Cast: Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Kevin Chapman
Release Date: Now Available On Blu-ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 9/10
With a second machine – Samaritan – now online, the members of the elusive team – Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Finch (Michael Emerson), along with lethal operative Shaw (Sarah Shahi), unpredictable cyber-hacker Root (Amy Acker) and homicide detective Fusco (Kevin Chapman) – are now targets themselves, hiding in plain sight. Facing unknown danger, the POI team must find a way to outsmart Samaritan, an all-seeing, all-powerful artificial intelligence that’s self-governing, continually evolving and growing stronger every day. Meanwhile, former enemy Elias (Enrico Colantoni) now becomes a desperate ally in the fight against a new gang known as The Brotherhood.
Following the events of season three, Finch, Reese, Shaw and the rest of our unlikely heroes have been forced into hiding, living subtle lives and working temporary jobs of all sorts. Thanks to new identities provided by the machine, they have thus far managed to stay hidden from Samaritan. Yet when powerful events that can’t be ignored begin to drastically build, the group is forced to hit hard at Samaritan and its human cohorts with everything they have if they are to stand any possibility of protecting the machine from its grasp. Yet they must also continue upholding their temporary identities and the activities required of them if they are to stay off of Samaritan’s radar, their anonymity the only chance they have of gaining the advantage over their foe.
The fourth season of ‘Person of Interest’ elevates things to another level and I would have to say it is also almost certainly the best season of this consistently phenomenal series to date. The concentration on the ongoing story and decision to bring things to a more serialized aspect is one of the best decisions the shows talented team have made and it reflects a great deal in the growth and continually increasing level of breathtaking action and intrigue that is so prominent this season. Even the majority of episodes which may initially appear to have no relation to the bigger picture often pleasantly evolved into a much larger scope and I found myself continually impressed with this season and by the powerful and downright goose bump inducing season finale I was utterly blown away.
Fellow fans of ‘Person of Interest’ will definitely want to make certain they pick up a copy of The Complete Fourth Season Blu-Ray to add to their collections. The release delivers fantastic high definition video and audio presentations that are without doubt the best possible quality available in which to relive this breathtaking season time and again. The Blu-Ray release also includes a number of solid extras including a behind the scenes look at creating the series’ beautiful score in ‘Music of Interest’ and more (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below) making this a definite must own for fans of the series.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Person of Interest: The Complete Fourth Season’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the fourth seasons episodes. The video presentations looks fantastic, delivering a rich, vibrant and detailed presentation on each episode, holding up impressively during even the numerous fast moving and darkly lit sequences that are so common on this series, never causing anything occurring on screen to be negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, these are top notch high definition video presentations that should easily please fans of the series.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 22 Season Four episodes. These lossless multichannel soundtracks sound fantastic, delivering sharp and discrete audio presentations on each episode, regularly utilizing all five available with the show’s gorgeous score as well as any number of properly fitting action oriented auditory elements, while never causing any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or inaudible at any point. Overall, these are impressive and fairly aggressive 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtracks that shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Person of Interest: The Complete Fourth Season’ includes a few nice extras, all of which can be found on the fourth disc. Included on the release is ‘Music of Interest’ which runs approximately 18 minutes in length and takes you inside the studio with Person of Interest’s Composer Ramin Djawadi for an inside look at how the series’ gorgeous score is created. We are additionally treated to an inside look at the new underground hideout of the group in ‘Going Underground with Root and Finch’ (approximately 5 minutes), as well as a ‘Gag Reel’ from the season (3 minutes) and the ‘Person of Interest 2014 Comic-Con Panel’ (29 minutes).