Note: This is for Australian versions of the BluRay which might be different than versions in your country.
BLU-RAY REVIEW: VIKINGS SEASON 4, PART 1 CRAMS IN A PILE OF FEATURES ALONG ITS 10 EPISODES
THE IRIS – When Viking king Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) told his young sons as they sailed away from Kattegat: “Don’t waste your time looking back, you’re not going that way,” Michael Hirst, creator and writer of Vikings was reminding viewers that this is a show constantly moving forward. As Hirst reiterates during the extras of the Season 4, Part 1 Blu-ray edition of Vikings, the Scandinavian drama was always going to be about the sons of Ragnar, who went on to accomplish far greater deeds than their father.
The first ten episodes of Season 4 of Vikings offer all the spectacular, bloody battles and family drama the hit series is known for, along with a decadent dose of betrayal, lust and murder. Highlights of Season 4 thus far include the addition of Finnish thesps Peter Franzén and Jasper Pääkkönen as the brazen Norse brothers King Finehair and Halfdan the Black.
There was Ragnar’s memorable descent into madness, comical, but so very tragic at times, and we watched the Northmen dismantle their entire fleet of ships, haul them up a cliff and through the forest in “Portage.” There was also the impressive transformation of Rollo (Clive Standen) and the jarring time-jump in the season finale as Hirst continues to push boundaries on the show now incorporating three worlds: Viking, French and English. Vikings remains at its heart a family saga, an ode to historical authenticity and a riveting, visually stunning television series.
Season 4, Part 1 Review Score: FOUR STARS (OUT OF FIVE)
We got our hands on the Blu-ray edition of this release. Here’s a look at the special features you’ll find in the Australian release:
The Transformation of Rollo
Michael Hirst and Clive Standen discuss Rollo’s transformation from brute savage to French noble, as he shifts away from the shadow of his famous brother Ragnar to pave his own destiny.
The Viking Seafaring Prowess
Interviews with Michael Hirst, Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha), authors Olaf Engvig and Danielle Turner explore the genius behind the viking longboats. Learn about warships and trading vessels, the theory of the sunstone, navigation and portage. As Michael Hirst aptly puts it, “naval engineering of an extraordinary kind.”