Aug 182017
 

This fourth season of The Originals is, for me, more of the same. Some of the stories aren’t terribly compelling (so to speak) but I still enjoy Joseph Morgan’s Klaus character and at least the season is watchable.

 

 

The Originals: The Complete Fourth Season
(2016-17)

Genre(s): Fantasy, Drama, Horror
Warner Bros. | NR – 547 min. – $24.98 | August 29, 2017

Date Published: 08/18/2017 | Author: The Movieman

 


SEASON INFO:
Directed by: Various
Writer(s): Julie Plec (created by)
Cast: Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Phoebe Tonkin, Charles Michael Davis, Yusuf Gatewood, Riley Voelkel
DISC INFO:
Features: Featurettes, Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: DVD
Number of Discs: 3
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Region(s): 1

** Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own. **

SEASON SYNOPSIS


Season four of The Originals begins on the fifth anniversary of the Mikaelson family’s greatest defeat. Although Marcel Gerard has ushered in a new era of peace in the French Quarter, an army of unsired vampires has arrived seeking to bargain for the life of Marcel’s infamous captive, the Original hybrid, Klaus.

Meanwhile, the other Mikaelson siblings remain in an enchanted sleep Freya designed to keep them safe, buying Hayley time to find a cure for them – while also protecting her daughter, Hope. After a daring rescue, the Mikaelsons are reunited, only to find themselves faced with an even bigger threat: the revival of an ancient evil that has strong ties to their most vulnerable family member.

Following a devastating attack by this nightmarish entity, the Mikaelsons discover there is only one way to save themselves – they must stand their ground in New Orleans and forge an alliance with their former friends, both Marcel and the leader of the New Orleans witches, Vincent Griffith. With the city of New Orleans consumed by a seemingly all-powerful cult hell-bent on child kidnappings and ghastly rituals, Klaus must face his own inner demons as he struggles to become the father he never had, to the child he is only now getting to know.

Upon learning the truth – that their evil adversary cannot be killed – the Mikaelson siblings will have no choice but to stand together – even if this is to be their final battle.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.0/5


The 3-disc set comes in a standard DVD case which side-slides into a matted slip cover. The features are on the lighter side with only 2016 Comic-Con Panel footage, Come Visit Georgia promotional featurette, some Unaired Scenes on 9 out of the 13 episodes and a Gag Reel.

 

VIDEO – 4.0/5, AUDIO – 4.0/5


The Originals comes to DVD presented in its originally televised 1.78 anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio which looks fine showing off both bright colors and rich blacks; and each episode is given a standard but effective enough Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound track.

OVERALL – 3.0/5


Overall, this fourth season of The Originals is, for me, more of the same. Some of the stories aren’t terribly compelling (so to speak) but I still enjoy Joseph Morgan’s Klaus character and at least the season is watchable and being only 13 episodes, can be done over the course of a couple days. The DVD release is basic with solid video and audio transfers but the features are on the lacking side.

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