Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Weeds: Season Four Blu-ray Review

Weeds: Season Four Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonShow Rating: Not Rated
Disc 1 Size: 45.1 GB
Disc 2 Size: 44.7 GB
Region: A

Disc 1 Episode List:
01. Mother Thinks The Birds Are After Her
02. Lady's A Charm
03. The Whole Blah Damn Thing
04. Three Coolers
05. No Man Is Pudding
06. Excellent Treasures
07. Yes I Can

Disc 2 Episode List:
08. I Am The Table
09. Little Boats
10. The Love Circle Overlap
11. Head Cheese
12. Till We Meet Again
13. If You Work For A Living, Why Do You Kill Yourself Working?

Weeds grows it's way to Blu-ray with 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentations. Each previous Blu-ray release has improved visually, and Weeds: Season Four is no different. I was very impressed with the quality presented. Colors and overall sharpness are improved, and detail can reach quite stunning levels as well. The show tends to have quite a nice 3-D pop, that lends itself well to high-definition. Black levels were solid, and grain is present during darker scenes. Fans of the show already know what to expect when it comes to Weeds on Blu-ray, it only gets better. 9/10.

Lionsgate has included 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio tracks for all thirteen episodes. Some may argue a show like Weeds would not need a 7.1 audio track, but I give props to Lionsgate for going all the way with this release, as well as previous seasons. The show is quite front heavy, but clear as can be. Surround use is minimal, but used lightly and nicely overall. The surround provides a nice environment for the show, and also is used for effects here and there, some more aggressive than others. Fans of the show will be more than pleased, possibly even impressed. 8/10.


Disc 1:

BD-Live Enabled

Audio Commentaries:
"Mother Thinks The Birds Are After Her" with Jenji Kohan
"Three Coolers" with Roberto Benabib
"No Man Is Pudding" with Kevin Nealon & Justin Kirk
"Excellent Treasures" with Elizabeth Perkins & Allie Grant

Coyote BonusView (Picture-in-Picture)
"No Man Is Pudding" with Kevin Nealon & Justin Kirk

Gag Reel (8:25) (HD)
The gag reel is a mix of some of the funniest clips you will see with a few dull ones. Totally worth the watch though.

Little Titles (5:30) (HD)
Jenji Kohan explains letting go of the show's opening theme and song, and explains the idea for a new style of opening theme.

Moving Weight (9:27) (HD)
Actor Guillermo Diaz speaks with Criminal Defense Attorney Bruce Margolin. He explains the drug enforcement agency's beginning, the functions that they serve, and much more. He also talks about ways people hide their drugs, some crazier than others.

I'm A Big Kid Now (9:35) (HD)
Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould, and Allie Grant talk about how they have grown since the start of the show, how they have connected with their characters and more. It's a fun and interesting extra to get to know their personalities outside of the show.

Disc 2:

BD-Live Enabled

Audio Commentaries:
"I Am The Table" with Kevin Nealon & Justin Kirk
"Head Cheese" with Hunter Parrish
"If you Work For A Living, Why Do You Kill Yourself Working?" with Jenji Kohan

Coyote BonusView (Picture-in-Picture)
"I Am The Table" with Kevin Nealon & Justin Kirk

The Real Hunter Parrish (6:03) (HD)
An interview on-set with Hunter Parrish and his dog, it's a very casual and fun interview. He even goes to get his favorite slushie on set.

Tour Of Bubbie's House (7:41) (HD)
Set Decorator Julie Bolder gives a tour of Bubbie's home, and explains why certain things are used for the home.

One Stop Chop Shop (5:34) (HD)
Check out the man-made tunnel set and more, they also explain what they used to made them look authentic.

The Weed Wranglers (6:05) (HD)
Check out the weed room and how they make the weed. Fake, of course.

Burbs To The Beach (6:30) (HD)
The cast and crew explain on moving the show's location, as well as new faces this season.

Blu-news Summary
Weeds: Season Four brought major changes for the show, including location and even characters. This could have been much more difficult to keep the show the same show that we have all come to love, but I feel both the writers and the cast brought Weeds with more positives than negatives. The majority of the cast is back, and a lot of the new faces are welcome additions. Like previous seasons, Weeds will have you coming back for more and more, you just can't get enough.

The Blu-ray release is very very nice, featuring impressive video and audio, and a great selection of extras. Lionsgate is always pushing the format, whether it be tech specs or Blu-ray exclusive features. BD-Live and Picture-in-Picture commentaries are included, as well as high-def extras. The Blu-ray release is a no brainer, especially since it shares the same MSRP as the DVD release. Weeds: Season 4 on Blu-ray is 'Highly Recommended.'

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