As former CIA agent Bryan Mills deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world, he fights to overcome the incident and exact revenge.

takens1bluStudio: Lionsgate
Year: 2017
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Run time: 440 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50
Region: A

Clive Standen has previously paid his dues over the past dozen or so years but in Taken he plays a former CIA agent and is now the featured star of his own action/suspense television series. Having just watched the pilot episode you know you are going to enjoy the series when the episode has ended and you just feel like it got started and you want more of the same.

There is a lot to look forward to in this new series as Clive plays Bryan Mills who is spending some quality time with his little sister and they are travelling by train together on their way to visit their parents. Within the opening minutes of this new action/suspense series all hell breaks loose and Bryan is forced into a series of events in which the U.S. governments highest of agencies in the area of intelligence are in the process of recruiting Bryan to assist them in taking down some really bad international threats.

Movie Content: 9/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. This is yet another release from Lionsgate to present a demo quality experience for a television show. Colors are vivid and provide impressive depth that pops off of the screen. The use of colors really makes this a visual experience even worth checking out if you are not interested in the film. Black levels are deep and inky. This is a very film like experience that looks fantastic in high definition. With such a wonderful presentation on Blu-ray, the action of the television show really explodes into your living room.
Print Quality: 9.5/10

The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. Just like the image quality being impressive, the audio is right up there as being demo worthy. I was very impressed as to how dynamic sound effects were presented in the soundfield. There are plenty of panning effects that will catch the viewer’s attention almost immediately. While this film does have its aggressive audio for effects and soundtrack, dialogue is also excellent. Dialogue is channeled through the center with no apparent issues as the audio was clean and crisp.
Audio Quality: 9.5/10

Special Features

  • Taken: On Set – Featurette [HD]

Special Features: 2/10

The Final Word

I look forward to seeing this show last a long time. The casting is fantastic. The dialogue feels original and true. The sound is outstanding! And best of all, the action flows as honest as the narrative.
Overall Rating: 9/10