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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - The Complete Fourth Season [6 Discs] [DVD]

Release Date:10/12/2004
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (8 out of 8)

    Special Features

    • The Evolution of an Episode From Concept to Completion: "Script" - see how a concept comes to life in the writers' room and goes from an idea into a cohesive script; Pre-Production - see how the crew makes plans and preparations for exactly how, when, and where the elements in the script will be created and shot; Production - see how the cast and crew move from location to the sound stage and capture it all on film; Post-Production - see where all the pieces are cut into order, polished, and refined until the story is told and the episode is complete
    • Audio commentaries on 7 episodes: "Homebodies," "Assume Nothing," "Invisible Evidence," "Feeling the Heat," "Jackpot," "Butterflied," and "Bad to the Bone"
    • Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround, Spanish Dolby Surround
    • Widescreen version enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs
    • Closed Captioned


    Some dangling plot strands left over from season three of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation were tied up in season four; others were not, and of course, new complications ensued throughout the latter season's 23 episodes. Facing surgery to correct (or at the very least forestall) his hereditary hearing loss, CSI team leader Gil Grissom (William L. Petersen) emerged from the operation somewhat better off, though his hearing was still not 100 percent. Struggling to overcome the death of her husband and relieved that injuries sustained by her daughter were not fatal, team member Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger) nonetheless faced several other crises, not least of which was the discovery that unsavory casino owner Sam Braun (Scott Wilson) was her biological father; a hefty check given to Catherine by Braun for her indirect assistance in helping him beat a murder rap also caused a great deal of soul-searching on her part, not to mention an embarrassing situation when she came up for her annual departmental review. And the already seething tensions between Catherine and her fellow CSI'er Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox) were exacerbated by decisions made from the top pertaining to job assignments and promotions. Sara's inner demons threatened to overwhelm her by the end of season four, culminating in a drunk-driving charge that figured into the season-ending cliffhanger. The regular cast remained intact, though there were hints that at least two of them would be gone before season five began due to contract negotiations. New to the series was Xander Berkeley as Nevada sheriff Rory Atwater, who was prominently featured in at least one episode that, in true CSI tradition, was "ripped from today's headlines." Some critics carped that the series' storylines were more gratuitously kinky than in previous seasons, with episodes involving modern-day vampires, a cult of fur fetishists, and the like. Also, there were those who felt that the personal problems of the major characters tended to impede the investigations to an excessive degree. But most viewers didn't mind, as witness the excellent ratings posted by CSI throughout season four. ~ Hal Erickson

    Cast & Crew

    • Ted Danson - D.B. Russell
    • Elisabeth Shue - Julie Finlay
    • Laurence Fishburne - Raymond Langston
    • William Petersen - Gil Grissom
    • Marg Helgenberger - Catherine Willows

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