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Supernatural - Complete Fourth Season [Blu-ray] [2009]
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2010
I caught up with the first 4 seasons of Supernatural last year and I couldn't believe what I'd been missing! I had seen odd episodes late at night on ITV over the years and had enjoyed them, but hadn't really been motivated to search out any more if I didn't stumble across them (and with the scheduling here in the early hours of the morning that was always the case!). Believe me, you need to catch up on all of the seasons, this is without doubt one of the best shows on television!

I think that a lot of people have a pre-conceived notion that Supernatural is light weight, teen-oriented fare - not true at all! Although it has to be admitted that the two leads are exceptionally easy on the eye (no point in even attempting to deny it!), they are also great actors playing complex, layered characters on a consistently clever, well-written and entertaining show.

From the initial 'monster of the week' focus at the beginning of season one, the writers have built up the mythology of the show really well to encompass demons, angels, destiny and the apocalypse. The most important aspect of the storyline, however, is the relationship between the two brothers - this is what packs the emotional punch and really makes you care about what happens to these characters. In this, the writers and crew are helped enormously by the great on-screen chemistry between Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki.

Season 4 sees Dean Winchester return from hell and we begin a new story arc involving angels and possibly even God (I'm really hoping that Supernatural doesn't do a Battlestar Gallactica in season 5 and decide to confirm the existence of an all-powerful creator...please writers, think more Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' - or anything! - than Judeo-Christian orthodoxy).

This season can be quite dark in tone, as it involves a shift in the brothers' relationship - they have taken divergent paths and there is a loss of their previous absolute trust in one another. Dean is trying to cope with the trauma of his time in hell and Sam has been changed by failing to save Dean and by having to carry on the fight without him. The writers do really well in developing this theme throughout the season to its dramatic conclusion, and Jensen and Jared are really brilliant in their respective roles. Misha Collins also proves to be an inspired choice in the role of the angel Castiel, and Jim Beaver is as ever great in the role of Bobby Singer.

Just in case you think that all is doom and gloom, however, please rest assured that Supernatural is also one of the funniest shows on TV. The ability to blend shocks, drama and laugh-out-loud comedy (often in the same episode) is one of the real strengths of the show - if you don't believe me, have a look at the clip from season 4 on You Tube involving the suicidal teddy bear, genius!
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105 of 109 people found the following review helpful
The fourth season of Supernatural provides a great mixture of scares, action and humour effortlessly delivered from it's leads.

Picking up a few months after the end of season 3, Dean wakes up six feet under with no clue how he got there and a strange marking upon his body, Dean reunites with the now reclusive Sam whose developed some extra curricular activities with Ruby since his brother's been gone. They hit the road with a new 'divine' mission to prevent the breaking of 66 seals to release Lucifer himself.

The fair majority of the character development revolves around Dean this season, a refreshing change, as he has been somewhat overshadowed by the recurring story arc of Sam's special powers at times. Ackles give a powerful performance as Dean guilt stricken by his experiences from hell and increasingly worried about his brother.

Padalecki gives a strong showing as Sam, the character is much darker than before and it becomes increasingly clear Dean's absence has had a profound effect on him. Padalecki plays the darker side of Sam well as the season progresses we see his descent into deeper and deeper into darkness and further away from his brother.

The two still retain their on screen chemistry that makes them such a likeable pair, be it humorously bickering, standing side by side or becoming more and more confrontational, the two play off each other very well; as always.

The season offers a variety of great episodes from the absolutely hilarious, like Yellow Fever, creepy old school horror, like Family Remains, to the continuing story arc in Lucifer rising. The episodes play off each other well with more comedic offset by the continuing story or a creepy episode.

Stand out episodes include In the Beginning, Heaven and hell, After school special, On the head of a pin, The monster at the end of this book, Jump the shark and Lucifer rising. From suicidal teddy bears to unknown family ties this season has it all.

Season 4 proves to be a yet another great season, with great performances from both leads, varied and well written stories, impressive direction and a killer cliffhanger for the 5th (and very possibly final) season. Supernatural remains compulsive viewing.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2009
When I ordered this DVD I was well aware of the problems surrounding the box set i.e. it's lack of features, and DVDs in the wrong order and so forth, but since it was urgent I figured I would buy it anyway and call the Warner Brothers helpline and sort that out later.

It turned out that there was nothing to worry about; after it arrived the first thing I did was place the last DVD containing the special features into the DVD player and lo and behold there they were - including a very gothic documentary about heaven and hell featuring quotes from the Scripture and lots of illustrations by Gore, plus Eric Kripke and other talking heads nattering away.

The gag reel was there too and all the episodes were in the right order.

