TITLE: ELLEN - THE COMPLETE SEASON FOUR
DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006 (A&E Home Video)
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 25
Running Time: approx. 9 hours and 35 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; No
Subtitles; Closed captioned.
Special Features: Audio Commentary with writers of
"The Puppy Episode" and Cast Biographies.
Multiple times Emmy-winner, Ellen Degeneres is back in
ELLEN: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON, which includes all
25 episodes of this landmark series that, in this
year, made entertainment history. DeGeneres plays
Ellen Morgan, a neurotic book-store owner in
California. She's surrounded by her zany friends,
Spence (Emmy-winner Jeremy Piven) and Paige (Joely
Fisher of "íTil Death") as well as her equally
neurotic and zany co-workers, Joe (David Anthony
Higgins) and Audrey (Clea Lewis). This season, Ellen
goes through more of the motions: with her parents
divorcing, going to therapy, going on a spiritual
retreat and coming out as gay. Don't miss this
hilarious and much talked about season of "Ellen."
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
"A Deer Head for Joe" in which Ellen resorts to
desperate measures when Joe is fired. "Splitsville,
Man" in which Ellen deals badly with her parents
separating. "The Bubble Gum Incident" in which Paige
seeks revenge at her and Ellen's 25th camp reunion.
"Kiss My Bum" in which Ellen unknowingly invites a
homeless man to Thanksgiving dinner. "Joe's Kept
Secret" in which Joe reveals he's dating an older
woman. "Ellen Unplugged" is the one in which Ellen
lives a childhood fantasy of hers. "The Puppy Episode"
the two-part episode in which Ellen famously comes out
as gay. "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" in which Ellen
hilariously tries to tell her parents she's gay.
Notable guests this season include author Anne Rice,
country-singer Trisha Yearwood, Martha Stewart
(again), Bonnie Raitt, Laura Dern, Oprah Winfrey,
Florence Henderson, Queen Latifah, Sheryl Crow, Demi
Moore, Gina Gershon, Melissa Etheridge, Harriet Sansom
Harris, Lyle Waggoner and more!
The cover art is blue this time (Orange in Season 1,
Yellow in Season 2 and Green in Season 3). It features
pretty much the exact same design as before: a large
photo of Ellen with the cast from that season (Paige,
Spence, Ellen, Joe and Audrey). The case is a slip
sleeve that includes three individual cases with the
three discs in each of them. The cases themselves have
the exact same design as the main cover art. The back
of those cases list the episodes on that disc as well
as a very brief episode description. The discs
themselves are blue in color and with no pictures.
Disc 1 contains episodes 1-9. Disc 2 contains Episodes
10-17 and Disc 3 contains Episodes 18-25.
Menu Design and Navigation:
Well, like the first three releases, the menu is
identical, except for the coloring and the picture,
which is identical to the box the set, came in. The
theme loops in the background. There's a "Play All"
option as well as an "Episodes" selection option that
takes you to another screen to select the episode you
want to watch. Nothing more and nothing less, simple
and basic -- I like that.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video and audio are both great. No complaints in
that department. It has closed captioning but no
subtitles, either in English or Spanish or any
language for that matter. Each episode runs around 22
minutes in length (is probably unedited, but not
sure), as shown below, although episode #15, Makin'
Whoopie is at a surprisingly low 20 minutes. Chapter
skips are available on each episode.
1- Give Me Equity or Give Me Death (22:38)
2- A Deer Head for Joe (22:21)
3- Splitsville, Man (22:22)
4- The Parent Trap (22:22)
5- Looking Out for Number One (22:22)
6- The Bubble Gum Incident (23:01)
7- Harold and Ellen (22:22)
8- Not So Great Expectations (22:22)
9- The Pregnancy Test (22:22)
10- Kiss My Bum (22:22)
11- Bowl, Baby, Bowl (22:22)
12- Fleas Navidad (22:19)
13- Alone Again ... Naturally (22:22)
14- Joe's Kept Secret (22:22)
15- Makin' Whoopie (20:57)
16- Ellen Unplugged (22:22)
17- Ellen's Deaf Comedy Jam (22:21)
18- Hello, Dalan (22:22)
19- Secrets & Ellen (21:32)
20- Reversal of Misfortune (21:52)
21- The Clip Show Patient (21:51)
22- The Puppy Episode, Part 1 (23:32)
23- The Puppy Episode, Part 2 (23:22)
24- Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah (22:22)
25- Moving On (22:22)
Well, Season's 1 & 2 brought us commentary tracks and
Season 3 brought us a gag reel. Season 4 again brings
us commentary tracks (just one), but no actors are
involved, just production. No offense to them but I'd
rather hear actors comment on the show. Oh, there are
again cast biographies, nice but I don't know if I'd
call them a "special feature."
* Audio commentary with the writers of the "The Puppy
Episode" 2-part episode.
Nice seven month wait between releases. Beats the year
we had to wait between Season 2 and Season 3! As
usual, A&E does a great job; another solid release. I
like the fact that each set is similar to the other --
I don't know, I just like continuity. Hard to believe
one more season to go (which will be released in
November!) and we're done. After four seasons, I
really don't have much more to say! I love that
commentaries are back (no cast-members, just
production). Oh, on that note, I'm sure the actors
would be more than willing to do commentaries! So get
them! Especially Ellen! And A&E, please listen to me
and decrease the price! $50 is still WAY too much for
a set like this.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 2/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 09/20/06
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