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The Fourth Season
Running Time: 1528 minutes
Starring: Josie Bissett, Thomas Calabro, Marcia Cross, Laura Leighton, Heather Locklear Doug Savant, Grant Show, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Daphne Zuniga, Patrick Muldoon, Kristin Davis, Jack Wagner
Retail Price: $59.99
Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Stereo Surround, English Closed Captions, Episode Selection, Chapter Stops (7 per episode), Nine-Disc Set
Released: April 22nd, 2008
The fourth season of "Melrose Place" is presented in 1.33:1 full screen, just as they aired back in the mid-90s on Fox. The transfers are decent at best, and certainly imperfect. The episodes aren't too sharp and are often pretty grainy. A few episodes are often stuffed onto each disc, so video bit rate quality is not at its peak. Blemishes, dirt pieces and the like also pop up here and there, as well as plenty of noise and some edge halos. Other than that, fleshtones are okay (if a bit on the orangy side), detail is also okay and color saturation is pretty good. Watchable, but nothing that will overly please the eyes.
The fourth season is presented in English Stereo Surround, and these tracks are decent too. Fidelity is very high, while dialogue is quite clear and crisp. The sound effects add a little bit of punch now and then, making for a few lively jolts in otherwise stoic tracks. There are the songs and musical cues though, which do add some flavor to the proceedings. These tracks are probably what you are expecting, and seem on par with past seasons of the series on DVD. Just don't expect anything too discrete.
English closed captions are also included.
Fans of this cult, campy series are sure to plunk down the dollars for this fourth season on DVD. Given that you get 32 episodes, it is a decent value. The episodes look and sound decent, but certianly are nothing special presentation wise. However, there is disappointment to be had: zero extras. Still, I'm sure some of you won't be able to resist anyway.