THE PLOT THUS FAR
Ride full-throttle with the Sons of Anarchy into the most intense, adrenaline-charged season ever! Out of prison and back in business, SAMCRO faces a powerful new nemesis as they forge an unlikely alliance and head in a dangerous new direction. As a deadly internal power struggle rocks the club to its very core, Jax struggles with the legacy of his father and makes plans for the future of his family amid chaos, corruption, betrayal, and murder. Action-packed with electrifying extended episodes, Sons of Anarchy Season Four will take you for the ride of your life!
WHAT WE THOUGHT
The fourth season of “Sons of Anarchy” is a middle act for a larger story arc. I fully see what Sutter wants to accomplish with the series, however I can’t say that this season is on par with the amazing Season 3 or 2. What you have here is paying off character work that has been building for the last few years. The stuff was Otto was to be expected and Danny Trejo’s episodes were intense. However, this is about getting Jax and Clay to where they need to be. Even if that means throwing in more politicians and the IRA.
But, let’s say something about Jax during this quiet fourth year. The young VP of the gang tries desperately to cling to the ideals on which the original motorcycle clubs were based, but is ultimately a cold, ruthless and sometimes downright sadistic piece of work who’s only nice to the people he loves. The manipulative matriarch without conscience or remorse is nicely depicted too, as is the old leader who is so far gone that he can almost be called a monster. His downright sociopath killer sidekick nicely completes the picture of a really dangerous criminal organization without redeeming features whose ideals only exist in legends.
The Blu-Ray comes with extended episodes, featurettes, commentaries and a spotlight on a show app that I couldn’t quite get to work right. The A/V Quality is par for the course with the SOA Blu-Ray releases of past years. The 1080p transfer is reference quality for TV on BR with its digital to digital encode. However, I found the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track to be a tad too aggressive when the back channels had to spread out the cycle action. Still, it’s part of the show’s aesthetic. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
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