The Vampire Diaries Season 4 DVD Pays Homage to the Fans

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The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Fourth Season is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

This was a big turning point season that dealt with Elena’s transition from human to vampire – something I never thought would actually happen. This was also the season that got us out of Mystic Falls for awhile and that was a refreshing change of pace.

Season Four gave us “The Five,” the magical map known as the Hunter’s Mark, Jeremy’s continued march toward becoming a top vampire hunter (which is weird given the state of his sister) and the hunt for the cure on Silas’ Island.

Of course, you probably already know all that because you watched every second of the season that just passed. Unfortunately, the next season premiere is still almost a month away so you’ll have to fill the gap by rewatching last season on DVD.

But hooray, there are extras to keep you happy, too.

“The Evolution of Elena Gilbert” and “Blood, Boys, and Bad Behavior” both take us on a journey through some of the best scenes from Season Four.

As always, there’s a gag reel and deleted scenes, but I didn’t find them very compelling.

What I did enjoy was a look at some of the production problems and how they were conquered: “Inking the Brotherhood,” “Creating Silas’s Island,” and “The Ultimate Prop Master.”

By far, my favorite special feature on the DVD is a rare tribute to the fandom. There’s a gallery of fan created artwork which features a few too many chibi’s for my liking but they’re well done. But hallelujah for the fan created video: “The Impact of a Single Show: The Vampire Diaries.”

This wonderful short features dozens of simple, fast sketches that help the narrator tell her story. She talks about how the show not only introduced her to a wonderful online community, but it also helped her grow closer to her father. It’s very sweet and I applaud Warner Brothers for adding a fannish element to this release.

In the past, studios have shied away from any “official” involvement with the fans and I’ve never understood it. Fans are the ones who promote the show with a passion and buy the merchandise. They keep shows like The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural on the air, so it’s nice to see this small DVD tribute.

The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Fourth Season sells for around $35 on DVD but if you have a Blu-ray player, it’s an excellent deal at $38.99 because it comes with a code for a free digital copy of the whole season. That way you can carry episodes of The Vampire Diaries around with you where ever you go.

What was your favorite episode or plot point last season? Let us know in the comments below.

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