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Early Edition
The First Season

review by Zach B.

 

 

Not Rated

Running Time: 1031 minutes

Starring: Kyle Chandler, Shanesia Davis and Fisher Stevens

 

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $49.99

Features: Episodic Promos

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

Released: June 24th, 2008

 

 

The first season of "Early Edition" is presented in 1.33:1 full screen. The episodes look decent at best. There is some artifacting, and the episodes look pretty grainy and a bit soft. Noise and edge halos populate the transfers too, but the prints used - while not perfect - look pretty clean. Fleshtones are not too bad, and neither is color saturation. In all, the series doesn't look entirely sharp but is certainly watchable.

 

"Early Edition" features English Stereo Surround tracks, which had a lot more life than I expected. Dialogue is always clear and easy to hear, while the uppity instrumental music cues from legendary composer W.G. Snuffy Walden do have a bit of a presence. What really took me by surprise were the sound effects. They are a bit limited compared to 5.1 tracks, but still made an impression - be it the action, the Chicago streets or the trading floor in the pilot. These are more-than-decent and pleasant tracks for the show, and I don't think anyone will be disappointed.

English closed captions are available through your television. 

 

The thing are Episodic Promos, which I think were used when the series was in syndication. 

 

"Early Edition" was a mid-90s CBS staple that had its fans, and it's nice to see the series come to DVD. While the lack of extras are disappointing, this first season looks and sounds pretty good. Fans of the series should look into picking this up, while newcomers and more casual watchers should certainly consider a rental.