Lie to Me: Season One (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Crime / Drama / Mystery
Fox || NR - 572 minutes - $59.99 || August 25, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-08-28


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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

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Samuel Baum (created by)
Cast: Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines, Monica Raymund


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

“* He sees the truth. It’s written all over our faces.”

“Lie to Me” is a rare freshman series. No, it’s as well polished or instantly addictive like “Lost” or even “House”, but it’s a show with a solid foundation, an interesting premise and a flawed but charismatic central character played by an actor who is drawn to those kinds of roles with Tim Roth.

The series stars Roth as Dr. Cal Lightman, the head of The Lightman Group, a contracted company whose members consult on various cases to determine deception in suspects. The season opens with Lightman, without the suspect saying a word, helping the FBI find a bomb in one of a number of churches and based solely on the suspect’s facial mannerisms and body language, could discover the truth.

The Lightman Group is also comprised of: Dr. Gillian Foster (Kelli Williams), Lightman’s sort of second in command whose marital issues play a background part from one episode to the next; Eli Loker (Brendan Hines) is an overly honest guy – meaning he can’t lie – who helps out on cases and learned his skills versus; Ria Torres (Monica Raymund) who is what is called a “natural”, someone who has been able to read people throughout her life. When the show begins, she is recruited by Lightman when she worked as a TSA agent.

The show also features some of the more personal aspects in each of these characters’ lives. Jennifer Beals appears as Lightman’s ex-wife who is an assistant to the Attorney General; Lightman’s daughter, Emily (Hayley McFarland), who has her own skills to see through her father; and Gillian’s cheating hubby, Alec Foster (Tim Guinee).

“Lie to Me” is a great show that mixes drama (though some of the personal stuff doesn’t interest me quite as much), a bit of dark humor and some interesting crimes and cases. Tim Roth reminds me, in a way, of William Petersen of “CSI”, he just has that instant likeability that you will want to follow from week to week despite their flaws.

EPISODE LISTING:
01. Pilot
02. Moral Waiver
03. A Perfect Score
04. Love Always
05. Unchained
06. Do No Harm
07. The Best Policy
08. Depraved Heart
09. Life is Priceless
10. The Better Half
11. Undercover
12. Blinded
13. Sacrifice



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Well, even though Fox’s initial press release said there would be four featurettes, deleted scenes and a gag reel. What we’re left with is one featurette and the deleted scenes...

The Truth About Lies (26:06; HD) is basically a ‘making-of’ featurette on how the series got made, casting Tim Roth -- who at first turned down the part -- and casting the other roles as well as going over the overall idea. It’s a fairly expansive ‘making-of’ featurette that doesn’t come with TV releases all that often.

Deleted Scenes (19:19) – There are 18 scenes included but nothing amazing, just cut footage that wasn’t really needed to make the episode any better.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“Lie to Me” is presented in 1080p high-definition and a 1.78 aspect ratio. Like “Dollhouse”, this isn’t a particularly stunning looking show. Some elements are a bit soft while a few scenes had quite a bit of noise to it (perhaps because it is stock footage). However, colors such as skin tones do look pretty good and I didn’t notice too much in the way of imperfections.

Now, the 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track sounded pretty good with clear dialogue levels and, though minimally used, any loud noises such as explosions or gunshots, are nicely distributed across all the channels rather than focused on just one.



.::OVERALL::.

Sadly, for some reason the studio left a few features on the floor with this release. It’s possible they’re saving it for season two, which, if ratings don’t do better (series premiered with around 12 million and dipped to 8 million by the finale), could be its last. In any case, I enjoyed the show more than enough to still recommend it. The high-def picture and lossless audio, while not perfect, is probably still better than the DVD version, so if you can the set at a decent price, don’t hesitate to pick it up.