TITLE: ROSEANNE - THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON
DVD Release Date: June 27, 2006 (Anchor Bay Home Entertainment)
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 25
Running Time: approx. 583 minutes
Run time of Special Features: approx. 15 minutes (not
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; No
subtitles; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: Lecy Goranson/Michael Fischman
interview, Roseanne interview and video commentary by
Roseanne on two episodes.
Season Four of Roseanne aired on ABC from 1991-1992.
"ROSEANNE" starred Roseanne as Roseanne Conner, a take
charge but protective and loving mother. John Goodman
plays her hardworking husband, Dan Conner. Laurie
Metcalf plays her unlucky in love sister, Jackie
Harris. Lecy Goranson is Becky Conner, the blonde boy
crazy oldest child, Sara Gilbert is the angsty
teenager Darlene and Michael Fischman is the sarcastic
DJ, the youngest of the family.
This season sees the Conners going through more real
issues, such as Darlene turning to black, Jackie
becoming a trucker, Dan and Roseanne running the bike
shop, Becky going on birth control, as well as friends
getting married -- and pregnant, a trip to Las Vegas
to see Wayne Newton! You’ll find all that and more in
another hilarious season of ROSEANNE.
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
Some memorable episodes include: "A Bitter Pill to
Swallow" in which Becky goes on the dreaded pill. "Why
Jackie Becomes a Trucker" in which Jackie has a
shocking one night stand with Arnie. "Tolerate Thy
Neighbor" in which Roseanne witnesses their rich
neighbors being robbed and thinks it is for charity.
"Vegas" and "Vegas Vegas" in which Roseanne, Dan,
Nancy and Arnie go to Las Vegas and Roseanne makes a
huge scene in front of Wayne Newton. "Thanksgiving
1991" in which Jackie and Roseanne are shocked to
discover their father has been having an affair.
"Kansas City Here We Come" in which Roseanne and
Jackie meet their father's mistress. "Santa Clause" in
which Roseanne discovers Darlene's new friend is a
married book-store owner with a husband and a five
year old son. "Bingo" in which Roseanne becomes
addicted to Bingo. "This Old House" in which Jackie
and Roseanne say goodbye to their childhood home
before it's demolition. "Deliverance" in which Dan is
stuck as Crystal's coach when she goes into labor
while Roseanne's at work. And, "Don't Make Me Over" is
the one where Becky and Darlene give Roseanne a full
makeover for Mothers Day but they have an ulterior
motive for their generous gift.
Memorable guest stars this season include Tom Arnold,
Shelley Winters, Sandra Bernhard, Estelle Parsons,
Glenn Quinn, Johnny Galecki, Martin Mull, Wayne
Newton, David Crosby, Natalie West, Bonnie Sheridan,
George Clooney, Bob Hope, Rick Dees and Neil Patrick
Once again, the packaging remains consistent with the
first three releases. It has a blue striped background
(like rays from a sun) and features a large cutout
picture of Roseanne and Dan. And again, I should point
out, like last season, this season features the wrong
cover art. The picture is clearly from Season 1 or
Season 2. I'm not sure why they keep using different
pictures from other seasons. The "Roseanne" logo is
present and screen shots from the fourth season are
shown underneath. Inside the box are individual cases
that include the four discs available for this set.
The individual cases feature a similar design to the
main art, but there are screen shots all over the
covers taken from episodes in Season 4. The back of
each case has a single sentence episode description
and title. The inside, again, boasts some trivia
questions. As for the discs, all four are blue in
color. Disc 1 features Roseanne, Disc 2 features Dan,
Disc 3 features Roseanne and Jackie and Disc 4
features the entire family (minus Becky). And I should
point out that discs 3 and 4 seem to feature cast
pictures NOT from the fourth season ... again.
The first case holds Discs One and Two and Disc One
has episodes 1-6 while Disc Two has episodes 7-12. The
second case holds disc three and four, and Disc 3 has
episodes 13-19 on it while Disc 4 has episodes 20-25
as well as all of the bonus features available on the
Menu Design and Navigation:
And just like Seasons 1-3, the menu looks exactly like
the main cover art. The picture of Roseanne and Dan is
there, the background is the same and the logo is now
on top and has a scrolling set of pictures. The season
four theme music plays in the background and when it's
done, it loops (the music only plays during the main
menu). On each disc there is an "Episodes" selection
and a "Play All" selection. The "Episodes" selection
takes you to another screen that lists the episodes on
that disc. It looks exactly like the actual disc.
What's nice about when you select an episode to watch,
it takes you to yet another screen and displays a
longer description of the episode than what the box
offers. You can then play the episode.
And just to point out, for the video commentary, you
can select the episode either with it or without it
(so that episode is listed twice, once without
commentary and once with commentary).
Video and Audio Quality:
The video this go around seems to be even better. The
colors are more vibrant, there's no obvious
grain--very, very good. The audio as well is quite
good and seems to have improved from prior releases.
The episodes themselves appear to again be uncut. Each
episode runs 22 to 23 minutes in length, which is the
norm for an episode from 1991/1992.
- Video Commentary by Roseanne
Where to begin with this! I was absolutely thrilled to
see VIDEO commentary! Yes, video commentary! You
actually see Roseanne in a little picture-in-picture
style box as she does commentary. I've always wanted
to see this and it works so well. It's a bit jarring
at first, but it's great! Roseanne gives lots of
little tidbits. It's clear she loved that show. She's
funny, but at times seems almost dazed at the show.
These two commentaries, found on "Trick Me Up, Trick
Me Down" and "Thanksgiving 1991" were absolutely
fantastic and I hope to see more of that!
- New Roseanne Interview: "Life Imitating Art, Life
Imitating Roseanne" (approx. 5:35 minutes)
It's a brand new interview with the domestic goddess
herself ... Roseanne! She discusses how the show hit
it's stride in the fourth season and talks about how
she incorporated some real life family issues into the
show to make it as realistic as possible.
- Interview with Lecy Goranson and Michael Fischman
(approx. 9:50 minutes)
A dual interview (they aren't together but its one
long segment) in which both now grown actors reflect
on working with Roseanne as well as John Goodman.
I come away, as usual, very impressed. Anchor Bay
really puts a lot of time and effort into their
releases and it shows. The special features are what
make this set. The interviews with the actors are
absolutely fantastic and they always give such
insight. And of course I have to mention the video
commentary, which I thought was just awesome. I've
wanted to see that for a long time and I finally did.
I hope to see that idea used for other releases, and
not just of "Roseanne." Overall, it was another
fantastic release and I cannot wait for Season 5 this
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 4.5/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 05/24/06
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