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That Girl - Season Four


TITLE: THAT GIRL - SEASON FOUR


Info:

DVD Release Date: August 12, 2008 (Shout! Factory)
Color/ 1969-70
MSRP: $39.98
Number of discs: 4
Number of episodes: 26
Running Time: 645 minutes
Total Runtime of Special Features: N/A
Languages and Subtitles: English; Closed-Captioned
Special Features: None


Introduction:

Hey, who is it that is coming to DVD? Is it that lady over there? No, I think it’s... That Girl. Season Four of That Girl brings 26 episodes of the 1969-1970 season of the sitcom starring Marlo Thomas to a four disc DVD set. Thomas plays Ann Marie, an aspiring actress trying to make it big in New York... but not quite making it every time. Ted Bessell plays her boyfriend Donald, and Lew Parker and Rosemary DeCamp play her parents. Will Ann Marie make it big this season?


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The season begins with Ann going undercover--to steal fashion designs--in the two-part episode “Mission Improbable.” Ann is out to prove that she too can be a chicken in “Nobody Here But Us Chickens.” Ann experiences some hearing loss in “Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow.” Ann gets her chance to be on Broadway, except she is stuck at the airport, in the episodes “The Snow Must Go On” and “Write is Wrong.” Could Donald lave Ann to go to Paris? Find out in “Kiss That Girl Goodbye.”

You can find out what happens when you overheat a lemon tree in “I Am a Curious Lemon.” Ann relives her days as a meter maid in “That Meter Maid.” Ann and Donald are going to Vermont in the episodes “Fly By Night” and “Ugh, Wilderness,” but how will they handle their plane going down? Ann finds a grocery list from a stock broker and thinks that those are the stocks he is going to buy in “Stocks and the Single Girl.” Hal Williams plays a small role in “Gone-A-Courtin’.” In “Easy Faller,” Don shows Ann how to ski, in her apartment, and has a little accident.


Packaging:

The packaging is pretty basic and similar to the previous sets. The cover of the outer box features Ann doing her wave, with the glove on, and the back of the outer box has basic information about the season. Inside, there is a three panel digipak holding the discs. The disc artwork is pretty simple, with a drawing of Ann. On the back of one of the panels, you’ll find a listing of all of the episodes with original airdates. Disc 1 contains episodes 1-6, Disc 2 contains episodes 7-13, Disc 3 contains episodes 14-19, and Disc 4 contains episodes 20-26.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menus on the set are very basic, but also very nice and functional. The main menu has part of the theme song playing, and then you are presented with options of Play All and The Episodes. Play All, as one would expect, plays all of the episodes. Selecting The Episodes will take you to a secondary menu that lists all of the episodes on the disc, and from there you simply select the episode and it plays. There are no scene selection menus on the set at all, but chapters are placed at all of the appropriate places within each episode.


Video and Audio Quality:

There is a wide range of what one can expect as far as quality for a series this old, but this set is a pleasant surprise, as the video and audio quality are as good as, if not better than, my expectations. Of course, there are some minor signs of age, mostly with grain and issues like that, but it is nothing major. The audio is fine, being presented in mono with closed-captioning being available. It seems that the episodes are unedited, with each running around 24 to 25 minutes. Runtimes for each episode are as follows:

Disc 1:
Mission Improbable, Part 1 (24:43)
Mission Improbable, Part 2 (24:16)
My Part Belongs to Daddy (24:49)
Nobody Here But Us Chickens (24:44)
At the Drop of a Budget (24:45)
Hearing Today, Gone Tomorrow (25:18)

Disc 2:
The Snow Must Go On, Part 1 (24:49)
Write is Wrong, Part 2 (25:21)
Shake Hands and Come Out Acting (25:15)
Fix My Screen and Bug Out (25:17)
Kiss That Girl Goodbye (24:46)
She Didn’t Have the Vegas Notion, Part 1 (24:47)
She Didn’t Have the Vegas Notion, Part 2 (24:18)

Disc 3:
I Am a Curious Lemon (24:55)
Ten Percent of Nothing is Nothing (25:16)
Opening Night (25:14)
That Meter Maid (25:20)
Fly By Night, Part 1 (23:17)
Ugh, Wilderness, Part 2 (25:31)

Disc 4:
Stocks and the Single Girl (24:43)
The Night They Raided Daddy’s (23:36)
The Reunion (24:26)
Gone-A-Courtin’ (24:45)
They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They? (25:20)
Easy Faller (24:43)
All’s Well That Ends (25:15)


Special Features:

This set has no special features, at all. The previous three sets had some nice special features, but nothing was included this time. More commentaries would have been nice, or at least some original promos.


Final Comments:

This is a fine DVD set; it is just too bad it is also a barebones set. But just because it isn’t loaded with special features as the previous seasons have been, the episodes still look and sound great, and are very enjoyable episodes to watch. I had only somewhat watched this series before receiving the DVDs, and found that many of the episodes were much more enjoyable than I could have imagined them being. The type of comedy found in the series is much different from many sitcoms, but that makes it even more fun to watch. So, who do I think you should watch? I say you should watch... That Girl!


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 07/15/08

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