Prison Break: Event Series Blu-ray Review
Prison Break returns as a special event series with its most adrenaline-fueled storyline ever! Although he was buried seven years ago, pictures from a Yemen prison reveal that Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) may still be alive, which sends shock waves through everyone he knows. Determined to rescue his brother, Lincoln (Dominic Purcell) enlists C-Note’s (Rockmond Dunbar) help. Meanwhile, Michael’s wife Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies) has remarried. And even if this biggest break-out yet is possible, is Michael the same man he was? Also starring Robert Knepper and Amaury Nolasco, this action-packed series has more plot twists than ever. Catch all nine explosive episodes here, along with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the event series.
Studio: Twentieth Century FOX
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Run time: 391 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 3 BD50
Season 5 takes us back to what the show is all about, breaking out of a prison. Michael is alive and he wants to help someone break out of a new prison. Oh, and he has new tattoos! What I liked was that not only was the reason for doing so very different, but the setting was completely novel too. Being set in the middle east brought with it an exciting new story and kept things interesting for fans of the series.
All the other characters are back too and Franklin has made a radical change too. I liked that the original cast were still around, bringing with it a sense of familiarity. The introduction of new characters, both in the prison and out, was great. The writers of the series have been good so far at introducing new characters that develop well as the series progresses.
This season was truncated to only 9 episodes, so I felt that their character development was quite rushed and we did not develop the same bond as we did with characters in previous seasons. Being such a short season, I also felt that the story itself was quite rushed. They wanted to achieve so much in 9 episodes that I feel they did confuse some of their viewers.
Movie Quality: 9/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. ‘Prison Break’ is still one of the more beautiful looking television shows on Blu-ray with the return to television in 2017 considering how much technology has grown over the last 10 years. The image quality is pretty good with colors being rather strong throughout. Blacks are rather solid and deep. Fleshtones look very natural with the proper lighting used with inside and outdoor scenes. I found the details to be excellent. Fans of the series will not be disappointed.
Video Quality: 9/10
The audio is presented with a DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. For a television series, this has to be one of the better sounding shows that I have heard to date on the high definition format. There is a mixture of dialogue and action sequences in this show and boy does the action sequences not miss a beat. Even the dialog is mixed well for that perfect balance.
Audio Quality: 9/10
- A Return Home: The Making of Prison Break Event Series
Special Features: 2/10
I didn’t expect the quality of the original, so I was not disappointed in general. My only regrets is that it was only 9 episodes, so they had to rush the things up a lot, but I guess that is because of the tight budget. I do feel like this is a final hurrah which way may not get another ‘Prison Break’ considering the ratings weren’t the greatest, but I do see this as true closure for the fans.
Overall Rating: 9/10