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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best legal drama ever made
Believe the hype. With superb writing and even better acting, Damages somehow breathes new life into legal drama, the most clichéd and over-exposed genre on television. That's no small task but the show succeeds by keeping the action out of the courtroom and focusing on the characters. Patty Hewes, the brilliant, merciless head of Hewes and Associates, is among...
Published on Feb. 6 2011 by John Woodward

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2.0 out of 5 stars Damages, an overrated Series
We found the series to be ver 'disjointed'. jumping from past to present, without any closure to an episode. Will not be ordering any other seasons and have stopped watching it after about 4 or 5 episodes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best legal drama ever made, Feb. 6 2011
This review is from: Damages: The Complete First Season (Sous-titres français) (DVD)
Believe the hype. With superb writing and even better acting, Damages somehow breathes new life into legal drama, the most clichéd and over-exposed genre on television. That's no small task but the show succeeds by keeping the action out of the courtroom and focusing on the characters. Patty Hewes, the brilliant, merciless head of Hewes and Associates, is among the most compelling characters on television and Glenn Close's' performance deserves all its praise, but what's truly astonishing is how well the rest of the cast keeps pace with her.

There are a few rough patches as the season's mystery unfolds, and the best episodes are to be found and at the beginning and end of the arc. This show really pushes the envelope with its narrative structure, being as bold as anything we've seen on Lost. Reaching so high sees it come up short a number of times, but when it succeeds (and it often does) your jaw will drop.

Extras
The two commentaries with the cast and creators do an excellent job exploring how their respective episodes came together. This series is driven by the great actors working with great material and hearing about the collaborative process was a treat. The making of featurette is alright, but the guide to class action lawsuits is purely superfluous.

Presentation
The transfer is top drawer, but this show is by no means a feast for the eyes. The visuals are merely there to present the writing and acting, so you'll need to look elsewhere for a showcase for your HD set. The menus are function and unobtrusive.

Bottom Line
Don't mistake this series for a 'gritty Law and Order,' it steps well off the beaten path of legal drama, delivering fascinating characters and an inventive narrative. Damages' reach does exceed its grasp on occasion, but its best episodes are brilliant while its worst are merely 'ok.' Well-worth the price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Addictive!, April 29 2010
This review is from: Damages: The Complete First Season (Sous-titres français) (DVD)
Damages is nothing short of completely addictive. Glenn Close is incredible - you respect, admire, and hate her character all at once. Damages is about a very ambitious young lawyer, Ellen Parsons, who just finished her first year, who lands a job with the top high powered lawyer in the city, Patty Hewes. Patty is notoriously difficult because of her exacting standards and complete ruthlessness in winning her case - which she always does. Ellen becomes embroiled in a mystery as she tries to uncover the truth about Patty's latest case, and we learn bit by bit what happens both to her and with the case. it's incredibly entertaining, and as a recent law school graduate, I can tell you, it's also good on the law side of things.

If you buy this, be warned: you will stay up all night watching it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Damages, an overrated Series, Nov. 27 2012
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We found the series to be ver 'disjointed'. jumping from past to present, without any closure to an episode. Will not be ordering any other seasons and have stopped watching it after about 4 or 5 episodes.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, very addictive, Nov. 25 2008
This review is from: Damages: The Complete First Season (Sous-titres français) (DVD)
This is an excellent series that is great to watch on DVD as you can watch episode after episode and that is exactly what you will want to do when you pop the first DVD in. I watched it over 3 days (13 episodes, each about 45 minutes in length) and could not wait to see what happens. Glenn Close does an excellent job and her character Patty Hewes is one of the most interesting female characters I have seen on video in some time. Great supporting cast. I hear they are filming a second season and I can't wait.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No English Subtitles, July 10 2008
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This review is from: Damages: The Complete First Season (Sous-titres français) (DVD)
An excellent series. Characters are complex and memorable. The narrative, while grounded in the seamingly mundane (a lawsuit by a failed company's former employees), is epic in scope.

Having said that, I be aware that subtitles only come in French. (It's in the product description, but I falsely assumed English subtitles would be a given in such a new DVD set.)

5 stars for people with no or limited hearing impairments.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Why Watch All The Histrionics ?, Aug. 16 2013
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After watching this disk, the question that came to my mind was, " What's the point of all this emotional venting ? " Granted, a favorite target of the millionaires in Hollywood are the millionaires on Wall Street ! God knows there are enough problems in any large group in the world today, and Wall Street is currently the favorite whipping boy of the rather limited minds in Hollywood after the last world wide recession. But, assuming you already know that there are some greedy, drug using, alcoholic people in Hollywood - oops, I meant to say Wall Street - granted you read the occasional newspaper and know this, then what is the point of this movie ? It adds nothing to your knowledge or insight about the human condition.

All in all, if you want to feel good about your hatred of lawyers, bankers, and all those with economic power, then this is the movie for you.

But, if you want to be entertained with a movie that caters to your imagination, then buy a movie like "The Hobbit" or "Avatar" ; or , if you want to feel pride in the heights to which human beings can aspire, then go and re-watch " To Kill a Mockingbird" and at the same time watch one lawyer who is also an admirable human being.

Jerry from Vancouver, Canada
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertainment at its best !, July 29 2013
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excellent acting,superb script,top direction .
Maintaining interest in the episodes
Music soundtrack to match.
What more does one expect?
Fully satisfied
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glenn Close is an excellent evil person., July 14 2013
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this was rivetting. i couldn't believe some of the things she would have done to someone else. She was magnificent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sassy, May 4 2012
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My husband and I bought this to watch before bed every night. It is was a sassy,coniving,good time.Glenn Close is at her best and this role was made for her. Ted Danson shows that he's no Sam Malone. Loved this, loved this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Legal Thriller ever on TV!!!, Feb. 1 2009
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This review is from: Damages: The Complete First Season (Sous-titres français) (DVD)
This is an amazing show. Extremely well written with flawless acting. Best TV series I have seen since West Wing.
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