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Cannon
Season One, Volume One

review by Zach B.

 

 

Not Rated

Running Time: 615 minutes

Starring: William Conrad

 

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $29.99

Features: Episodic Promos

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Mono, English Closed Captions, Episode Selections, Chapters (6 Chapters per episode), Four-Disc Set

Released: July 8th, 2008

 

 

Unfortunately, "Cannon" has seen better days. These are old, murky transfers that don't offer much in way of quality. Dirt pieces, scratches and blemishes plague the prints, and detail is a bit on the rough and bluured side. Color saturation and fleshtones are underwhelming, too. And as you might expect, the image quality is soft - often reminiscent of a VHS dub. Disappointing.

 

The English Mono tracks are better than the transfers, but don't get excited. All the sound elements - the dialogue, sound effects and music - come in fine and are audible, but that's about it. Fidelity is decent, but a little on the low side. On the plus side though, I did not hear any pops or hisses from the episodes I sampled. 

English closed captions are available through your television. 

 

There are Episodic Promos for all the episodes except the pilot. Fun, in an antiquated kind-of way.

 

"Cannon" is an enjoyable series in the Quinn Martin canon (no pun intended, I swear) - featuring a wry performance from William Conrad as the title character. There are no extras to speak of, and while I'm not sure what elements were used to put the DVDs together, but the presentations of the episodes are seriously lackluster. Here's hoping future volumes offer a little improvement.