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King of the Hill - The Complete Fourth Season



DVD Release Date: May 3, 2005 (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)
MSRP: $39.98
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 576 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: N/A
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English and Spanish audio and subtitles; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: None.


Yeeeeee haw!!! After a long wait between the second and third seasons, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is wasting no time in releasing The Complete Fourth Season of King of the Hill! This is a DVD set that contains 24 episodes full of laughs, rednecks, lawnmowers, propane, and chicken fried steak, I tell you what.

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

In the fourth season, Hank must help Connie get through her first period when Mihn and Kahn are in Hawaii in "Aisle 8A." We get to meet Bill's cousins (played by the Dixie Chicks) as well as see a special guest appearance by Don Meredith in "A Beer Can Named Desire." Drew Carey plays a man that is almost exactly like Hank (and becomes Hank's friend, making Bill and Dale jealous) in "Not in My Back Hoe." The Hill family enters the new millenium in "Hillenium." Hank smokes a joint and becomes a murder suspect (although he is more worried about smoking the joint) in "Hanky Panky" and "High Anxiety." Peggy accuses Randy Travis of stealing a song that she wrote in "Peggy's Fan Fair." And if that isn't enough guest stars for you, you can also hear guest voices from Clint Black, Meryl Streep, Heather Locklear, Reese Witherspoon, Andy Dick, Teri Garr, Sydney Pollack, Vince Gill, Charlie Daniels, Tony Danza, Martina McBride, and Wynonna Judd, among many others!

"Peggy Hill: Decline and Fall" is another great episode in this set, but it is a two part episode, and if you want to see the first part, you'll need to pick up The Complete Third Season (don't worry, that is a great set too!). I'm sure that packaging the DVDs this way allows more sets to sell, but it would be MUCH more convenient if the season cliffhangers would be included on a single set, regardless of which season they actually aired (for example, it would have been more convenient if this episode had been included in the third season set).


The same type of packaging that was used for The Complete Third Season was used once again for this season. In fact, except for some changes in artwork on this set, there really isn't much change in how this set is put together. Once again, we have three plastic snap cases, each containing one disc. The discs are (again) two-sided discs, and each side of each disc contains exactly four episodes. Honestly, I don't like the two-sided format, as it means having to change sides constantly (which doesn't help especially since my DVD player is slow to load discs). One the back of the case for each disc, a description of each episode on that disc is included.

Menu Design and Navigation:

The Main Menu screens on this set are actually very nice. On the top of the screen, short video clips from each episode on that side of that particular disc are playing. At the bottom of the screen, the options on each disc are Play All, Episode Selection, and Languages. All of these options are pretty much self-explanatory. The Episode Selection menu is almost exactly like the Episode Selection menu in The Complete Third Season, where a description of the episode pops up when you move up and down the episode list. It is a nice feature in a way, but it is also a bit time consuming. There is no scene selection menu, but there are chapter stops, which you can use with your remote.

Video and Audio Quality:

The audio and video qualities on this set were very good, and almost flawless. The audio may have been a little bit low, but it is nothing significant to be concerned with. The audio is presented in Dolby Surround Sound. The video quality on this set is also pretty good, but I did have a little bit of trouble with Disc 2, Side 2. At a few points (though not too many, maybe about six or so on that side of that disc), the picture would tend to freeze for about a second or two on my DVD player. Even looking at the disc physically, I could see that there were MANY imperfections on that side of that disc, so I'm assuming that I just received a bad Disc 2. I am assuming this was just a problem with my set, and you probably will not have such problems with your set. Each episode has a running time of approximately 22 minutes and 30 seconds, which is (believe it or not) about a minute longer than syndicated reruns are these days (they are now running at around 21:30).

Special Features:

Once again, no special features. No commentaries, no "behind the scenes" animation, no promotional stuff, not even any trailers for other 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment products. Although special features were included on the first two King of the Hill releases, Fox appears to have abandoned them for all future releases. I can only hope I'm wrong about that.

Final Comments:

Once again, another great set has been produced--although still no special features! Fans should probably appreciate that the series is actually being released on DVD though, as there was a short period in time where it appeared that the series was on the verge of being abandoned for DVD releases. It would be nice to see the two-sided discs abandoned and replaced with the typical dual layer discs that many other TV-on-DVD releases receive as well. So head on down to the Mega Lo Mart (or head on down to the link provided in this review) and pick up this set!

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Video Quality: 4/5 (this does not take into account the "flawed" disc I had)
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: N/A
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 04/22/2005.

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