Entourage The Complete Sixth Season Blu-ray Review
This season really gets Entourage back on track where as the previous season was a downer for the boys while Vinnie wasn’t that mega-star that he used to be. Everyone watches this show because they wish the story was about them and this season doesn’t disappoint. Vinnie is back to being the star that he is with all the girls vying to be his arm candy. The boys are starting to do a lot more on their own in this season, almost making it appear as though Vinnie is bothered by being alone, but they still come together as a crew as usual to cap the season.
Studio: HBO Home Video
Release Date: May 25, 2010
Run time: 326 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 3 BD50
This season shows many of the supporting characters attempting to discover who they are – professionally, romantically and philosophically. Johnny Drama, Turtle and Lloyd are all given more to do than they have in past seasons and this is a good thing. Lloyd has to decide whether or not to remain in Ari Gold’s manically paternalistic shadow or stake his own claim. Drama, in the midst of a career revival, struggles to control the strange impulses that have damaged his career over and over again. Turtle is a doubly-kept man – the star, Vincent Chase, has always “had his back” and his girlfriend, Jamie Lynn Siegler, a star in her own right, has shielded Turtle from the “real world” as well. At age 30, his dilemma is similar to Lloyd’s in that he must decide if “making it on his own” is truly worth it – Is it better to be a weaker, kept man with all of your needs attended to or a stronger man who may suffer death by a thousand cuts through life myriad setbacks and indignations? (As an aside, the final two episodes of this season were probably Turtle’s dramatic best.)
Without spoiling anything, E’s life in this season is shaken in every conceivable way imaginable. In my opinion, he seems to be becoming the person he hates the most – a less educated, less profane (but increasingly as cynical) version of Ari Gold.
My only reservation of this season is the mysterious lack of character development of Vincent Chase. But, perhaps his character is not developing because Vince is not capable of growth. There is a brilliant scene early in the season (where Vince sprawls on a couch like Don Draper from “Mad Men”) that makes you wonder about his future. While he no longer seems destined to eventually inhabit the same career purgatory of his brother, Drama, there is this developing solitariness to him that we didn’t see in prior seasons. It begs the question “what happens to Vince’s Peter Pan when his cadre of Lost Boys grows up and leaves the island of Lost Toys (models, cars, random trips) for the world of grown-ups?” Does the alluring cipher that is Vincent Chase simply cease to exist? And is it just me or is Vincent Chase’s character quiet fade from the show (we seem to see less and less of him every season) an expression of everyone else’s growth and his stunted development?
Movie Content: 8.5/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. After viewing Hung on Blu-ray, this is a huge improvement over that release from the same day. If you thought this series looked good on DVD, you will be in for a treat when it comes to its release on Blu-ray. I found colors to be strong throughout each of the episodes. Black levels are deep and it shows very well with this season on Blu-ray. Fleshtones are natural. Details are fantastic and some of the best that I have seen in high definition.
Video Quality: 9/10
The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. ‘Entourage’ is a mix between dialogue and soundtrack heavy television show and it really shows with how well the audio is placed through the soundfield. Dialogue is clean and clear providing some excellent depth. For a television show, I was rather impressed with how clear the audio is. The soundtrack is like a sonic boom on each episode providing a nice audio experience.
Audio Quality: 9/10
- Audio Commentaries with creator/executive producer Doug Ellin, executive producer Ally Musika, and actors
- Life on Top [HD]
- A Day at the Speedway [HD]
- One Car, Two Car, Red Car, Blue Car [HD]
Special Features: 6/10
This season really gets Entourage back on track where as the previous season was a downer for the boys while Vinnie wasn’t that mega-star that he used to be. Everyone watches this show because they wish the story was about them and this season doesn’t disappoint. On Blu-ray Entourage Season 6 provides excellent video and audio presentation that will not disappoint.
Overall Rating: 8/10