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Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.0

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
7 out of 10
Extras Rating:
8 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Edward James Olmos as Admiral William Adama
Mary McDonnell as President Laura Roslin
Katee Sackhoff as Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace
Jamie Bamber as Lee Adama
James Callis as Dr. Gaius Baltar
Tricia Helfer as Number Six / Caprica
Grace Park as Lt. Sharon 'Athena' Agathon
Michael Hogan as Colonel Saul Tigh
Aaron Douglas as Chief Galen Tyrol
Tahmoh Penikett as Captain Karl 'Helo' Agathon
Michael Trucco as Ensign Samuel Anders
Alessandro Juliani as Lt. Felix Gaeta
Kandyse McClure as Lt. Anastasia Dualla
Lucy Lawless as D'Anna Biers
Callum Keith Rennie as Leoben Conoy
Rekha Sharma as Tory Foster

Special Features:
Deleted Scenes
Bonus film: Unrated extended version of "Razor" (13 minutes longer) as well as the broadcast version
Featurette: My Favorite Episode So Far
Featurette: The Look of Battlestar Galactica
Bonus footage: Minisodes (x7)
Audio commentary: to the Unrated Extended Edition of "Razor" with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore and Writer Michael Taylor
Audio commentary: Ronald Moore's Podcast Commentaries
Audio commentary: Faith Commentary with Executive Producer Ronald. D. Moore and Supervising Producers Bradley Thompson and David Weddle
Audio commentary: Guess What's Coming to Dinner Commentary with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore and Writer Michael Angeli
David Eick's Video Blogs
Audio commentary: Sine Qua Non Commentary with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore and Writer Michael Taylor
Featurette: The Music of Battlestar Galactica
Featurette: Season 4.5: The Untold Story - Untold
Featurette: Cylons: The Twelve
Featurette: The Journey

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 7 Hours 17 Minutes

The Series:
The following is the official description of the series:

"They've traveled millions of miles and defied relentless attackers, but nothing will prepare the human race for what lies ahead as 'Battlestar Galactica 4.0' arrives on DVD! In ten gripping episodes, relive each pivotal moment as the civil war amongst the Cylons escalates and the quest for Earth continues. Loaded with riveting bonus features, this 4-disc set includes the unrated, extended version of 'Battlestar Galactica: Razor' that never aired on television."

"Battlestar Galactica Season 4.0" is not rated.

Mini-Review:
Before starting this review, I have to comment on the cover. Anyone else notice that Lee Adama is staring at Starbuck's chest? Who approved this cover?

Despite being an abbreviated season, I think the series got on the right track again with Season 4.0. Sure, it was rocky at first. Everyone believing that Starbuck was insane in looking for Earth wore thin, especially over 3 to 4 episodes. Baltar turning into the leader of some bizarre cult also was quite weird. But new revelations about the 'Final Five,' the Cylon civil war, and other developments made things quite interesting. The final three episodes where Roslin is kidnapped, the hub is destroyed, and they finally head towards Earth were some of the most exciting of the series. The final episode, Revelations, did seem quite rushed and there was probably enough material in it to fill an entire season, but the last few minutes were worth 'fast forwarding' through the story. I believe that deciding to end the series with this season gave the writer's focus and significantly helped the storytelling. The final revelation about Earth made me eager to see more when Season 4.5 kicks off.

Like the other BSG DVD's, this one contains a lot of bonus features. They are all lighthearted, fun, and well worth checking out. Still, a lot of it seems redundant. A copy of the 'Razor' movie is included here, but if you're a big fan then you already own it. And if you watched a lot of the online stuff, then all those bonus features won't be new for you either. One of the first things I checked out was the "Caprica Sneak Peek." It gives you a look at the prequel series and it looks quite good. And I have a feeling it may give a clue as to who the Twelfth Cylon may be. (My money is on either Apollo or Adama... most likely Adama.) The retrospectives on the series are fun to listen to (as well as footage from the San Diego Comic Con) and even the featurette on the known Cylons is cool to listen to. I think there's enough to make this DVD set worth buying for BSG fans.

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