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Roseanne - The Complete Fourth Season



DVD Release Date: June 27, 2006 (Anchor Bay Home Entertainment)
MSRP: $39.98
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 25
Running Time: approx. 583 minutes
Run time of Special Features: approx. 15 minutes (not counting commentary)
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; No subtitles; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: Lecy Goranson/Michael Fischman interview, Roseanne interview and video commentary by Roseanne on two episodes.


Season Four of Roseanne aired on ABC from 1991-1992. "ROSEANNE" starred Roseanne as Roseanne Conner, a take charge but protective and loving mother. John Goodman plays her hardworking husband, Dan Conner. Laurie Metcalf plays her unlucky in love sister, Jackie Harris. Lecy Goranson is Becky Conner, the blonde boy crazy oldest child, Sara Gilbert is the angsty teenager Darlene and Michael Fischman is the sarcastic DJ, the youngest of the family.

This season sees the Conners going through more real issues, such as Darlene turning to black, Jackie becoming a trucker, Dan and Roseanne running the bike shop, Becky going on birth control, as well as friends getting married -- and pregnant, a trip to Las Vegas to see Wayne Newton! You’ll find all that and more in another hilarious season of ROSEANNE.

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Some memorable episodes include: "A Bitter Pill to Swallow" in which Becky goes on the dreaded pill. "Why Jackie Becomes a Trucker" in which Jackie has a shocking one night stand with Arnie. "Tolerate Thy Neighbor" in which Roseanne witnesses their rich neighbors being robbed and thinks it is for charity. "Vegas" and "Vegas Vegas" in which Roseanne, Dan, Nancy and Arnie go to Las Vegas and Roseanne makes a huge scene in front of Wayne Newton. "Thanksgiving 1991" in which Jackie and Roseanne are shocked to discover their father has been having an affair. "Kansas City Here We Come" in which Roseanne and Jackie meet their father's mistress. "Santa Clause" in which Roseanne discovers Darlene's new friend is a married book-store owner with a husband and a five year old son. "Bingo" in which Roseanne becomes addicted to Bingo. "This Old House" in which Jackie and Roseanne say goodbye to their childhood home before it's demolition. "Deliverance" in which Dan is stuck as Crystal's coach when she goes into labor while Roseanne's at work. And, "Don't Make Me Over" is the one where Becky and Darlene give Roseanne a full makeover for Mothers Day but they have an ulterior motive for their generous gift.

Memorable guest stars this season include Tom Arnold, Shelley Winters, Sandra Bernhard, Estelle Parsons, Glenn Quinn, Johnny Galecki, Martin Mull, Wayne Newton, David Crosby, Natalie West, Bonnie Sheridan, George Clooney, Bob Hope, Rick Dees and Neil Patrick Harris.


Once again, the packaging remains consistent with the first three releases. It has a blue striped background (like rays from a sun) and features a large cutout picture of Roseanne and Dan. And again, I should point out, like last season, this season features the wrong cover art. The picture is clearly from Season 1 or Season 2. I'm not sure why they keep using different pictures from other seasons. The "Roseanne" logo is present and screen shots from the fourth season are shown underneath. Inside the box are individual cases that include the four discs available for this set. The individual cases feature a similar design to the main art, but there are screen shots all over the covers taken from episodes in Season 4. The back of each case has a single sentence episode description and title. The inside, again, boasts some trivia questions. As for the discs, all four are blue in color. Disc 1 features Roseanne, Disc 2 features Dan, Disc 3 features Roseanne and Jackie and Disc 4 features the entire family (minus Becky). And I should point out that discs 3 and 4 seem to feature cast pictures NOT from the fourth season ... again.

The first case holds Discs One and Two and Disc One has episodes 1-6 while Disc Two has episodes 7-12. The second case holds disc three and four, and Disc 3 has episodes 13-19 on it while Disc 4 has episodes 20-25 as well as all of the bonus features available on the set.

Menu Design and Navigation:

And just like Seasons 1-3, the menu looks exactly like the main cover art. The picture of Roseanne and Dan is there, the background is the same and the logo is now on top and has a scrolling set of pictures. The season four theme music plays in the background and when it's done, it loops (the music only plays during the main menu). On each disc there is an "Episodes" selection and a "Play All" selection. The "Episodes" selection takes you to another screen that lists the episodes on that disc. It looks exactly like the actual disc. What's nice about when you select an episode to watch, it takes you to yet another screen and displays a longer description of the episode than what the box offers. You can then play the episode.

And just to point out, for the video commentary, you can select the episode either with it or without it (so that episode is listed twice, once without commentary and once with commentary).

Video and Audio Quality:

The video this go around seems to be even better. The colors are more vibrant, there's no obvious grain--very, very good. The audio as well is quite good and seems to have improved from prior releases. The episodes themselves appear to again be uncut. Each episode runs 22 to 23 minutes in length, which is the norm for an episode from 1991/1992.

Special Features:

- Video Commentary by Roseanne
Where to begin with this! I was absolutely thrilled to see VIDEO commentary! Yes, video commentary! You actually see Roseanne in a little picture-in-picture style box as she does commentary. I've always wanted to see this and it works so well. It's a bit jarring at first, but it's great! Roseanne gives lots of little tidbits. It's clear she loved that show. She's funny, but at times seems almost dazed at the show. These two commentaries, found on "Trick Me Up, Trick Me Down" and "Thanksgiving 1991" were absolutely fantastic and I hope to see more of that!

- New Roseanne Interview: "Life Imitating Art, Life Imitating Roseanne" (approx. 5:35 minutes)
It's a brand new interview with the domestic goddess herself ... Roseanne! She discusses how the show hit it's stride in the fourth season and talks about how she incorporated some real life family issues into the show to make it as realistic as possible.

- Interview with Lecy Goranson and Michael Fischman (approx. 9:50 minutes)
A dual interview (they aren't together but its one long segment) in which both now grown actors reflect on working with Roseanne as well as John Goodman. Great interviews.

Final Comments:

I come away, as usual, very impressed. Anchor Bay really puts a lot of time and effort into their releases and it shows. The special features are what make this set. The interviews with the actors are absolutely fantastic and they always give such insight. And of course I have to mention the video commentary, which I thought was just awesome. I've wanted to see that for a long time and I finally did. I hope to see that idea used for other releases, and not just of "Roseanne." Overall, it was another fantastic release and I cannot wait for Season 5 this September!

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 4.5/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4.5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 05/24/06

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