The Job: The Complete Series (2001)

Genre(s): Comedy / Crime
Shout Factory || NR - 480 minutes - $49.98 || May 24th, 2005
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2005-05-27


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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

A U D I O &
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Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Denis Leary (created by) & Peter Tolan (created by)
Cast: Denis Leary, Lenny Clarke, Bill Nunn, Diane Farr, Adam Ferrara, Richard Grant, John Ortiz, Julian Acosta, Keith David


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Creators' Commentary on Select Episodes
  • Interview with Creators Denis Leary and Peter Tolan
  • Gag Reel
  • Series Premiere Promo Spots
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • On-the-Set Cast Interviews
  • On Location Interview with Peter Tolan
  • A Message from Denis Leary


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Widescreen (1.78), Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: None

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.::THE FILM::.

IMAGE

"The Job", created by Peter Tolan and star Denis Leary, was a critical success but much like (in a recent example) "Arrested Development", ABC never really knew what they had and how to properly promote it. I remember seeing some promos early on but passed on watching it as it never seemed to appeal to me at all... Now I wish I had watched as I liked what I saw and because so, I may check out Leary's popular FX show, "Rescue Me".

If you don't know, and you probably don't, "The Job" is about a New York Police precinct where nothing is normal nor is anything off-limits (if you're in the PC crowd, you might cringe at times; there's an episode called "Gay"). Denis Leary plays Detective Mike McNeil, a chain smoking, pill-popping alcoholic with a wife and kid (played by Rory Culkin) with a girlfriend on the side. At work he has a partner, 'Pip' (Nunn) with an over-bearing wife; a cute detective named Jan (Farr); the token fat cop Frank Harrigan (Clarke); as well as another duo who have their own quirks (one of whom never speaks on camera).

Some of the plotlines (especially early on) were absolutely hilarious and off-the-wall including one scene where Mike and Pip are tracking down an informant, a guy in a wheelchair, when spotted he takes off and eventually Mike and Pip find themselves running after the guy down the street. There are plenty of other crazy and zany plots (with cameos from Elizabeth Hurley and Gina Gershon as themselves).

"The Job" is a great spoof (of sorts) of other cop shows like "NYPD Blue" and the bunch. The main reason I enjoyed the show so much is at only (about) 22 minutes each, they go by quickly and the jokes keep flying one by one, leaving little time for the lamer one's to drag in the mind.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Although "The Job" is no longer around, the DVD producers manage to present a nice 4-disc set with some good special features that I only wished studios like Universal and Columbia TriStar (at least in regards to "Dawson's Creek") would provide.

First, Denis Leary and Peter Tolan give their insights via commentary on five episodes ('Pilot', 'Bathroom', 'Gina', 'Gay' and 'Barbeque'). The two don't have a lot to say after the pilot episode (they explain how the set was an old school) except laugh at the jokes they wrote, which could sound a little arrogant, but I found the conversations to be fun like two pals just jabbering about the old days (also, Leary apparantly rarely remembers any details of the show until he saw it again). In a few of the commentaries, Denis Leary (in an opening) calls himself Willem Dafoe (which I does look like him).

The Interview with Denis Leary and Peter Tolan runs at an astounding 27 minutes. I say "astounding" as TV series DVDs don't usually go too in-depth so it's nice to see that Leary and Tolan took time to go through each little tid bit that might be on the fans' minds.

Surprisingly, the Gag Reel is actually quite unfunny. When watching something like a gag reel, I expected the cast and crew to be at their wild and wacky moments, but instead it was more like outtakes than anything (I think there's a difference between a gag reel and outtakes).

The Series Premiere Promo Spots are the advertising bits which ABC aired before the series started. Interestingly, I remembered seeing them and deciding that it didn't like anything I wanted to see... There are a few of these spots but are not anything that interesting other than going down memory lane.

Behind-the-Scenes Footage is basically a montage of Leary, Tolan and company shooting "The Job" in NYC. One scene showcased was Det. Frank Harrigan commadering a meter cop's vehicle to track down a loose suspect. Nothing great but it is only footage, so it's not going to be top viewing priority.

The On-the-Set Cast Interviews and On Location Interview with Peter Tolan have each cast member answering more burning questions the network wanted them to answer in order to promote the show more (this was filmed back in 2001/02). My main problem and why this was dumb is each actor just sits there and explains who their character is and why one should watch the show. It gives little insight into anything so it's throw away material for me. The Tolan interview is much the same and the same purpose...

Finally, there is a Message from Denis Leary which promotes his Leary Firefighter’s Foundation which raises funds for our firefighters. You can find out more by going to the organization's site: www.learyfirefighters.org



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

IMAGE

This is one of the very few TV show DVDs that actually provides a better than decent sound mix and picture. The only thing is, it was kind of confusing at first as the first disc (6 episodes) were all presented in full screen and a 2.0 mix. The picture on these episodes had noticable pixelization especially in the darker scenes. However, it goes uphill on the rest of the discs as the 13 episodes (which were the second season) are presented in glorious widescreen and a choice of 2.0 or Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes. Impressive for a show that basically lasted less than two seasons. Could be better in places, but all in all, good enough for me.



.::OVERALL::.

I was pleasantly surprised at how funny "The Job" was. It had a new humor rarely seen before (especially network television) and has a lead character who is has more than a flaw or two. The problem is, "The Job" was just too out there for ABC and general viewing public to get behind. It's a shame since this could've been an interesting show going on for five seasons or more with rich material.

For you regular folks out there, "The Job" is worth the sticker price but only if you can handle material that is outside the norm of society.