TITLE: UGLY BETTY - THE COMPLETE FOURTH AND FINAL SEASON
DVD Release Date: August 17, 2010 (ABC Studios)
Color / 2009-10
Packaging: Keep case with outer box
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 20
Running Time: approx. 860 minutes
Subtitles and Captioning: English, French, Espanol & Chinese Subtitles; No Closed Captioning.
Special Features: Ugly Betty Start Kit, 10 Deleted Scenes, 4 episodes of Mode After Hours, Audio Commentary, “Betty Bloops” and “Betty Goes Bahamas”
It’s time to complete your Ugly Betty DVD collection with the fourth & final season from ABC Studios! Catch all 20 episodes from the final season of Ugly Betty on a fun four-disc set. It’s the most inspiring and surprising season ever, as Betty blossoms out of being an “ugly duckling” but never loses her unique spirit that makes her special.
Ugly Betty stars America Ferrera as Betty Suarez, Eric Mabius as Daniel Meade, Vanessa Williams as Wilhelmina Slater, Becki Newton as Amanda, Michael Urie as Marc, Tony Plana as Ignacio Suarez, Ana Ortiz as Hilda Suarez, Mark Indelicato as Justin Suarez, with Judith Light as Claire Meade, and Daniel Eric Gold as Matt Hartley. Recurring are Alec Mapa as Suzuki St. Pierre, Grant Bowler as Connor Owens, Ralph Macchio as Archie Rodriguez and Adam Rodriguez as Bobby.
Season four has a lot of memorable episodes and really was the best since season one. In the two-part season premiere “The Butterfly Effect,” Betty finds that everything is changing as she begins her new job as associate features editor, especially since her boss is her ex-boyfriend, Matt Hartley, who is still unhappy about their breakup. In “Blue on Blue,” Daniel begins to attend a bereavement group, where he meets Natalie (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), a sexy girl who takes him out for an interesting night on the town, and Wilhelmina flies to Bermuda when she learns Connor may be there. In “Backseat Betty,” Hilda's bad boy high school flame and Betty's schoolgirl crush, Bobby Talercio (Adam Rodriguez), teaches at Justin's school, causing the sisters to both doubt their feelings for "nice guys." In “Level (7) With Me,” Daniel lets the leaders from the Community of the Phoenix to take over and control Mode, and Bennett's promises on Daniel's reuniting with his dead wife prompt Betty to action. In “The Bahamas Triangle,” in the steamy Bahamas, the love triangle between Betty, Matt and Amanda explodes, and romantic pairings abound and things should be dreamy at the Atlantis resort, where even Shakira (portraying herself) is staying. In the hilarious episode “Be-Shure,” against the backdrop of Ignacio's multi-cultural holiday dinner that he prepares for his new flame Jean (Faith Prince), who is Jewish, Betty and Hilda have pregnancy scares. In “Blackout!,” Betty tries to be neighborly by planning a karaoke party in her apartment building, but before the big day, her building is robbed, and it's partly her fault. In “Million Dollar Smile,” Betty is thrilled to get her braces off, courtesy of her chatty new orthodontist, Dr. Frankel (Kathy Najimy). And the final three episodes are a must see: “London Calling,” “The Past the Presents Future,” and “Hello Goodbye.” You’ll have to watch to see what happens!
In addition to the recurring cast, guest starring (some for multiple episodes) are Yaya DaCosta as Nico Slater, David Rasche as Calvin Hartley, Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Natalie, Derek Dylan Baker as Bennett Wallis, Matt Newton as Troy, Kristen Johnston as Helen, Neal Bledsoe as Tyler, and Ryan McGinnis as Austin. And special guests are Christopher Gorham as Henry Grubstick, Freddy Rodriguez as Gio Rossi, Ashley Jensen as Christina, Shakira, Chris Williams, RuPaul, Christine Brinkley, Fisher Stevens, Carol Kane, Brooklyn Decker, Carlos Leon, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Christine Ebersole, Rich Sommer, Aaron Tveit, and Kathy Najimy.
Moreover, the episodes are unedited at just about 43 minutes or so with a few a minute or so below that. Episode runtimes are as follows:
1. “The Butterfly Effect, Part 1” 43:03
2. “The Butterfly Effect, Part 2” 42:36
3. “Blue on Blue” 42:57
4. “The Weiner, The Bun, and The Boob” 42:21
5. “Plus None” 43:00
6. “Backseat Betty” 42:56
7. “Level (7) With Me” 42:46
8. “The Bahamas Triangle” 42:58
9. “Be-Shure” 43:05
10. “The Passion of the Betty” 43:02
11. “Back in Her Place” 42:38
12. “Blackout!” 42:54
13. “Chica and the Man” 43:02
14. “Smokin’ Hot” 43:04
15. “Fire and Nice” 42:44
16. “All the World’s A Stage” 42:37
17. “Million Dollar Smile” 42:56
18. “London Calling” 43:04
19. “The Past Presents the Future” 42:58
20. “Hello Goodbye” 43:02
The packaging is an outer box with a keep case inside. The box art has a nice before and after look at Betty, as she goes “from poncho to honcho.” The color scheme is lime green/fire orange. Above the pictures it says Ugly Betty - The Complete Fourth and Final Season. And below the Betty pictures we have the phrase, “From Poncho To Honcho.” The back of the box has a nice synopsis of the show and set, with a nice cast photo of the nine main stars. In addition, there is a purple box listing all the bonus features for this set along with technical specs. Then we get to the keep case. Both the front and back has the same artwork as the outer box. I still don’t see a purpose to the outer box, our fellow reviewer Skees53 says it is for protection, but I don’t think the case needs protection.
