Leverage: The 4th Season

July 18, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Nathan Ford (Timothy Hutton) was once a top insurance investigator, so he has seen all the tricks and knows all the ways con artists work. Now he leads an elite team of former con artists himself, but he doesn’t want to scam people. Instead he uses the skills of the group to protect innocent people from scams, as well as shut down those behind the operations. In addition to Nathan, the team consists of master con artist Sophie (Gina Bellman), master of tech Alec (Aldis Hodge), infiltration expert and master thief Parker (Beth Riesgraf), and the muscle to back them up, Eliot (Christian Kane). Quite an imposing collection of talent, without question. The group was supposed to be on the mend, but they couldn’t resist taking on tough cases and getting back into action. A high end bug is soon found in one of their offices, which means they’ve become a target for someone with immense resources. Will they discover who is after them in time, all while tackling some of their hardest cases yet?

This fourth season of Leverage continues the trend of great entertainment. This is the kind of show you could sit down and watch an entire season of, without realizing how much time has passed. The show is brisk, but has some great dialogue and good chemistry between the leads. Hutton is terrific in the main role, but his co-stars also get plenty of time to shine. The banter between the group members is a lot of fun, as are the various smaller arcs that unfold between them. The ensemble dynamic is crucial to Leverage and it works quite well here. As always, the season has a large arc that covers most episodes, as well as one shot stories and some smaller plots that play out as well. This includes ample throwbacks to previous stories, which I always like. So you’ll see some returning faces, as well as a wealth of new ones to boot. Leverage is a brisk, fun series that has now has four rock solid seasons down, so if you’re a television fanatic, you shouldn’t miss Leverage.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The prints are all pristine and show no flaws, even small nicks are absent and grain is never present. This means the visuals can shine throughout, since the materials have no defects to hinder the presentation. As such, the image is razor sharp and detail is very high at all times. I was impressed with the contrast, as black levels are replicated to perfection and never lapse in quality. These episodes simply look fantastic.

Audio: How does it sound?

The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is quite good. The show has a good amount of action and so the surrounds get plenty of tie to stretch. The music and sound effects manage to create a decent enough atmosphere, which is welcome in a show such as this. I wasn’t blown away, but I was surprised with how active this track was. The dialogue is also well handled, with clear vocals that suffer from no errors. This release also includes subtitles in English and Spanish.

Supplements: What are the extras?

In addition to audio comments on all the episodes, this release includes a look behind the scenes, a couple of promotional pieces, an outtakes reel, and some deleted scenes.

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