Sanctuary

Season 4 (Final Season)

German Season 4 Blu-Ray Release
German Season 4 Blu-Ray Release

For a full review + screenshots : Blu-Ray.com/Sanctuary Season 4

 

Release date [US/Canada] July 17, 2012

Release date [GER] September 7, 2012

Release date [AUS] Not Yet Announced

 

Season 4 - When the fourth season started I imagine Syfy already knew this could be the last season for Sanctuary! The ratings already slipped in the last part of season 3, after Syfy already given Sanctuary a fourth season and going back to 13 episodes after season three's 20 episodes, could also be a sign Syfy thought it was very probable they would cancel it. Still after the conclusion of the fourth season it took almost a full 5 months before Syfy announced Sanctuary was cancelled.

 

Although the series finale is one I can certainly live with, no big cliff-hanger, a door was left open to continue the series into the fifth season. This finale, which ultimately became the series finale could be considered another clue Syfy was ready to give up on Sanctuary because it is a series finale which most of us can live with.

 

Season 4 perhaps not as strong as seasons 2 & 3, was still a very decent and consistent season. There is one exeption, the musical episode which is horrible to say the least, not only a low point in it's season but also in the entire series! As with the other seasons, for me the SFX remains a distraction, the cast however is very capable and very watchable and of course Amanda Tapping is a very good actress and always a reason to watch any tv series. The series finale episodes are perhaps the best episodes of the season but there are more episodes which are above average. Like the other seasons, the PQ is quite good and the sound quality is again near perfect. In the special features department, this is gone downhill from season 1 to season 4, very little, is a pity, you would have thought they would have gathered more special features with every season, not less.

 

It's a series I only can recommend, again, even with the obvious SFX flaws. It has a great cast, sensational guest roles, exciting stories and it has Amanda Tapping and the Stargate team who is behind this series.

 

After re-watching the complete series I have to say...my favourite seasons are the first two! I really thought it was seasons three and four but for me it's the first two. Never realized how much I missed Helen Magnus' daughter Ashley from the first season.

 

Extra Information Regarding this Blu-Ray Release:

 

  • 50GB Blu-ray Disc
  • Four-disc set (4 BDs) [NA]
  • Three-disc set (3 BDs) [GER]
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 [All Releases]
  • German: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 [German Release]
  • English: Dolby Digital 5.1 [NA Release]
  • Subtitles: English SDH [NA]
  • Subtitles: German [GER]
  • Packaging: Slipcover in original pressing (German release standard BD case with Slip)
  • Region Code NA: A 
  • Region Code GER: B [A & C Untested]

 

(NA = North American & GER = German)

 

Special Features:

 

  • Commentaries by Cast and Crew. As with Sanctuary: The Complete Third Season, several of the principal cast and crew take part in various commentaries. These are slightly less raucous than the third season commentaries, and offer some interesting information (for example, there was quite a bit of discussion about whether to open the fourth season with "Tempus" or "Uprising"). The participants for each of these are: 
    Uprising: Amanda Tapping, Martin Wood 
    Chimera: Martin Wood, Ian Tracy, Lee Wilson 
    The Depths: Martin Wood, Amanda Tapping, Gillian Horvath 
    Sanctuary For None, Part 1: Damian Kindler, Ryan Robbins, Robin Dunne 
    Sanctuary For None, Part 2: Damian Kindler, Ryan Robbins, Robin Dunne
  • Special Features (HD; 1:33:43). Aside from the second part of the last episode of season four, the final disc is comprised entirely of these supplemental featurettes: 
    Amanda Cam 
    'Tempus' – Behind the Scenes 
    Robin Dunne Directs 'Homecoming' 
    'Fugue' – Making a Musical 
    Gag Reel 
    Deleted Scenes 
    Sanctuary for Kids

Season 3

For a full review + screenshots : Blu-Ray.com/Sanctuary Season 3

 

Release date [US/Canada] Sept 13, 2011

Release date [GER] June 29, 2012

Release date [AUS] Not Yet Announced

 

Sanctuary Season 3 - After two seasons of 13 episodes, the third season was 20 episodes! That was kind of a surprise, not always in a good way because this normally means more filler episodes around the arc episodes. Luckily this is not the case this season. Of course there are some episodes which can be missed but overal the arc, finding a secret world, is the main theme this season. Sometimes the SFX is spectacular, other times it's like we are watching an old Space 1999 episode. For me, the SFX will always distract, when you compare it with the reboot Battlestar Galactica, it falls short every time and that is a pity. The overal PQ is more than okay, especially the character scenes look really great.

