- Format: NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 4
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (300 customer reviews)
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Merlin: Complete Fourth Season [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Merlin is back for a fourth series of the hit BBC adventure as Camelot stands on the brink of a golden age. But its birth will not be an easy one. For the forces of evil are gathering and the darkest hour is just before the dawn... This series sees the arrival of the fearless Knights of Camelot and a fantastic guest cast featuring Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones' Diary, Harry Potter), Phil Davis (Doctor Who, Brighton Rock) and Nathaniel Parker (Stardust, The Chronicles of Narnia) as well as the return of Santiago Cabrera (Heroes, Che) as the dashing Lancelot. With its thrilling mix of action, adventure and pure magic, the fourth series of Merlin will captivate the imagination as never before... The complete box set contains all 13 episodes of Series four.
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Thankfully there is still humour, much of it in the banter between Merlin and Arthur - a great double act. Many sequences are also very moving - as when Arthur and knights mourn those dead or believed to be.
As the young Merlin, Colin Morgan is superb - totally likeable and self-effacing, conveying so much with just a look. Arthur increasingly appreciates his loyal (if clumsy) servant's worth. (Not before time, many would say.) Bradley James impresses as Arthur strives to be the king Camelot deserves, he winning over those who previously held him in contempt. (Lindsay Duncan and Ben Daniels are excellent as two of those converted.) How splendid Gaius (Richard Wilson) is still around, his scenes with Merlin a particular pleasure. One to hiss is Arthur's seemingly devoted uncle (Nathaniel Parker) - he in fact plotting much villainy. (The actor features prominently in out-takes.)
Bonuses include commentaries, deleted scenes and an interesting feature on the making of this season.
The series' continued success owes everything to the converging of talents - crackling scripts, so ingeniously plotted; a fine cast doing them full justice; breathtaking special effects; music that even further enhances. Full marks also to whoever had that brainwave of making Merlin and Arthur the same age!Read more ›
Only three things I wasn't impressed with this series (WARNING-SPOILERS):
1) The finale. Morgana attempts to take over Camelot with her army. This is mostly very similar to the series three finale, with one big difference: the witch doesn't really get to fight. Unlike in the series three finale when Morgause takes on Arthur, Morgana simply has her powers bound by Merlin and runs. I couldn't help but be very dissapointed at that... it just seemed a bit too easy.
2) Merlin has a magical move where he throws the enemy off their feet and knocks them out. This is starting to get old and makes for a few very anticlimactic endings.
3) A lot in Merlin isn't accurate to the legend and usually I don't mind that... but I didn't like that Merlin had to magically cast the sword out of the stone for Arthur. In the legend, the one true king is the only one able to lift the sword from the stone, while in Merlin he simply uses this story as a way to build up Arthur's confidence by fooling Arthur. As I said, I'm usually not bothered by how close to the legend Merlin is, but I strongly felt they should have kept that VERY significant scene the way the legend told it.
However, overall this series deleivers another great load of enchanting episodes and magical adventures.
Can't wait for series 5, bring it on:)
What a lot happens here, Morgana on the loose causing trouble, magical creatures and Arthur becoming king. With trouble between Arthur and Gwen the course of true love never runs smooth. Will Merlin be able to keep his magic secret from the others, especially as Morgana knows his Druid name and is on the search for his whereabouts?
With a great two part finale which also has the dragon and Tristan and Isolde there is a lot of adventure and intrigue in this series, especially with Agravaine, Arthur's uncle, who is secretly plotting with Morgana.
Why I think this works so well is by taking a look at the original tales and retelling them in a different way that are suitable for young and old alike. After all the originals covered such things as adultery and were quite bloodthirsty, but here they have been watered down, but still keep the joy of these tales alive. With a good dose of humour this is a series that will keep all ages absorbed.
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Purchased for the wife was my excuse for buying this very enjoyable BBC series. If you haven't seen this before I highly recommend you give it a try. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mightymouse
Not my thing - but my Sister loves it all and was very, very happy to receive thisPublished 2 months ago by Joy Davis
Absolutely love merlin. I love how it's gone darker with characters development such as morganna. And merlin as emrys brings humour as well as merlin and Arthur's relationship as... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rachel