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Seinfeld (S4)
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May 19, 2005 By: JaneBlo
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Director:
Tom Cherones

Actors:
Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Jason Alexander

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
SEINFELD was a popular 90’s TV show about nothing, no but seriously. This show, about a stand-up comic and his friends and their bizarre adventures in New York City, ran for nine years and now the complete fourth season is available on a four–disc DVD set for our viewing pleasure. So let’s take a look inside the 24 hit episodes that many of us have grown to love as Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld), Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), George (Jason Alexander) and Kramer (Michael Richards), along with a host of talented guest stars and supporting actors, crack us up some more.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The entire JoBlo family has always enjoyed Seinfeld because it’s got some funny acting and better yet, some amazing writing (thank you also, Larry David, for that). Every single character in the show is quirky and funny in their own way and all four actors portraying them are great in their roles and quite talented. They crack us up every time. The ideas the writers have dreamed up are really amazing and often twisted: falling on a woman’s breasts to see if they’re “real”, “the body odor that’s so bad it’s actually an “entity” and a “nipple-exposing Christmas card”? My favorite, harassing the Bubble Boy with a typo, Moops instead of Moors. The list can go on and on but we have space restraints here. It’s enough to say that this show and some of its classic lines have certainly infiltrated popular culture in many ways and that’s saying a lot. I would also like to add that it’s good the show ended when it did, we’ll always remember it so fondly.

There are also some very cool guest stars in this season such as Teri “they’re real and they’re spectacular” Hatcher and Megan Mullaly in “The Implant” and Bob Balaban as the head of NBC and his beautiful, ample-chested daughter Denise Richards. Jerry Stiller as George’s dad, Frank Costanza, is truly amazing and let’s not forget Jane Leeves as The Virgin and a few more I’m sure I’m forgetting. A regular favorite of mine, one you love to hate, is Jerry’s arch-nemesis, postal employee Newman played by Wayne Knight as I love seeing his evilness oozing out of him. Memorable words and lines such as, “not that there’s anything wrong with that” referring to homosexuality and “double-dipping” referring to the rude act of dipping your chip twice, appear in this season and we also have such classic Emmy-award winning episodes as “The Contest” with its all-time classic line, “master of your domain”. The way “The Virgin” (Jane Leeves) gets offended is a gem, “You’re horrible, just horrible”. My least favorite episode: there isn’t one, they all rock.
THE EXTRAS
Documentary: A Breakthrough Season: Everyone from NBC executives to Rob Reiner to the cast and critics alike share their thoughts on how a show about nothing became such a ratings sensation and even won an Emmy award.

Yada, Yada, Yada Audio Commentary: Different audio comments by Jerry Seinfeld on one episode, the writer on another, the director on another offer us a variety of takes on the making of the shows and on where the ideas came from. A very interesting feature.

Master of His Domain: Jerry Seinfeld never before seen stand-up comedy routine is too short, that’s my only complaint. When it’s that funny, you want more than 8 minutes.

Notes About Nothing: This is a feature we can switch on or off and it includes the production notes written over the episodes as well as behind-the-scenes scoop. The most boring feature although I did like the “Hello Newman” counter they included.

In the Vault: Deleted scenes from many of the fourth season’s episodes are actually very enjoyable and funny.

Inside Looks: Short video commentaries by cast and creators about the behind-the-scenes aspects of the show. Informative but not overly fun.

Regis & Kathie Lee Parody: A really well-done five-minute featurette parodying the two morning hosts and comparing them to a Seinfeld show that’s eerily similar.

Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That: Twenty minutes worth of actually funny bloopers unlike the so-called bloopers I’ve seen lately, which were not funny at all. These bloopers are great fun and laughing that hard, it’s healthy. The second best feature after the stand-up routine.

Photo Gallery: Self-explanatory photos of memorable scenes from the show.

Sponsored by Vandelay Industries: A bunch of NBC promotional ads and trailers including some 1992 Seinfeld Olympic moments that are hilarious.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
All fans of SEINFELD will want to own this DVD and I guarantee they will love it. Even if you did not grow up with this hit show, as most of us in a certain age group have, you will still love and enjoy these 24 classic episodes because they are a good time to be had by all and they’ll make you laugh. The fact that there are tons of really funny bonus features is simply the icing on the cake. By the way, for you Montrealers out there, Jerry Seinfeld will be performing in our fair city this summer. I’ll be there. So whether or not you’re a Seinfeld fan or you simply want to laugh, buy this one to enjoy for years to come and you won’t need to wonder why this show has become such a popular and beloved hit.
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