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Roseanne – The Complete Fourth Season


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



Roseanne went as far as it could in its Complete Fourth Season in a way that it should not have considering how safe it was playing it.  Retaining the working class humor helped, but the leading lady was starting to slip a bit.  This new set from Anchor Bay has all 25 uncut shows, a point once again made on the box in a sticker since the error of cut shows will haunt all future releases until the whole series has been issued.  The 4 DVDs are once again contained in two slender cases, boxed.


A sign that the show would eventually move away from its working class roots happens when Dan (John Goodman) and Roseanne go to Las Vegas in a pair of shows.  Goodman’s departure would eventually have to do with this.  Episodes about bingo addiction and the birth control pill are the real highlights.  The cast and its chemistry saved the show from its limits, but this would not last, as many fans know.


The 1.33 X 1 image is once again soft at times, being shot on professional analog NTSC video, one of the last such hit series to ever be produced this way.  Color is as consistent as it is going to get and all looks to be close to the source tapes.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no surrounds, but is of the expected fidelity for a series from the late 1980s produced like this.  The result is once again playback as good as you will ever see the show in the DVD format.  Extras include more trailers for other TV series from Anchor Bay on the first DVD and new interviews with Roseanne, “grown-up sit down interview with “an adult” Becky & DJ and video commentaries on two shows.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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