The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Volume Four (2010)

Genre(s): Drama
Buena Vista || NR - 516 minutes - $39.99 || June 15, 2010
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2010-07-02


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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): Brenda Hampton (created by)
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Mark Derwin, India Eisley, Megan Park, Molly Ringwald


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Featurettes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

At this point, I'm going to skip my typical refresher course on the show, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”. I've already reviewed the past three volumes, and if you're reading this, you have likely already seen the show, or are just curious to see how far this train-wreck has gone on for.

There is far too much going on in the final half of the season to even write down, so I'll go over a small amount character by character:

Amy - Ahhhhhh! This girl continues to annoy the hell out of me. For some reason, the writers decided to give her some major attitude from the start of Season Two, and that continues on in the remaining 10 episodes. Not only does her mood flip on a dime, but she treats Ricky (her baby's daddy) like utter crap. All Ricky wants to do is work to make money to support his son. What a jerk, right? Amy also gets tangled up in some poor excuse of a relationship with which quickly sours when the guy finds out Amy may plan to have sex again someday (he finds a condom in her purse... yawn).

Ricky - The bad boy of season one quickly changed into an intelligent, hard working young man in Season Two. Who'd a thunk? While he does have an interesting storyline – fighting for some custody of his son, and not just whenever Amy says he can see his son – he quickly gets forgotten towards the end of the season for more drama on Ben and Adriana.

Adriana - One of the best looking females on Television who is not afraid to show off her goods goes back and forth between Ricky and being single. Her storyline quickly escalates at the end of the season when she sleeps with Ben (!) and finds out she is pregnant (Amy 2.0).

Ben - Like Amy, he just drags the show down. Since Amy and him are broken up, he has a quick fling with Grace (who seems like the perfect girl for him) but eventually succumbs to the hotness that is Adriana - losing his precious virginity in the first place (See Amy, this is what happens when you don't have sex with your boyfriend).

Grace - Another character who is nothing like the one from Season One. She's changed so much from hear white-shirt wearing, god loving self that she takes it upon herself to start a *gulp* masturbation club with other girls called "Just Say Me". Yep, instead of saying they masturbate, they simply say that they "Just Say Me". And that phrase is repeated at least 300 times in the episode. Is this ABC Family or Skinimax?



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Like previous seasons, this release includes a slip cover.

Behind the Scenes (8 Minutes) - This includes 5 small featurettes that really discuss next to nothing. We see some of the cast playing basketball, talking about how tough it is working on an American TV Show when you are Canadian (huh?!) and a bit on the horrendous music played during an episode.

Cast on Family (5 Minutes) - Another useless fluff piece where some of the cast discuss how awesome their family is.

...and a bonus Diary Entry, a small booklet inside the DVD case for the new Secret Life Book! Oh, boy!



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“Secret Life of an American Teenager: Volume 4” includes all 12 episodes presented in 1.85:1 on 3 DVDs. Surprisingly the show looks really good when up-converted, colors very vibrant and dark blacks. To be honest, it’s one of the best TV on DVD releases I've reviewed this year. Several times I could have easily mistaken it for a Blu-ray.

Buena Vista has included a standard Dolby Digital 5.1 track for this release. Dialog is very clean, however don't expect much out of your rear speakers - they were typically either empty or had the occasional school bell ringing or student slamming a locker. It’s a very serviceable track.



.::OVERALL::.

It's quickly becoming a chore to watch this show as characters that seemed very well developed in the first season quickly change into stupid characters with an odd thought pattern. I guess that's how you improve the ratings? Fans of the show will enjoy this DVD volume, but everyone else... run.