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  • Actors: Scott Foley, Robert Patrick, Audrey Marie Anderson, Max Martini, Abby Brammell
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 30 April 2007
  • Run Time: 533 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MTF0CW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,790 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The complete first season of the action drama series featuring a covert team of Special Forces operatives risking their lives on undercover missions in far-flung locations. Episodes comprise: 'First Responders', 'Stress', '200th Hour', 'True Believers', 'Non-Permissive Environment', 'Security', 'Dedication', 'SERE', 'Eating the Young', 'Unannounced', 'Exposure', 'Morale, Welfare and Recreation' and 'The Wall'.

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Full of action, intrigue, and espionage, The Unit offers a dramatic, fictionalised look inside the military while also giving viewers a peek inside the private lives of the elite squad. Conceived by the critically acclaimed David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, House of Games), The Unit is an elite, covert Special Forces team that operates outside the military chain of command. The first season's 13 episodes offer insight into the characters without revealing too much about the men who make up the operation. Are they extremely patriotic, or are they adrenalin junkies who have to be in danger to feel validated? The answer probably falls somewhere in between, and the viewer gets the feeling that as much as the men love their wives and children, it's their jobs that give them their true reason for living. Led by veteran Jonas Blane (Dennis Haysbert, 24), the Unit deals with terrorism, rescue missions, and assassinations quickly, discreetly, and efficiently. If all goes well, someone else gets the credit. If things go awry, it's their necks on the line. In the first season of The Unit, the action is fast, the plot is succinct, and the acting is well done (when dealing with the deadly missions). It's the secondary storyline involving the wives that's less successful. The newest member of the Unit, Bob Brown (Scott Foley, Felicity), apparently didn't fill his wife Kim (Audrey Marie Anderson) in on what their new life would be like. From the beginning, she resists the hoo rah attitude that the other wives exhibit. But rather than coming across as an independent free thinker, she is presented as a whining drip of a woman who has no clue about the definition of a secret. Of course, when faced with the military's version of The Stepford Wives, who could blame her? As Jonas' supportive wife Molly, Regina Taylor (I'll Fly Away, Courage Under Fire) is less sympathetic than usual. In the early episodes, she comes across as an almost stalkerish busybody who is always there when Kim is trying to cope with a life she never wanted. Throw in an affair between commanding officer Colonel Tom Ryan (Robert Patrick, Terminator 2: Judgment Day) and one of the wives and you've got the makings of a military soap opera. The show is at its best when it concentrates on the men and their missions. We may not understand why they do what they do, but we're grateful that someone is doing the dangerous job for us. --Jae-Ha Kim

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pearce on 20 Oct. 2008
Format: DVD
A U.S delta force unit led by Jonas Blane(Dennis Haysbert) and under the overall command of Col Tom Ryan(Robert Patrick)trawl the world and home soil putting out fires that range from hijackings to 40 lb bombs to guarding political summits etc.Their missions are constrasted with their families lives on base and the steps they have to take to protect their husbands real identities.
Military soap opera has some excellent performances,a thoughtful and well drawn account of the lives of those left behind and some exciting and hair-raising moments for the "Unit".
Created surprisingly by David Mamet and Shawn Ryan(The Shield)The Unit is a well written and engaging series marred only by the occasional story lull,some obvious twists and a preposterous final episode that was just too silly for words.Haysbert stands out as the beacon of responsibility and decision making in the field in a well chosen cast of characters who are all allowed to develop quite nicely.
Solid Entertainment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sophie Masson VINE VOICE on 7 Mar. 2008
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This is a great series, which we discovered by accident on DVD and thoroughly enjoyed. It can be characterised as a kind of mix of action thriller and soap opera--Spooks crossed with, say, Neighbours--but lest that put you off, I hasten to add the mix is generally very well done. The characters are great and you really get to know them well over the course of the series. The actors are excellent, and the plots generally tight and interesting(with one or two rather unrealistic ones, such as the final scenes of the final episode, which raise a good many questions that aren't answered.) And although there are some cheesy and corny moments, by and large there is some genuine exploration of the ambiguous double world inhabited by these elite soldiers and their families. We certainly couldn't stop watching, once we'd started!
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By M. Power on 5 Oct. 2007
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I bought this purely on the strength of Dennis Haysbert being in it after admiring his work as President Palmer in 24, but after watching this it is a reminder that it takes more than just a great actor(s) to make a great show.

The writers of The Unit have tried to make each episode individual with regard to the stories but this has the unfortunate consequence of making it feel rushed as writers are fighting against the time restrictions of an episode whilst characters get weighed down with dialog because of the need to explain a whole new scenario.
Couple that with the unnecessary viewpoint of the army wives's perspective alongside the main story and it feels like the opportunity to show the men in full on action has been, sadly missed.

This is a shame because you want to like these men, and you want to see what these highly trained special forces can really do, but they never really face a challenging enough adversary to impress the viewer, and they always get it right and go home to their wives at the end of the day.

On the subject of the wives, it seems like they were thrown into the mix as an afterthought to maybe draw in some female viewers, but in the process, not really adding anything to the story or the enjoyment but holding it back in most cases.

It's unclear to me exactly who this show is aimed at as there doesn't seem enough involvement in either the wives or The Unit's character development to feel any empathy or respect for them. Your not really given any time to get to know anyone or care what happens to them as it makes you feel like you are an observer skimming over the surface of their day to day lives rather than being privy to, and involved in a great story.
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By E. Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 May 2011
Format: DVD
If you like the usual US action/thriller series, then this is for you. It's a bit like 24-lite, with a bunch of wives thrown in to broaden the viewing demographic.

As usual, the lead guys are as tough as they come, being able to do anything anywhere and are utterly convincing in their many disguises to locals around the world, regardless of the colour of their skin (yeah right). It has a Mission Impossible (series) feel to it, with the soldiers only needing to don a flat cap and leather jacket to blend seamlessly into eastern European life. Apart from those little amusements, it's actually an interesting and exciting series, with plenty of action and also stuff going on at home to keep their wives occupied.

The lead wife is a bit of a Mother Teresa character who's so perfect you can't help but hope something goes badly wrong for her, and luckily it does. To complete the usual requirements, you also have sassy wife and bad wife.

As already said by others, the last episode is ridiculous beyond belief, probably penned by the normal writer's teenage son for a laugh after having just watched Top Gun and Mission Impossible, but that aside we're looking forward to getting into Season 2, where I believe things improve quite a bit, which should make a good show great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 Jan. 2011
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I bought this on the strength of other reviews and have not been disappointed, I thought I would struggle and this would be one for my husband to enjoy, but we are both gripped as it has something for everyone...
Showing both the mission stories and the family life, you do immediately get a feel for the characters and we have watched the first two series straight through in a couple of weeks.
Overall great entertainment and a worthwhile buy
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