CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Las Vegas - Season 4 Part 1 [DVD]
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First twelve episodes from the fourth series of the popular American television crime drama. On the night shift of the Las Vegas Criminalistics Bureau, the CSI team investigate the forensic details that can make all the difference between an unsolved crime and a successful arrest. In this series, the team work around the clock to stop a serial killer who is preying on couples, discover the mummified corpse of an old woman in a wardrobe, and try to solve the case of a young man found dead on a construction site. Episodes are: 'Assume Nothing'; 'All For Our Country'; 'Homebodies'; 'Feeling the Heat'; 'Fur and Loathing'; 'Jackpot'; 'Invisible Evidence'; 'After the Show'; 'Grissom Versus the Volcano'; 'Coming of Rage'; 'Eleven Angry Jurors' and 'Butterflied'.
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The actual programmes retain their quality in terms of interest and surprise, but as another reviewer mentioned, we have gained a commentary on some episodes by various combinations of producer, writer, director and cameraman, and when these first popped up I declined to have the commentary, so no harm done.
However, getting to disc two of part one, and specifically Jackpot, at the point of being asked whether I wanted it or not, I found that the curser would not move to "No", so had the option of the commentary or not watching the episode. Naturally I didn't wish to miss the episode, so proceeded with the commentary, only to find I virtually missed the dialogue anyway. The commentary is loud and intrusive, and as stated concentrates on the two parties saying how clever they were to have thought of certain words or camera angles etc.
I was extremely annoyed and disappointed to have my entertainment hijacked like this, and I sincerely hope this will not be repeated throughout the season, as I may have to reconsider whether to buy any more. I assume I have got a rogue disc here, but to be honest, if the makers must blow their own trumpets in this way, would sooner see it as an extra than attempt to waffle on over the episode itself.
The scripts have more of a bias towards the CSI team as personalities and, most importantly, the crime plots are once again superior to anything else on TV; the best example in Part 1 being 'Jackpot'.
One factor of the DVDs which continues to be a disappointment are the episode commentaries, they are without exception awful. Rather than give interesting insights into the episode production, there is too much friendly chit-chat between the contributors and way too much time spent saying how good someone was or what a great job so-and-so did.
I think if a commentary was done by, for example, William Peterson we might learn more; he is after all one of the Producers, so why doesn't he contribute ?
Aside from this small gripe, the episodes themselves are spectacular and the production values excellent.
The 'production process' featurette is quite interesting.
Fantastic entertainment !
The episodes in the season contain the wondrous two-parter opening 'Assume Nothing' and 'All for our country', with the deaths of swinging couples being investigated by Grissom and his team. They are fun, interesting and compel your attention for the time they are on. One of the better episodes is 'Fur and loathing', in the style of the curious CSI episodes that you often get when the producers decide to introduce something new into the mix. People dressed as raccoons have never been so appealing. The final episode of this first part of season four concerns a dead woman who looks remarkably like Sara, which has a profound effect on Grissom.
The episodes always look stylish and of high quality, and are enjoyable all the way through. The menus are nothing special, but who needs menus when you have such excellent episodes as these. They include guest stars such as Willie Garson, and the excellent Xander Berkely, superiorin his role as George Mason 24, enters the CSI mix as a sheriff. The DVDs are a must buy for anyone who loves the programme. You can watch an episode of this season as a complete 'newbie' to it, and become enthralled form the first moment.
In conclusion, a must buy for absoulutely anyone.
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