'Roseanne - The Complete Fourth Season'
(Roseanne, John Goodman, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / (1988) 2006 / Anchor Bay Ent.)
Overview: 'Roseanne' is the story of lower class family struggling with life's essential problems: Marriage, Children, Money and Parent's in Law. A classic sitcom, the story circles around the Connor family - a family of five (DJ, Darlene, Becky, Roseanne and Dan). The household's mother, Roseanne, is being accompanied in her quest to keep the family together by her sister Jackie and various friends over the years.
DVD Verdict: Season four is the 1991-92 season that won Laurie Metcalf her first of three consecutive EMMY Awards as Best Supporting Comedic Actress. (Roseanne would finally win her only Best Actress-Comedy EMMY for season five; and John Goodman--shockingly--never won an EMMY for playing Dan Connor although he was nominated seven years in a row!). FINALLY, for this fourth season set, there are at last commentaries by Roseanne! And even better, they are video-commentaries, which means you actually watch Roseanne live on the right-side of your TV screen as she watches and comments on the episode playing on the (larger) left side of your screen. The two episodes she comments on are TRICK ME UP TRICK ME DOWN (that season's Halloween episode, which also marked the final appearance of George Clooney as Booker--and Roseanne has some great, sharp comments on the fact that her series's writers didn't appreciate Clooney the way she did) and THANKSGIVING '91 (with guests Shelley WInters and Estelle Parsons). These are wonderful commentaries, very funny, very honest and Roseanne's comments are aided by some pop-up blurbs at the bottom of the screen that sometimes corrects or elaborates on something Roseanne has said. (For instance, Roseanne says Shelley Winters wasnt too happy about playing Parson's mother because she was only a few years older than Parsons. The pop-up track tells us that WInters was seven years older than Parsons.) The second extra is a brief on-camera interview with Roseanne about the show. It's spirited and fun and filled with clips. The final extra is called "A Grown-Up Sit Down Interview with "an Adult" Becky and D.J. It's merely a condensed and reedited compilation of the interview Michael Fishman did for the season two set and the interview Lecky Goranson did for the season three set. It offers no new material and is just a rehash of previously seen footage. Even thought Roseanne ends each commentary track with the same statement of "Am I done?", I hope that the next sets have even more video commentaries. This is a terrific DVD set. This is a Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and come with the Special Features of:
“Life Imitating Art, Imitating Roseanne”: New interview with Roseanne
New Commentary by Roseanne on select episodes