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ALIAS The Complete Fourth Season

DVD Rebview by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 923 minutes (22 episodes on six discs), four audio commentaries, seven featurettes, blooper reeel, and deleted scenes

STUDIO: Touchstone/ BVHE

RELEASE DATE: 10-18-2005

DISC 1- AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL PART 1 and 2, THE AWFUL TRUTH, ICE

DISC 2- WELCOME TO LIBERTY VILLAGE, NOCTURNE, DETENTE, ECHOES

DISC 3- A MAN OF HIS WORD, THE INDEX, THE ROAD HOME, THE ORPHAN

DISC 4- TUESDAY, NIGHTINGALE, PANDORA, ANOTHER MISTER SLOANE

DISC 5- A CLEAN CONSCIENCE, MIRAGE, IN DREAMS..., THE DESCENT

DISC 6- SEARCH AND RESCUE, BEFORE THE FLOOD

Sydney Bristow has had a rough time in the previous three seasons, and the fourth season of ALIAS continues her adventures as the kick ass superbabe secret agent. She is in for another shake-up when her new boss is Sloane, her former enemy, and work with her half sister, Nadia. She learns her Dad killled her mom (or did he?), meet another of her mom's sisters (each sister of Irina Derevko makes Irina seem like a saint), and a guy who thinks he's Sloane. Soem fans think the first season was the best and ALIAS had lost steam by now, but I loved season 4. It improved as it went along and continued to weave in the Rambaldi artifacts and the prophecy regarding Sydney.

Due to ABC changing the order of episodes, the proper order should be:

1- APO 1
2 - APO 2
3 - The Awful Truth
7 - Detente
4 - Ice
6 - Nocturne
8 - Echoes
9 - A Man of His Word
5 - Welcome to Liberty Village
10 - The Index
11 - The Road Home
12 - The Orphan
14 - Nightingale
15 - Pandora
16 - Another Mister Sloane
13 - Tuesday
17 - A Clean Conscience
18 - Mirage
19 - In Dreams
20 - Descent
21 - Search and Rescue
22 - Before the Flood

VIDEO: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Surround

Subtitles: Spanish, English Captions

Video looks nice and sharp while the audio has clear dialogue with atmospheric mix from the music.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio commentaries were recorded for APO 1 and 2, ICE, and NOCTURNE. Jennifer Garner is around for APO 1, but she has to leave during APO 2 to shoot the season finale. Too bad they didn't do audio commentaries for any of the later episodes, but none of the commentaries are that great. The rest of the extras are on disc seven which consist of bloopers featuring Jennifer Garner breaking out into laughing during many scenes, 11 minutes of deleted scenes cut from various episodes, and seven featurettes.

The featurettes are:

CHAT WITH JENNIFER GARNER, THE GUEST STARS OF SEASON 4, MEET MIA: SYD'S LITTLE SISTER, MARSHALL'S WORLD, DIRECTOR'S DIARY, ANATOMY OF A SCENE, and AGENT WEISS' SPY CAMERA. Most of the featurettes are fluff. The extras on LOST Season One were so much better.

FINAL ANALYSIS: If you're a fan of ALIAS Season 4, you will want to own it on DVD. I do wish they would could back to the case designs for the earlier seasons.

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