 

Mainly because the arc this season, about finding that secret world, season 3 is perhaps the best of all three, Sanctuary is at it's best when the characters interact with each other, rather than with a guest star. Sanctuary has a number of similarities with Torchwood, an enigmatic leader who has lived a lot longer, the interaction of the cast with each other, monsters, only Dr. Helen Magnus tries to protect them while captain Jack tries to capture them. Sanctuary is on a role this season and at that time it looked like it could run for at least a few more seasons, it's not for nothing Syfy renewed season 3 with 20 episodes. But during season 3 the ratings already dropped a bit, in part because the hiatus I guess. Sadly, as we all know, after season 4 it got cancelled. 

 

Regarding the German and the North American release, the German release consists of 4 discs and the the North American release consists of 6 discs. Unfortunately the German release only has German subs, no English subs but it does have an English soundtrack. Isay it again, despite the sometimes "not so good" SFX, this series is a must have for any sci-fi fan.

 

Extra Information regarding this Blu Ray Release:

 

  • 50GB Blu-ray Disc
  • German Four-disc set (4 BDs)
  • North American Six-disc set (6 BDs)
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (All Releases)
  • English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (All Releases)
  • English: Dolby Digital 2.0 (All Releases)
  • German: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (German release)
  • Subtitles US: English
  • Subtitles GER: German
  • Packaging: Slipcover in original pressing (German release standard BD case with Slip)
  • Region Code US: A
  • Region Code GER: B

 

Special Features:

 

  • Commentaries by Cast and Crew. At least one episode per disc for the five discs containing actual episodes feature commentaries. These are fairly raucous affairs, certainly not recommended for younger children to hear, with participants discussing everything from sex to flatulence (no, I'm not kidding). The participants obviously have a great, joking relationship with each other, and that comes through loud and clear on all of these commentaries. Along the way, a few actual salient points of information do get imparted. My personal favorites were the commenataries for Metamorphosis, which was a fascinating episode filmed more or less entirely from Robin Dunne's character's point of view, and Normandy, which featured an unusual symphonic underscore. The list of commentaries and participants is:
    Kali Part III: Martin Wood, Amanda Tapping, Robin Dunne
    Animus: Martin Wood, Robin Dunne
    Breach: Martin Wood, Amanda Tapping, Damian Kindler
    The Hollow Men: Amanda Tapping, Martin Wood, Robin Dunne
    Metamorphosis: Andy Mikita, Robin Dunne
    Normandy: Martin Wood, Amanda Tapping, Damian Kindler
    Out of the Blue: Martin Wood, Amanda Tapping, Damian Kindler

 

  • Extras (HD; 2:02:05). The sixth disc is comprised entirely of supplemental material, including this set of interesting, albeit sometimes rather brief, featurettes. Everything from profiles of crew members, directors and stars to a look at the usually excellent visual effects is included here. The contents are:
    Amanda Tapping Directing "One Night"
    Visual Effects
    Hollow Earth
    Damian Kindler—In the Director's Chair
    The Music of 'Sanctuary'
    Behind the Scenes: "Normandy"
    Character Profile: Jonathon Young/Nikola Tesla
    Sanctuary for Kids
    Blooper Reel

 

  • Deleted Scenes (HD; 31:08). Some of these are literally just a few seconds in length, but there are lots of extra beats here for most of Magnus' team.

