Glee: The Complete Fourth Season
Summer's over and school is back in session full swing with Fox Television Home Entertainment's "Glee: The Complete Fourth Season," now available on Blu-ray and DVD. The blue is complete with all 22 episodes on a smartly package 4 disc set.
As a self appointed "Gleek," I have to admit that I thought Season Three of "Glee" was slumping just a bit. Season Four brings in a younger, fresher cast with some new dynamics, as well as maintaining many of the original cast members from seasons one through three.
With Season Four of "Glee" we journey to the Big Apple with characters Rachel Berry (Lea Michelle) and Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) as they take on NYADA ("Glee"'s fabricated New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts) and Vogue (respectively); newbies Marley (Melissa Benoist), Jake (Jacob Artist), Kitty (Becca Tobin), gender bender Unique (Alex Newell) and Ryder (Blake Jenner) all square off, establishing their roles in the pecking order of the ruthless and cut-throat world of Glee Club politics; Kurt and Blaine (Darren Chris) discover the temptations of long-distance relationships; and Mr. Schuster (Matthew Morrison) and Emma (Jayma Mays) finally secure their wedding plans of the past. Highlight guest stars include Kate Hudson as Rachel's B-on-wheels dance instructor, Sarah Jessica Parker as Kurt's boss at Vogue, and Whoopi Goldberg as NYADA's stern gatekeeper.
The Blu-ray has many extras, many of which get a passing grade. Extra credit featurettes include a very interesting interview with Production Designer Mark Hutman, responsible for creating all the new sets for "Glee"'s NYC locale. Also: there's deleted song performed by Mr. Schuster and Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) of Judy Garland's "Mr. Monotony"; a nice bio of the "Girls (and Boys) on Film" episode, showcasing songs from motion pictures, which includes Morrison's ode to Fred Astaire in "Royal Wedding;" and the creation and execution of the show's 500 song/dance number "Shout," which was widely popularized in the film "Animal House."
Other sophomoric extras (not worth staying 'after school' for) would be interviews with some of the newer actors about their onscreen relationships; "Blaine Time Capsule," Blaine's message to the class of 2053; and the obvious lack of Director's (or anyone's for that matter) commentary. Also the "Glee" folks offer a "Jukebox Version" of the discs that you can play which just executes the songs from selected episodes. Kind of nice, but I could take or leave it.
"Glee" is now heading into its fifth season, with the sad loss of their star quarterback actor Cory Montieth who tragically died over the summer, losing a long battle with drug addiction. Although, noticeably missing from many of the extras, Season Four gives "Glee" fans the final chance to enjoy this star's work.