TITLE: MARTIN - THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON
DVD Release Date: April 1, 2008 (HBO Video)
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 27
Running Time: Approx. 600 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; English, Spanish, and French subtitles; Closed-Captioned.
Special Features: None
Martin Lawrence IS the man, and he is back on DVD in The Complete Fourth Season of Martin, coming soon to DVD! The series was a staple of the FOX lineup in the ‘90s and a hit for comedian Martin Lawrence. No longer unwed, Martin and Gina are prepared to begin their new life together as a married couple in this season. Will they live happily ever after or will the typical antics of Martin and his friends create even more laughter? You can only find out by watching!
The show stars Martin Lawrence as Martin Payne, Tisha Campbell as Gina Waters, Tichina Arnold as Pamela James, Thomas Mikal Ford as Tommy Strawn, and Carl Anthony Payne II as Cole Brown.
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
The newlywed couple gets off to a rocky start when Martin goes out to party and Gina stays home in “Martin in the Corner Pocket.” The Notorious B.I.G. guest stars in “Blow, Baby, Blow.” Martin takes off his wedding ring (and promptly loses it) in “Ring a Ding, Ding, Ding Gone.” Cole may just have a new girlfriend in “He Say She Say,” and she may be America’s most wanted too.
Gina gets fired and starts spending time at home--waaaay too much time at home--in “Old School Loving.” Marla Gibbs may just be the perfect maid for Martin and Gina... or not... in “Housekeeper from Hell.” Gina gets her head stuck in the headboard of the bed while making love to Martin in “Headin’ for Trouble.”
Martin and Gina may have found the perfect place to live in “Kicked to the Curb,” but what will happen when the deal falls through? Chris Rock guest stars in “The Love Jones Connection.” Salt-n-Pepa and Halle Berry guest star in “Where the Party At.” Martin and Gina are in a special “urban” version of Romeo and Juliet in “Homeo and Juliet.” Martin gets to have lots of fun at the DMV in “D.M.V. Blues.” The season ends with the two-part episode “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” where Martin and Tommy get into a fight--and find out what friendship is all about.
The packaging is pretty simple, with the cover art having Martin and Gina on it and a foldover case inside the box. It is a very basic case, with each side holding two discs. The back of the case lists all of the episodes that are contained on each discs. Additionally, inside the case, you’ll find a listing of writers and directors behind the discs. Disc 1 has a photo of Martin on it, Disc 2 has a photo of Gina, Disc 3 has a photo of Shenehneh, and Disc 4 has another picture of Martin. Each disc contains seven episodes, except for Disc 4, which contains only six episodes.
Menu Design and Navigation:
There really isn’t much to the menus. Basically, the main menu on each disc has the theme music and videos from the episodes playing, with options of Episode Index and Language Selection. A Play All option can be found on the Episode Index menu. There are chapters placed within every episode. The runtimes of the episodes are very consistent, with the first ten episodes running at (exactly) 22:30 and the remaining episodes running at 22:14, give or take a second occasionally.
Video and Audio Quality:
The episodes generally look and sound fine. The episodes do show some MINOR aging, but it isn’t bad enough to interfere with the viewing experience of the episodes. For example, the picture did seem SLIGHTLY blurry on a few of the episodes, and also, there is always that issue of the audio being a bit low (a problem that seems to be evident on many series on DVD), but unless you really want to nitpick, you probably won’t notice or care. All of the episodes are closed-captioned for those that require closed captioning.
There aren’t any special features on the set at all. Interviews or commentaries would be appropriate for this, and bloopers would be VERY appropriate. Well we know Martin Lawrence and Tisha Campbell wouldn’t appear together in interviews or do commentaries together, since the two still don’t supposedly speak to each other after the sexual harassment suit Campbell gave Lawrence during the show’s fifth season. We will have more on that on the last season DVD review when it comes out.
We basically have a great set of episodes here, it is only too bad that this is a barebones set! Still, any fan that wants the series for what it is--episodes that (at least as far as I can tell) are unedited and look and sound fine--will be happy with this set. It would be nice if they could include some special features on the next set, which will be the last season, but for now, just get all of your homies together and enjoy a night of Martin!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 03/23/08
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