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The Second Season
Starring: Jason Isaacs, Jason Clarke, Annabeth Gish, Ethan Embry, Kevin Chapman, Fiona Erickson, Brian F. O'Byrne and Fionnula Flanagan
Running Time: 546 minutes
Retail Price: $49.99
Specs: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Stereo, Spanish Stereo, English Closed Captions, Episode Selection, Chapter Selection (6 chapters per episode), Three-Disc Set
Released: October 7th, 2008
The ten second season episodes of "Brotherhood" are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The transfers are flawed, namely in their slight artifacting, noise and heavy amount of edge halos. The image quality is also a bit wishy-washy at times, and that's definitely not helped by the series' large amount of filters in its visuals. Nonetheless, even though detail is adaquete, fleshtones hit their marks often and color saturation is pretty deep, though probably could have been refined more. Watchable, and sometimes sharp, but still a bit disappointing. I really wish these transfers were more consistent.
The English Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks have a fair amount of power. Musical cues are mixed well through the channels, dialogue comes in quite clearly, while fidelity is good and subwoofer use is above average. Still, it's the surrounds that make this series standout. There are a few that are frontcentric, but across the board, you'll find plenty that are discrete and use the rears well. This is a show that is on the violent side, but when guns are fired and punches are thrown, these tracks definitely come alive and do justice to the intense nature of the series. Solid and well-suited tracks, overall.
English closed captions are included via your TV, and there are stereo tracks in English and Spanish.
There's the third season premiere of Showtime's "Dexter" on the third disc, but no extras actually relevant to the "Brotherhood" series. What a shame.
"Brotherhood" is one of those critically acclaimed shows on TV you're probably not watching that you should, let alone heard of. With the second season now out, you can now catch up before the start of the upcoming third. It's disappointing this set has no extras, but the presentations of the episodes are pretty good. Certainly a must have for fans of the show, and a worthy rental for those unfamiliar with it.