Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Review: BURN NOTICE - S4 DVD

The fourth season of USA Network's enjoyable and explosive action series, BURN NOTICE, is now available on DVD.

This season, ex-spy Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan, BLAIR WITCH 2) and his colleagues/friends Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar, BODY SNATCHERS) and Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell, EVIL DEAD) are joined by Jesse Porter (Coby Bell), a former U.S. counter-intelligence agent that Michael, inadvertently, caused to be "burned" during an investigation into a vast, international criminal conspiracy. Jesse, unaware of Michael's role in his blacklisting, joins the trio of troubleshooters in their work helping the helpless of Miami, all the while trying to uncover the identity of the man responsible for ruining his life. Odds are, he won't be happy when he finds out...

As with the previous three seasons, BURN NOTICE continues to be one of the best - if not the best - action shows on television, with plenty of masterfully-executed car chases, gunfights and explosions packed into every episode. Add in a group of likable - and generally heroic - characters, charismatic guest stars, a compelling-but-not-overwhelming "mythology," and plenty of South Beach glamor (not to mention acres of tanned, bikini-clad female flesh), and you have some nigh-perfect escapist television.

Fox Home Entertainment brings all 18 episodes of the fourth season to DVD on 4 discs, each episode presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. As in previous seasons, the transfers are excellent, with a nice film-like grain, bright colors and exceptional detail. Audio is a robust 5.1. Dolby Digital. Bonus material includes a handful of deleted scenes, audio commentary on the final episode, and featurettes on the stunt work and "Sam Axe's Guide to Ladies and Libations." There is also some promotional material for USA Network's WHITE COLLAR series: including the entire pilot episode, and the amusing "BURN NOTICE Roasts WHITE COLLAR," and "WHITE COLLAR Roasts BURN NOTICE" features.

As I've stated in previous reviews, I watch this series exclusively on DVD, so I'm always a year behind what's on the air. But the show is so good and so much fun, it's worth the wait to me to watch it uninterrupted by commercials and at my own (rapid) pace. Highly recommended.

BUYBurn Notice: Season Four