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'Martin - The Complete Fourth Season'
(Martin Lawrence, Jon Gries, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / (1992) 2008 / HBO Home Video)

Overview: Martin Payne (Martin Lawrence) is a loudmouth whose job as a radio and television personality fits him like a glove. MARTIN focuses on Payne's relationship with his long-suffering girlfriend Gina (Tisha Campbell) his friendships with pals Tommy (Thomas Mikal Ford) and Cole (Carl Anthony Payne II) and the wide variety of crazy characters he surrounds himself with--most of them played by Lawrence.

DVD Verdict: I am a diehard Martin Lawrence fan. Season Four doesn't have many of the best episodes of the 6 seasons, however, it's the best season overall. I think that in seasons 1-3, Martin was still finding himself as an actor and exploring outside interest. In season four he got it and I believe his fans were hooked.

In fact it has one of my favorite episodes with the Notorious BIG. One of his few screen apprearances, I believe. The fourth season also has a slew of A-listers: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Adele Givens, Salt & Pepa, Halle Barry, Charles Barkley, Marla Gibbs, Tiny Lister, Sherman Hemsley and Chris Rock. I'm sure I missed some even now in reflection!

"Martin" was so hilarious, especially when it first started. While I can do without Stan and Martin's job at the radio (too much time at work and not enough at home with friends) the first season still delivered with comedy, and really funny characters. I remember talk about the show being too black or something like that.

However, this complete collection of episodes from the show's fourth season picks up after Martin and Gina's wedding in last season's finale. As Payne gets into plenty further mishaps it's clear that married life hasn't reformed him. I think Martin geared a lot of his jokes, in-jokes and situations toward black people and a lot of them that only someone black would get.

It began to fail in the last season, after Gina left and Martin struggled on his own. But if you are a diehard "Martin" fan, this is a no-brainer. If you are not; don't sleep. This is still a comedic keeper! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, but does not come with any Special Features.

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