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Xena: Warrior Princess (S4)
DVD disk
10.07.2004 By: JaneBlo
Xena: Warrior Princess (S4) order
Director:
Various

Actors:
Lucy Lawless
Renee O'Connor
Bruce Campbell

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In Season IV of the television series XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS, Xena (Lawless) and her trusty cohort Gabrielle (O’Connor) continue to fight evil and help the downtrodden all across the ancient world. During their journey, they encounter everything from demonic creatures to Gods and shamans to Amazons, crusaders and emperors.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The fourth season of XENA is as gripping and entertaining as the previous three seasons have been (SEASONS 1 & 3). The story of Xena’s wildly adventurous life progresses further and brings the viewer in touch with some of her past’s hidden secrets, especially the ill-fated story behind the birth of her beloved son, Solan. The first episode, a two-parter entitled “Adventures In The Sin Trade” demonstrates this well as, grief stricken over the loss of Gabrielle, Xena travels to Siberia and the Amazon Land of the Dead to find her friend. There, she meets and battles a deadly figure from her past, the evil witch/shaman Alti, and learns that Gabrielle is still alive. She goes through a harrowing ordeal, Amazons by her side, and literally goes through Hell to get to Gabrielle. A very exciting episode to open the season with.

In this season, we also find one of the funniest Xena episodes ever, the hilarious “In Sickness And In Hell”, in which Xena’s hair lice play an interesting role, as does Gabrielle’s fungus problem. The lice actually have a speaking part, which I found ever so cute. Shows in which super scary creatures appear are also favorites of mine, and in “A Family Affair”, we come face to face with the ugliest, most disgusting creature to have ever appeared on Xena, and on top of that, this “Destroyer” is Gabrielle’s flesh and blood! A very creepy story indeed. “A Tale of Two Muses”, a spoof on “Footloose”, is fabulous simply for having the great actor Bruce Campbell (Autolycus) in it. I love him, EVIL DEAD 2 rocks! Callisto (Hudson Leick), another very cool recurring character on Xena, appears in the episode “The Ides of March” and kicks ass. It is a pleasure seeing her in any show as she is my favorite Xena enemy and a fan favorite. The last episode of the season, entitled “Déjà Vu All Over Again” is fun because is it set in modern times and has a woman believing that she is the reincarnation of Xena. Interestingly enough, it was directed by Renee O’Connor.
THE EXTRAS
Interviews with cast and crew, audio/video commentaries with cast and crew: Most episodes of this season (all except seven out of 22) feature either an audio commentary by the cast and crew or interviews with the cast and crew and in some instances, an episode will feature both a commentary AND interviews. These bonuses are the cherry on top for me because they add the final element to an already jam-packed DVD set. Illuminating, funny and, at times, informative, these interviews and commentaries will delight any true Xena fan. The video and audio commentaries are with Lucy Lawless, Renee O’Connor, Rob Tapert and Chris Manheim. The interviews are with the actors, producers, writers, directors and costume designers including Lucy Laless, Renee O’Connor, Michael Hurst, Rob Tapert, Hudson Leick, and Ted Raimi among others.

“Adventures In The Sin Trade” – An Exploration: A mini-documentary of around 20 minutes in two parts entitled “Shamans, Amazons and The Art of Kung Fu”. The first deals with Shamanism, and is discussed by an expert in the field. Extremely entertaining and educational, especially for someone who already has an interest in the subject, such as myself. A martial arts expert discusses the finer points of the art of Kung Fu in the second part which is equally interesting and informative.

Bringing Monsters to Life at K.N.B EFX Group: A tour with Howard Berger of the special effects studio in California that is responsible for the Xena series’ special effects. A very detailed look into all the costumes, make-up and creature effects and all the intricate work involved in creating them.

Bruce & Ted “Cabin Fever”: Actors Ted Raimi (brother of SPIDER-MAN director Sam Raimi) and Bruce Campbell discuss all things Xena, and interview each other too. About 25 minutes long and very funny.

Alternate Director’s Cuts of “Between The Lines”, “A Good Day” and “Locked Up and Tied Down”: From Rough Cut to Final Cut is a long (35 minutes) and very detailed look at all the deleted scenes, lines and even graphics of the above-mentioned shows. Some extended scenes and alternate cuts as well. A must-see for the avid Xena fan.

Bloopers/Outtakes: Not as funny as I expected, and bad audio and video quality. Probably the worst extra on the whole set.

Photo Gallery: A photo retrospective of Xena and the gang.

CD-ROM with Actor, Director & Writer Bios, Series Trivia, Xena Chronicles, and Legends, Extensive Original Production Designs and Sketches.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This action-packed ten-disc deluxe collector’s edition will keep you well entertained with over 17 hours of all things Xena! A mixture of adventure, violence, love, humor and quirkiness makes for a thrilling ride in Xena’s world where there is never a dull moment to be found. This is a very engaging season, one that will keep the fans wanting more and more. Loaded with extra features that will fulfill any Xena fan’s wildest dreams, this is one to include in your DVD library as soon as possible. In one of the episodes, we even get a quick glimpse of Lucy’s bare bottom. If you are not already a Xena fan, you will be after you rent or purchase this DVD set. I am anxiously looking forward to season five, upcoming next.
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