Chuck: The Complete First Season (2007) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Action / Comedy / Drama
Warner Brothers || NR - 556 minutes - $49.99 || November 11, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-11-02


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Chris Fedak & Josh Schwartz (created by)
Cast: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Baldwin, Joshua Gomez, Sarah Lancaster, Vik Sahay


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Declassified Scenes
  • Chuck's World: Character Development and Casting Sessions
  • Chuck on Chuck
  • Chuck's Online World
  • Gag Reel


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), German (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Portugues

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.::THE FILM::.

Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) is just an ordinary geeky guy who works at the local Buy More (think Best Buy) in the "Nerd Herd" (once again, think Best Buy) department. One day he goes home to notice a message from an old College "friend" Bryce Larkin (Matthew Bomer) who stole his girlfriend from him and got him kicked out of College. Curious, he opens it up (in classic Zork fashion) only to find himself staring, almost paralyzed at the screen as thousands of images pop-up at once on the screen and then... blackout.

When Chuck awakes he finds he able is to see things he was not able to see before - which include gaining a rather lengthy history on certain individuals with criminal pasts. Soon Chuck finds out then a very beautiful woman, Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski), wants to go on a date with him and while he is suspicious he is willing to give it a try simply to break out of his mold. He soon finds out Sarah works for the CIA and another agent, Casey (Adam Baldwin), who has been stalking him works for the NSA. The two departments form a compromise to keep Chuck close by because he holds all the secrets in exchange for not hurting his friends and family.

It’s hard to actually pinpoint why I like the show so much. The dialog is rather witty with many pop references made and the action is fairly consistent but by far my favorite thing about this show is the way they tend to mock the retail world. While Chuck works for what is essentially a Best Buy clone, its humorous to see some of the "behind the scenes" type things that go on in at the Buy More. Since I've worked for some of them I can see that the writers really knew what happens in retail world and probably applied some of their real life experiences to the show.

As far as acting goes it takes a few episodes for most of the actors to fall into place. Right off the start I really like Chuck, Sarah and Ellie but it took several episodes for the rest of the cast like Morgan, Casey and Captain Awesome to gel with everyone else. While I've never been a huge fan of Chucks best friend Morgan, I found it to be a bit more tolerable as the season progressed (and he is perfect in the now airing Season Two). Casey is my only real holdout as we don't know enough about his past and why he acts the way he does, but Adam Baldwin plays him perfectly.

Do yourself a favor and go out and purchase “Chuck” on Blu-ray. Warner has brought the show to Blu-ray at a very low, attractive price and it deserves to be in every ones Blu-ray library. With Season Two being guaranteed a full 22 episodes, you won't have to worry about investing your time in a show that might be canceled at any moment.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All Special Features are presented in SD.

“Chuck: Season One” arrives on Blu-ray in a 3 disc Blu-ray case that has a very nice Slip Cover. Inside you will find a foldout guide that shows you which episodes are on what discs as well as the Special Features.

Discs 1, 2 & 3:
Declassified Scenes (10 Minutes) - This feature is present on all 3 discs and has deleted scenes from most of the episodes. Very few are worth watching as many were just bits of dialog and other useless junk.

Disc 2:
Chuck’s World: Character Development and Original Casting Sessions - This feature spends anywhere from three to five minutes on the six core characters (Chuck, Morgan, Sarah, Casey, Ellie, and Captain Awesome) and gives some insight into why they were chosen to play the part along with such audition footage and already shot scenes from the show.

Disc 3:
Chuck on Chuck (28 Minutes) - A rather long feature that includes Zachary Levi (Chuck), Joshua Gomez (Morgan) and the show’s creators Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak who discuss some of their favorite scenes from the season and discuss a bit about the show itself. Very odd to see a bearded Chuck and goateed Morgan.

Chuck’s Online World (5 Minutes) - This is four really, really lame "web" videos of some of the secondary characters babbling or fighting. Lame.

Also included is a Gag Reel (7 Minutes).



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“Chuck: Season One” arrives on Blu-ray presented in its original aspect ratio 1.78:1 on 3 discs (one 50GB and two 25GB Discs). Many were unsure if the quality would be boosted thanks to Blu-ray due to the typically bad look on NBC... but “Chuck” shines through. I compared this to an HD episode I had saved on my DVR and found it to be much nicer - colors were more vibrant and everything just looked a bit more define. Now, it may not be as nice as “Pushing Daisies”... but this is still an excellent transfer.

Warner continues to provide only standard Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks for their TV on BD releases and Chuck is no different. Dialog was clear but I found some of the more action-oriented scenes to be a bit underwhelming. Getting irritated with this Warner...



.::OVERALL::.

“Chuck: Season One” is definitely a show I would recommend checking out on Blu-ray. Not only does the show appeal to the core demographic of Blu-ray owners but it comes at a very low attractive price that is sure to draw in new fans.