TITLE: MEET THE BROWNS - SEASON 4 (EPISODES 61-80)
Release Date: January 24, 2012 (Lionsgate)
Packaging: Viva Case
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 20
Running Time: 440 minutes
Running Time of Features: N/A
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 English; Dolby Digital 2.0 English
Subtitles and Captioning: English and Spanish Subtitles; Closed-Captioned
Special Features: None
It's time to meet the Brown family once again, in Meet the Browns - Season 4! The hit Tyler Perry sitcom from TBS returns to DVD once again for 20 more episodes on three discs. Follow Leroy Brown and his family as they go through the daily struggles of love, life, family, and (mysteriously) running a retirement home!
Once again, it is important to note that the term "season" on the packaging is practically meaningless. As was the case with "Season 3," this case basically just picks up the next 18 episodes from where that set left off, and then there is one additional episode on the set that should have been included in "Season 3," and one episode that probably should have been in "Season 5." My guess is that these "seasons" are by the production order, accounting for these discrepancies.
This set begins with episode 62 in airdate order (despite the packaging stating that it starts with episode 61), which is "Meet the Alter Ego," where a head injury gives Brown an alter ego. In "Meet the Anniversary," Vera sleeps with Sasha's father. Tanya wants help on how to be a lady in "Meet My Fair Tanya." In "Meet the Stand-Up," Brown uses the family's problems as fodder for his stand-up comedy routine. Cora and Brown get into a fight in "Meet the Counseling Session." In "Meet the Mugger," Cora becomes overprotective after being mugged.
Brown's new neighbors may be thieves in "Meet the Stakeout." In "Meet the Cheating Liver," Cora suspects Reggie is cheating on her; meanwhile, Renee loses a liver that is in a transplant cooler. The family is fighting over winnings from a lottery ticket in "Meet the Loot." In "Meet the Bucket List," Brown and the Colonel make a list of what they want to do before they die. A patient refuses to be operated on by Will due to his race in "Meet the Racist." The Neely's come to the Brown house to host their cooking show in "Meet the Neelys." Curtis and Ella Payne from House of Payne come to celebrate Christmas with the Browns in "Meet the Christmas Spirit."
The Colonel's daughter wants Edna to sign a prenup in "Meet the Stepdaughter." In "Meet the Baby," Sasha finds out she is pregnant. Derek loses his scholarship in "Meet the Scholarship." Brianna's new boyfriend is a dangerous-looking thug in "Meet the Boyfriend." In "Meet the Secret Admirer," Gordon has feelings for Cora. Cora gets a job offer in a new city in "Meet the Job Offer." The set ends with "Meet the Big Wedding," where the Colonel suffers a heart attack at the altar.
The episodes appear to be unedited with very consistent runtimes (all but one is exactly 21:32). They are as follows:
1. "Meet the Alter Ego" (21:29)
2. "Meet the Anniversary" (21:32)
3. "Meet My Fair Tanya" (21:32)
4. "Meet the Stand-Up" (21:32)
5. "Meet the Counseling Session" (21:32)
6. "Meet the Mugger" (21:32)
7. "Meet the Stakeout" (21:32)
8. "Meet the Cheating Liver" (21:32)
9. "Meet the Loot" (21:32)
10. "Meet the Bucket List" (21:32)
11. "Meet the Racist" (21:32)
12. "Meet the Neelys" (21:32)
13. "Meet the Christmas Spirit" (21:32)
14. "Meet the Stepdaughter" (21:32)
15. "Meet the Baby" (21:32)
16. "Meet the Scholarship" (21:32)
17. "Meet the Boyfriend" (21:32)
18. "Meet the Secret Admirer" (21:32)
19. "Meet the Job Offer" (21:32)
20. "Meet the Big Wedding" (21:32)
Honestly, this is one of the first times where I've seen a packaging section where the section from the previous review could be completely recycled and used again with only one minor alteration. The set comes in a Viva case that is packaged inside of an outer cardboard sleeve. Both the case and the sleeve have the same artwork. The one and only minor alteration is that we have a different cast snapshot on this set, and a purple background. There is some brief information about the season, a few snapshots, and an episode listing on the back of the case. Inside, we have the three discs, which have the series logo imprinted on them and the episode numbers contained on the disc. Disc 1 contains episodes 1-6, Disc 2 contains episodes 7-13, and Disc 3 contains episodes 14-20.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus are just like the previous sets. The main menu has a cast snapshot with everybody sitting on the couch, with some video clips playing in the background. We also have the closing theme music playing here. The options on the main menu are Play All Episodes, Episode Selection, and Set Up. Episode Selection gives you a listing of the episodes on the disc (four per screen) with a small snapshot from each episode. Once you select an episode, it plays right away. There are chapters placed at all of the appropriate places. Selecting Set Up allows you to turn on the subtitles, and to toggle between the English 5.1 and English 2.0 audio track.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video and audio quality of these episodes is pretty good. You'd expect something of lower quality given the budget and hectic production schedule of the series, but most episodes look and sound great. Well, that is aside from that obnoxious constantly playing laugh-track. The episodes are presented in windscreen, with audio in Dolby Digital 5.1 or Dolby Digital 2.0 (your choice). English and Spanish subtitles are available, as well as closed-captioning.
Once again, there are no special features. Couldn't they have at least come up with some behind-the-scenes thing or an interview?
Honestly, this is just yet another boring, but functional, release of a series that everybody either loves or hates. This is one of those rare series where either you love the series or absolutely can't stand it. In all honesty, I fall in the latter category, but if I were a fan of this series, I would lament the lack of special features that these sets have had. It seems unfathomable that a series as recent as this one would have no special features.
All in all, if you are a fan of this series, you'll want to pick this up. If you've never seen it, you can check it out on TBS or on local TV stations (trust me, it airs quite a bit) to see if you like it, and then pick it up if you are satisfied. The set is very reasonably priced, so you won't necessarily lose out on buying this set.
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: 4/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 01/15/12
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