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CSI: Miami - The Complete First Season
Genre: TV-D

Reviewed In Issue 87 (Aug 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez, Khandi Alexander, Rory Cochrane & Kim Delaney

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Audio commentary tracks are offered on Disc One with the pilot (director Danny Cannon and writer Ann Donahue), episode 101 (director Joe Chappelle and writer Steve Maeda). Disc Five also offers a commentary track on episode 118 (director David Grossman and writer Elizabeth Devine), as well as Disc Six on episode 123 (writer Elizabeth Devine and technical advisor John Haynes). Additional features found on Disc Seven include two 12-minute featurettes, procedures on locating and collecting evidence with technical advisor John Haynes, a three-minute tour through the autopsy theatre with actress Khandi Alexander, a brief tour through the gun lab, and a soundtrack spot.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 87966
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $89.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
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(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 1098
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 02/03
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 06/29/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Danny Cannon, Joe Chappelle, Tucker Gates, Scott Brazil, Bryan Spicer, Deran Serafian, Charlie Correll, Dick Pearce, Daniel Attias, Greg Yaitanes, David Grossman, Artie Mandelberg, Jeannot Szwarc, Greg Yaitanes & Peter Markle
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Complete First Season Of CSI: Miami is brought to DVD in a seven-disc set. David Caruso leads a talented cast as criminologist Horatio Caine who tackles the daily lives and deaths in sun-drenched Miami locations. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The series is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, with picture quality that varies from generally pleasing to somewhat mediocre. Fine details and textures are limited, and blurring or smearing is noticed at times, but other scenes offer satisfying sharpness. The picture can often have a thematically dark appearance, but contrast and shadow delineation are nicely rendered. Edge enhancement can be a problem throughout the series, appearing especially annoying in higher contrast scenes. Pixel breakup and shimmering details can also be noticed. Still, the picture quality on these DVDs should be suitable for smaller home theatre displays. (Suzanne Hodges)

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