Season 2

For a full review + screenshots : Blu-Ray.com/Sanctuary Season 2

 

Release date [US/Canada] June 15, 2010

Release date [AUS] June 9, 2010

Release date [GER] June 29 2012

 

The first season Sanctuary had to find it's feet, the second season is, at least as I see it, a big step up story wise. Like the first season, this one consists of 13 episodes. Dr. Magnus' (Amanda Tapping) daughter daughter Ashley (Emilie Ullerup) left after the first season which to me at first was a big disappointment, but fortunately her replacement, Kate Freelander (played by Agam Darshi), did a good job replacing her. Probably not everybody who thinks like that because she was a bit annoying at the start but she immedialtey appealed to me. Like I said, for me this season is superior to the first one. It has some strong episodes, less filler episodes.

 

One complaint I still have is, although the stories are solid, the SFX is a weak point, the green screen scenes are way too obvious, it distracts. Luckily the cast is strong enough to keep me interested. PQ is also a step up from it's predessesor, the sound quality is near perfect. Like the first season, the season 2 release also contains a lot of special features. If you like sci-fi, if you love Amanda Tapping, this is a must have!

 

Extra Information regarding this Blu Ray Release:

 

  • 50GB Blu-ray Disc
  • North America Four-disc set (4 BDs)
  • German Three-disc set (3 BDs)
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (All Releases)
  • English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (All Releases)
  • English: Dolby Digital 2.0 (All Releases)
  • German: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (German release)
  • Subtitles US: English
  • Subtitles GER: German
  • Subtiles AUS: English SDH
  • Packaging: Slipcover in original pressing
  • Region Code US: A
  • Region Code AUS/GER: B

 

Special Features:

 

Sanctuary International (1080p, Dolby Digital 2.0, 3:22 min): Damian Kindler, Martin Wood, Amanda Tapping and several members of the cast discuss the expansion of the series into an international network of Sanctuaries all over the world, enhancing the scope of the production.

Amanda Tapping Directs "Veritas" (720p, Dolby Digital 2.0, 3:40 min): Stepping behind the camera for one of the episodes in season two, Amanda Tapping is shown taking the reins in a brief series of behind-the-scenes footage.

"Next Tuesday"-Anatomy of an Episode (720p, Dolby Digital 2.0, 16:44 min): This episode was the "bottle show" of the season (confined space), taking place entirely within the water filled smoke-stack of an oil well. The creative minds behind the series discuss the origins of the episode and how the story developed.

Sanctuary Visual Effects (720p, Dolby Digital 2.0, 8:53 min): The evolution of the visual effects courtesy of Anthem are chronicled through behind-the scenes green screen footage and interviews with members of the crew that worked primarily on the computer generated backgrounds or effects.

Sanctuary for Kids (720p, Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 2.0): Amanda Tapping stars in a PR spot for fundraisers sponsored by the Sanctuary team that go toward charitable organizations centered on kids.

Sanctuary Goes to Comic-Con (720p, Dolby Digital 2.0, 8:05 min): Travelling to the Comic-Con 2009 convention, Damian Kindler, Martin Wood, Amanda Tapping, and Robin Dunne dish up a panel interview session for a crowd of fans.

Will Vision-On Set and Behind the Scenes (720p, Dolby Digital 2.0, 13:19 min): Robin Dunne completes a video tour of a typical episode, beginning with set design and ending in post-production. Without a doubt, this is one of the stronger supplements included on the disc.

Will Vision-Sanctuary Goes to Japan (720p, Dolby Digital 2.0, 10:47 min): The second video diary by Robin Dunne follows Damian Kindler, Amanda Tapping, and Martin Wood as they complete location scouting in Tokyo.

Dancing in Mumbai (720p, Dolby Digital 2.0, 12:34 min): In preparation for the final two episodes of season two, the parking lot of the Sanctuary production studio was turned into a Mumbai slum. As part of the finale, we have a Bollywood dance sequence starring Robin Dunne, which is dissected in this featurette.

Bloopers and Outtakes (1080p, Dolby Digital 2.0, 5:05 min): As the title implies, this is a hilarious collection of clips showing the actors having a blast on set.

Rounding out the extras, we have a behind the scenes slide show that runs just over four minutes in length.

