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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Sopranos: The Complete Fourth Season, The
Genre: Television - Drama

Reviewed In Issue 79 (Dec 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Dominic Chianese, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, Robert Iler, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Drea De Matteo, Aida Turturro, Federico Castelluccio, Jerry Adler, Steven R. Schirripa, John Ventimiglia & Joe Pantoliano

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 5
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Special Features
Each disc offers a series index, cast and filmmaker bios, and an awards and nominations list. Disc Two offers audio commentaries on Episodes 4 (with writer Terence Winter) and 6 (with writer/actor Michael Imperioli). Disc Three includes a commentary track on Episode 9 with writers Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess. Series creator and writer David Chase offers a commentary track on Disc 4

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): HBO Home Video
(Catalog Number): 99081
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $99.98
(DVD Type): DVD-9 x 4
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 737
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 10/28/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Allen Coulter, John Patterson, Tim Van Patten, Jack Bender, Henry J. Bronchtein, Steve Buscemi, Daniel Attias, Alan Taylor & James Hayman
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Special Notes:
Also available in a seasons one-through-four collection.

Story Synopsis:
The complete fourth season of the critically acclaimed and multi-award-winning HBO series, "The Sopranos" are brought to you here in all their widescreen splendor. Tony Soprano (Gandolfini) is your average joe; a middle-aged guy with an attentive family, lots of nearby relatives and friends, a not-too-secret mistress, a shrink to tell his troubles to, and a steady a mob boss. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The four DVDs in the set exhibit each episode anamorphically enhanced at 1.78:1. Consistent with the previous seasons and throughout the set, each episode exhibits sharp and nicely detailed images. At times, the picture can appear a bit plugged-up and wanting in clarity. Colors are rich and well balanced, with nicely rendered fleshtones, and deep, endless blacks. Though sometimes imagery is a bit dark, shadow delineation and contrast are nicely rendered. Pixelization is noticed throughout and can be quite distracting, with quite a bit of movement noticed in fine details like clothing. The annoying distraction of edge enhancement contributes unnatural white halos. (Suzanne Hodges)

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