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Orange Is The New Black Season 4 Blu-ray Review

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The fourth season of “Orange Is The New Black” is a return to form.

In the 13 episode fourth season of the Netflix series “Orange Is The New Black,” viewers can expect to see plots involving new guards, Suzanne and Maureen’s complicated dynamic, the aftermath of the attack on Alex, new inmates (including a celebrity chef named Judy King) that lead to overcrowding at Litchfield, new flashbacks, Sophia being stuck in SHU, racial tension, Piper’s underwear business backfiring, Brook and Poussey’s relationship, the return of fan favorite characters, Caputo and Linda’s romance, the release of an inmate, Healy’s personal struggles, Lolly’s mental decline, a shocking death, a planned uprising and more.

After the disappointing third season, the series bounces back with a darker and more intense fourth season. For the first six episodes, it feels like business as usual for the series with the usual inmate drama, enlightening character flashbacks, and the continuation of ongoing story arcs, but once episode seven rolls around, the series takes a turn that makes you sit up in your seat so to speak. The episode marks a real turning point for the series from a tonal perspective as matters become increasingly more screwed up at Litchfield right up until the chaotic final frame of episode 13. Personally, I feel the show’s darker edge completely revitalized the series. Not only does it benefit the character drama, but it shows that there’s still material to be mined from this concept in season 5 and beyond (hopefully anyway).

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The episodes boast crisp hi-def transfers.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The 5.1 track does the job.

Extras:
* Digital copy of the entire season.
* Lionsgate/Netflix ads.
* A bland commentary on the episode “It Sounded Nicer In My Head” by Lori Petty and Nick Jones.
* “Visitation: Set Tour”- The production designer and art director give viewers a tour of the sets.
* A gag reel.
* A much more talkative and engaging commentary on the episode “The Animals” by Lauren Morelli and Tara Herrmann.
* An informative commentary on the episode “Toast Can’t Never Be Bread Again” by Tara Herrmann and Samira Wiley.

Overall Thoughts: I may have been vague in my descriptions, but that was done purposefully. Season 4 is the type of season that you need to experience knowing as little as possible as the show’s surprises are what compel you to watch more. Check this season out if you have yet to see it. Better yet, watch “Orange Is The New Black” if you have yet to see it! You won’t be disappointed by the bold and groundbreaking show.

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May 7, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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