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Man vs. Wild
Season 4

review by Zach B.

 

 

Rating: TV-PG

Running Time: 602 Minutes

Starring: Bear Grylls

 

 

Studio: Discovery

Retail Price: $24.98

Features: Extended Scenes

Specs: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital Stereo, Episode Selection, Scenes (7 Scenes per episode) Three-Disc Set

Released: March 23rd, 2010 (Discovery Store)

 
 


"Man vs. Wild: Season 4" is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. Despite some artifacting and slight noise that I noticed, these episodes look quite good and do justice to what the show is all about: terrain that you probably have not seen before. Fleshtones are accurate and black levels are solid, but it's the amount of detail that is staggering. Be it the white of the snow in the Arctic Circle or the reds and browns in Guatemala, there's always plenty to take in and plenty that is so well-drawn out that you'll feel transported there. Color saturation too is rich and looks organic, but never smears. The transfers themselves are sharp, and everything is in clean and pristine condition. Always pleasing to the eye, and excellent. 

 


All the episodes in this set feature English Dolby Digital 2.0. Despite the limitations, these tracks sound pretty oustanding for what they are. Dialogue is clear and crisp, while the dramatic musical cues to heighten all the action also sound rather nice. But the sound effects have a lot of punch that help draw you more into the wild adventures Bear Grylls finds himself in. Be it wild animals, water flowing, a helicopter buzzing or even foodsteps, the variety of noises sound quite discrete and sharp. I came away impressed from these 2.0 mixes — and I think you'll be surprised, too. 

English subtitles are also included.

 


The only thing really in this set are Extended Scenes on the first two discs, plus a preview of the show "River Monsters" (yay synergy). 

 


It is hard not to be charmed by the antics of Bear Grylls, and this fourth season of "Man vs. Wild" does not disappoint. Once again, the host/survivalist brings his skills to many uniquie locations — and even has Will Ferrell tagging along in the Arctic Circle. The only extra in the set are extended scenes, but the surprisingly engaging Dolby 2.0 mix and fantastic transfers make this a worthy pick-up if you're a fan of this series.