TITLE: ACCORDING TO JIM - THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON
Release Date: July 5, 2011 (Lionsgate/ABC Studios)
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 27
Running Time: 594 minutes
Running Time of Features: approx. 25 minutes
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital
Subtitles and Captioning: No subtitles, Closed-Captioned.
* Season 4 According to Jim - Featurette
* According to Kids - Featurette
Well, well, well, that was fast! According to Jim is back on DVD two months later, this time with season four! Keep the laughs coming with According to Jim season four, on DVD for the very first time! Continue your collection of this unforgettable Primetime Emmy-nominated comedy starring Jim Belushi as an abrasive, but loveable father, and Courtney Thorne-Smith as his gorgeous and feisty wife. Lionsgate presents all 27 episodes from this solid fourth season where the series continued ratings highs on Tuesday nights at 9pm on ABC in 2004-05.
The series stars Jim Belushi as Jim, Courtney Thorne-Smith as Cheryl, Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Dana, Larry Joe Campbell as Andy, Taylor Atelian as Ruby, Billi Bruno as Gracie, and joining the cast is Connor Rayburn as Kyle.
This season continued the solid ratings for ABC on Tuesday nights at 9pm. It did very well on Tuesday nights this season, winning its timeslot in the fall. Like season three, it anchored the night at 9pm, even with My Wife & Kids and George Lopez moving to Tuesdays at 8pm this season. The series did so well again that ABC ordered 27 episodes (they ordered 29 the previous season). Among the episodes this season is the season premiere “A Hole In One” when Cheryl wants Jim to give up his vices so he can get her pregnant, but Jim scores a hole in one in golfing and celebrates with beer and cigars and trades Andy's sample so that Cheryl doesn't figure out his sperm count is low. In one of the best episodes of the series, “The Grill,” Jim offers to give Andy an old barbecue grill, then decides Andy should pay for it. In “Dress to Kill Me,” Kyle wants to be Cinderella for Halloween, but of course Jim is against it because he thinks he's growing up to be a sissy, so Jim buys Kyle a manly costume (a dinosaur) but Kyle changes back into the dress. In “The Hunters,” to prove his worth as a man, Jim, along with Andy, hunt a turkey for Thanksgiving, but on the hunt Jim is pursued, and shot, by a legendary 40- lb. psychotic bird christened "Angry Pete." In the hilarious episode “Sympathy from the Devlins,” Jim befriends his obnoxious neighbors when he believes they bring good luck when he's watching the Chicago Bulls. In “Guess Who’s Cooking Your Dinner,” Cheryl cooks dinner for Dana and her boyfriend, Ryan, and lets him believe that Dana actually did the cooking.
In “The Wedding Dress,” when Cheryl offers Dana the use of her wedding gown, Jim and Andy try to cover up the fact that the dress was destroyed in a fiery sports celebration years ago. In “Spelling Bee,” Jim's pride in Gracie's new-found spelling-bee aptitude quickly turns to dismay when he has to drive her to tournaments all over the state. In “The Bachelorette Party,” when Cheryl's prim and proper bachelorette party disappoints Dana, Jim and Andy treat Dana to a rowdy night she'll never forget but now will she make it to the wedding? In “The Scrapbook,” this was a special half-hour retrospective episode after the 100th episode that takes a look at Cheryl and Jim's botched anniversary moments from years past. In “Wedding Bell Blues,” on Dana's wedding day, Jim accidentally knocks the family's favorite reverend unconscious with the car door, so he has to scramble to find a replacement preacher at the last minute, on the season finale.
Guest starring this season are Robert Belushi, Tom Arnold, Tim Bagley, Cynthia Stevenson, Suzy Nakumura, Tim Kazurinsky, Kathleen Noone, Willie Amakye, the voice of Dave Coulier and Mitch Rouse as Ryan, Dana’s boyfriend. Here are the runtimes for each episode and disc-by-disc breakdown, which includes two episodes that were supersized episodes on ABC running 28 minutes (in a 40 minute slot):
“A Hole In One” (21:14)
“The Effort” (21:31)
“The Grill” (21:36)
“The Barbecue Door” (21:36)
“Dress To Kill Me” (21:36)
“Father-Daughter Dance” (21:16)
“Plot Twist” (21:36)
“The Hunters” (21:36)
“Poking the Bear” (21:36)
“Stalking Santa” (21:36)
“Sympathy from the Devlins” (21:26)
“The Nanny-Cam” (21:01)
“The Jealous Husband” (21:31)
“A Crying Shame” (21:36)
“Guess Who’s Cooking Your Dinner?” (21:36)
“The Wedding Dress” (28:07) * supersized episode on ABC
“The Mustache” (21:33)
“Shall We Dance?” (21:36)
“Take My Wife, Please” (21:36)
“Spelling Bee” (21:36)
“Kentucky Fried Betlzman” (21:36)
“The Clock” (21:31)
“The Competition” (21:36)
“The Bachelorette Party” (21:31)
“Geronimo Jim” (21:21)
“The Scrapbook” (21:26)
“Wedding Bell Blues” (28:07) * supersized episode on ABC
The packaging for this set is a simple keep case, like seasons two and three. Season 1 had an outer box with a digipak case inside. The front of this set has a shot the entire cast underneath a red/orange umbrella. The color scheme is blue and red. The show logo also appears, with The Complete Fourth Season line on the top and Comedy Begins at Home on the bottom. The back has a shot of Jim & Cheryl with blue paint. Also on the back of course is a description of the series and set, along with a list of special features.
