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The Brady Bunch – The Complete Fourth Season


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Episodes: C+



The Brady Bunch – The Complete Fourth Season is the one where the show really started to overplay its hand.  The cast of children had lost their young cuteness and though they were still lively, the scripts started to become convoluted and the histrionics of their characters had wore thin at this point.  The emotional states did not match the supposed progress of the characters or the show, as if the moral values and loving parents had somehow failed.  They are good parents, so how does all this drama keep happening?  Instead of dealing with this or writing teleplays showing progress, they set the cast to Hawaii not long after going to the Grand Canyon.


There, they meet a curse, new culture and evil plot involving Vincent price in one of his worst roles.  Like Florence leaving The Jeffersons for a failed spin-off, the show never recovered, though the 1972-73 season (and its 23 episodes) still have the trappings of the psychedelic era and the unreality had finally eclipsed the charm.  Robert Reed was obviously getting bored, while Florence Henderson still managed to have all kinds of energy.  We did skip the third season set just to break any repetition on our part, but that was the last season that really dealt with any of the relevant issues that have made the show a favorite today.  From here on in, it was starting to coast on being a franchise.  Paramount and ABC might have thought going broader would help the ratings, but that did not happen and the show was reaching its end.


The 1.33 X 1 image is also poorest than the first two sets, with more than just detail lacking on the shows.  It is in the color.  For a show known for its bright colors these transfers are dull and the sunny daytime in the first three shows set in Hawaii look dull and dim.  Not only did this outdoor travel footage look better on old TV broadcasts, similar shooting from the third season Grand Canyon that also happen to be featured on full color 3-D GAF View Master slides looked better, so they really do look bad.  Why the downturn all of the sudden is odd, but these are likely older analog NTSC transfers.  Fans should brace themselves.  Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is not as good as previous DVD sets, with Frank DeVol’s score starting to repeat itself, but then what could he do?  Once again, there are no extras this time, but Paramount continues the lenticular flicker covers that do not look like they’ll be limited editions after all.  ABC & Paramount have to have some more extra materials to dig up for fans for that final set and Paramount will hopefully do the animated series as well.  To find out more about the show, check out my review for the first season elsewhere on this site.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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