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The Adventures of Merlin Series Four
Reviewed by
James Wright
on
The Adventures of Merlin Series Four DVD Review. Add in a whole wealth of special features plus some decent BBC video and audio quality and this is a must have collection to any fan of the series. Definitely a worthy buy!
Rating:
3.85

Feature 7.6
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features 7.0
Total 7.7

Distributor: BBC
Running Time: TBA
Reviewer: James Wright
Classification
: M15+

7.7


The Adventures of Merlin Series Four

Season 4 of Merlin arrives on DVD that once again reunites viewers to the mythical and wondrous universe of the legendary Merlin the Magician... however unlike most interpretations of Merlin as a doddering old man, this incarnation features a hip young Merlin (Colin Morgan) who is slightly reminiscent of an older Harry Potter.

Given that, The Adventures of Merlin is definitely aimed at the younger/family market and features humour, drama, romance and action in comfortable doses. The series does at times remind me of The Legendary Adventures of Hercules due to some of the humour and storylines but fortunately there is a touch of the more serious and recently demised Robin Hood TV series.

The episodes of season 4 of Merlin may not be works of scholarly geniuses but they fill that gap of light-hearted entertainment and with the mythical backdrop of Camelot behind it, there's plenty of entertaining stories to be discovered in this series.

Consider it the BBC version of Doctor Who meets the sword and sorcery genre and unlike the Merlin of legend or the good doctor, our young Merlin is only just discovering his powers which is where most of the entertainment comes from.

Unfortunately to compound the situation for Merlin or to create a sense of normality for the show, our magician works in servitude to Prince Arthur Pendragon (Bradley James) and his father King Uther Pendragon (Anthony Head) has outlawed magic within the kingdom which creates some interesting yet ultimately clichéd stories.

Like the previous series, season 4 gets straight to the action as the evil Morgana (Katie McGrath) has opened up a portal to the realm of the Derocha where evil spirits reside and once again it's up to Merlin and his friends to help put a stop to this wickedness. This season has also been subbed as the Golden Age of Camelot as without spoiling the stories too much, we see Arthur becoming King as loosens the harsh grip of his father.

From the arrival of the Knights of Camelot that include Gwaine (Eion Macken), Percival (Tom Hopper) and Lancelot (Santiago Cabrera) to legendary dragons (John Hurt) and of course the gallant and heroic Prince Arthur, series 4 is easily the best season to date and if you enjoyed the previous episodes, you'll thoroughly enjoy this collection.

Add in a whole wealth of special features plus some decent BBC video and audio quality and this is a must have collection to any fan of the series. Definitely a worthy buy!

Special Features

Making Of Series 3 Film
Cast & Crew Audio Commentaries
Deleted Scenes
Out-Takes
Storyboards
 






 
 



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