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Brotherhood
The Final Season

review by Zach B.

 

 

Starring: Jason Isaacs, Jason Clarke, Annabeth Gish, Ethan Embry, Kevin Chapman, Fiona Erickson, Brian F. O'Byrne and Fionnula Flanagan

Running Time: 426 minutes

 

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $42.99

Features: None

Specs: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Surround, Spanish Mono, English Closed Captions, Episode Selection, Chapter Selection (6 chapters per episode), Two-Disc Set

Released: September 7th, 2009

 

 

The final eight episodes of "Brotherhood" are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. Those familiar with the first two seasons on DVD will find many of the same strengths and weaknesses. Edge halos and noise run rampant. The show's often-filtered visuals can look hit and miss here: sometimes the image quality looks pretty sharpy, and other times its a bit wishy-washy. Still, detail is pretty good and colors are boldly saturated, which really imbue the image. Also satisfying are the fleshtones and black levels. Not perfect, but maybe a tad more consistent than the previous season on DVD. 

 

The English Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks are also on par with previous seasons, and that means they pack a fair amount of energy. Musical cues are mixed well through the channels, and dialogue comes in clearly. Fidelity is good, and subwoofer use is above average. But the surrounds really do stand out. There are ones that are centered in the front, but the rears get used more often than not — and are often discrete, too. The series has a violent side amid all the dialogue exchanges, 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 is a surround track in English and a mono track in Spanish.

 

No extras. Sigh. 

 

"Brotherhood" was quite a series, and in a just world would have gotten the same level attention most HBO series get — let alone some of Showtime's flagship shows. The third and final season on DVD doesn't have any love besides the solid presentations, as there are no extras. Fans of the series can only hope that there will be more of a following on DVD, and perhaps an expansive boxed set (with extras!) in the future. In the meantime, for those who missed this season or the first two, any time is a great time to check out this show.