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Prison Break: Season Three (Blu-ray Review)

5 Oct, 2008 By: John Gaudiosi

Prison Break 3

four-disc set $49.98 DVD, $79.98 Blu-ray
Not rated
Stars Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, William Fichtner.

After skipping putting season two on Blu-ray, Fox has released the writers strike-truncated third season of “Prison Break” in high-def.

Following an escape in season two, the third season puts many of the colorful characters into a grimey Panama prison in the middle of a desert. Unfortunately, the show has about worn out its welcome. The concept was stretched for the second season, and it’s hard to imagine producers pushing it much longer (although the fourth season is currently on the air).

The 50GB discs look great. My only complaint is that the show looks a bit overexposed in some of the outdoor scenes in the bright Texas sun (subbing for Panama). That’s more a show issue, since the overexposure was likely a director’s decision.

The DTS HD 5.1 Master Lossless Audio is superb. The music drives the action forward and the show makes full use of home entertainment surround sound.

In the extras department, Fox did such a great job going behind-the-scenes with the first season of “Prison Break” that this new set seems very short-changed. None of the extras are exclusive to Blu-ray, and there’s not a single commentary on any episode. The four featurettes are spread across the four discs.

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