The point is that clearly the proper box set is out there now since I have just received one, which was ordered on the 26th of December. From now on, if Amazon send you an incorrect box set - send it back - because they have the correct box sets in stock and you shouldn't have to go through Warner Brothers any more. You can refer to this review as proof that you should be able to order the box set now and get the correct DVDs with everything intact, no excuses. If Amazon are continuing to send the faulty box sets out when they have the correct box sets in stock then that is Amazon's responsibility to sort out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2009
Have given 1 star due to lack of special features on dvd even though the boxes say the special features are there, not because the actual series is only worth 1! Am huge supernatural fan, however the uk and european version of the Complete Series 4 boxset has had most of the special features removed. NO GAG REEL, no good stuff. May as well buy the two series 4 volumes as that is all you are going to get. If you want the full special features boxset, buy american version at amazon.com
Series 4 Supernatural in itself, totally worth watching, but uk boxset complete waste of time. Not amused - uk viewers once again shafted.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 26 August 2010
I was slightly worried about ordering this product due to the negative reviews about the lack of special features and the mix up of the discs, however I ordered it anyways as i am a big fan of the series. The first thing i did was to check through all of the discs to make sure all of the episodes were there and also the special features, and sure enough, they were all there :)

i just thought i would let people know incase they had been put off by the reviews stating that the features were missing and discs were in the wrong order. it would appear that everything has now been sorted.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 June 2010
A word of warning for those just glancing at the ratings. S4 only gets 4 stars on Amazon, which is lower than the other Supernatural box sets. However the higher than usual number of low ratings are due to the fact that there was a problem with the packaging so the contents didn't match up to what was stated on the cover. People are understandably marking the product down for that reason. However this lower than average rating is in no way a reflection of the quality of s4 which was extremely high.

It is the bleakest of Supernatural's seasons, but is still superbly written and acted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2010
to start off with i know a lot of problems have occurred with the boxset up to now but i bought this last week and have sat a checked through and the problems have now been sorted, it is no longer just part 1&2 repackaged its the complete season along with all the advertised goodies-deleted scenes, commentaries, heaven and hell documentaries,gag reel and of course jensen ackles famous eye of the tiger at the end of episode 6 'yellow fever' so seriously dont hestitate to buy the boxset anymore, just goes to prove that if a retailer lets you down if you make the complaint something will hopefully get done and now it has and couldn't be happier with the boxset :D
season 4 sees the return of dean from his 4 month spell in hell in 'lazarus rising' which is as always a stunning opener to the season.season 4 sees the introduction of the amazing character castiel, the angel on deans shoulder 'who gripped him tight and raised him from perdition' and along with the other angels fighting to avert the apocalypse strip down the conception of fluffy winged lovey dovey angels and portrays them how they were in the bible-warriors,soldiers of god.
season 4 doesn't let up and is proof how this show ups its game with every season and the bar has been set to a new high here as the brothers race to stop lillith from her very own dark crusade to break the 66 seals and bring on the apocalyse with the release of lucifer himself.the acting has risen to new depths and the personal storylines between the brothers is more intense than ever and shows them truly strifing and walking down different roads through the choices they make.episodes worthy of particular merit are : lazarus rising,are you there god? its me sam winchester,in the beginning,i know what you did last summer,heaven and hell,on the head of a pin,the monster at the end of the book,when the levee breaks and the finale lucifer rising.
season 4 is just impressing, entertaining and thrilling on every level and i would thoroughly recommend this to anyone, the only slight disappointment is the retreating of the awesome rock soundtracks throughout the series that is ordinarilly a trademark of supernatural, however this series takes a more serious turn in music,plot,writing-the works(of course being supernatural it has its silly and funny episodes as always).all in all an amazing series and its good that the region 2 boxset lives up to the series now
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Thanks to a really strong main cast and some excellent writing and production, four seasons in and Supernatural is still going strong, with every episode worth watching and a seemingly never ending well of good ideas. Like all shows that get renewed enough times, the story arc in Season 4 has had by necessity to be larger and riskier than ever before, but thanks to some darker and emotional storylines, summoned forth by excellent - occasionally heartrending - performances by lead actors Jared Padalecki (Sam) and Jensen Ackles (Dean) it not only gets away with it, but carries it all off with some serious style.

The introduction of angels into the mix is realised far better than some other shows - here angels are quite menacing and self-righteous and their otherworldliness brings in an element of detachment from humanity that you hadn't seen in quite the same way from the demons on the show. Even so, what really sells the angel concept is not the writing or the effects: The casting of Misha Collins as Castiel was a stroke of genius - in more ways than one, for it has literally picked ratings up enough for the show to be renewed for a fifth season. I know that Supernatural has always been about the two lead characters, but it seems the Americans liked Castiel so much that the series - widely admitted following a season three ratings dip to have been due to end this season - has been renewed for a fifth season, bringing Misha in as the third lead actor. That doesn't mean we'll have Cas-specific episodes edging Sam and Dean out, we're assured, so here's looking forward to the final season! If it's as good as this one, it'll be a hell of a ride.
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2009
I love Supernatural and season 4 was the best yet. So when the date for the complete season 4 release was announced, I waited patiently for my DVD to come. I was disappointed to find that not only did the episodes not match the DVD jackets, but that my much loved (and advertised on the case) gag reel and other specail features were missing. This box set is just Volume 1 and 2 repackaged. If I had wanted volumes 1 and 2, I would have bought them. It is a pity that people who have waited to buy the complete set have been let down like this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 November 2009
Just as others stated, really annoyed after pre-ordering dvd to find no extras and poor packaging. Love the show as always but poor box set - missing out on the fun extras - not fair. Is this a fault and if not who do we complain to - Warner Brothers?

Hi all, complained to warner brothers uk. Was promised if I sent box set in I would get another once replacement stock is available.
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