Ralph Potts reviews season four of this entertaining TV series about a homicide detective that discovers he is a descendant of hunters who fight supernatural forces.
The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Universal – 2014
MPAA Rating: NR
Feature running time: 944 minutes
Genre: TV/Fantasy/Crime drama
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, French DTS-HD HR 5.1, Spanish DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Dutch
Starring: David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, Bitsie Tulloch, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, Bree Turner, Claire Coffee
Directed by: Various
Music by: Richard Marvin
Written by: Various
Region Code: A,B,C
Blu-ray Disc release Date: September 29, 2015
In the wake of Monroe and Rosalee’s wedding, things have never been more chaotic. Nick, having lost his Grimm abilities, must dig deep and decide what type of person he wants to be. With Captain Renard in critical condition after being gravely injured and Juliette trying to come to grips with Nick’s recent betrayal, the world of Grimm is spiraling out of control more than ever. As even more dangerous Wesen are making their way to the great northwest, it’s going to take all of Team Grimm’s strength and energy to keep Portland from bursting open at the seams. Watch all 22 spine-chilling episodes back-to-back and uninterrupted in Grimm: Season Four.
For those not familiar with Grimm here is a little background:
Inspired by the classic Grimm fairytales the series revolves around Nick Burkhardt, a Portland police detective whose world is turned upside down when he suddenly begins to notice that what appear to be average citizens are in reality disguised mythical creatures living among us. While still trying to process what he is seeing Nick’s Aunt Marie (who raised him after his parent’s death), shows up unexpectedly and is summarily attacked in front of Nick by a creature known as a reaper. She wins the battle but is wounded and winds up in the hospital where Nick finds out that she is dying of cancer.
It’s then that Aunt Marie reveals that she is a Grimm and that Nick is descended from a long line of Grimm’s who are charged with keeping the balance between humanity and the plethora of “unseen” creatures that roam the earth. She explained that they are not all evil however it is there job to kill the bad ones and that she is being hunted as a result. Aunt Marie subsequently dies but leaves Nick several “necessary” items one of which is her trailer containing her stock of weapons and volumes of books detailing the past as well as valuable information on the creatures that are out there.
The show is an episodic crime/cop drama with a fantastical twist that involves the cases being associated with missing persons, deaths, ancient feuds and just plain old criminal activity involving creatures taken/derived from fairytales. There is a continuing storyline/subplot involving someone close to Nick that has a dark secret but essentially each episode involves Nick and his partner Hank trying to solve a different crime/problem which is aided by Nick’s abilities as a Grimm.
Season four picks up where three left off with Captain Renard fighting for his life after being shot in the doorway to Nick’s house. Nick, now without his powers that to a little payback from Adalind, finds Trubel to be a valuable assest in helping he and Hank determine which cases are Wesen related. Meanwhile Adalind returns to the Royals but their greeting isn’t as she hoped. Without his powers Nick and Juliette search for common ground and the potential hope of “normalcy”. Captain Renard appears to be losing the fight for his life until his mother Elizabeth shows up and brings him back from the precipice of death. Monroe and Rosalee struggle to find a cure to restore Nick’s powers and enlist Elizabeth to help them.
The process to restore Nick’s powers requires Juliette’s participation. After discussing the matter Nick agrees to allow it however things don’t quite go as planned, leading to a shocking revelation that will have dire consequences for everyone involved. Wu, still reeling from his Wesen encounter is finally brought into the fold, becoming a member of the “team”. The pieces are now in place for one of the best seasons of Grimm yet as relationships are fractured, lives are lost, enemies become allies and betrayal threatens to bring it all down. In addition to the show’s continuing storyline this season features a cache of new baddies and cases that the team must track down and solve.
I really enjoy Grimm.The characters on the show are well drawn and fit neatly into the series construct. I wasn’t sold on David Giuntoli as the show’s front man but he has grown on me. I like the cast ensemble, especially Silas Weir Mitchell who plays Eddie Monroe, the reformed Blutbad that assists Nick from the underworld’s perspective and his wife Rosalee played by Bree Turner. This season Juliette and Wu are given bigger roles, especially hers which is really quite good. I am happy to see them get a larger part on the show. Developmentally the writing progression is good and the balance between the continuing and singular episodic storylines works well. The series is different although not fundamentally so but enough that it’s entertaining in a dark yet breezy sort of way. Outside of Silas Weir Mitchell, who owns his character, the acting isn’t the best but there is little here that requires inspirational dramatic depth. The season successfully builds to an ending that paves the way for season five (which is set to air in late October). I will definitely be tuning in.
Grimm Season four comes to Blu-ray with its 22 episodes spread over five BD-50’s, with the bulk of the bonus material found on disc five. The keep case is of the larger amaray type (with a corresponding slipcover) with the discs contained in the page style plastic inserts with the center push buttons.
AUDIO/VIDEO – By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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- Dialogue Reproduction:
- Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA
- DSU Rating * (non-rated element): NA
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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Grimm Season Four comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Studios Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 29 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.4 Mbps.
This 1.78:1 framed video presentation offers appreciable high definition resolution that has a satisfying glossy aesthetic. Images are stable and sharp with plenty of discernible texture and revealing fine detail during close-ups. Many of the show’s sequences are shot in uneven and low lighting. Shadow delineation and depth is quite good. Blacks are deep while exhibiting appreciable dynamic range with stable yet slightly elevated contrast that never infringes upon fidelity. Colors are snappy and bright and sullen and muted where appropriate. Fleshtones appear descriptive with variable depth that brings out the finest gradations in the differing complexional types among the cast.
The lossless DTS-HD Master Audio sound keeps pace with the video and is quite good. Dynamics are robust and highs are crisp without being strident or edgy. Dialogue is rendered with defining tonal expression and room penetrating depth through the center channel. The front soundstage is diffused with excellent separation and clearly articulated detail. The presentation makes ample use of the entire surround platform. At times it opens up quite nicely to create an involving surround mix containing a mix of directional and ambient sounds. Bass response doesn’t reach subterranean levels however it appropriately supports the source elements and provides an appreciably tight, and punchy low end.
- (HD Deleted scenes
- (HD) Gag reel – 4 minutes
- (HD) A morphed reality: Behind the scenes of Grimm – 11 minutes
- (HD) Set tour with Jacqueline Toboni – 2 minutes
- (HD) Highlight reels (4 segments) – Including a recap of Grimm’s four seasons
- (HD) Grimm Guide – An interactive book that provides insight in the various creatures featured on the show
- Digital HD Copy
Grimm Season Four successfully builds upon the threads of season three and winds up being even more entertaining. While there may not be deeply engrossing storylines, pulse pounding action or emphatic drama there is enough substance and likeable characters to keep fans coming back. Season five kicks off on NBC in October and I look forward to seeing what the story brings. I enjoyed its high definition audio/video presentation on Blu-ray and found the included supplemental package to be limited but worth checking out for fans. If you’re already intoGrimm this five disc offering from Universal Studios Home Entertainment is recommended. If not and you’re curious give it a rent or look for it On Demand in your area.
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