WARNER BROS. has released "NIP/TUCK: SEASON 4" on dvd, blu-ray and hd-dvd formats. The series, airing on "FX" cable network, has successfully managed to push the envelope for sex and bizarreness, not an easy task on this network! Focusing on two plastic surgeons, Sean and Christian, the series offers interesting story arcs and great guest-talent. As with previous seasons, the show walks a tightrope between brilliance and embarrassment, but rare are the series that can do it as well as "NIP/TUCK continues to do. In season 4, new talent includes Peter Dinklage, Sanaa Lathan, Jacqueline Bisset and Brooke Shields. It's amazing to find that a tv series succeeds in offering a better quality venue for these actor's amazing talents than mainstream tv and films ever did!
The storyline revolving around Lathan and Larry Hagman is outstanding and provides some of the most entertainment, episode for episode compared to any other series(however, not many other series like this one, to begin with!)
The same weak parts of the series persist, however. Too much time(thankfully less than in previous seasons)is devoted to Sean's troubled son(or is it really Christian's?This reviewer forgot!)But, the introduction of scientologists, organ harvesting and more, makes for great and captivating viewing! It will be hard for viewers not to sit through an entire weekend watching these episodes back to back.
WARNER BROS. has provided the same, correct aspect ratio (1.78:1) for these transfers. While the box reads 1.85:1, our screen appears at 1.78:1. The dvd offers 16:9 enhancement. The dvd version offers solid colors, but a surprising amount of grain. When compared to the blu-ray version, it's like night and day! The blu-ray transfer is 1080p/VC-1 and colors are notably richer in every scene. Detail is decent on the dvd, but it can't compare to the level of depth found on blu-ray. Darker scenes are wherein the difference is most immediately obvious. The dvd lacks the deep blacks and grays found within the shadows of virtually any scene on blu-ray.
A gag reel and brief featurettes are included.
WARNER BROS. has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Both dvd and blu-ray offers comparable mixes. While not an aggressive mix, music is well complimented throughout, and with great emphasis in terms of spatial effects. Most separation is delegated to the front soundstage, but surrounds and bass effects provide great dramatic impact at key moments. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.