Steven Seagal: Lawman Review
The SeriesSome people just make you smile. For me, whenever the late Bobby Robson was interviewed he evinced a kind intelligence and a seemingly endless passion for his career. Similarly the likes of mavericks and lone beacons of integrity like Tony Benn have always a found a place in my heart. And to that short list I can happily add Steven Seagal - most definitely eccentric, most definitely his own man with a rare liberal outlook.
Steven, however, has a good heart. Exhibit A is the series on review which follows Seagal around with the Louisiana police department as he fulfils his role as a reserve Deputy Sheriff. Firearms training, public education and martial arts coaching have all been provided by him to the upholders of law and order in Jefferson Parish, and we get to see him doing his good deeds and patrolling in a supposedly fly on the wall account produced by Steven's own production company.
Yet, this series proves a worthy development of the copumentary(I just made that up, forgive me). The reason for this is that Seagal has a good heart. He cares about the good guys who genuinely reciprocate - his cop "brothers", his fellow Louisianan residents and those nearly ruined by Hurricane Katrina. He even cares about the rodents being exterminated by the SWAT team on a slow night. Heck, he even cares about the bad guys who are all "presumed innocent until proven guilty" and sent off with with an autograph and the experience of a positive role model. In fact the only person he doesn't seem to like is Jean Claude Van Damme.
At the end of the 13 episodes, I liked Seagal even more. His movies these days are rubbish, but I can't help but admire his particular individual existence and I can say, without a doubt, that his good heart makes this world a better place.
Technical SpecsThis is a two disc set with seven episodes on disc one and the remainder on the second disc. It is region free and the series seems to have been shot digitally. The video does carry some lack of definition, comet trails,combing and uncertain colour balance which is probably down to the source materials, but the transfer is annoyingly non-anamorphic. If you've seen stuff like Cops on TV that will give you a good reference point for the lo-fi appearance of the show and the transfer does ok with what is not meant to be exquisite looking.
Special FeaturesThe second disc carries 14 scenes of additional footage from the filming which add up to a good half an hour. Extra scenes include more showing off of Seagal's shooting of a gun (he's genuinely amazing), more from his band before the concert and some strumming in his home which will please those wanting to enjoy his quirkiness.
Both discs have animated menus which morph from poster image to stills and present obvious easily accessible navigation.
SummaryNot the guilty pleasure that you might expect. Seagal for all his image manipulation proves intriguing and his liberal re-take on the reality cop show is most welcome.
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