The Hills: The Complete Fourth Season (2008)

Genre(s): Drama
Paramount, MTV || NR - 392 minutes - $39.98 || March 3, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-03-18


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: Lauren Conrad, Heidi Montag, Audrina Patridge, Whitney Port, Spencer Pratt, Stephanie Pratt


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Interviews
  • 2 Featurettes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital Stereo)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

MTV’s hit series, “The Hills” enters into its fourth season (with season five apparently being the last) with the same old shtick we’ve all seen in the previous seasons, just ever so slightly amplified. This fourth season contains 20 deliciously uncomfortable episodes of fights, crying and “reality” drama.

Like season three, there’s still tension between Spencer the Narcissist/Heidi and Lauren plus a possible falling out between Lauren and best friend Audrina perpetrated by her on and off relationship with Justin as well as Lauren’s other BFF, Lo. Adding into the mix is Spencer’s sister, Stephanie who has made a friend in Lauren, thus putting Steph on Spencer’s enemies list (how Nixon of him), and adding all sorts of drama. And then there are the whole Brody/Lauren dynamic and other Lauren-centric dating issues to round things out. Plus you still have Lauren and Whitney’s friendship which is ho-hum but I guess a good break from the drama.

This fourth season takes all of those storylines and piles on some more drama as Heidi’s family strongly disapprove of Spencer the Narcissist compounded with Heidi’s sister, Holly, deciding to move to L.A. and crash at their place... And if you didn’t know, and this is spoiler territory, Spencer the Narcissist and Heidi decide to get married while on vacation in Mexico and Heidi’s mum was none too pleased.

Although the drama is still as awkward – but interesting – as previous seasons, it’s all way too repetitive. I know this is “reality” TV and all so storylines can’t just resolve themselves like they do on scripted shows, but it does get tiresome hearing Lauren or Audrina or Heidi complain basically about the same things they did last season (even going into the latter part of season two). The good news is, there was progress on the Lauren/Heidi front later on and the marriage dynamic add some flavor, but I think it’s a good thing season five will probably be the last for the show, it’s time.

While I still enjoyed “The Hills”, awkward moments and all, and even though many of these dramatic moments are certainly scripted (how everyone just so happens to run into one another in a city the size of L.A. is puzzling), I do think the time is right to wrap everything up. I’m sure MTV is already looking into doing a spin off centered around Spencer the Narcissist and Heidi; however that would take a lot to get me to sit through.

If you already own previous season sets, I’d say it’s worth checking out, but I do give this a lesser rating over previous seasons just for how stories have dragged on with only modest progress.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Deleted Scenes (30:54) – 18 scenes were left on the cutting room floor due to either time constraints or just the fact some were boring. One uneasy scene finds Spencer the Narcissist and Heidi at a club with Holly (Heidi’s sister) who they hooked up for a blind date. Holly goes on to sing a very dirty song... Nice first impressions.

Interviews (51:44) is the most extensive of the features where Lauren, Heidi, Audrina and Whitney (all separate) talk about various topics from the season like a rumor about Lauren hooking up with Justin or Heidi’s marriage.

Lessons in Love (13:53) are 5 chapters with some comments from the gals we just heard from as they give tips from their own lives about love and whatnot.

After Show Remixes (13:49) – Some short segments like counting the number of times “OMG” was said and the like. Funny at first but gets old fairly quickly.

Last is the Season 4 Photo Shoot (2:45), the Rolling Stone Photo Shoot (2:25) and an advertisement for Virtual Hills (1:09).



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“The Hills” is presented in anamorphic widescreen (1.78 AR) and, like seasons 2 and 3, looks good, though you’re not going to get top notch, Hollywood production quality either. But I am glad it’s in widescreen (and anamorphic) anyway.

The DVD has a standard Dolby Digital Stereo track that, aside from the numerous pop and break-up/heartbreak songs, sounds fine given it is dialogue heavy.



.::OVERALL::.

While still somewhat engaging overall, “The Hills” goes through the same storylines from the last season. There’s still the whole Lauren/Heidi feud (centered around Spencer the Narcissist) plus other “real life” drama from dating to jobs. The DVD contains the same type of features from previous season sets, though this time it is missing the select scene commentary.