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Chuck Season 4 Blu-ray Review

“Chuck” season 4 has a plethora of great guest stars, but little else.

The 24 episode fourth season proves to be fairly eventful. Plots involve: Chuck searching for his mother, Buy More being bought by the CIA, Volkoff Industries, weapons, Chuck and Sarah’s relationship, an evil scientist, the villainous Belgian, Ellie’s baby (and her past), Thanksgiving, international missions, Morgan and Alex’s relationship, Intersect business, and Chuck and Sarah’s wedding.

As “Chuck” enters its fourth season, it’s clear the show is running out of ideas. The middle of the season has so much filler that the show meanders until the final few episodes. The writers were clearly stretching for time with this 24 episode order and it showed. It doesn’t help that the Chuck and Sarah relationship is flat-out uninteresting. Anytime the lead characters hook up, it’s a sign the show has gone on too long.

Thankfully, the season’s guest stars make up for the dull subplots and stories that are spread out throughout the season. Viewers can expect to see a great cast of genre fan favorites including: Linda Hamilton, Dolph Lundgren, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Richard Chamberlain, Robert Englund, Timothy Dalton, Summer Glau, Lou Ferrigno, Gary Cole, John Larroquette, and Old Spice guy Isaiah Mustafa. Robert Englund really shines in a horror centric episode, but it’s Timothy Dalton that steals the show here playing dual roles. Considering Dalton is one of the most underrated actors in the biz, it was great to see him in a new role showing off his acting chops.

Summary: The fourth season Blu-ray set is strictly for “Chuck” fans.

Note: The 5th and final season of “Chuck” starts October, 28th 2011.

Video/Audio:

Honestly, this is one of the worst looking TV shows on Blu-ray that I have seen. The hi-def conversion doesn’t work well for this series for some reason. The picture is extremely grainy to the point of being distracting. Sure the colors are sharper than the DVD, but it doesn’t make up for the flaws. The show is presented in 1.78:1 1080p.

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track is much better than the picture quality. The music, dialogue, and action all sound superb.

Extras:
* BD-Live capabilities.
* Deleted scenes (or scene) from episodes 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 21, 22, and 24.
* 5 goofy “Buy Hard: The Jeff And Lester Story” webisodes.
* “The Top Secret Chuckipedia Interactive Experience” includes pop-up video commentary and featurettes. This feature is only available for the “Chuck Vs. The First Fight” episode for some odd reason.
* “Spying On The Chuck cast: Operation Gomez”- Joshua Gomez talks about his role and being a “spy.”

* A nearly 5 minute gag reel.

* “Chuck Vs. Directing”- Zachary Levi talks about directing an episode.

October 23, 2011 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , ,

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