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The Unit - The Complete First Season (2006)

Dennis Haysbert , Audrey Marie Anderson , David Mamet  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (525 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dennis Haysbert, Audrey Marie Anderson, Regina Taylor, Max Martini, Robert Patrick
  • Directors: David Mamet
  • Format: Dolby, Dubbed, Box set, Subtitled, Widescreen, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 19, 2006
  • Run Time: 564 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (525 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GB75CO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,482 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Unit - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

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  • Commentary on the episode Sere
  • “Inside Delta Force” featurette

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Full of action, intrigue, and espionage, The Unit offers a dramatic, fictionalized look inside the military while also giving viewers a peek inside the private lives of the elite squad. Conceived by the critically acclaimed David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, House of Games), The Unit is an elite, covert Special Forces team that operates outside the military chain of command. The first season's 13 episodes offer insight into the characters without revealing too much about the men who make up the operation. Are they extremely patriotic, or are they adrenalin junkies who have to be in danger to feel validated? The answer probably falls somewhere in between, and the viewer gets the feeling that as much as the men love their wives and children, it's their jobs that give them their true reason for living. Led by veteran Jonas Blane (Dennis Haysbert, 24), the Unit deals with terrorism, rescue missions, and assassinations quickly, discreetly, and efficiently. If all goes well, someone else gets the credit. If things go awry, it's their necks on the line. In the first season of The Unit--which aired from March to May 2006 as a mid-season replacement--the action is fast, the plot is succinct, and the acting is well done (when dealing with the deadly missions). It's the secondary storyline involving the wives that's less successful. The newest member of the Unit, Bob Brown (Scott Foley, Felicity), apparently didn't fill his wife Kim (Audrey Marie Anderson) in on what their new life would be like. From the beginning, she resists the hoo rah attitude that the other wives exhibit. But rather than coming across as an independent free thinker, she is presented as a whining drip of a woman who has no clue about the definition of a secret. Of course, when faced with the military's version of The Stepford Wives, who could blame her? As Jonas' supportive wife Molly, Regina Taylor (I'll Fly Away, Courage Under Fire) is less sympathetic than usual. In the early episodes, she comes across as an almost stalkerish busybody who is always there when Kim is trying to cope with a life she never wanted. Throw in an affair between commanding officer Colonel Tom Ryan (Robert Patrick, Terminator 2: Judgment Day) and one of the wives and you've got the makings of a military soap opera. The show is at its best when it concentrates on the men and their missions. We may not understand why they do what they do, but we're grateful that someone is doing the dangerous job for us. --Jae-Ha Kim

Product Description

FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS SHAWN RYAN ("The Shield," "Angel") and PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT DAVID MAMET.

They are The Unit, a covert Special Forces team operating outside the usual military chain of command. Whether stateside or aboard, these heroes are on the frontlines protecting U.S. citizens and foreigners alike, slipping in under the radar and risking their lives to save the day then leaving just as quietly without any well-deserved credit or thanks. Starring Dennis Haysbert and Scott Foley, this riveting, action-packed drama is as realistic and pulse-pounding as it gets.


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121 of 141 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UNIT breaks the CBS MONOTONY July 25, 2006
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Ah... finally CBS produced aired and had faith in a show that WASN'T FORMULAIC... mystery-solved, every week. Here's a court case and an immediate resolution. When does that ever happen?

The nation was starving for something outside the box and outside the typical routine T.V. shows that overwhelm our video box every night, and not to my surprise... THE UNIT actually locked in a solid rating. Was the state of the world we're in the reason for the people who tuned in? Was it the fact that Dennis Haysbert who was a lot of people's favorite character from the smash FOX hit, 24? Was it the no holds barred, no mercy, no sugar-coated story-telling method?

I think it's a combination of a lot of things. My favorite reason for tuning in was that it was REAL. It wasn't like all the other CBS shows that unrealistically solve a murder in 40 minutes or resolve a court hearing in 40 minutes.

The UNIT shows the not-so-pretty side of counter-terrorism secret units. A shadow company of elite soldiers who aren't even allowed to tell their wives what they do. But, unlike many CBS shows, you actually get to know the characters in the show. You get to see the HARD mission minded Jonas Blane (Haysbert) and the family man when he returns home. You get to see what the wives have to deal with while their men are away.

The most important thing the UNIT gives its viewer is the understanding that GETTING THE JOB DONE, isn't always pretty. Isn't always moral. Isn't always negotiable. The UNIT also shows what it is to be military, what it is to be American, and what it is to do a thankless job.

