Entourage: The Complete Sixth Season (2009) [Blu-ray]
|Genre(s): Comedy / Drama|
|HBO || NR - 326 minutes - $49.99 || June 22, 2010|
|Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2010-06-21|
Writer(s): Doug Ellin (created by)
Cast: Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Jeremy Piven
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“Entourage” season six features many storylines from our favorite friends: Vincent Chase (ADRIEN GRENIER) is back on top after scoring a hit with Martin Scorsese’s biopic, “Gatsby”; Turtle (JERRY FERRARA) is full on in love with Jamie-Lynn Sigler (JAMIE-LYNN SIGLER) and has finally chosen to grow up by going to college and making something of himself; Drama’s (KEVIN DILLON) career takes a turn for a worse after confronting his boss; and Eric (KEVIN CONNOLLY) is questioning his own business after another opportunity opens up, as he also plays the field of women while still pining over old flame, Sloan (EMMANUELLE CHRIQUI). Meanwhile, Ari (JEREMY PIVEN), is also finding more success when an opportunity presents itself to be the owner of the largest agency firm in town.
If you like, you can read my DVD review of season five to get a general idea of how I like the series. As for this season, I thought there were elements that were better. First, despite it being only a half season compared with standard shows (12 episodes vs. 22-24), creator/writer Doug Ellin manages to allow the characters to grow in one way or another, mostly for the better. Like Vincent is over the critical and financial flop that was “Medellin”, failure on ‘Smoke Jumpers’ and finds new life with “Gatsby” or Eric might finally be ready to settle down... for two examples.
What makes the show work, of course, is the comradery between the best buds and their journey through life in Los Angeles. It also doesn’t hurt to have someone as abusive and abrasive as a Ari, a person that while over-the-top, probably does exist in that world, to get fantastic and hilarious entertainment out of.
Another reason the series has worked after six years is the insider nature giving insights into the Hollywood life from the money, glitz and glamour to the ugly underbelly of backstabbing and vicious grudges. It’s all there, each and every season and despite the issues “Entourage” has had over the years, namely the progression of the characters, it is still far more entertaining than many other comedies on television right now.
Here is the episode listing with my personal favorites marked with an asterisk:
02. Amongst Friends*
03. One Car, Two Car, Red Car, Blue Car
04. Running on E
06. Murphy’s Lie
07. No More Drama
08. The Sorkin Notes
09. Security Briefs
10. Berried Alive
11. Scared Straight*
12. Give a Little Bit*
I’m not sure how much longer “Entourage” can go on. The characters for the most part are on the upswing in their careers and for a few of them, things can only go downhill for them. But as it stands, this sixth season is still great entertainment and worthwhile for those who have been with Vince and the gang since the beginning.
The 3-disc Blu-ray comes housed in a digipak inside a glossy slip cover.
There is an optional recap for each episode, as well as one for the previous season.
Audio Commentary on ‘No More Drama’ includes Creator/Executive Producer Doug Ellin, Executive Producer Ally Musika & Actors Jeremy Piven, Jerry Ferrara, Adrien Grenier and Bob Saget. With six participants, there isn’t a lack of chatter going on as the commentators go through topics about the writing, characters, actors, etc. It’s not the best track I’ve listened to and there were a few who spoke more (Ellin, Piven, Saget) than others (Grenier).
Life at the Top (15:02; HD) – This is a making-of for the sixth season of the series beginning with the huge premiere for the Martin Scorsese biopic, “Gatsby” and going into the storylines for each of the characters featured throughout the season. The featurette has interviews with the cast and crew.
A Day at the Speedway (3:22; HD) is a short featurette showcasing the shoot at the California Speedway and the cars used. Not sure why this couldn’t have been folded into the previous featurette.
ONEXONE PSA (2:02; SD) – Matt Damon directs Vincent Chase as he films a PSA for the ONEXONE organization... with poor results.
Audio Commentary on ‘Scared Straight’ has the returns of Doug Ellin, Ally Musika, Jeremy Piven, Jerry Ferrara, Adrien Grenier and Bob Saget while Kevin Connolly joins the group later on. This track is far less energetic and there are a few gaps here and there.
Audio Commentary on ‘Give a Little Bit’ features Ellin, Musika, Piven, Ferrara, Grenier, Connolly and now Kevin Dillon. The track is pretty much on par with the last as we get some tidbits on the making of the episode while also a fun conversation amongst friends.
.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.
“Entourage” is presented with a 1.78 aspect ratio and in 1080p high-definition. This is my first HBO Blu-ray and comparatively to other TV Blu-rays, this one looks pretty dang good in HD. Colors are bright and from my memory, similar to what is shown on HBO HD. The detail level is good, black levels are nice and there’s just a discernable amount of noise that gives the picture some texture.
The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is pretty good, though it is a show centered more on the dialogue than anything else. The opening song/theme has some depth while the occasional use of hip-hop music kicks on the subwoofer.
“Entourage” is yet another great series on HBO and although the sixth season might not measure up to previous seasons, it’s still hella entertaining from beginning to end. The Blu-ray looks and sounds good while the features are alright.