C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation - 4th Season
Paramount Home Entertainment -
2003 - 994
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Grab your bottle of luminol and your fingerprinting kit, because your friends from the Las Vegas crime lab are back for another season of solving murders. Thatï¿½s right, Gil Grissom and the gang are back! CSI: Crime Scene Investigation heads into another year of high ratings and even higher body counts. Still going strong, this weekly drama continues to captivate audiences with its edgy story lines, gritty camera work, and sometimes disturbing subject matter. Several other shows--including not one but now two spin-offs--have tried to replicate the success and appeal of CSI, but like many things the original is still the best. So sit back, relax, and let this heavyweight crime thriller make you a believer.
Capt. Brass after at the crime scene
ï¿½ Episode 1: ï¿½Assume Nothingï¿½
In Part 1 of the two-part fourth-season opener, a woman is found murdered in a casino hotel room with her throat slit and her husband also turns up dead in his car. The investigation is compromised by Nick when he makes an error in judgment. There is also a surprising development in the Sam Braun case that leaves Catherine worried.
ï¿½ Episode 2: "All For Our Country"
The investigation into the double homicide turns up two more murders and the evidence leads Grissom, Warrick and Nick to believe a police officer may be involved. Across town, Catherine and Sara probe the death of a college student found after several days in his still-running bathtub.
ï¿½ Episode 3: "Homebodies"
Grissom leads the investigation when the mummified remains of an elderly woman are discovered in a closed closet that the victim tried to claw through to get out. Meanwhile, Catherine links the discovery of a handgun in a yard to the shooting death of a bounty hunter in a park across town.
ï¿½ Episode 4: "Invisible Evidence"
Warrick is blindsided in court when a bloody knife he recovered from a suspected killer's car is determined to be inadmissible, leaving the CSIs only 24 hours to find new evidence before the accused murderer is set free.
ï¿½ Episode 5: "Feeling The Heat"
Catherine investigates the death of a baby who was left inside a locked car on a steamy day; Nick and Sara examine a lakeside scene where a young woman's body was found washed ashore; Warrick tries to determine whether a man found dead in a sweltering house was the victim of an accident or foul play.
ï¿½ Episode 6: "Fur and Loathing"
A man dressed in a full raccoon suit becomes road kill after he's hit by a car on a dark stretch of highway. When Grissom and Catherine arrive, they discover he has also been shot. It turns out the dude is part of a weird group that believes in acting on animal instinct.
ï¿½ Episode 7: "Jackpot"
Grissom visits a small Nevada town to investigate the death of a man whose severed head was found by a dog in some nearby woods; and Catherine receives an unexpected and unwelcome gift from her dad, which prompts her to visit him.
ï¿½ Episode 8: "After the Show"
Catherine takes the lead in finding a missing model, believed to be dead, after the prime suspect insists on talking only to her. The news doesn't sit well with Sara and Nick, who each hope to use the case to improve their chances of getting a promotion.
ï¿½ Episode 9: "Grissom Versus the Volcano"
Sheriff Atwater suspects terrorists are responsible for a car bombing outside a casino that killed three people, but Grissom isn't so sure, even though the man driving the vehicle was a federal marshal. Across town, Sara and Warrick investigate the death of a popular entertainer's wife, who is found floating in a hot tub while her husband is performing on-stage.
ï¿½ Episode 10: "Coming of Rage"
A body at a construction site is that of a teenage boy beaten to death with a hammer; Nick investigates an apparent gunshot victim found in her house.
ï¿½ Episode 11: "Eleven Angry Jurors"
A holdout juror is murdered behind closed doors during deliberations. A jealous woman turns up to report a murder that happened four years previously.
ï¿½ Episode 12: "Butterflied"
Grissom becomes obsessed with a victim, a woman found murdered in her home that looks just like Sara. The team then finds the disarticulated remains of their prime suspect in multiple garage cans in the area, presenting them with a double homicide that appears to be the perfect crime until the team discovers an unlikely piece of evidence left behind at the crime scene.
