The 4400: The Fourth Season (2007)

Genre(s): Drama / Mystery / Science Fiction
Paramount || NR - 561 minutes - $39.98 || May 6, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-06-03


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Scott Peters (creator)
Cast: Jacqueline McKenzie, Joel Gretsch, Patrick Flueger, Conchita Campbell, Chad Faust, Bill Campbell


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Episode Commentaries
  • Director's Cut on Series Finale
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Season IV: Factions of War
  • Jordan Collier: The Grey Man
  • Blooper Reel


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

“The 4400” Season Four is a great, yet unfortunate way, to end the series. While the show could have easily gone on for a few more seasons the USA Network opted to cancel it (and The Dead Zone) instead of renewing it for another season.

Season Four deals with the once leader of the 4400 Center, Jordan Collier (Billy Campbell), now assuming an almost cult-like role by doling out the drug Promicin. Promicin is essentially a drug that can give someone a 50/50 chance of either gaining some sort of special ability like a 4400 or killing them.

Tom (Joel Gretsch) and Diana (Jacqueline McKenzie) still find themselves working at NTAC under the leadership of a new director, but still find time to help out when needed. The problem is this season tends to spend a little too much time at the start focusing on the "baddy of the week" instead of the main story arc which involves Collier. While the latter half of the season improves, the first few episodes are still a bit dull.

The final Season of “The 4400” is definitely an improvement over the much darker Season Three, but still not anything as good as Seasons One and Two. While many questions are answered, we are still left with many unresolved due to the cancellation. A wrap-up movie has been discussed before, but at this point it does not look like it’s going to happen.

If you have never seen any episodes of the 4400 (or caught a few here and there like I did originally) I'd recommend purchasing the entire series. It’s a great Sci-Fi show and the complete series can be purchased for some incredibly low prices on Amazon.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Directors Cut of the last episode "The Great Leap Forward" - An additional three minutes that really does not amount to much, but still a great extra. Recommended Watch!

Deleted Scenes - A very good selection of scenes that were cut due to time. There is a lot of story here so be sure to watch these after you finish the season. Recommended Watch!

Commentaries ("Till We Have Built Jerusalem" and "The Great Leap Forward" with Scott Peters) - Both of these are fantastic listens if you are a fan of the show. Scott goes into a few discussions about the shows cancellation and what would have happened in Season 5. Recommended Listen!

Season IV: Factions of War - As with other season sets, this is an overview of all of Season 4.

Jordan Collier: The Grey Man - An interesting featurette that has the cast discussing what they feel about Jordan. Is he good or evil?

Blooper Reel - You're standard set of flubbed lines and such.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Season Four is presented in 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen with all 13 episodes spanning four discs. Picture Quality is much cleaner now on DVD then what was originally shown on TV. This season still has plenty of dark scenes and unfortunately there is a thick overlay of grain present in them. Considering its a TV Show with a low budget I can understand why.

Like previous season releases, Season Four includes a Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 track. The 5.1 track has a huge feel to it but since the episodes are very dialog driven, don't except much coming out of the rear speakers. I did notice a few spots where dialog was a bit tinny, but it quickly faded away.



.::OVERALL::.

With the series now over, it’s a great time to purchase all four seasons and enjoy The 4400. Season Four gives a great sense of closure while still leaving a few loose ends in the hope of a TV Movie or continuation in some form.