DVD Review: Latest Seasons of USA Hits ‘Burn Notice,’ ‘White Collar’ ‘Fairly Legal’

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CHICAGOUSA and TNT have battled for Summer dominance and they’re both set to bring back several of their biggest hits in the coming weeks. Timed to get fans even more excited for the USA stable, Universal and Fox have released the most recent seasons of hits “Burn Notice,” “White Collar,” and “Fairly Legal” today and all should satisfy hardcore fans even if it is a bit surprising that none of them are being released in HD.

HollywoodChicago.com DVD rating: 3.5/5.0
Rating: 3.5/5.0

Of the three, I think “Burn Notice: Season Five” is the best option but these are sets that aren’t really designed to bring in new fans (except for perhaps the inaugural outing for Sarah Shahi’s so-so “Fairly Legal”) but rather appeal to collectors who already know they love these programs. To that end, it’s a bit bizarre that Universal and Fox have stopped releasing them in HD (the first season of “White Collar” is on Blu-ray but not subsequent ones). The transfers are good but they’re not as good as HD original broadcasts or even what most of you could probably download On Demand right now. Shouldn’t the collector get the best possible transfer? I hope that all TV studios eventually come around and release every one of their modern programs on Blu-ray. Until then, these three DVD releases will have to do.

“Burn Notice: Season Five”

Burn Notice: Season Five was released on DVD on June 5, 2012
Burn Notice: Season Five was released on DVD on June 5, 2012
Photo credit: Fox

Synopsis:
A new day breaks for Michael Westen when he’s reinstated by the CIA, but his good fortune is impossibly short-lived. Framed for murder and blackmailed by a diabolical foe, Michael and his team must do whatever it takes to clear his name and catch a killer. As the danger builds, Michael finally comes face-to-face with the man who burned him, leading to an explosive finale, after which nothing will ever be the same. Featuring an exclusive extended episode, deleted scenes, and so much more, Burn Notice: Season Five will reveal more shocking secrets than ever before!

Special Features:
o Army Of One Extended Episode
o Deleted Scenes
o The Villains Of Burn Notice Featurette
o Gag Reel
o Commentary Of Fail Safe

“Fairly Legal: Season One”

Fairly Legal: Season Five was released on DVD on June 5, 2012
Fairly Legal: Season Five was released on DVD on June 5, 2012
Photo credit: Fox

Synopsis:
Newly-minted mediator Kate Reed’s (Sarah Shahi, The L Word) innate understanding of human behavior, thorough legal knowledge and wry sense of humor make her a natural when it comes to conflict resolution. Except when it comes to her own life.

Kate’s skills are really put to the test as she solves unconventional cases while balancing her complicated relationships with her stepmother (Virginia Williams, How I Met Your Mother), who also happens to be her boss, and the Assistant District Attorney (Michael Trucco, Battlestar Galactica), who is also her soon-to-be ex-husband. This 3-disc set features all 10 Season One episodes of the smart and entertaining drama that critics call “instantly likable” (USA Today).

Special Features:
o Exclusive Scene Comparisons with Commentary
o Deleted Scenes
o Gag Reel

“White Collar: The Complete Third Season”

White Collar: The Complete Third Season was released on DVD on June 5, 2012
White Collar: The Complete Third Season was released on DVD on June 5, 2012
Photo credit: Fox

Synopsis:
Matt Bomer is back for another thrilling season of high-class capers and criminal intrigue on TV’s slickest, sexiest show, White Collar! Bomer returns as suave con man turned FBI consultant Neal Caffrey, racing to stay one step ahead of the feds even as he helps his partner, Agent Peter Burke, bring down some of the world’s most clever criminals. The stakes are at an all-time high as Neal struggles to come to terms with his own checkered past, but will his greatest con cost him everything? Featuring DVD-exclusive extras, the white hot Season Three of White Collar is a whole new bag of tricks!

Special Features:
o Interrogation Room: A Trivia Challenge With The Cast
o Jeff Eastin: @addicted
o Gag Reel
o Deleted Scenes
o Audio Commentary On Season Finale

“Burn Notice: Season Five,” “Fairly Legal: Season One,” and “White Collar: The Complete Third Season” were released on DVD on June 5, 2012.

HollywoodChicago.com content director Brian Tallerico

By BRIAN TALLERICO
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