Cast: Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Jon Voight
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-Ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 8/10
Ray Donovan, a professional “fixer” for the rich and famous in LA, can make anyone’s problems disappear except those created by his own family.
‘Ray Donovan’ tells the story of a man who fixes problems for the wealthy and famous while also trying to balance a family life at the same time. For many years he’s been doing well for himself and able to provide for his family as well as keep them more than comfortable. But once his father is released from prison early and Ray learns he will likely be heading his way; things start to spiral downward and become far more complicated. Ray must both protect his family and keep his father at bay (due to the questionable circumstances which caused his incarceration in the first place) no matter what the cost might be.
Liev Schreiber (who I’ve been a huge fan of for many years and personally consider one of the better actors working today) portrays the title role of Ray Donovan and he handles it flawlessly, giving one of his more noteworthy performances, which is saying something considering my high level of appreciation for the man’s talent. In addition to his impressive performance, the rest of the cast is pretty fantastic in each of their respective roles as well, with a number of talented individuals making up the show’s roster such as Jon Voight, Dash Mihok and far too many more to list here. The first season also features a couple of truly memorable guest roles portrayed by James Woods and Frank Whaley who are both pretty outstanding.
Fellow fans of ‘Ray Donovan’ will definitely want to pick up a copy of Season One on Blu-Ray to add to their collections. While there may be a lack of bonus content on the release, the video and audio presentations are absolutely top notch and this is without question the best quality possible in which to revisit the fantastic first season of this phenomenal series time and time again. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of the series, I would highly recommend checking it out, it’s definitely not one to be missed in my opinion and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Ray when Season Two premieres Sunday, July 13 on Showtime.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Ray Donovan: Season One’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the first seasons episodes. The video presentation looks truly superb on this one. As a result of splitting the seasons twelve episodes throughout three discs, we are rewarded with a more than sufficient bitrate on all of the episodes. The colors are sharp; everything looks brilliant, detailed and superb overall with no noticeable faults to be found within on my end. The high definition video presentation on the Blu-Ray release is certainly a large step above the High Definition video presentations in which Showtime originally aired the series and I’m pretty confident that fellow fans of the series will be more than pleased.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack on all 12 Season One episodes. The lossless soundtracks sound pretty solid overall, perfectly maintaining the balance and drastic changes that occur between the shows numerous calmer and subtly intense moments, into the hard hitting and louder moments. Everything sounds discrete and pretty fantastic, with a number of moments giving the lossless soundtrack a chance to hit fairly hard, which it delivers on admirably without ever deterring from the audibility of the dialogue occurring at the time. Fellow fans of the show and audiophiles alike should be pretty content with the lossless multichannel soundtracks included on this release.
Unfortunately no bonus content is present on the Blu-Ray release of ‘Ray Donovan: Season One’ but you can rest assured that every other aspect of this release is absolutely phenomenal.
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