This Blu-ray actually came out last month while I was busy covering the Television Critics Association press tour, which included a Kelsey Grammer interview we’ll soon post here at CraveOnline. So I’m a tad late reviewing the season one Blu-ray, but it’s worth the wait.
First, the meat of the Blu-ray, the episodes themselves. This is just a perfect transfer and the picture looks incredible. It is 100% clear so it’s like you’re looking into Chicago in real time. The streets of the city look like Inception with their crisp architectural lines cutting through the screen.
Often TV on Blu-ray has digital noise flare ups, which is weird because they don’t appear in the broadcast. No such artifacts in “Boss.” Lionsgate did the HD conversion right, and it probably also helps that the show is shot in HD video, so it’s not losing much by being encoded onto Blu-ray.
So much of the show is close-ups on the actors faces, this Blu-ray gets you pretty raw in their faces. You can see every detail and nuance of Kelsey Grammer’s rage and melancholy, and other characters’ threatening and being threatened into fear. The worse it gets, the grittier and stubblier Grammer gets.
The light is gorgeous, with bright rays illuminating the performers. You see a bit of the pixel grain when it goes into low light, but very minimal, only enough that you notice how it clears up when the bright light returns.
There are only two real extras, though the commentary feature is available on several episodes so you may count that as multiple extras. Creator Farhad Safina gives good commentary, keeps the conversation with a selection of his collaborators moving. He’s full of practical production information, background on the story and actors, and anecdotes from the set.
The one video bonus feature is a conversation between Safina and Grammer. Grammer is very active in this discussion so he is well represented in the segment. They go into the King Lear parallels and illustrate a lot of their discussion with clips from the show.
I must admit, I have not kept up with every episode of “Boss,” and season two just started last week on STARZ. I wholeheartedly recommend the “Boss” Season One Blu-ray to fans of the show, and I’d make it a strong suggestion to anyone wavering. If you’re ever going to check out “Boss,” this is the way to catch up