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Unit: Season 1 [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Dennis Haysbert , Regina Taylor , Bill L. Norton , David Mamet    DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor, Robert Patrick, Audrey Marie Anderson, Max Martini
  • Directors: Bill L. Norton, David Mamet, Davis Guggenheim, Félix Enríquez Alcalá, Guy Ferland
  • Format: Box set, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Sep 2006
  • Run Time: 572 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GB75CO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,748 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Covert military Ops - Mamet and Ryan Style 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
4.0 out of 5 stars A terrific series 7 Mar 2008
By Sophie Masson VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Disappointing 5 Oct 2007
Format:DVD
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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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Badgers Nadgers! 25 May 2007
Format:DVD
ive been watching the unit now since it started on bravo on a tuesday night, and i must say having a big military intrest i bloody love this show. Its a military drama that is not only about a special forces team of 5 but also about their wives and how they cope with their husbands being deployed around the world at very short notice into extremly hostile and dangerous missions. The missions themselves are soo well written and you can be assured that no two missions are ever remotly the same with different scenarios from assasinations, plane hijackings, hostage rescues, search & rescue missions, natural disasters, dealing with drug lords and special forces competitions and those are just the first few episodes. series 2 is now being shown on bravo and it keeps just getting better and better.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs More Grit 27 Aug 2007
Format:DVD
An entertaining series for action addicts, but somewhat flawed.

Just how many of you would believe that elite Special Forces troops would happily parade their faces after an action and lose the necessary anonymity they require to do their job effectively ?. You wouldn't ?.

Hmm. Then why did the makers of this series think that the actors playing such troops would be representing them accurately by doing so fairly regularly in the show ?.

Overall, the series is an entertaining way to pass a few hours if you like things exploding, which sadly I do :).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
You have to inevitably compare this series to the UK Ultimate Force. They are just too similar. Or...it is only too obvious that The Unit has been created based on the success and brilliant idea of the Ultimate Force. Only the budget makes the main difference.

I like the series. Characters are interesting, plots are interesting. There are good action sequences. There is this secrecy magic in it.

But...and that makes it lose the 5th star...the military reality is definitely not a strong point of The Unit (see: the gung-ho action in the 1st episode as an example). The 8th episode is complete nonsense (again Ultimate Force shows what the interrogation test is all about). The steel-solid-stare of Jonas' wife who is always right etc. is just boring. Finally, the language Jonas speaks is not one of a military (Henno's harsh behavior and language add a lot to realism).

Briefly - a good series. Enjoyed watching it. I am looking forward for the second one. Even despite a number of flaws as described above.

Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 22 days ago by Mr C M Prosser
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good
This would be a great series realistic with plenty of action. The lame story lines of the whiny wives ruins it though.
Published 11 months ago by Htlulu
4.0 out of 5 stars cracking series
Very watchable with characters you want to keep coming back to see. The series captures some great action but also looks at the families and home lives of each operative and how... Read more
Published 16 months ago by mr lee a jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Unit - Season 01
I really loved David Mamet's Spartan so when I read he was returning to the world of Delta Force with The Shield creator Shawn Ryan I was excited. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Flying Blind!
I bought this as a complete shot in the dark as i was looking for something new to watch and i tell you what its a great watch!

I cannot wait for season 2!! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mr. Jml Hallewell
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but could be better
I probably expected too much from this series. And admittedly I got it second hand for under £3 so no big loss really. However it just wasn't as good as I had hoped. Read more
Published on 10 May 2012 by Miss M. Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great action packed series!
If your a fan of Ultimate Force or any other series or films with guns and explosions then be sure to buy this. Read more
Published on 26 July 2011 by Matt H
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Start
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. Read more
Published on 27 May 2011 by E. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab - Even for a girl...
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... Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2011 by film buff
1.0 out of 5 stars Not that good.....
Bought the whole first season and could only stomach about 4 episodes. Theacting is stilted and wooden and it just is a bit dry. David Palmer does not live up to expectations! Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2010 by Alan Donegan
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