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I Dream Of Jeannie – The Complete Fourth Season


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



Sony continues to roll out DVD sets of I Dream Of Jeannie, now up to The Complete Fourth Season and though the shows continue to be entertaining, the quality of the prints here and lack of extras make this look more dated than the varied prints we have seen on the recent That Girl sets.


To recap the show, Jeannie remains with the astronaut/good guy (Larry Hagman as Major Tony Nelson) who got her out of that bottle in the first place, the color shows is when the series started to shine.  Though the scripts and situations are formulaic and predictable, the duo’s chemistry is great and they remain one of the great TV couples to the point that they often exceeded their material and kept the show on top during its entire run.


Highlights among the 26 half-hour shows for this season include “hippies” taking over the Nelson household, Jeannie’s mother (also played by Eden) causing trouble and Jeannie getting the attention of the makers of Laugh-In.  Stars from that classic appear, but it never reaches the set.


The 1.33 X 1 image is not as good as earlier sets, with mixed color and soft detail ion too many shows, while the Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is sometimes harsh and distorted, but also lower in volume than it should be.  Turning up your volume (a dangerous thing in this case) just increases noise and distortion.  There is also warping and harmonic distortion that needs tended to for future HD release.  Now, can we get some extras next time?



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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