By John Delia
Mar 13, 2012 09:37 AM EST

Breakout Kings: The Complete First Season DVD Review

Breakout Kings: The Complete First Season DVD Review
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A new wave of crime solvers has been released on DVD called Breakout Kings.  The weekly series that aired on A&E has completed its first season and is now available at your nearest retailer.  Tough and gritty, the special unit of the division of US Marshals delivers some harrowing action while chasing down escaped convicts.
The special unit of the modern day US Marshals are very different than other crime solvers.  This unit uses current prisoners that are former fugitives each with a specialty used to locate escapees and bring them back to the clink. Their only reward, signing on to the task force they get their sentences reduced.  The weekly stories are well written with the three cons swapping the lead each episode.  Tracking down the fugitives gets riveting at times as the escaped cons have nothing to loose. Action-packed, violent, cunning and challenging the stories are all thrilling to watch.
Breakout Kings feature some very good acting by Laz Alonso and Domenick Lombardozzi as veteran U.S. Marshals Charlie DuChamp and Ray Zancanelli both tough lawman who have to be not only protective of the prisoner helpers, but weary of them walking away during a track down as well.
The action in the series is swift and very exciting. Having control of the disc I am able to rewind, pause and slow down the action when wanting a closer look or reconfirm what I just saw.  Taking a break from the action between episodes was all I needed to continue through three or four in an evening.
The excellent cast of Breakout Kings includes stars Jimmi Simpson ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "My Name is Earl"); Malcolm Goodwin ("Raising the Bar," "Hack,"); Serinda Swan ("Supernatural," "Smallville"); and Brooke Nevin ("The 4400," "Worst Week").
With the new season starting up you will want to grab this 4-disc set DVD and catch up on all the action.
In addition to all the action the DVD has some very good special features:
Audio Commentaries
Good Cons, Bad Cons
Bullpen Sessions
T Bag: Dealt a Bad Hand
Deleted Scenes
Extended Scenes
The Specifications and additional film information for the DVD format:
"Breakout Kings"
Cast: Laz Alonso, Domenick Lombardozzi, Jimmi Simpson, Malcolm Goodwin, Serinda Swan, and Brooke Nevin
Language: English
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Video: Color, Widescreen 1.78:1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
TV Rating: Unrated, but contains violence, language and adult situations
Run Time: 572 minutes
Genre: Crime, Action, and Drama
Original Air Date: 2011 A&E Cable
Street Date: March 13, 2012
New Season Starts: Spring 2012
Distributed by: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Episodes: 13 episodes on 4 discs.
FINAL ANALYSIS: An interesting new take on solving crime. (B) 

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