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Jake and The Fatman
Season One, Volume One

review by Zach B.

 

 

Not Rated

Running Time: 567 minutes

Starring: William Conrad, Joe Penny

 

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $34.99

Features: Episodic Promos

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

Released: July 8th, 2008

 

 

This first release of "Jake and The Fatman" is presented in 1.33:1 full screen. The episodes are watchable, but are ultimately pretty average when it comes to quality. Detail is subpar, and the episodes are a little on the grainy side. Colors aren't always fully saturated or stand out, and fleshtones are a bit pasty. Blemishes and dirt pieces pop up here and there, too and white levels are a little unbalanced. No great shakes here, but again, they're watchable. 

 

The first volume of "Jake and The Fatman" only features English Mono tracks for the episodes. (What, no stereo?) Fidelity is a little on the low side, but the tracks are clean nonetheless. Dialogue, sound effects and the instrumental music cues are all easy to hear, and blend together well. Straightforward, simple and satisfying for what they are.

English closed captions are available through your television. 

 

There are Episodic Promos, which are always fun to watch. 

 

"Jake and The Fatman" doesn't really offer new much to the investigation/crime drama, but it's still an entertaining show, bolstered by the buddy-buddy chemistry of Joe Penny and William Conrad. Other than episode promos, there are no extras here - and the episodes themselves are on the standard side. Maybe a fun rental, and probably a no-brainer purchase for those who remember and enjoyed the series.