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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great season, another great DVD set!
Hawaii Five-0: The Fourth Season delivers more of what we love most about the show in 24 exciting remastered episodes.
All of the episodes are once again digitally remastered, looking very pristine for shows from 1971 that are 37 years old. The only hint of grain is in the occasional piece of stock footage that appears in the episodes.
Despite the now ubiquitous...
Published on June 17, 2008 by J. Herman

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3.0 out of 5 stars not bad
not bad but not nearly like the original from the previous season of Hawaii five o that was a classic
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great season, another great DVD set!, June 17, 2008
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This review is from: Hawaii Five-O: Season 4 (DVD)
Hawaii Five-0: The Fourth Season delivers more of what we love most about the show in 24 exciting remastered episodes.
All of the episodes are once again digitally remastered, looking very pristine for shows from 1971 that are 37 years old. The only hint of grain is in the occasional piece of stock footage that appears in the episodes.
Despite the now ubiquitous disclaimer on the box, none of the episodes appear to have been cut based on run times and my extensive memory of the shows from VHS tapings.

There is one small change from previous seasons: the discs themselves no longer feature artwork this time around, probably to save on costs. Instead, they are the standard CBS DVD silver with the show logo.

As before, episode promos are included for some of the shows, although fewer than in previous seasons.

This season is one of the very best, with a number of excellent episodes and very few stinkers, if any, in the bunch. In fact, a few of the episodes are downright edgier in terms of content than previous seasons, including one which features several ethnic slurs from a thug that Paramount's editing department left intact.
The best episode in my opinion is the season opener, "Highest Castle, Deepest Grave", in which a millionaire (Herbert Lom from the "Pink Panther" movies) is implicated in the 10-year-old murder of his wife. Watching a great theatrical actor of Lom's stature clash with Jack Lord makes their many scenes together sizzle with dramatic tension.

Other stories from this season include a plot to kill the Governor, a traveler's check scam masterminded by a college professor, a serial killer who dresses up his victims, a soldier accused of rape, a man who is murdered at his own birthday party, an embezzler who gets rolled by hippies, a psychotic sniper, a great caper episode about a carefully-plotted armored car heist, and another two-parter featuring everyone's favorite Five-0 villain Wo Fat.

The season features loads of other great guest stars including John Ritter, Annette O' Toole, Buddy Ebsen, Vic Morrow, Marion Ross, Jackie Cooper, Loretta Swit, Tim O' Connor and Hume Cronyn returning as Lewis Avery Filer, the criminal mastermind he played in Season 3.

All in all, another outstanding effort on the part of CBS DVD and Paramount. Now we get to wait for the much-anticipated Season Five, which features arguably the best storyline ever from the series.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five-O was hitting its stride!, June 20, 2008
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Five-O started before I was born and ended before I really watched much TV. So I was relegated to watching the reruns with my grandfather and my dad. Well, now that the DVDs are out, I can't get enough of this show. It's amazing how good it is still today. Sure some of the dialog is now dated and the stories are very straight forward but that's what is so good about Hawaii Five-O. That and the fact that Steve McGarrett is the coolest cop IN THE WORLD. This season, we start to see some repeating themes from the first 3 seasons and it give the show some continuity and character development. Can't wait for 5 - 12 to be released!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just keeps getting better and better!, June 27, 2008
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McGarret and his crew are back and the bad guys in the Aloha State had better beware!
Season 4 roars right back with more great crime drama in the tropical paradise of Hawaii.
All the original cast is still here (Kono would leave after this season) and the stories are all great action-packed adventures.
Fans of Five-O won't be disappointed!
And yes, McGarret's arch-nemesis Wo Fat makes an appearance is an exciting two part episode.
There are some continuity flubs with McGarret's big Mercury - he's seen driving off in a 2 door hardtop and arriving on the scene in a 4 door hardtop! Ditto for the ambulance used in several episodes - it magically transforms from a Cadillac into a Pontiac!
Overall, this a well made set with terrific video/audio quality.
Book 'em, Danno!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hawaii Five-O, July 1, 2008
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Love the scenery of Hawaii - Jack Lord was great - all good looks and very professional and those great famous words - "Book him Danno - Murder 1" Also, the theme music is terrific - these shows were like a mini-trip to Hawaii - I watch them over and over and never tire of them - the slang, and dress is so typical of late 60's early 70's it is like a great trip down memory lane. It is a terrific encapsulated review of life at that time!
Bravo!!
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34 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long-Running Series Deserves DVD Release, February 28, 2008
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Nothing lasts 12 years without having something going for it. In the case of Hawaii Five-O, it easy to dismiss it as a typically television crime drama that got lucky by finding its audience and keeping it. The same could be said for Law and Order. Except, in television years, luck usually runs out after two or three years. Gimmicks get old, the formula is figured out, and sharks are jumped so often they don't even complain.

