The Closer: Season 1
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(May 23, 2006)
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Meet Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, the quirky, no-nonsense boss of the elite Priority Homicide Division of the Los Angeles Police Department, played to perfection by Golden Globe winner and Emmy® nominee Kyra Sedgwick. Brought from Atlanta to head up this special unit that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases, Brenda has world-class interrogation skills, often matching a criminal's lie with one of her own in order to obtain a confession. Her offbeat attitude and hard-nosed approach can rub her colleagues the wrong way, as does the fact that she is a tough-minded Southern woman in a department dominated by men. The series also stars J.K. Simmons (Juno, Spider-Man films), Corey Reynolds (The Terminal), Robert Gossett (Arlington Road), G.W. Bailey (Police Academy films), Tony Denison (Prison Break) and Jon Tenney (Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World). Catch the critically acclaimed series from the start.]]>
- 13 episodes on four discs
- 22 minutes of unaired scenes
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"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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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I LOVE this series....the show is fantastic.... but WHY are seasons 1&2 only available with Spanish and French subtitles?? Read morePublished 2 days ago by R. Brandon
It's a really good television show that I've never seen before and now I'm just watching season one and will go all the way through season sevenPublished 9 days ago by Sandra Kerbow
I ordered this for a friend as a gift, I don't like the series.Published 15 days ago by SaKura OGrady Elliott
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