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"House: Season Six" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Tyler Stripko

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Synopsis

Season 6 of this award-winning show finds Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) in a psychiatric institution, struggling to rid himself of his Vicodin addiction after having his medical license revoked.  After leaving therapy, House must get back to what he does best; solving the most puzzling medical mysteries around.  

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2010, Color, Not Rated, 16 Hr 7 min
  • Aspect Ratio:  1.78:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring:: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein
  • Directed by Various Directors
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: Suggestive
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

I watched “House” somewhat religiously for the first two seasons, then just sort of drifted away from the show.  I can see now that that was a mistake.  Season six reminded me why I got hooked on the show in the first place.  Each individual episode is brilliantly written and executed.  The character development is superb.  Hugh Laurie absolutely shines in his role as House and constantly finds new ways to enhance the character.   The supporting cast is excellent and keeps the show from devolving into a one-trick pony.  There weren’t any real “stinker” episodes in this season, and I particularly enjoyed “The Tyrant” which showcased the talents of James Earl Jones as a genocidal African dictator.  On a somewhat-related note, the season’s opener “Broken” was filmed at Greystone Psychiatric Hospital in Morristown, NJ.  If you are ever in the neighborhood, I recommend a visit (just a drive-by mind you).  The facility has some of the creepiest abandoned buildings around. 

Technical

The picture quality absolutely shines on these discs.  Frankly, this is some of the most natural looking HD images I have seen short of nature documentaries.  Colors are very accurate yet still manage to “pop” on a properly calibrated screen.  There is hardly a soft shot to be found on any episode. Black levels and contrast are also excellent.  I wish all TV shows looked this good.   The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack is about as good as can be expected from a TV drama.  While dialogue is clear and concise, there is little use of the surround or LFE channels.

Extras

Included on the discs are audio commentaries for certain episodes, “Before Broken: An Exclusive Original Short,” “A New House for House,” “New Faces in a New House,” and “Crazy Cool Episode: Epic Fail.” All bonus content is in high-def.  Well done Universal!  The disc is also “U-Control” and BD-Live enabled.