But shows that last five years, much less 12, have to have something besides luck, gimmicks, and great scheduling. Hawaii Five-O had a number of things going for it. First of all, let's be honest. The setting was, and still is so lush and exotic that it is easily intoxicating. Hawaii is beautiful, and most people either live there or want to live there. Filming on location has always been a blessing when it's been done, and probably no more so than on this series.

Next, Jack Lord, playing Five-O chief Steve McGarrett, was one of a long line of no-nonsense law enforcement figures. The strength, integrity, and dedication of these kinds of characters cannot be overstated, and these characters will always have lots of fans rooting them on, not unlike Law and Order's Jack McCoy.

Finally, watching shows like this is always a treat because you see so many stars that were either big stars enjoying a working Hawaiian vacation, or lots of up and coming stars before they got their big break. Hawaii Five-O was a natural draw for both categories, and it's fun to watch them and remember when.

It's also fun to remember when you could look forward to hearing one of the best and most recognizable theme songs in television history. Not a small thing when you add it with the other factors. Hawaii Five-O had a lot going for it then, and it has a lot going for it now.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five-O Fever, June 24, 2008
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Hawaii Five-O The Fourth Season rides the same wave of excellence that carried the series through seasons one, two and three. Season three in particular marked the onset of the show's glory years, and this season picks up where the last one left off. I admit, I might be a bit prejudiced when I say that the fourth season is probably my favorite, since it does feature my all-time favorite episode, Cloth of Gold, in which a group of wealthy and decadent real estate scammers are knocked off one by one via one of the most unusual murder weapons in television history, but, really, there are plenty of reasons to love and recommend this set. For one thing, it is more consistent than past seasons, with only one truly lame episode, Two Doves and Mr. Heron... even that provides the joy of watching John Ritter play a poetry-spouting vagrant-slash-hippie whose high-sounding morality suddenly disappears once he has a chance to abscond with fifty-thousand dollars. Five-O seems to have gotten a little edgier in season four, most notably in the increased level of violence. I don't know if it was just a matter of network standards relaxing, or the exposure to the Vietnam War on the news every night, but the violence in these episodes is generally more hard-hitting and disturbing, particularly in the classic episode ...And I Want Some Candy and a Gun That Shoots, which features a crazed Vietnam veteran who holes up in a roadside bunker with a rifle and takes pot shots at police officers. In fact, several of the culprits in these episodes are troubled vets just back from their tours of duty, which puts Five-O clearly ahead of its time in dealing with issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition to being more violent, the episodes are also more lurid. Which is fine, I always enjoyed a little bit of sleaze with my Five-O. Wednesday Ladies Free and the previously mentioned Cloth of Gold are classic episodes that imbue their nightmarish murder stories with elements of kink and sensationalism. But Skinhead ups the ante even further, brutally, and rather bluntly, dealing with the issues of racism and rape in a way that must have been pretty daring for its time. For example, an Asian woman assaulted by a white soldier is questioned on the witness stand about the irrelevant details of her sexual history, and is made to look like an instigator rather than a victim by the defendant's unctuous attorney. I wonder if any TV show prior to this dealt with as many peripheral issues involved in the difficult matter of rape as this episode does. It's a powerful show, and one of the season's best. So is Nine Ten, You're Dead, which uses one of Five-O's patented mainland syndicate storylines to comment on the damaging side effects of boxing.

But Five-O is just as notable for the fun and ingenious schemes it depicts as it is for its fearlessness in dealing with contemporary issues, and season four is no exception. 3.000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu, Didn't We Meet at a Murder, Odd Man In, Bait Once Bait Twice, While You're At It Bring In the Moon, Good Night Baby Time to Die, Rest in Peace Somebody and For a Million Why Not all have well-plotted stories that keep the viewer guessing, and completely enthralled. Wo Fat makes a welcome appearance. In one especially haunting episode, the usually staunch McGarrett falls in love with a painting. In addition, the camerawork is as gritty, the music as flashy, the perps as ruthless and clever(just not as clever as McGarrett), the scenery as lush, and McGarrett as hard-boiled and unflinching as ever.

