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For Die Hard Fans Only
on 24 October 2011
In terms of remastering, this set redeems itself; Paramount seriously dropped the ball with the shoddy picture quality associated with Season 10. In that sense, we're right back on track - however, no amount of remastering can disguise what a truly awful season this is. I love the original 5-0, but this season is a step too far. Everyone looks pretty much bored with proceedings - no wonder James McArthur called it quits after season finale, 'The Year of The Horse'.
So, as mentioned, the remastering is back and very good - only let down perhaps by the pre title teasers which mostly are grainy and / or lacking sharpness.
It should be highlighted that this season contains a number of notable music edits - "Number One With a Bullet" Part 2 has all songs by the Bee Gees removed and replaced with some generic sounding noise which resembles something you'd have heard at a 70s disco. Part 1 of this story, however, has all of these tracks left intact - one can only assume that budgetary constraints were the reason for their absence from the second part of this story.
The 'Execution File' also sees the cover version of Rod Stewart's 'Do You Think I'm Sexy' replaced with another generic 70s disc sound. For some inexplicable reason, another more obvious edit is in place on this episode - Kam Fong (whose character, Chin Ho Kelly, was killed at the end of the final episode of Season 10) now appears in the titles for this episode!
My favourite 5-0 seasons were 4 & 5 - its quite shocking how far the show has deteriorated by Season 11 - everything is much slower, the acting and story-lines have dropped significantly in quality and, sadly, the show is bland. So many episodes from earlier seasons I can watch over and over, this season is a real struggle first time around.
If you're a fan of the show, buy it to complete your collection - if you've never seen the original 5-0, don't start your experience with this season!