TITLE: I DREAM OF JEANNIE - THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON
DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 26
Running Time: 639 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English, Spanish, and Portuguese; Spanish and Portuguese subtitles; closed-captioned
Special Features: None
Jeannie has popped out of her bottle once again to bring you 26 more episodes of I Dream of Jeannie! The fourth season of I Dream of Jeannie brings us one season closer to the end of the supernatural series of the 60s about the astronaut that finds a genie in a bottle that doesn’t always rub him the right way!
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
The season begins with “U.F.Ohh! Jeannie,” where Roger and Tony are mistaken for Martians by some hillbillies after SOMEBODY (any guesses as to whom?) causes their aircraft to go off course and land in a rural area. Jeannie’s mother gives Tony some very special candy that has some interesting effects in “Jeannie and the Wild Pipchicks.” Jeannie blinks up the newspaper for the next day in “Tomorrow is Not Another Day.” Jeannie gets revenge on a used car salesman in “Have You Heard the One About the Used Car Salesman.”
Jeannie helps Tony knock some people out in “The Strongest Man in the World,” but when a NASA general sees this and sees how great Tony is, he wants to use him to fight in a boxing tournament. Dr. Bellows decides to put together a report of all of the strange things that have happened with Tony in “Dr. Bellows Goes Sane,” but General Peterson just thinks he has gone crazy--sadly everything in the report is true!
Tony has to win Jeannie in a rodeo when she wins a supermarket contest to be a rodeo queen in “Ride ‘Em Astronaut,” but will it help that Tony is afraid of horses? Jeannie is determined to have her master as governor in “Jeannie, the Governor’s Wife.” Judy Carne, Gary Owens, and Arte Johnson guest star in “Biggest Star in Hollywood,” where the producers of Laugh-In are determined to have Jeannie on their show.
Dick Sargent (wait, this IS I Dream of Jeannie, isn’t it???) guest stars in “Jeannie for the Defense. Richard Mulligan guest stars in “Around the Moon in 80 Blinks,” where Jeannie blinks the wrong person home from a space flight. The season ends with “Blackmail Order Bride,” where Jeannie and Tony’s marriage may be on the rocks thanks to a sneaky reporter.
Remember the packaging from seasons 1-3? Well basically it is about the same once again. We have the standard picture of Jeannie on the front of the box (with a dark blue and pink color scheme) and two double slim cases inside, which is my favorite type of packaging for a DVD set. Each slim case has a picture of Jeannie on the front and all of the episode contents for each disc listed on the back, along with descriptions.
The packaging isn't all that much different from the packaging for the first season. The front of the box has a picture of Jeannie, and on the back of the box has a picture of Jeannie and Tony along with basic info about the set. Not much to be too excited about, but it does look nice.
They have elected to once again use the double slim case design, which I think is a good choice. There are two of them, each one holding two discs. The slim case that holds Discs 1 and 2 has another picture of Jeannie on it, while the slim case that holds Discs 3 and 4 has a picture of Jeannie and a not-so-happy looking Tony. The back of each slim case includes episodes for the discs, as well as short descriptions for the episodes. It seems that Sony is using better double slim cases now, which is good. The older ones had a tendency to not hold the discs in securely, these do that job much better.
The disc artwork is very simple, with a picture of Jeannie on every disc, except for Disc 3 which has Major Nelson on it for some reason. Disc 1 contains 6 episodes, while the other three discs contain seven episodes each.
Menu Design and Navigation:
This is exactly the same as the first season, which is good for consistency. As soon as you get to the main menu, you'll once again hear the theme music playing (the version that was actually used for the second season), with Jeannie's bottle on the beach. The options are Play All Episodes, Episode Selection, Audio, Subtitles, and (only on Disc 1) Previews.
Episode Selections takes you inside of Jeannie's bottle--just like season one--where you can select the episode. There are no scene selection menus (as usual with Sony sets), but there are chapters at every place where a commercial break would be, INCLUDING immediately after the opening credits (although you wouldn't really want to skip directly to there since every episode starts BEFORE the opening credits). Audio takes you into Tony's living room, where you select the language (English, Spanish, or Portuguese), and Subtitles takes you to an office at NASA where you can select any subtitles you'd want (Spanish or Portuguese). These aren't real pictures of course, they are just drawings.
Video and Audio Quality:
As far as video and audio quality are concerned, it is about what you would expect for an older show, though perhaps a little bit better. There are issues with grain and there are some episodes where the audio has that “tin can” effect that some older shows have, but other than that it is good enough for a 40 year old show. The episodes are closed-captioned, and there are also Portuguese and Spanish subtitles for those that want it. You can also have Portuguese or Spanish audio on the episodes, but as always, the Portuguese audio is missing on one episode. It is no big deal though, unless there are any people in the United States that speak only Portuguese that have been really wanting to see this show on DVD, and I doubt that.
The episodes MOSTLY seem to be unedited, running around 24:30-25:00. That may sound a little low for the 60s, but then again, NBC shows have historically (even to this day) always had lower runtimes than any of the other networks, so this is probably correct. One episode runs at 23:40, which sounds a little low even for NBC, but I can’t really find anything in the episode that would suggest anything has been cut from the episode. The following is a breakdown of all of the episodes on the set, including the running times:
1. U.F.Ohh! Jeannie (24:38)
2. Jeannie and the Wild Pipchicks (24:39)
3. Tomorrow is Not Another Day (24:35)
4. Abdullah (24:37)
5. Have You Heard the One About the Used Car Salesman (24:41)
6. Djinn Djinn, Go Home (24:40)
7. The Strongest Man in the World (24:09)
8. The Indispensable Jeannie (24:41)
9. Jeannie and the Top Secret Secret (24:31)
10. How to Marry an Astronaut (24:35)
11. Dr. Bellows Goes Sane (24:36)
12. Jeannie the Guru (24:37)
13. The Case of My Vanishing Master – Part 1 (24:08)
14. The Case of My Vanishing Master – Part 2 (23:40)
15. Ride ‘Em Astronaut (24:07)
16. Invisible House for Sale (24:30)
17. Jeannie, the Governor’s Wife (24:39)
18. Is There a Doctor in the House? (24:37)
19. Biggest Star in Hollywood (24:06)
20. The Case of the Porcelain Puppy (24:08)
21. Jeannie for the Defense (24:42)
22. Nobody Loves a Fat Astronaut (24:46)
23. Around the Moon in 80 Blinks (24:46)
24. Jeannie-Go-Round (24:06)
25. Jeannie and the Secret Weapon (24:38)
26. Blackmail Order Bride (24:45)
Once again, there are no special features. I’m sure Barbara Eden and others would be more than glad to do some if they’d just ask.
Once again, I have to say that I’m impressed with the episodes, but seriously, why can’t there be any special features??? Something, ANYTHING, would be nice, but the folks at Sony have once again rejected us. Oh well, it doesn’t matter, because this is a great show and is worth having anyway. It is amazing how fast Sony is moving through this series… we only have one more season to go and it is all done! Hopefully we’ll get that final season (and even a complete series set maybe, who knows) within a few months. But until then, blink this one into YOUR DVD collection!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 09/26/07
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