TITLE: DAWSON'S CREEK - THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON
DVD Release Date: October 5, 2004
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 23
Audio Tracks: English, English w/Commentary
Subtitles: Spanish, Portuguese
Special Features Include:
*Audio Commentary for select episodes with executive
producer Paul Stupin
*Columbia Tri-Star DVD Release Trailers
Dawson’s Creek returns for a fourth season on DVD
starring the lovely Katie Holmes as Joey.
Season four has many good episodes. Let's start with
the big one, Episode 22, "The Graduate". Considering
the main crux of this show was always them in high
school, this episode's a biggie. Working backwards to
the start of the season, memorable episodes include
"Coming Home", where Joey and Pacey return from having
been together out at sea for the summer," The two
Gentlemen of Capeside", where Dawson puts aside his
grudge against Pacey to save his life when his boat
gets stuck out to sea in a storm, "Promicide", the
prom episode, A Winter's Tale, where Pacey and
Joey..er..consumated their relationship, and Coda,
where Dawson leaves for college in California.
There's really no special guest stars, so, on with the
Packaging is your standard four-disc unfolding setup,
as is the norm for Columbia Tri-star releases with 3
or more discs (although they are starting to change
that). The first thing you'll notice is that,
immediately upon opening the setup, the episode card
and promotional material - a $5 Rebate Offer with
Purchase of BOTH the 3rd and 4th Season Dawson's Creek
sets and the standard C-T DVD Releases insert - will
come falling out of it's pocket in the packaging.
This is really the only packaging flaw to be found in
the set, though. Each Disc has a different actor in
front of the waterfront, with Disc 1 having Dawson
(James Van Der Beek), Disc 2 features Jen (Michelle
Williams), Disc three has Pacey (Joshua Jackson), and
Disc 4 features Joey (Katie Holmes) on the cover.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The intro to the four main menus (Disc 1's MM, Disc
2's MM, etc) is done well, with various fading shots
of various characters, in front of a waterfront, with
each main menu differing in the final cast member the
intro stays on to lead into the main menu, as well as
the actual tint of the menu itself. Disc 1's menu is
orange-tinted, and features James Van Der Beek. Disc
two goes with the blue tint, and features Katie
Holmes. Disc three goes green, and has Josh Jackson.
Finally, there's the yellow Disc Four menu with
Michelle Williams. In the background of all four
menus is just a little piece of music that, at least
SOUNDS related to the show, but is neither the main
theme, closing theme, nor the international theme,
which, like for the season 3 set, was used as the main
theme for this set.
Video and Audio Quality:
Episodes are presented in Standard 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
with Dolby Digital surround sound. Obviously, video
deterioration isn't even a remote issue here, as these
episodes are only a mere 3-4 years old. There are
some digital compression artifacts on the discs, as
there are six-ish hours of content per-disc. Audio's
good too...nothing to complain about, nothing to
Special features for this set are somewhat sparse.
There's a clip-laced Trivia game divided into various
academic subcategories (Math, Film, etc). You really
do these at your own pace, for your own length, making
any estimate of length of feature for it irrelevant.
There's also Audio Commentary from series Executive
Producer Paul Stupin on two episodes, Coming Home, and
The Graduate, and as there are on virtually EVERY
Columbia Tri-Star release, Previews for their other
DVD sets. This is fairly simple, but what do you
expect for a Columbia Tri-Star release.
Summary - There are two problems with this set, one of
which won't interfere with your actual watching of the
episodes themselves, and one of which you'll notice
about two minutes into the first episode, if you still
didn't know about already (it even says it's a special
feature (Ha!) on the box). They replaced the main
theme (I don't Want to Wait -
Paula Cole) with the International Theme (Run Like Mad
- Jann Arden). They also replaced a lot of the
in-show music with other pieces. IF you can live with
replaced music, then, there's no problem. But, if
you're one of those individuals that wants their shows
completely in-tact from their original airings, you're
definitely not going to like the change.
Overall, it's a good set, but, it's missing a few
things, mainly in the special features department.
Perhaps, for the season five set, they could throw
together some featurettes, and, audio commentary on
more episodes, this time with actors from the series.
Otherwise, it's still an ok set...If you’re a fan of
the show, go ahead and pick it up. If you're new to
the show and want to give it a try, I'd probably
recommend renting it first to decide for you.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 2.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 3.5/5
-- Reviewed by Seth Thrasher (with help from Jon Kerrigan) on 10/03/04
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