By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders.
TV on Blu Ray is exciting, especially for shots that don't broadcast in HD. FX doesn't come in on the hi-def tier for my cable provider, so Blu Ray is the first time I'm getting to see all of Damages.
On Blu-Ray: Damages
The most impressive segments of Damages are actually the grainy flashbacks. It's all saturated and washed out, but all the grains are distinct and crisp, and these scenes provide the most color.
The present sequences are all boardrooms and people in grey suits. Interiors are kind of hazy, like there's smoke or fog barely detectable. Exteriors are focused on the foreground, maybe a necessity of television, so there is little background detail. A close-up of a dog gives you all the strands of his fur, but that's about it.
Basically, watching Damages on Blu Ray is like watching a normal show on HDTV. My cable only comes through in 1080i anyway, so it's not the top tier, and Damages certainly isn't a show like Lost or 24 that revels in the visual.
Interestingly, the extras menus and interstitials look awesome. So a CGI law library and artsy justice statue are the highest definition aspects of this collection. Interestingly, the player remembers what extra you wanted to see even when you're switching discs, so that's nifty.