When we open the case, we get nice promotional photos on both the left and right panels. Once again we don’t get an episode booklet, but the episodes and bonus featured are listed on the panels alongside the nice artwork. The discs this time are in two little plastic holders that we can flip back and forth like a page in a book. Discs one and two are on the first holder, with each disc on one side. And discs three and four are on the second plastic holder. Disc one has artwork of butterfly with a sky blue background and holds episodes 1-5. Disc two has artwork of a Mode chair with a fire orange background and holds episodes 6-10. Disc three has artwork of Betty’s Guadalajara poncho with a maroon red background and holds episodes 11-15. Disc four has artwork of two mannequins with one holding a dress in a lime green background and holds episodes 16-20. Each disc has some bonus features, so they are spread out nicely.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menu screen is very high-quality like most ABC Studios sets. Similar to the last set a bit, video images are playing in the Mode circle and have background music playing in the background. The options for the main menu are: Play All, Episode Selection, Bonus Features, Set Up and Sneak Peeks. There are auto sneak peeks on disc one before the main menu starts of DVDs for ABC on DVD, Scrubs Season 9, Cougar Town Season 1 and The Last Song. Set Up menu has where you can have subtitles on or off (in English, French, Spanish or Chinese) along with how to register your DVD. Episode Selection menu has a screenshot from the episode along with the number and title of the episode, and then you can select which one you want to view. Details on the Bonus Features will be in the extras section, as they are just listed in text on the menus. Sneak Peeks is just on disc four with trailers for You Again, Castle Season 2 DVD, Desperate Housewives Season 6, Grey’s Anatomy Season 6, Brothers & Sisters Season 4, Private Practice Season 3 and ABC: Great Stories promo. Each submenu has a different track from the nice sounding soundtrack! About 7 or 8 chapter stops are available for each episode and the show is in widescreen, of course.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video and audio are both excellent, as it should be since this season just finished this past April. The video is in widescreen as I mentioned earlier. Audio is perfect in Dolby Digital Surround Sound. I have no complaints whatsoever...new series from 2000 and on should have no video/audio defects at all, or it is a total failure by the company. It is perfect on here however, as it should be. There are 7-8 chapter stops, which I again mentioned in the last section. So we have nothing to be worried about here, because it is near perfection.
We don’t have as many special features as the previous set. However they are spread out nicely on all of the discs once again. First up on disc one, we have 2 deleted scenes running 1:01 and 0:20. It doesn’t indicate from which episode these are from. The Cougar Town DVD releasing on this date has episode titles for the deleted scenes. Oh well. Disc two has three more deleted scenes running 0:51, 0:43, and 0:23. On disc three, we have webisodes of “Mode After Hours” just like how we had them on the previous set. These have Marc and Amanda at Mode when everyone is gone. My they are funny and have great chemistry together! We have four of them on this disc running 3:33, 3:24, 5:15, and 3:37. Then we have two more deleted scenes that run 1:04 and 0:30. On disc four, we have an audio commentary track for the episode “All the World’s A Stage” with Michael Urie and Mark Indelicato in this historical episode. We also have three more deleted scenes that run 1:11, 1:45, and 0:43. I wish they would say from what episode. Maybe if I hit Play All there was a title tag? I should try that.
We have some “Betty Bloops” that run 6:30, a bit shorter than the last set, but still good. See all the flubs and outtakes! And finally we have “Betty Goes Bahamas” (8:28) where the cast and crew explore all the things to do in the Bahamas with Michael Urie and Becki Newton leading the way. This is very cool as we see how much the cast got along. I just wish it was longer.
This is indeed a great set, but probably not as good as the third season set. I think the episodes are better though than season three. The extras are great but the quantity was reduced it seems. Maybe it is because the series is now over? I don’t know, but whatever the reason was, I was a bit disappointed. The Newton and Urie Mode After Hours and Betty Goes Bahamas features were genius, though. I wish we had more than one episode with audio commentary. Be sure to pick up this set on Aug. 17 and if you have to catch up, watch it because it is a wrap for the series with a good ending! We will miss you, Betty!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 2.5/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by Pavan on 08/13/10
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