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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4

Blu-ray/ DVD review by David Blackwell
DETAILS:  113 minutes, audio commentary, deleted scenes, featurettes, Fox Movie Channel segments, animated prequel short, theatrical trailer, digital copy
VIDEO:  2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO:  English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (Blu-ray), English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1, Spanish 5.1, Portuguese 5.1 (Blu-ray)
Subtitles:  English, French, Spanish, Portuguese (Blu-ray)
STUDIO:  20th Century Fox/ Walden Media
Theatrical RELEASE DATE:   12-10-2010
Blu-ray/ DVD RELEASE DATE:  4-8-2011

Lucy (Georgie Henley) and Edmund Penevsie (Skandar Keynes) are taken back to Narnia (along with their annoying cousin Eustace), and take a voyage on the Dawn Treader with King Caspian (Ben Barnes).   Their mission is to find the lost seven lords with seven magical swords (given to them to them by Aslan).  I know it kinda sounds like Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (wait, wrong movie- back to the review).    They find the swords one by one as they race to stop an evil green mist which is taking people.  

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER is a fun adventure.  Yet it doesn't have the depth of characterization of the first two films.  I feel Caspian was more of a fleshed out character in the previous film where I am also missing Susan Pevensie (who is only shown briefly in this film).  

Aslan is laid thick as a God type figure and the land where his people are is something you can easily say might be Heaven.   THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER is more of a Christian type film than the first two films.  I do think they lay on the Christian ideology a little too thick this time even if it is cloaked in the mythology of Narnia. I just felt the first two films could balance the ideas C.S. Lewis brought from his own life as a Christian with the story of Narnia.   I just wish they developed the characters more where Caspian and Reepicheep feel a little less fleshed out this time.  Still the VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER is a fun adventure for the whole family and fantasy fans even though it doesn't match up to the first two films.
The single disc DVD features four deleted scenes and the audio commentary for the film with Director Michael Apted and Producer Mark Johnson.   They provide an in-depth commentary on the making of the movie.
The Blu-ray has additional extras (with some being included on the bonus disc on  the 2-disc DVD version on sale at Best Buy).   King Caspian narrates an interactive tour of the Dawn treader while several short featurettes talk about the places and characters in the film (with clips from the film).   THE UNTOLD ADVENTURES OF THE DAWN TREADER is an animated short told in book drawning form showing what happened between PRINCE CASPIAN and this film.
Also on the Blu-ray are three Behind-the-Scenes featurettes including BATTLE ON THE SEA which shows how they built the dawn treader set and used it in the film for various sequences requiring stunt work.  Then you have small segments from the FOX MOVIE CHANNEL which are in Pip mode and appear very small on my laptop screen (up in the corner of the screen and i find it very annoying).
The Extras menu is like a map of the various islands in the film and you click on them to reveal various menus to certain extras.   I find this type of Extras menu to be fun.
FINAL ANALYSIS:   THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER is a fun entry in THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA series despit it being a lesser entry not as good as the first two.  the Blu-ray menu system is great and the extras provide some enlightment for fans of the film.
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