Saturday, October 12, 2013

White Collar: The Complete Fourth Season DVD Review

Reviewed by Jami Ferguson
Matt Bomer excels again as charming con man Neal Caffrey in another engaging season of crime solving and high-stakes heists!  Facing the uncertain future of his partnership with FBI Agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay), Neal sheds his tracking anklet and disappears into thin air.  But the Feds aren’t done with him and Neal is hardly ready for retirement.  Back in action, Neal ponders the future as Season Four delves deeper into the stunning secrets of his mysterious past. Packed with seduction, intrigue, and more of everything you love about TV’s sexiest show, “White Collar” will have you glued to the edge of your seat.  Let the games begin!
Show (3 1/2 out of 5 stars)
"White Collar" stars the insanely handsome Matt Bomer as con man/thief Neal Caffrey. FBI Special Agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) is the man that caught Caffrey. Caffrey wears a tracking anklet and now works as Burke's partner catching other white collar criminals. Caffrey's only real friend is fellow con man Mozzie (Willie Garson) doesn't have Caffrey's charm or charisma but does have the skills to bail Neal out of his toughest jams, and even helps out on some of the FBI investigations.

The big drama from season three centers around Neal's theft of a valuable treasure. Neal and Peter had become true friends and Peter gave Neal the signal to run. As season four begins, Neal has disappeared and Peter is being investigated for his role. The FBI fails to locate Caffrey after weeks of hunting and Kyle Collins (Mekhi Phifer) from the Office of Internal Affairs takes over. The Bureau wonders if Burke hasn't found Caffrey because he doesn't want to and Collins is clearly happy to bring in Caffrey dead or alive.  It takes just a few episodes for things to get back to normal and soon the Caffrey-Burke team is investigating art, insurance, and technology theft. At the same time Neal is searching for information about his past and his father.

Some shows are easy to jump into at any point – this is not such a show. This is especially not such a season. The season three finale and season four opener are really like a two part episode and I caution new viewers to start at the beginning.  Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay are perfectly cast as the two main characters in White Collar. Bomer in particular pulls off charming in a way few other actors could. He's a lovable bad guy and it's interesting to watch the tug of war as Caffrey shows Burke the dark side while Caffrey's friendship with Burke takes him into the light. Burke's wife, played by Tiffani Thiesen has even grown on me as she becomes and unofficial member of the team.

While the season is truly about the relationship between Caffrey and Burke the crimes they solve are just as interesting. The criminals aren't always obvious and the show is always entertaining. Some episodes are funny, some are tragic but they always keep me wanting more – especially in season four. I can't put my finger on why but season four has been my favorite. I've been binge watching in anticipation of season five.
Video (3 out of 5 stars)

"White Collar" the Complete Fourth Season is presented on DVD in a widescreen 1.78:1 ratio. When you watch the special features and see that the video quality is lacking, you appreciate sharpness of the show. We know that everything is better on blu ray, so on DVD the test is do I forget about the quality or does it bother me throughout the show. In this case, I didn't spend much time bothered with the video and that's about all I ask from DVD.
Audio (3 out of 5 stars)

"White Collar" the Complete Fourth Season's English Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is more than sufficient for a television show on DVD. The show is dialogue driven without a lot of special effects. The audio is comparable to what I heard watching the show on tv during its original airing and that's all I am looking for.
Extras (3 out of 5 stars)

The extras contain everything I'd ask for – a decent commentary with the primary actors, and a gag reel.

  • Deleted scenes – All four discs contain deleted scenes, most of which are insignificant to the final cut – some of which are so brief they weren't even worth adding to the special features.
Disc four contains the following additional extras:
  • Gag Reel – A collection of unrated clips categorized by “Fun on the Set”, “Song & Dance”, and “On the Road”
  • Tim DeKay – In The Director's Chair – Episode 413 is Directed by star Tim DeKay (the second episode of White Collar he Directed) with interviews with cast and crew about his abilities as a Director.
  • Commentary - “In the Wind” epsiode commentary by Writer/Creator Jeff Eastin, and actors Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay and Willie Garson.
Summary (3 out of 5 stars)

"White Collar" the Complete Fourth Season might be my favorite season of White Collar. I caution new viewers to start at the beginning to truly understand the relationship between Caffrey and agent Burke. Over the first three seasons we saw the two men who were once adversaries become partners and friends. It is very sad to see Burke really put his trust in Caffrey and then question that decision. Most of what I loved about the other seasons was Matt Bomer and he is just as charming in season four. I highly recommend the show and with a weekend of binge watching you have time to catch up before starting season five.

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