Inside the case we do NOT have a listing of the episodes again for the third straight set. In fact, it is pretty bland again, with no artwork on the panels. Once again, we have two disc holders that flip like a book. It is very good and works best because we get one disc on each side, so no overlapping occurs! As for disc art, each disc has the same artwork as the cover art with a sky blue background but the color of the umbrella changes on each disc. Disc one has a red/orange umbrella with episodes 1-7. Disc two has a yellow umbrella with episodes 8-14. Disc three has a purple umbrella with episodes 15-21. Disc four has an orange umbrella with episodes 22-27 & the special features.
Menu Design and Navigation:
We start off the menu with the theme (a long version) playing and we then go to the main menu, like the last two sets. The main menu has the same artwork as the cover art, once again. The menu options are Play All, Episode Selection, Audio Set Up, and Special Features (disc four only). Play All obviously just plays them all at once on that particular disc. Episode Selection takes us to another menu where we see each episode listed with episode titles. In Audio Set Up, we can either choose English 5.1 Dolby Digital or Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital. There are no subtitles, but we have closed-captioning. And obviously Special Features lists the extras, which we will get to in that section. This section is also consistent with the previous two sets...consistency is good. Nothing is different.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video is in its original widescreen form (16x9, 1.78:1)! That is very good to hear, a good job by Lionsgate and good job by ABC Studios for providing it to them. So that means, the video is widescreen again and not full screen. Also, if you have a DVD player that upconverts to HD, this set looks very good! The audio is in a nice Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio...so nothing to complain about here. Each episode has about 4 chapter stops once again. The only tidbit I can give you here is that “The Wedding Dress” and “Wedding Bell Blues” was extended on ABC and ran from 9:20-10pm, and we get those extended episodes on this set!
We have some good special features again! Though, I wish we had audio commentary again on here though, as Jim Belushi and Larry Joe Campbell were awesome to listen to on the previous sets. Anyway, the extras are all on disc four and heavily feature Jim Belushi once again. The first one is “Season Four According to Jim” (11:25) and is exactly what the title says. Basically Jim is talking about this fourth season. He gives great information and details. Like the last set, this was recorded recently as he is not on the set. He goes into detail about the episodes, the ratings, and so much more. He really enjoyed his time on this show and it tells just by looking at his face. The next extra is very cool is titled “According to Kids” (13:15) and features interviews with the entire cast! Interviewed are Jim Belushi, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Larry Joe Campbell, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, and the kids Taylor Atelian, Billi Bruno, and Conner Rayburn. These interviews seem like were shot during the series finale during season eight, which was two years ago. Only the Belushi interview here is newer it seems. Anyway, on this it is all about the kids! We learn about Connor Rayburn joining the cast as Kyle and why they made the character of Kyle older this season. We even see the kids at school on set!
This was a decent set again. It is very consistent to the seasons two and three sets, but my only gripe once again was we didn’t have those fun Jim & Larry audio commentaries. I think the fourth season is one of my favorite seasons and is right up there with the second and third seasons. As I said last time, the first 4-5 seasons of this show were very fun and people have forgotten that. Ratings proved that this was a hit in those years. I recommend you get this set because it is funny and relatable. We need shows like this on the air. Why would people want to make fun of something that is pretty real, as it seems According to Jim always gets knocked in the media from people who have never watched an episode or sampled a few minutes? Hopefully we won’t have to wait long for the fifth season on DVD and it will be out in a few months. The last three seasons were not as good as the first five, but I hope we get them all on DVD! Dana’s hearing wedding bells, but you should be hearing a bell to buy this set first! Click below!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 2/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
-- Reviewed by Pavan on 07/04/11
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