August 10, 2012
TV on Blu-ray Review: Boss - Season One (2011)
Newly issued to DVD and Blu-ray via Lionsgate and Starz, Boss is a tale that seems all too real with what goes on in today’s headlines with the influential men and women in various political offices. In what is a huge departure from his character “Frasier”, Kelsey Grammar plays power-hungry Thomas Kane, the fictional mayor of one of the great cities on our planet, Chicago.
Kane’s never afraid to play dirty and imbue more fear than anything in his opponents. What many don’t know is that this “powerful” man isn’t so impervious any kind of struggle. Behind closed doors, and only known by his closest aides he’s battling an incurable disorder that may take his life sooner or later. Kane isn’t going down though, without making enough people miserable.
The first season consists of eight episodes: Listen, Reflex, Swallow, Slip, Remembered, Spit, Stasis and the season finale Choose.
Lions Gate has included some notable extras to check out once you’re done with the series: Episode Commentaries with Boss Executive Producer Farhad Safinia, Director of Photography Kasper Tuxen, and Executive Producer Richard Levine and finally a featurette called The Mayor and His Maker With Kelsey Grammer and Farhad Safinia.
Overall, Boss is as gritty a show that there is on TV. It’s truly uncompromising in it’s display of nasty politics and the dark side of those at the top. The performances are consistent throughout - particularly by Grammer and Connie Nielsen. The upcoming season looks even more intense so if you haven’t yet seen Boss, grab a hold of this release.