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Battles, treachery and power grabs rage on in Vikings Season 4, Volume 2. Ragnar’s return to Kattegat following his shameful defeat in Paris escalates tension among his sons. Determined to save what remains of his legacy, Ragnar recruits Ivar for a perilous voyage to England, where he plans to attack the Saxons. Meanwhile, a prophecy that a woman will one day rule Kattegat deepens Aslaug and Lagertha’s feud.

vikingss4p2bluStudio: 20th Century Fox
Year: 2013
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Run time: 117 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 3 BD
Region: 1

After finishing ‘Vikings’, my view of them has forever changed, I have always thought of them as ruthless savages but through the series I learned they had cultural beliefs, minds with souls and a rich culture of their own, I also could understand their purpose in invading other lands, living in harsh conditions in those frigid nordic hostile fjords where farming was too difficult. I fell in love with Ragnar Lothbrok deep complex character, a portrayed semigod leader suffering the great demands of his followers, but in the end just a simple man carrying his virtues and miseries.

Superb drama series. Takes about three episodes to hit its stride and from then never slows down. After that it is a non-stop roller coaster ride of battle scenes, internal and external politics and relationship dramas, all with a large dollop of actual history thrown in. Admittedly, some of the history has been tweaked for dramatic effect, but the basic plot is reasonably accurate.
Movie Content: 8/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/ AVC MPEG-4 codec with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. WOW! is about all I can say about this transfer. FOX knocks yet another one out of the ballpark this fall with “Vikings” on Blu-ray. There isn’t a hint of any issues between the set pieces used and is well balanced in the print. Colors are bright throughout the film. Blacks are also very deep and strong with quite impressive details. Any of the darker scenes outside have this beautiful blue tint giving the film a rather unique look. The image is pristine as there isn’t a hint of film grain. Like I said earlier, this is one of those demo reference shows that does a great job with a history piece driven show that will make viewers drop their jaw to the floor.
Video Quality: 9.5/10

Audio quality is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. Like the print being close to reference quality, the audio comes rather close. The soundfield takes advantage of the rears and front speakers with the special effects giving the viewer the feeling that they are right in the middle of the action. This is one immersive experience during the battle scenes with all out fighting and destruction from the vikings. Bass is also very well managed with a very bombastic sound.
Audio Quality: 9.5/10

Special Features

  • Extended International Versions of Every Episode (Blu-ray Exclusive)
  • Extended/Director’s/Unrated Episodes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Behind the Scenes – The Queen & the Shieldmaiden (explore the beloved and powerful women within this world.)
  • Behind the Scenes – King, Valhalla and the Legacy of Ragnar Lothbrok (Follow a stunt player as he is outfitted, coached through fight moves, and ultimately plays his death in battle before the cameras)

Special Features: 9.5/10

The Final Word

Season 4 is great, but they made this season twice as long what I think is the first bad move they made. The fast pacing of season 1-3 was in my opinion one of the things that made Vikings so special. There is a surprise at the end of this season that I will not spoil which I think fans will look at it one way or another depending on the direction of Season 5.
Overall Rating: 9/10