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The Sarah Jane Adventures: Season 4 (2011)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,567 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Sarah Jane Adventures, The: The Complete Fourth Season (DVD)

Who will protect the Earth from invading aliens? In The Sarah Jane Adventures, it's a sweet but canny middle-aged journalist, Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen), and her three teenage sidekicks: brave and foolhardy Clyde (Daniel Anthony), kind and clever Rani (Anjli Mohindra), and earnest but alien-forged genius Luke (Tommy Knight), who is Sarah's adopted son. With an extraterrestrial supercomputer, a robot dog, and sonic lipstick, this quartet defends our blue planet from aliens of all colors, textures, and viscosity. Though some of the six episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Complete Fourth Season seem like ideas that were pulled out of the Doctor Who wastebasket (such as aliens that feed on dreams or excitement), others are unusually strong for this kid-centric spinoff. "The Vault of Secrets" owes a bit to The Matrix for its flat-voiced men in black, but the zippy plot and the welcome return of the planet-killing Androvax and his darting reptilian tongue overcome such familiar elements. While "Death of the Doctor" may be a bit too concerned with mortality to appeal to its young target audience, the appearance of the current Doctor (Matt Smith) and a Doctor's companion from long ago (Katy Manning) give this episode an added punch for older fans. But the best of the season spotlights Clyde and Rani to great effect: the two teens wake to find themselves in an eerie empty London. The relationship between the two, with its underlying attraction and reluctance, is well played by Anthony and Mohindra and provides a richness of character often lacking from this show. Even though the episode delves into adolescence and emotional confusion, it takes the show a step beyond TV for kids. --Bret Fetzer

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars American fans have been cheated! January 14, 2012
By Mary
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Every story in this season is terrific, but the U.S. set does not have any special features. In the U.K., this series was released with a fantastic special feature--the complete "Doctor Who" adventure from 1975, "The Pyramids of Mars," with the 4th Doctor and Sarah Jane. They should have included it in the U.S. edition as well.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Sarah Jane yet November 19, 2011
I've enjoyed this show since the beginning, and considering it's a kids show, I've always found it to have some surprising maturity and depth. And the things that really annoyed me about some of the early Dr. Who episodes (e.g. fart jokes and childish "gross-out" moments) were always present but less annoying in the Sarah Jane Adventures, because of the context and target audience. Well, I'm happy to say that season 4 not only does away with childish gross-out-ness (for the most part), the stories have a more serious and mature tone than seasons past, with more emphasis on character (although they have always been very good in this respect). Also some noticeably improved acting from Tommy Knight, and very solid performances from the other two. Even a moment from Rani that moved me to tears. Clyde, as always, is my favorite, and he has a great season here. And Elisabeth Sladen, of course, is simply stunning as the Sarah Jane we've known and loved for so many years. She will be very missed.

There was only one episode I didn't care for (and it was a huge disappointment, being the one I was looking forward to most), but it still had some fine moments. All five of the other episodes were truly stellar - much better than I was expecting even after three very good seasons. In fact, I honestly think with this season, the Sarah Jane Adventures has finally arrived - yes, it is AS GOOD as Dr. Who, and considerably better than some of it.

Even if you haven't watched previous seasons, do yourself a favor and grab season 4. Dr. Who fans won't be disappointed.

