Bleach: The Bount Season Four Part One box set is a four disc set that contains 16 episodes. All four discs contain four episodes and bonus features. The main menu on each disc has four options: "Play," "Scenes," "Set Up," and "Extras." "Play" allows you to play all of the episodes back-to-back. "Scenes" allows you to choose which part of which episode you want to begin watching. "Set Up" allows you to choose whether to have the English or Japanese audio, and whether or not you want to have subtitles. "Extras" allows you to see the extras on the disc. I've heard it said that the episodes in this box set are "filler" episodes and aren't part of the main storyline arc from the manga. Even though these episodes are "filler," I enjoyed what I saw.
On the first disc, there are four extras. The first extra is "Production Art," which is 14 pages of line art of the characters and locations that appear on the disc. The second feature is "Manga Preview," which includes four pages of advertisements for the Bleach manga, as well as other titles released by Shonen Jump. The next feature is "Clean Ending," which is a textless version of the first closing theme that appears in this box set. The final extra on the disc is labeled as "Sneak Peak," which contains trailers for Naruto Shippuden, Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody, and the Bleach: Dark Souls video game.
The second disc has production art, which is 12 pages of line art of the characters and locations that appear on the disc. The "Manga Preview" and "Clean Ending" are the exact same features that appear on the first disc. The "Sneak Peeks" are also duplicated from the first disc.
The production art on disc three is 14 pages of line art of the characters and locations that appear on the disc. The "Manga Preview," "Clean Ending," and "Sneak Peek" are exactly the same as these items on the previous two discs in the set.
The first extra on the fourth disc is the "Behind the Scenes of Bleach" documentary. This feature runs for approximately 10 minutes, and includes interviews with the English dub actors for Lirin, Yoshino, and Ichinose. The production art is 12 pages of line art of the characters and locations that appear on this disc. The "Manga Preview" is still four pages on this disc, but one of the pages is different in comparison to the "Manga Preview" on the previous three discs in the set. The "Clean Ending" is the textless version of the second closing theme that appears in this box set. The "Sneak Peek" on this disc is exactly the same as the "Sneak Peek" on the previous three discs in the set.
While I expected the repetition of the bonus features from the previous three box sets, I found that Viz Media had taken the repetition to a new level. Instead of including different trailers in the "Sneak Peek" extra for each disc, they just repeated the exact same set of trailers on each disc. I still wish textless versions of the opening themes had been included as a bonus feature. However, I have to give Viz Media credit for packaging the discs in individual slimline boxes.
Even though I was a bit disappointed by the bonus features, I did enjoy the actual episodes included in this box set. I would recommend this box set to anyone who is a fan of Bleach, especially since this is currently the only legal way to get these Bleach episodes in a DVD box set in the United States.
I wrote this review after watching a copy of this DVD box set that my husband gave to me as a gift.