Genre(s): Drama, Comedy, Musical
Fox | NR – 963 min. – $69.99 | October 1, 2013
Directed by: Various
Writer(s): Ian Brennan & Brad Falchuk & Ryan Murphy (created by)
Cast: Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Corey Monteith, Heather Morris, Chord Overstreet, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz
Features: Featurettes, Deleted Scenes
Number of Discs: 4
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
“Glee”: The Complete Fourth Season finds Rachel (LEA MICHELE) and Kurt (CHRIS COLFER) in New York City, Finn (CORY MONTEITH) with a surprising new career, Will (MATTHEW MORRISON) and Emma (JAYMA MAYS) at a crossroads and Sue (JANE LYNCH) confronting a shocking situation. Meanwhile, tensions mount as the kids in New Directions head for Regionals, facing new challenges. Featuring new cast members, phenomenal guest stars (Kate Hudson, Whoopi Goldberg and Sarah Jessica Parker) and electrifying musical numbers, “Glee” remains TV’s most enthralling, most topically relevant show.
1. The New Rachel
2. Britney 2.0
4. The Break-Up
5. The Role You Were Born to Play
7. Dynamic Duets
9. Swan Song
10. Glee, Actually
11. Sadie Hawkins
14. I Do
15. Girls (and Boys) on Film
17. Guilty Pleasures
18. Shooting Star
19. Sweet Dreams
20. Lights Out
22. All or Nothing
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.25/5
The 4-disc set comes in an HD Keep Case.
“Glee” Music Jukebox allows users to jump to songs in the episodes featured on the disc.
Deleted Scenes (TRT 10:28; HD) – As in any TV series, scenes had to be cut due to time constraints.
Movin’ On Up: “Glee” in NYC (10:02; HD) has the cast and crew talking about shooting in New York.
Jarley (8:53; HD) – This featurette looks at the pairing of the Jake (Jacob Artist) and Marley (Melissa Benoist) characters and hearing from the respective actors and co-stars.
Building New York (6:29; HD) – The featurette is about creating new sets for New York between the loft and the dance studio.
“Glee” on Film (11:56; HD) specifically looks at the episode ‘Girls (and Boys) on Film’ and the music from movies featured.
The Road to 500 (3:54; HD) is about getting to the 500th musical number.
Blaine’s Time Capsule (8:12; HD) – The character, played by Darren Criss, makes a video for himself for the future. Yawn.
“Glee” Premiere Party (3:41; HD) is video footage from the fourth season premiere.
VIDEO – 4.5/5
“Glee”: The Complete Fourth Season arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Fox and for a TV series, looks great in 1080p high-definition. The series has always been bright, cheerful and colorful and it shines through on Blu-ray quite nicely. Having never seen the show live, I can’t say how it compares, but it’s probably on par.
AUDIO – 4.5/5
A most certain upgrade from the TV airing, the 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track makes the most out of the numerous musical numbers providing for an enhanced experience while dialogue levels also sound crisp and clear. But it’s the music that shines through so any fans will be more than happy with this lossless track.
OVERALL – 3.25/5
Overall, to be honest I’ve never been the biggest fan of “Glee” but there are some good moments here and there and the musical covers tend to be reasonably good all things considered. The Blu-ray distributed by Fox offers excellent audio and video transfers while the features have much to be desired, though nowadays, it’s no surprise that it is thin.