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The Complete Fourth Season
Running Time: 1273 minutes
Starring: Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack
Retail Price: $49.99
Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Mono, English Closed Captions, Episode Selections, Chapters (7 Chapters per episode), Six-Disc Set
Released: July 21st, 2009
All 26 episodes of the fourth season of "Charlie's Angels" are presented in 1.33:1 full screen. The episodes, as expected, don't look perfect: scratches, blemishes and assorted dirt pieces do pop up. Noise, shimmering and some edge halos also make appearances. Some scenes also appear more grainy than others, and yet, there are some scenes that look very clear and even pretty sharp. Detail is rather good, fleshtones fine and colors are well saturated for the most part. Things also did not look as flat as I expected. Still the fact that sometimes the image looks better in some moments than others is a bit jarring. Really though, this is a mixed bag — but more toward the positive.
The English Dolby Mono tracks are no great shakes. All the sound elements are audible — dialogue, music, sound effects — but of course, are limited by the era. I did not detect any distortion or major sound flaws from the episodes I checked out, but the sound did come off as a bit tinny and hollow overall. Expectations should be kept in check for these. Then again, this fourth season is 30 years old.
English Closed Captions are available through your television.
This fourth season of "Charlie's Angels" is a typical TV-on-DVD release: straightforward transfers and soundtracks right from the archives, and no extra features. The release of this season comes at a sad time, as original series star Farrah Fawcett passed a few weeks ago as of this writing. However, Fawcett's presence is felt as she was a guest star for three episodes this season, and her face even takes up a little space on the outer box. (I'm sure this was more of a marketing ploy for fans of the show's first season, and to make sure more die-hard fans of the departing star would pick up this season.) Given how the media is and how the public reacts, I get a feeling her death will put boost sales a bit for this season. But still, fans of the show will pick up this set anyhow.