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The Jeffersons - The Complete Fourth Season


TITLE: THE JEFFERSONS - THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: October 11, 2005 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
Color/1977-78
MSRP: $29.95
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 26
Running Time: 646
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: Closed Captioned
Special Features: None.


Introduction:

It was a long wait between seasons two and three, but the wait between seasons three and four was much shorter! After 6 months of watching the third season we can finally move on to another season of George’s wackiness and Louise trying to settle things down. Join George, Weezie, Florence, Lionel, Jenny, Tom, Helen, and even Mother Jefferson for this wonderful season, so don’t be no jive turkey, child!


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Season four starts off with a one-hour premiere, but on the DVD it is broken up into two half hours. The premiere starts off with George getting a new office and some men hear about his wealth and kidnap Louise. Another episode, “The Visitors,” have Florence’s parents making a visit and driving George bananas. In “The Last Leaf,” is the marriage between George and Louise over? Louise thinks so. Is Lionel having an affair in “The Jefferson Curve?” A very special holiday episode has George looking back in “984 W. 124th Street, Apt. 5C.” Will George finally meet Mr. Whittendale in “George & Whitty?” An annoying and fresh Gary Coleman makes his way into the East Side as George’s nephew in “Uncle George and Aunt Louise.” Finally, the three-part episode that originally aired as a 90 minute episode is in three separate episodes as George and Louise are tied up by a burglar in “George & Louise in a Bind.”

Guest starring this season is Priscilla Morrill (“The Costume Party”), What’s Happening!!’s Thalmus Rasulala (“Florence Gets Lucky”), the well traveled Teddy Wilson (“George Needs Help”), and Diff’rent Strokes star Gary Coleman (“Uncle George & Aunt Louise”).


Packaging:

The packaging for this season is similar to the packaging used in the first three seasons. The same type of digipak is still used and there is still a picture of George and Louise on the cover with buildings in the background. This time, an overall orange blue scheme is used. The cover art has Louise eating breakfast and George watching with his hands on his cheeks. Little headshots of Florence, Tom, Helen, Jenny and Ralph the doorman are below that. The back of the box has two small photos and a synopsis of the show and this set.

When we take the case out of the box, we see the same cover used for the box. The back of the case has a very nice full color photo of George & Louise. When we open the case once more we get even more nice color photos, but smaller than the one from the back of the case. When we open the case again, we get four holders. The first holds The Jeffersons episode guide, which has a disc by disc breakdown and has episode title and synopsis. A Sony TV DVD catalog comes with it too. The next three holders hold the discs. A nice bluish skyline of New York is in the background of the holders. The discs themselves are very plain, but The Jeffersons font is used for the logo and everything else written on the discs. Disc one is blue and holds episodes 1-9, disc two is white and holds episodes 10-18 and disc three is blue and holds episodes 19-26.


The Jeffersons - Season 4 Menu The Jeffersons - Season 4 Menu

Menu Design and Navigation:

The menus for this set are very basic. A nice photo of Louise & George with options of Play All and Episode Selections. Disc three also has Previews. When the main menu comes up, we do NOT hear the Jeffersons theme this time! We heard the theme song from The Jeffersons on the last set, but why not this time? When we select episode selections, we get the title and a little photo from the episode. Menus are shown above.


Video and Audio Quality:

The episodes themselves are in great condition. Each episode runs about 25:15 minutes, and while there is no scene selection menu, each episode contains a chapter where each commercial break should be. In those days there would be only stoppage two times, one in the middle and one before the last scene. We get three chapter stops on this set. The video quality, while not perfect, is surprisingly good, like the previous set. The audio is obviously mono, but it is very clear and is not TOO low. So are the episodes unedited? All of them are except the three-part clip show “George & Louise in a Bind.” Originally it aired as a 90 minute episode, so it was cut up for syndication. Each part runs 22 minutes, much shorter than the usual 25 or so. The Season Premiere for some reason is not a one-hour episode as it originally aired but as two half hours, but nothing is cut out, so not to worry. If you hate clip shows, then you would not mind that the 90 minute episode is chopped up.


Special Features:

There are no special features in this set, other than the Previews, again! Since the first three seasons had nothing in terms of added value, I was not expecting anything anyway. Sony should have at least done a montage for the late Isabel Sanford.


Final Comments:

The set is on par with the first three seasons. Some little nitpicks here and there, such as no theme playing in the background in the menus and the chopped up clip show. Other than that, move on up to the East Side and you get finally get a piece of the pie!


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: 3.5/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 10/10/05

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