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In Living Color – Season Four set


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



For their fourth season, In Living Color managed to stay on track, retaining then dancer-only Jennifer Lopez and Jamie Foxx, while trying to decide what to stay with and what to introduce.  At this time, many of the cats were starting to go out on their own by 1992 – 1993.  Even Lopez would eventually strike out in this direction, but during this season, she was getting more notice.  Damon Wayans had already left for a feature film career that had mixed results.  The show also had some repetition itself, dragging the series down a bit.  “Cheat” shows that recycle previous skits is also annoying, even when the skits are good.


Contained once again on three DVDs in slender cases, the “Men On” skits are back including a compilation show of earlier installments hosted by name (but not always good) critics, as well as Homey The Clown, Benita Butrell the Gossiper, Kim Wayans’ Dionne Warwick send-up, Foxx’s Ugly Woman and Bill Cosby.  New classics include an underrated skit called Why? that asked about stereotyping in the media.  This should have been a bigger hit, though it is a series that endures.  Reality Check is also not bad as a series.  Other highlights include Driving Miss Schott, a satire of Driving Miss Daisy that criticizes sports team owner Marge Schott, who kept getting in trouble for her bigoted comments at the time.  Jim Carrey does an outrageous Ross Perot a few times, a compilation of Jackson send-ups is included, Amy Fisher and Joey Buttafucco get lampooned, What If Bob Hope Were Black? is a hoot, Carrey is a hoot as Telly Savalas sending up his Diner Club card ads, a McLaughlin Group send-up with infomercial stars (Cher and Jessica Hawn included) should have been a regular skit and Thelma & Louise Jefferson is a real bulls-eye that never fails.


As it was in the previous editions, the 1.33 X 1 full frame, color footage is in great shape, as clean and clear as it is going to get for professional analog NTSC videotape of the time on DVD.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is good for its age, but offers no surrounds of any kind.  Combined, the show again has never looked so good.  There are once again no extras, which is sad.  Is this the end of extras in these sets?  In any event, the shows are very strong and that is reason enough to recommend it highly.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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