DVD REVIEW - THE WEST WING


ASPECT RATIO: 1:33
16:9 ENHANCED: NO
AUDIO: DOLBY STEREO 2.0
SUBTITLES : ENGLISH
SPECIAL FEATURES: MAKING OF, TV AND RADIO SPOTS
DATE RELEASED: 6TH AUGUST 2002


The West Wing is without doubt one of the best made American TV shows of the last decade. Strong writing, strong acting and strong direction make this a must see show. Having garnered a record 18 emmy nomination in it's first season it's easy to see why.

Warner Home Video presents the entire first season of "The West Wing" split into two box sets comprising 3 discs per set.

The first set consists of the first eleven episodes. They are:

***Premiere
***Post hoc,ergo propter hoc
***A proportional response
***Five votes down
***The crackpots and these women
***Mr Willis of Ohio
***The state dinner
***Enemies
***The short list
***In Excelsis deo
***Lord John Marbury

The second set contains episodes 12-22. They are:
***He shall, from time to time
***Take out the trash day
***Take this Sabbath day
***Celestial navigation
***20 hours in L.A
***The White house Pro-Am
***Six meetings before lunch
***Let Bartlet be Bartlet
***Mandatory Minimums
***Lies, damn lies and statistics
***What kind of day has it been

The episodes are presented in their original broadcast ratio of 1.33. Being made for TV they are not 16:9 enhanced. The clarity on display is adequate for a TV show. 4 discs in the set contain 4 episodes per disc and thus that equals a lot of compression.

There was small amounts of grain in the picture now and then but nothing to be too concerned about.

The audio was Dolby Stereo 2.0 . As expected from a 2.0 soundtrack the audio is very front centered. It was very clear at all times. English subtitles are present.

The special features are short and sweet. There is a brief making of featurette which is nothing more than a promo piece. There are also assorted TV spots.

The West Wing is nothing short than fanatstic. At $79.95 per set it's a must. Add it to your collection today




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