Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Popcorn & Coffee: Banshee: The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray

TV-MA; 480 minutes; $27.99; Best Buy

Available today on Blu-ray +Digital HD from HBO Home Entertainment is Banshee: The Complete Fourth Season, featuring all 8 episodes from the final season.

Created by Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler, Banshee aired on CINEMAX from January 2014 to May 2016. The series centered an unnamed man (played by Antony Starr)who was recently released from prison after being incarcerated for fifteen years for stealing $15 million dollars worth of diamonds for his Ukrainian mob boss, Rabbit (played by Ben Cross). With the help of his computer hacker friend Job (played by Hoon Lee), the man tracks down his partner in crime and former lover Anastasia Rabitov (played by Ivana Miličević), who is also Rabbit's daughter. For the last fifteen years, Anastasia has been living in Banshee, Pennsylvania under the name Carrie Hopewell, where she is now married with two children.

After witnessing the death of the soon-to-be sheriff, Lucas Hood, at the bar outside of town that is owned by Sugar Bates (played by Frankie Faison), the man takes the sheriff's identity.

Season Four takes place two years after the season three finale, where Hood has isolated himself from the world, well, that is until the new sheriff, Brock Lotus (played by Matt Servitto), locates and informs him that the Rebecca Bowman (played by Lili Simmons) had been murdered. The news brings Hood back to Banshee, where Kai Proctor (played by Ulrich Thomsen), Rebecca's uncle and the town's crime kingpin, is the now the mayor.

In episode three, Hood, along with Carrie, track down the location of Job (who was kidnapped at the end of season three) and rescue him from his captors. The rest of the season focus on Hood's quest to find Rebecca's murderer.

Bonus Features on the three-disc set are:

  • Cast Retrospective: Banshee stars pick their favorite fight scenes and share memories of Job's most unforgettable outfits.
  • Banshee Origins: Find out the story before the story with eight prequel videos featuring the cast of Banshee.
  • Zoomed In: Go on the set with the cast to see how key, adrenaline-filled scenes were created.
  • Audio Commentaries
  • Deleted Scenes

Final Thoughts: I'm a newer fan of Banshee. I had watched the first three seasons on DVD earlier this year, so the first 30 episodes were still fresh in my mind when I started watching the final season.

The shooting location changed from Charlotte, North Carolina to Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, so many of the buildings used for the series have changed. The tone of the is radically different with many flashbacks that covers the two year gap between seasons. The murder mystery covers the entire 8 episodes, and it sorta reminded me of Twin Peaks.

The episodes are very crisp and clear on all three discs. There should have been more bonus features since this is the final season.

Overall, I enjoyed watching Banshee: The Complete Fourth Season. While it isn't the best the season from the series, the finale episode does an excellent job of wrapping up the storylines and giving proper endings for the characters.

*I received a complimentary copy from HBO Home Entertainment. All opinions are my own.

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