This show is gritty, dark, dangerous, secretive and it comes to a dramatic and shocking finale that will leave you salivating for the 2nd season episodes to begin their run.
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man Code is a Special Forces Drama Always Compelling September 29, 2006
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I've always loved David Mamet films because of his brisk realistic dialogue and his preoccupation with the male code and its clash with civilization. That theme is well served in The Unit, even better than films, because he has the long-range TV landscape to develop his characters, Delta Force anti-terrorist unit who, for hardly any pay, risk their lives in international missions while their wives, living in a nondescript military base, pinch pennies and deal with the daily dramas of having husbands who could die in the blink of an eye. Avoiding sentimentality, piety, and jingoism, The Unit has an appropriately cynical look at power and the use of trickery to succeed against one's enemies and even one's bureacratic bosses. In this sense, The Unit resembles the show 24 but unlike 24, which is often over the top, The Unit employs psychological realism. Perhaps better than any TV show right now, The Unit specializes in riveting plot lines, especially employing the reversal, where the plot goes one way and then turns the tables in a way that never seems forced or arbitrary. So far the second season has proved as the good as the first. If you haven't seen The Unit, the DVD first series season is a must.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most realistic Special Operations show out there March 15, 2012
The show does not fit your standard drama show and there is a big cause for this: these episodes are all derived from the real SFOD-DELTA mission set. Haven't heard of them? good, that's how it is supposed to be. To say this show was dangerous is to say that our SOF soldiers need more credit and lee-way for precision driven work than what we give them. I love every episode and everyone I know who knows who they are loves the show also. Truth be told I can't wait until Dennis Haysbert pulls some 'unit' stuff on an ALLSTATE commercial!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Unit is almost perfect December 2, 2008
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The Amazon.com editorial review hit it on the head. I am a woman, and I love this show. It is exciting, interesting, and thought-provoking; but the wives' storyline is just painful.
I believe that it's due to a combination of poor writing for the women's characters and bad acting. Most notably bad is the one having an affair with the colonel (can't think of her name, that's how forgettable she is). The actress playing Molly Blane, who is normally good, is horrible in this role. The best acting performance is for Mrs. Brown, but she needs to have better scripts.
The most interesting parts are those when the men are on their missions. The male performers are all very good actors. If I were the writers, I would get rid of the colonel's mistress and Molly Blane characters; and replace them with better actresses. And give Mrs. Brown better material to work with. If they do this, it can become a 5-star classic.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I am career military so I am pretty picky when it comes to this type of show. The whole forcing the wife on base housing in the beginning was so overdone and so unrealistic. Then the whole "this is your husbands cover unit, because his unit does not exist" crap. If this were the case the wife would not know it was a cover, she would just think he really is in the XXX Logistics whatever". If you know the fact a unit does "not exist" (called black in real life) then you actually know it does exist and therefore the cover is now blown lol and it is no longer a black unit. This is just silly. It would have been better if the wife just did not know he was in a special unit at all.

I had to stop the video when the new guy called the Sergeant Major "Top"...that is term for 1st Sergeants, not Sergeant Majors.

I am picky...but I don't consider myself nitpicky. If they cannot get these simple things right I don't even want to know what else they do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
Fantastic series. I was devastated when the show ended. The main actors truly made you fall in love with story behind each character. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good interesting series
A great drama with a lot of action. Solid acting and interesting characters are worth watching. A solid, enjoyable series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great searies
I had caught bits and pieces on TV, and loved the program. When I saw Amazon had it I started watching again from the beginning
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intense and addicted drama/thriller
Intense and unexpected suspense. Keeps you close to the seat and reminds you of all the sacrifice our service man as well as their family and friend
Published 1 day ago by ALI CALERO
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Excited this is finally on Amazon prime! I loved watching this series when it first came out on Tv, if you haven't seen it, i would highly recommend this show.
Published 1 day ago by Cory Hughes
3.0 out of 5 stars good solid show...
I like the show overall but could do without the adultery and the story lines about self centered wives. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Patrick M. Racey
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds works on these
It is a great show...kind of like NCIS with the two sides. One about the Unit & the other about the wives & their ways. Best of all the sound works with these shows.
Published 1 day ago by james
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Love it!
Published 2 days ago by Anna Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific show
Oustanding series. Great acting and story. Truely a great show. It's a shame that it is underrated. I'm glad I started watching again
Published 2 days ago by Julian Andres Medina
5.0 out of 5 stars Military special ops
I enjoy watching military spec ops movies. I have seen most of the episodes in season i and some I haven;t seen before. They are great. Read more
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