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The West Wing Review

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by AVForums May 1, 2004

    With another presidential election looming
    in the States, what better time to catch up
    with the fictional shenanigans of President
    Bartlet (Martin Sheen) and his staff?
    In this six-disc box set you get 22
    episodes including an opener, Isaac and
    Ishmael, which stands outside the normal
    plot-lines and which acts as a commentary
    on the events of 9:11; followed by the
    season premiere, then episodes about a
    re-election campaign, one of the
    characters suffering from MS, trouble at an
    embassy in Haiti, the fight to repeal a tax
    and take on the tobacco lobby, and
    marriage and boyfriend problems.
    The picture's 16:9 but it's nonanamorphic,
    so it looks pretty grotty
    when it's expanded to widescreen. For
    sound you have a choice of English or
    French in Dolby stereo - perfectly
    adequate but nothing fancy - and
    there's a lot of mumbling going on so it's
    fortunate that extras include multilanguage
    subtitles, although that's the
    extent of the extras.