Thanks to CBS, the early '70's live again, in all their gritty and entertaining glory, and with hardly any signs of rust. Be there. Aloha.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fantasic season, February 27, 2008
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mcgarett and the rest of five-0 don't miss a beat The action and storylines are fabulous. some of my favorite episodes are highest castle deepest grave,rest in peace somebody and bait once bait twice. i have never seen about six episodes from this season so i am looking forward to seeing them. This is a season to purchase if you haven't already it is also the last season with kono.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The season that solidified the show as a classic!, June 17, 2009
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While other seasons, preceding and subsequent, had standout episodes, season four, as a whole, was a standout, featuring outstanding performances from guest stars, well-written and executed scripts, and the last hurrah for the original foursome (Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong, and Zulu who would depart at the end of this season).

The show really got into its groove in a grand way with the first installment, "Highest Castle, Deepest Grave," reminiscent of the classic movie "Laura" with rare guest appearances from France Nuyen, movie veteran Herbert Lom, and respected acting coach Jeff Corey. Not only do they excel in their portrayals, star Jack Lord does well as he becomes enamored by the painting that hides a dark mystery.

Besides that particular episode, other noteworthy ones were:

"No Bottles, No Cans, No People" - Henry Darrow ("The High Chaparral") is featured as an unscrupulous crime boss intent on proving to other "hoods" on the mainland that he is a force to be reckoned with.

"3,000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu" - Buddy Ebsen, late of "The Beverly Hillbillies" and before "Barnaby Jones," guests as a criminal genius who thinks he has a flawless plan to make a fortune off of stolen travelers checks.

"Two Doves and Mr. Heron" - noteworthy solely for the appearance of a young John Ritter and the late Vic Morrow in a part that is rather provocative for the era

"And I Want Some Candy, and a Gun That Shoots" - featuring Jeanne Cooper before she became "Mrs. Chancellor" on "The Young and the Restless" and a young Annette O'Toole. The episode also allows Lord a chance to give commentary about the state of mental hospitals "revolving door" policies.

"The Burning Ice" - Former child star Jackie Cooper gives a rare performance as a doctor whose wife is apparently randomly murdered for her jewels but things, as always, are not all as they appear to be. Lou Antonio is quite good as the sympathetic suspect.

Guest Norman Alden is mostly heard and not seen in "Rest in Peace, Somebody," a taunt episode about a possible assassination plot on an unnamed victim.

"A Matter of Mutual Concern" proves there is no honor among thieves.

"Nine, Ten, You're Dead" showcases character actor Moses Gunn as a washed-up boxer who runs afoul of a shady promoter (Albert Paulsen). Guest Frank Webb, who would die tragically three years later, plays an unlikely hit man.

"Odd Man In" - Hume Cronyn comes back one more time as wily con man Lewis Filer.

"Bait Once, Bait Twice" features a pre-"M.A.S.H." Loretta Swit (her third appearance as guest on the show)

"Skinhead" - commentary on racism and also quite frank in its sexuality

"While you're at It, Bring Me the Moon" - Barry Sullivan guests as an eccentric millionaire, a la Howard Hughes. Other guests include "repeat performers" Milton Seltzer and Ed Flanders.

"Good Night Baby, Time to Die" - Beth Brickell and William Watson are antagonists in this well-crafted tale.

"Cloth of Gold" - Ray Danton, Jason Evers, and Jay Robinson guest as the unlikely targets of an mystery murderer, using a most ingenious modus operandi.

"Didn't We Meet at a Murder" offers three hit "men," all unlikely candidates for the job.

The final episode, "R & R & R" delivers a frightening guest turn from Alan Vint and also comments on the tragedy of war.

Surprisingly, one of the weakest episodes in the whole compilation is the two-parter "The 90-Second War" with the return of McGarrett's main nemesis Wo Fat (Khigh Dhiegh). Though it also stars movie veterans Donald Pleasance and Dana Wynter, along with returning Roger C. Carmel as Col. Mischa Toptegan, the installment seems rather bloated and slightly confusing, devoid of the usual good storytelling involving Wo Fat.

But that one, along with a couple of other "clunkers" doesn't lessen what is arguably one of the best in the show's twelve-year run.

The re-mastered set has good sound, outstanding clarity of picture and color.

Great music scores, a staple of the series, are supplied by Morton Stevens and Don B. Ray, among others.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing less than great, July 7, 2008
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Very impressed with the quality. The episodes look as though they were just shot yeasterday when it comes to sound and clarity. Hopefully all 12 seasons will be put out. If you are a Hawaii 5O fan you won't be disappointed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hawaii Five-O - The Fourth Season - Great Shows!, July 11, 2008
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Anyone who is a Hawaii Five-0 fan will love this fourth season collection. Restoration has resulted in excellent picture quality throughout! The more I watch the more I realize this series was outstanding due to excellent story lines and the fact that all shows were filmed entirely on location in Hawaii. Everytime I see each episode I see new things in the background that are familiar from my visits to Oahu. Keep them coming Paramount!! Tom R
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