COLUMBIA TRISTAR continues to release the hit series about teenage love and angst, “DAWSON’S CREEK” with “Season 4.”  The kids are all grown up now, or at least ready to graduate high school.  While the stories often feel too contrived and smug, reminiscent of “James at 15”, there is some fine acting,(Katie Holmes in particular) tight direction, and a decent production design, interspersed with occasionally good dialogue. Joey(Katie Holmes) is now dating Dawson’s best friend, Pacey, and their relationship is ridiculous enough to make her previous one with Dawson feel believable.

COLUMBIA TRISTAR has preserved the correct 1.33:1 aspect ratio. Colors are more solid here than in the previous seasons. Detail is impressive throughout. Contrast offers deep blacks and grays. Fleshtones appear

COLUMBIA TRISTAR has provided a Dolby Digital 2.0 mix. While the packaging tries to market the new music as a plus, it’s actually disappointing to find that the original music from the tv airings was too cost prohibitive
to include!  The surround mix is generally engaging, although not aggressive. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.

While we wish creator Kevin Williamson was here for the commentary, we still get exec-producer Paul Stupin. His commentary on two of the episodes is as engaging and informative as on previous seasons.  Several trailers and a trivia game are included.