And yes, there is a season 5, currently airing in the UK. Obviously there will be no more, so I hope it lives up to the very high standard set in this season.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A happy and bittersweet DVD set March 8, 2012
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THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES started its fourth season with a surprise, the departure of costar Tommy Knight ("Luke") and K-9. He reappeared via web conversations with the main cast and occassional walk-ons.
The high point is the long-delayed onscreen meeting of Sarah Jane and her immediate predescessor, Jo Grant. It's a great story. Even better, it includes a postscript where Sarah Jane gives a rundown of the post-Doctor activities of all the Companions known to modern Earth.
The bittersweet part is at the time none of the viewership knew how ill Elisabeth Sladen was. She and the producers knew. The final episode plays with the idea of replacing Sarah Jane by a new character but .... no, I'll stop there.
The series ends with a fitting curtain call, both for the series, the character, and the actress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saved the Best for Last February 22, 2012
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No one got splooshed at the end, except for a tiny splat on Clyde, thank you very much! Elisabeth Sladen is wonderful, as usual. We'll miss her. What a gift to us fans that she was given this Doctor Who spin-off. We just finished watching her in Doctor Who: Invasion of the Dinosaurs (Story 71), the one with the wonky dinosaurs (if you get it, watch all the specials on disk 2 first, they include an interview with Sladen, and a great making-of). The team of fine young actors, Luke (Tommy Knight), Clyde (Daniel Anthony), and Rani (Anjli Mohindra) do a great job. The superbly talented Gareth Roberts wrote several episodes, as did Russell T. Davies, and we're treated to a wonderful, poignant reunion between the Doctor's companions with Sarah Jane Smith finally meeting Jo Grant (Katy Manning). This can't be missed by Doctor Who fans of all ages. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Great January 2, 2012
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Considering that this was the last season before we lost Elisabeth Sladen to cancer, some of the story lines this season were sadly ironic, but that didn't keep Sarah Jane Adventures from being as entertaining as ever. I will miss it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Jane Adventures conclude December 9, 2011
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This Doctor Who spinoff is entertaining and not just for children; it's for adults, too--the child-at-heart, the ones who love Sarah Jane Smith, ending on a happy note, as Sarah Jane defeated the aliens that once more try to invade our world, with the help of her teenaged friends, Clyde and Rani, son, Luke, a computer, Mr. Smith, and her dog, K9. In a separate adventure, they meet up with the Doctor (currently played by Matt Smith) and companion Jo Grant(played by Katy Manning). This is the last chapter, unfortunately, as Elisabeth Sladen, the actress who played Sarah Jane, passed away in April of this year, and she will surely be missed in the world of Doctor Who.
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I should not that I am old enough to remember Sarah Jane Smith from her Tom Baker days. That era was my first introduction to Dr Who and it will always hold a special place in my heart. Whenever I think "Companion" the first one I think of is Sarah Jane! That connection alone is enough to draw me into this show and too fully enjoy it. The appearance of K-9 help here as well.

I stop short of giving it 5 stars as this show seem best targeted for younger viewers. Yes Dr Who is supposedly targeted for younger audiences as well but Dr Who fully understand that it has a very large adult audience and it makes sure that they are served. The Sarah Jane Adventures fall a little short here. They are still very watchable for an adult Whovians as long as you don't expect too much.

Note to all Whovians! If you don't invest the time into this series that's understandable. However you should at least make the time to go back and watch the year three appearances by David Tennant and the year four appearance by Matt Smith!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish Elisabeth Sladen Didnt Died To Continued The Series Up ...
Wish Elisabeth Sladen Didnt Died To Continued The Series Up To 12 More Series
Published 2 months ago by JOHN & JORALYN MARIN
4.0 out of 5 stars so I can't comment on the overall technical quality- so far so good....
Haven't viewed all the dvds, so I can't comment on the overall technical quality- so far so good.
For the content of the shows, that's a matter of personal taste that should... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carl K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun & a chance to meet the Matt Smith Doctor one more time.
Published 3 months ago by Deese
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Yet!
This is the best season of The Sarah Jane Adventures so far. The season is bookended by stories showing how close the characters have become. I've seen a few of the classic Dr. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ronald
5.0 out of 5 stars The Amazing Sarah Jane Adventures
The extremely talented Elisabeth Sladen brought so much life to the show and put so much of herself into it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by The Elliotts
5.0 out of 5 stars Death of the Doctor
Having never seen the series I didn't know what to expect. I actually enjoyed it and even though it was a children's series I didn't feel like it was dumbed down. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars This entire series is great!
Loved it! Can't wait to see the Fifth Season! If you are a Doctor Who fan, this is a more family-friendly spinoff than Torchwood.
Published 8 months ago by Helen Bogart
3.0 out of 5 stars Terrible acting, but beloved Dr. Who characters
My 12 year old loves this, I find the acting terrible, the dialogue terrible. Since the actress playing Sarah Jane is dead, this is all you get. Oh and I HATE the intro,
Published 14 months ago by mcd1
4.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Jane is always good.
I liked Liz Sladen. Got this one to see the Doctor episode. Sara was the best companion and deserved a spin off.
Published 16 months ago by Patricia F.
5.0 out of 5 stars great
love love love sarah jane and this is the way i watch them. please keep them coming so i can keep up
Published 17 months ago by Katie Reinitz
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favorite sarah jane adventures episode?
My favorite is "Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane" from series one. It can stand up to the best of the new "Doctor Who" episodes.
Oct 28, 2011 by Christian A. Hanneman |  See all 4 posts
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