White Collar: Season 1 (Blu-ray)
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White Collar: Season 1 (Blu-ray)
The USA Network's White Collar adds charm and sex appeal to high-end crime prevention. In the pilot, con man Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer, easy on the eyes) escapes from prison four months before his release. FBI agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay, having more fun than he did on HBO's Carnivále) tracks him down and works out a deal: to avoid more time, Caffrey will serve as his consultant. If he splits the scene, he'll get life. Though trust remains an issue, the men have a likable rapport, a big key to the show's success. Neal finds lodgings when he hits it off with wealthy widow June (the ever-classy Diahann Carroll), who sets him up with her loft and her husband's duds (including a fedora). While Caffrey's girlfriend, Kate, has gone missing, Burke has been married to Elizabeth (Tiffani Thiessen), an event planner, for a decade. Though Agent Fowler (Noah Emmerich) does his best to trip him up, Caffrey searches for Kate when he isn't working on cases involving theft, fraud, forgery, and insider trading with Burke, Hughes (James Rebhorn), and Jones (ER's Sharif Atkins). Off the books, he receives assistance from his impish pal, Mozzie (Sex and the City's Willie Garson, whose Bruce Willis impression is a highlight).
If White Collar is more upbeat than most procedurals, some details don't add up, like when a TV producer conducts an impromptu interview with a stranger who drops by the studio unannounced--Caffrey also reproduces a masterwork in a matter of hours--but the clever twists compensate for the occasional leaps of faith. As with Law & Order, the show also serves as a love letter to Manhattan. First-season extras include deleted scenes, featurettes, and commentary from the cast and creator Jeff Eastin, who's come a long way since Shasta McNasty. --Kathleen C. Fennessy --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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This is a great story about a charming, sophisticated, cultured con man who makes a deal with the FBI to be their "consultant" in exchange for finishing his prison time in the outside world within a two-mile restricted radius on an anklet in Manhattan. Neal Caffrey is absolutely lovable and enigmatic. We're never quite sure throughout the series whether he is going straight or if he just can't resist his old ways of art forgery and theft. He's a great character and I love the way Bomer plays Neal. Neal's sidekick, Mozzie (Willie Garson) is extremely clever and endearing and his FBI supervisor Peter (Tim DeKay) is cute and funny. I found a lot of humor and intrigue in most of the episodes, but after a while some of them seemed repetitive. Still, I could watch them over and over again because I have such a girl crush on MB. It also bothers me that reporters keep asking him if it's hard to be an openly gay man playing a straight role. Please, *everybody* on the screen is playing a role. Nobody, or very few actors, are dying to jump their colleagues. It's an act. That's why they get paid the big bucks, to memorize and rehearse and play a part so effectively that we believe that they are someone else.
The extras on the DVD - the commentaries, deleted scenes, bloopers - aren't very exciting, but the show itself is so good it doesn't matter.
While searching for a thief known as the Dutchman, FBI agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) hears that gentleman thief/conman/counterfeiter Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer)-- who he put in prison -- has escaped, only to allow himself to be recaptured. Caffrey is desperate to find his girlfriend Kate, and so he makes Burke an offer: free him from prison, and he'll help him catch the Dutchman.
Though he's dubious about Neal, Peter reluctantly agrees. After only a few hours out, Neal has a new wardrobe, a luxurious apartment and a wealthy landlady who doesn't care that he's a former thief. And he's working for the FBI.
Together, the odd partners tackle a bunch of tricky white-collar cases: data hidden in a designer dress, a priceless Bible stolen from a mobster, a painting with a dodgy trail, smuggled Iraqi artifacts, clashes with Interpol in Chinatown, a jewel robbery, infiltrating Wall Street, real estate fraud, an illegal organ-trafficking ring, priceless wine bottles, and a kidnapper who is gunning for Neal. And as Neal tries to unravel the clues that Kate has left him, he and Peter become entangled in a shadowy conspiracy within the FBI...Read more ›
But this one is different.
It does have the occasional killing, but they are few and always justifiable by the plot, and happen to eliminate characters that one doesn't like very much anyway. On the other hand, the two male leads are exceptional, and the cast that support them are also near perfection. One can believe in them all, and their quirks are fascinating in good ways.
For once we have a show where the heroes make mistakes but still most often manage to solve their cases. And with a good deal of humour involved, too. Also, I love the idea of the ex-con-now-FBI
assistant with a wardrobe, part up to date and part from earlier times - men should go back to wearing hats!
A good series that starts well and improves with each season. And watch for the references to
art, artists, books, old films - these writers do not have their heads in the sand. Buy, and enjoy.
Most recent customer reviews
I bought seasons 1 through 6 and have watched the first 8 episodes of season 1. I have not been addicted but there may be more to this than I have seen so far. Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. Cline
Perfectly cast and expertly acted. I have watched the whole series multiple times and still enjoy it when I can interest a friend in it.Published 8 months ago by Phyllis
I got hooked to the series from the very first show. It very well casted.Published 13 months ago by email@example.com