ï¿½ Episode 13: "Paper or Plastic"
The team investigates a multiple homicide that took place after a grocery store robbery; Grissom must come to terms with officer Fromansky's actions.
ï¿½ Episode 14: "Suckers"
The team investigates someone steals a rare piece from a 17th-century Japanese art collection; the death of a woman who was bitten in the jugular leads the team to an underground world of blood-drinking Goths.
ï¿½ Episode 15: "Early Rollout"
The team investigates the execution-style murder of a millionaire entrepreneur and his wife who were shot to death in the driveway of their home.
ï¿½ Episode 16: "Getting Off"
Mindy found God and is newly sober, but she may have murdered someone under the influence. Also, thereï¿½s a clown-mime altercation that ends in death.
ï¿½ Episode 17: "XX"
The body of a female inmate is found dismembered and tied to the undercarriage of a prison bus; a man who was stabbed to death turns out to have been a compulsive gambler.
ï¿½ Episode 18: "Bad to the Bone"
A loner beats a man to death with his bare hands, then dies in police custody.
ï¿½ Episode 19: "Bad Words"
The team investigates a house fire that claims a girl's life; a competitor at a gaming tournament ends up dead with an ``S'' tile lodged in his throat.
ï¿½ Episode 20: "Dead Ringer"
A murder investigation becomes dicey when all the victims and suspects turn out to be police officers.
ï¿½ Episode 21: "Turn of the Screws"
A roller coaster crash kills six people, and investigators must determine whether it was an accident or foul play.
ï¿½ Episode 22: "No More Bets"
Two gamblers are found dead shortly after scamming several of Sam Braun's casinos, making Sam a suspect in their murder.
ï¿½ Episode 23: "Bloodlines"
After a rape victim identifies her rapist, Grissom and his team struggle to find the physical evidence to convict the perpetrator when it points in a different direction.
A show that has caught on to the fact that in the world of DVD home video size does matter, the fourth offering of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is brought into your living room at an anamorphic 1.77:1 aspect ratio. All the more reason to love every bullet penetration, inappropriate autopsy, and internal organ camera shot. All of these and more are reproduced for your viewing pleasure with noteworthy clarity, contrast, and attention to video detail. One of the darker shows on television with many shady crime scenes and extensive night work, CSI looks good in all light levels. No video choices are made by accident, and the show looks nothing short of fantastic.
Sporting an English 5.1 Surround track and a Spanish 2.0 track, your audio experience will be about the same for this season. The fronts are where you will get the most bang for your buck, with the rears providing good support in high energy, high action, and transitional sequences. Your subwoofer will chip in fairly infrequently--though it is not altogether docile--adding drama to some of the more intense moments. Being a Jerry Bruckheimer production, you will get quality all the way around, so donï¿½t feel like your getting shorted anything. The episodes sound good--particularly for a television show.
Almost as if someone at Paramount read my last review--donï¿½t worry, Iï¿½m not holding my breath--the first thing youï¿½ll notice is a revamped menu structure. Gone is the original but rehashed crime lab layout. What replaced it is a very modern, high tech, video montage using snippets from many of the hit episodes. This refreshing new look is unfortunately not backed up with any refreshing new supplements. The only extra to speak of--other than the sporadic but valuable episode commentaries (7 episodes)--is the featurette (broken into 4 parts) ï¿½The Evolution of an Episode from Concept to Completionï¿½. ï¿½The Scriptï¿½ (6:02) gives you a look into the process of coming up with story lines and writing a script. ï¿½Pre-Productionï¿½ (15:17), ï¿½Productionï¿½ (18:46), and ï¿½Post-Productionï¿½ (10:38) all give similar service to those phases of a showï¿½s evolution. Heavy camera time is given to writer/producers Danny Cannon and Josh Berman, who both are fairly easy to listen to as they walk you through the process. Though some of the tech-oriented features of previous offerings were nice, the featurettes are actually pretty good.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Though the content took a half a step back, the menu took a half a step forward, for another successful and purchase-worthy offering of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Another round of adequate audio, solid video, and a good set of featurettes make season four one to own.
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