
Brenda's quirks are endearing, and as she earns the respect of the men who work for her in the later episodes of the first season, there are many moments that equal the high emotion of feel-good blockbuster movies.
You simply can't miss.
I'm a little confused by people who absolutely hate this show yet buy the DVD box set. But, maybe they should watch the show again, with new eyes.
I never miss an episode, and I'll be pre-ordering every season.
36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2006
When the 1st commercial previews for The Closer started airing last year, I'll admit that I wasn't interested! I mean, c'mon, who wanted to watch another crime drama?? Especially one where the lead, by all appearances, was a - let's say - b*tch! Yet, I watched anyway. Just to be sure. And guess what? I fell in love with it! The teasers did not do this awesome series justice, for what I (as well as many many other viewers) saw was a very strong and driven female detective who has to put up with the bruised egos of her subordinates! Kyra Sedgwick is terrific as Deputy Chief Brenda Lee Johnson (or ". . .just plain Brenda"). This Complete 1st season set will be a welcomed edition to my TV Drama collection. And, with the premiere of season 2 on TNT just a couple months away, The Closer will become even more popular with heart-stopping episodes rich with suspense and climaxes that will take your breath away and leave you speechless!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2006
The 3-star rating is because the show is a 5, and the DVD a 1.
This DVD is not suitable for the hearing impaired. I was really looking forward to having "The Closer" on DVD; however, while it includes French and Spanish subtitles, it does not have English subtitles, so I will continue to watch the show on TV using the closed captioning feature and will forego spending any more money on future season releases.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
The TNT show the Closer just finished it first season and its rushed to DVD just before its second season, the question is it worth it? DAMN YES
I could stop there, but i figure you should knbow the rest
Kyra Sedgwick has labored for years as second Bananas and costarted with many stars. So in her starring vehicle, she knows how to make us watch her. She is an ex-CIA interrogator who many think she is harmless...watch her soft drawl with her brass knuckles attutude. She gets under the skin of the crime and takes us with her.
This show is like Law & Order Criminal Intent with an sharp edge. The supporting cast interplays with Sedgwick so well, this is what true group acting is all about. Stands out in the cast include such acting talent as Jon Tenney (Brooklyn South), G.W. Bailey (in a serious role-but known for Police Academy movies), and Tony Denison (from Crime Story and Wiseguy)
The DVD extras are only deletes scenes. There is not an audio comentary, one would wish there was. Maybe second season.
When you close your AMAZON sales this time, put this on your list and DONT CLOSE off this Closer--you will miss great detective entertainment
Bennet Pomerantz, AUDIOWORLD
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2006
I agree with another reviewer who saw the similarity to LO:CI. KSedgewick gives her character a strange, mannered way of talking and gesturing. She still manages to be lovable and instead of becoming a laughing stock, her interrogation skill gradually wins over her underlings. The supporting cast is top notch too. Also a big cheer for having an integrated racial cast.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2006
I LOVE "The Closer." So much so that rather than be content with the TIVO recordings I made or wait for a really good price on a used copy of the DVDs, I ordered brand new DVDs. It is bad enough that TNT distracts with the logos, previews and animated characters at the bottom of the screen, they add poor editing of the broadcasts so that a scene is abruptly ended for overly-loud commercials. All of which I was hoping to avoid with the purchase of the DVDs. What a waste! The audio is horrible. There is such a variance between the audio of the episodes and the so-called "extras", the un-aired scenes from the broadcast episodes. I still love Brenda Lee and her crew but am embarrassed that TNT presents them in such a low class setting. I am not sure I will bother buying second season DVDs because of the lack of quality used in presenting the first season. The deleted scenes are offered as though they were thrown in as an after thought. Art need not be completely forfeited for the sake of earning a dollar.