TITLE: KING OF THE HILL - THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON
DVD Release Date: May 3, 2005 (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 576 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: N/A
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English and
Spanish audio and subtitles; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: None.
Yeeeeee haw!!! After a long wait between the second
and third seasons, Twentieth Century Fox Home
Entertainment is wasting no time in releasing The
Complete Fourth Season of King of the Hill! This is a
DVD set that contains 24 episodes full of laughs,
rednecks, lawnmowers, propane, and chicken fried
steak, I tell you what.
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
In the fourth season, Hank must help Connie get
through her first period when Mihn and Kahn are in
Hawaii in "Aisle 8A." We get to meet Bill's cousins
(played by the Dixie Chicks) as well as see a special
guest appearance by Don Meredith in "A Beer Can Named
Desire." Drew Carey plays a man that is almost exactly
like Hank (and becomes Hank's friend, making Bill and
Dale jealous) in "Not in My Back Hoe." The Hill family
enters the new millenium in "Hillenium." Hank smokes a
joint and becomes a murder suspect (although he is
more worried about smoking the joint) in "Hanky Panky"
and "High Anxiety." Peggy accuses Randy Travis of
stealing a song that she wrote in "Peggy's Fan Fair."
And if that isn't enough guest stars for you, you can
also hear guest voices from Clint Black, Meryl Streep,
Heather Locklear, Reese Witherspoon, Andy Dick, Teri
Garr, Sydney Pollack, Vince Gill, Charlie Daniels,
Tony Danza, Martina McBride, and Wynonna Judd, among
"Peggy Hill: Decline and Fall" is another great
episode in this set, but it is a two part episode, and
if you want to see the first part, you'll need to pick
up The Complete Third Season (don't worry, that is a
great set too!). I'm sure that packaging the DVDs this
way allows more sets to sell, but it would be MUCH
more convenient if the season cliffhangers would be
included on a single set, regardless of which season
they actually aired (for example, it would have been
more convenient if this episode had been included in
the third season set).
The same type of packaging that was used for The
Complete Third Season was used once again for this
season. In fact, except for some changes in artwork on
this set, there really isn't much change in how this
set is put together. Once again, we have three plastic
snap cases, each containing one disc. The discs are
(again) two-sided discs, and each side of each disc
contains exactly four episodes. Honestly, I don't like
the two-sided format, as it means having to change
sides constantly (which doesn't help especially since
my DVD player is slow to load discs). One the back of
the case for each disc, a description of each episode
on that disc is included.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The Main Menu screens on this set are actually very
nice. On the top of the screen, short video clips from
each episode on that side of that particular disc are
playing. At the bottom of the screen, the options on
each disc are Play All, Episode Selection, and
All of these options are pretty much self-explanatory.
The Episode Selection menu is almost exactly like the
Episode Selection menu in The Complete Third Season,
where a description of the episode pops up when you
move up and down the episode list. It is a nice
feature in a way, but it is also a bit time consuming.
There is no scene selection menu, but there are
chapter stops, which you can use with your remote.
Video and Audio Quality:
The audio and video qualities on this set were very
good, and almost flawless. The audio may have been a
little bit low, but it is nothing significant to be
concerned with. The audio is presented in Dolby
Surround Sound. The video quality on this set is also
pretty good, but I did have a little bit of trouble
with Disc 2, Side 2. At a few points (though not too
many, maybe about six or so on that side of that
disc), the picture would tend to freeze for about a
second or two on my DVD player. Even looking at the
disc physically, I could see that there were MANY
imperfections on that side of that disc, so I'm
assuming that I just received a bad Disc 2. I am
assuming this was just a problem with my set, and you
probably will not have such problems with your set.
Each episode has a running time of approximately 22
minutes and 30 seconds, which is (believe it or not)
about a minute longer than syndicated reruns are these
days (they are now running at around 21:30).
Once again, no special features. No commentaries, no
"behind the scenes" animation, no promotional stuff,
not even any trailers for other 20th Century Fox Home
Entertainment products. Although special features were
included on the first two King of the Hill releases,
Fox appears to have abandoned them for all future
releases. I can only hope I'm wrong about that.
Once again, another great set has been
produced--although still no special features! Fans
should probably appreciate that the series is actually
being released on DVD though, as there was a short
period in time where it appeared that the series was
on the verge of being abandoned for DVD releases. It
would be nice to see the two-sided discs abandoned and
replaced with the typical dual layer discs that many
other TV-on-DVD releases receive as well. So head on
down to the Mega Lo Mart (or head on down to the link
provided in this review) and pick up this set!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):
Video Quality: 4/5 (this does not take into account
the "flawed" disc I had)
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: N/A
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 04/22/2005.
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