Season 1

For a full review + screenshots : Blu-Ray.com/Sanctuary Season 1

 

Release date [US/Canada] June 15, 2010

Release date [AUS] June 9, 2010

Release date [GER] June 29 2012

 

Sanctuary debuted back in 2007 as a webseries. This was so succesful they decided the following year it would return as a live action tv series. Amanda Tapping is one of my favorite actors so I'm inclined to watch anything she is in and for Sanctuary's first season she was the main reason I kept watching it. It's a bit of a mixed bag, some weak episodes and also some brilliant episodes. The first season contains of 13 episodes and the first episodes are the webseries episodes woven in the first few episodes, which is a bummer when you already seen the webseries before.

 

I always have and I always will have a problem with the SFX, it's often too obvious we are looking at a green screen. The viewer does not want to be reminded of the fact it isn't real! The PQ on the first season isn't super either but as i said, Amanda Tapping sells about anything! Great actress. Where other TV shows give too little on the special features, Sanctuary, the First Season is loaded with it. All and all, certainly not the strongest season but it does have it's moments and while watching this you know it will get better and better with the following seasons!

 

Update: What I do think now after the re-watching the seasons is that Ashley Magnus really is missed in the following seasons. Alrhough I do like Kate and she does a good job, Ashley brought something unique which I can't describe but do miss.

 

 

Extra Information regarding this Blu Ray Release:

 

  • 50GB Blu-ray Disc
  • North American Four-disc set (4 BDs)
  • German Three-disc set (3 BDs)
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (All Releases)
  • English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (All Releases)
  • English: Dolby Digital 2.0 (All Releases)
  • German: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (German release)
  • Subtitles US: English
  • Subtitles GER: German
  • Subtiles AUS: English SDH
  • Packaging: Slipcover in original pressing
  • Region Code US: A & B
  • Region Code AUS/GER: B

 

Special Features:

 

Audio Commentaries: Featuring actress Amanda Tapping, creator Damian Kindler, director Martin Wood, and the occasional guest, this impressive collection of full-length commentaries span the entire thirteen episodes in the first season, providing a wealth of technical information on the CG-heavy show. Above all else, the greatest element in the commentary is the comical, honest banter between Wood and Kindler as they divulge script errors and directing mistakes. Fans will surely find themselves in fits of laughter from time to time.

Sanctuary: The Original Webisodes (1080p, Dolby Digital 2.0, 2:10:12 min): As most fans know, Sanctuary made its debut as an 8-episode webisode production, with each segment running fifteen minutes in length. The initial four entries provide a loose interpretation of the events that take place in the 2-hour pilot of the television series, and the second four webisodes translate faithfully to the third episode of the full-length season.

Welcome to the Sanctuary (1080p, Dolby Digital 2.0, 5:13 min): Various members of the cast and crew provide a glowing assessment of the story while discussing their experience working on the show. Intercut with the interview segments, we're shown behind-the-scenes production footage.

The Sanctuary Residents (1080p, Dolby Digital 2.0, 5:43 min): Largely consisting of interviews with the same contributors from the prior featurette, this supplement focuses on the various monsters and characters that call the sanctuary their home.

Sanctuary Visual Effects (1080p, Dolby Digital 2.0, 5:23 min): Without a doubt, this is the primary value-added featurette included on the disc, since it provides an interesting explanation of the extensive green screen set design, and the choice to shoot the entire series using RED camera (in four times the resolution of Blu-ray).

Green Screen PIP (1080p, Dolby Digital 5.1, 1:28:16 min): The initial two episodes that comprise the series pilot are shown with a picture-in-picture window that only appears when green-screen was utilized. The window reveals which aspects of the scene were digitally added in post-production.

Bloopers (1080p, Dolby Digital 2.0, 3:33 min): The majority of this supplement features the actors goofing around in-between takes, but there are some truly funny moments that make this a must-watch collection of clips (especially for fans).

Rounding out the extras, we have a four-minute Behind-the-scenes Photo Gallery, and a brief sneak peek at season two of the series. 


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    SF Series And Movies (Sunday, 20 October 2013 10:48)

    Just finished re-watching the complete series yesterday.

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