Weeds: Season Four (2008) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Drama
Lions Gate || NR - 362 minutes - $39.98 || June 2, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-06-04


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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

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Jenji Kohan (created by)
Cast: Mary-Louise Parker, Elizabeth Perkins, Kevin Nealon


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Episode Commentaries
  • BonusView Commentaries
  • 8 Featurettes
  • Gag Reel
  • BD-Live


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 7.1)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

Poor, poor Agrestic. Because of Nancy's poor decision making in Season Three the whole city pretty much burned down to the ground. Where the hell is a single mom who deals pot supposed to live? How about as close to the Mexican border as possible? That's exactly what Nancy and her two boys do - they escape to Ren Mar, California so they could start anew and quickly move into her father in-laws (played by Albert brooks) home and try to make a run at real living.

Well, that quickly falls apart and Nancy is soon smuggling dope from Mexico back into the states and re-selling at profit. After that dissolves she takes a 'job' at a local maternity clothes store where she is instantly promoted to manager all while allowing various 'co-workers' to go in the back room and take the secret tunnel back to Mexico. If that isn't enough her kids start dealing pot and her brother in-law decides to become a coyote and smuggle people across the border.

“Weeds” took a very interesting approach in season four that very few shows have done - they moved. Not only did they move to a new location but they tried to bring back the few characters who fans really liked (Doug, Cecelia, Andy) to make it feel like it was the same show but allow for new, fresh situations to happen. And that's exactly what goes on in Season Four - story lines are stretched to the limits.

Sure, I can buy Nancy smuggling pot across the border but Silas hooking up with a much older woman (Julie Bowen) and convincing her to allow him to have his own grow shop...in her cheese shop? Or what about young little Shane finding a nude picture of his much younger mom and beating off to it? Yeah... that's only a small glimpse into the insanity this season has in store.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All features presented in HD.

Commentaries on the following Episodes:
"Mother Thinks The Birds Are After Her" with Jenji Kohan
"Three Coolers" with Roberto Benabib
"No Man Is Pudding" with Kevin Nealon & Justin Kirk
"Excellent Treasures" with Elizabeth Perkins & Allie Grant
"I Am The Table" with Kevin Nealon & Justin Kirk
"Head Cheese" with Hunter Parrish
"If you Work For A Living, Why Do You Kill Yourself Working?" with Jenji Kohan

BonusView Commentaries on the following episodes (PiP - Profile 1.1/2.0 Only): ** Blu-ray Exclusive **
"No Man Is Pudding" with Kevin Nealon & Justin Kirk
"I Am The Table" with Kevin Nealon & Justin Kirk

Little Titles (5 Minutes) - If you've seen the season already you would know the famous theme song jingle is gone. This gives an overview of why it left and how the new title credits came to be.

One Stop Chop Shop (6 Minutes) - You no doubt saw the massive tunnel that Nancy travels through often to go back and forth to Mexico and this gives you a walk-through on how it was designed and implemented into the show.

The Weed Wranglers (6 Minutes) - Yeah, the weed on the show looks pretty damn real... but is it? No, of course not but at least you will know how to make your own and sell it to the local junior high kids!

The rest of the features include: Moving Weight (9 Minutes), I'm A Big Kid Now (10 Minutes), The Real Hunter Parrish (6 Minutes), Tour Of Bubbie's House (8 Minutes), Gag Reel (8 Minutes), Burbs to the Beach (6 Minutes) and BD-Live.

Lionsgate really loaded this season up with tons of features. Luckily they dropped the stupid Blu-ray Java games from Season 3 (which was really bad) and instead focused on bringing lots of small featurettes on various aspects of the show.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“Weeds Season Four” is presented in 1.78:1 (MPEG4) spread across two BD50 Discs. Like the previous three seasons, Weeds looks perfect on Blu-ray. Sharper picture and more vibrant colors from the broadcast versions (which I compared to since I had the last episode still on my DVR) make this an instant buy for those on the edge.

Lionsgate takes a step further and provides English 7.1 (!) DTS MA tracks for each episode. Since Lionsgate is the only studio that actively puts out 7.1 tracks on Blu-ray they are sure to lure in new viewers looking to showcase off their 7.1 setup. While this show is very dialog heavy your rear speakers still get a decent workout when a musical numbers shows up.



.::OVERALL::.

Lionsgate is quickly becoming the studio to go for if you want superb picture and audio quality. Add in an exceptional amount of features and a very low MSRP and you have yourself a winner.