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All in the Family - The Complete Fourth Season (1971)

Vincent Gardenia , Brendon T. Dillon , Michael Kidd , Bud Yorkin  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Vincent Gardenia, Brendon T. Dillon, Bill Quinn, Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton
  • Directors: Michael Kidd, Bud Yorkin, Norman Campbell, Walter C. Miller, Hal Cooper
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 608 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007OCG6U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,270 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "All in the Family - The Complete Fourth Season" on IMDb

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By the fourth season, Norman Lear's landmark series ALL IN THE FAMILY was on its way to becoming an American institution. It consistently ranked number one in the ratings while at the same time breaking all of prime-time TV's taboos. Archie Bunker's (Carroll O'Connor) shocking politically incorrect diatribes, marriage problems for Mike (Rob Reiner) and Gloria (Sally Struthers), and a breast cancer scare for Edith (Jean Stapleton) all broke with sitcom conventions. In the fourth season, Archie hilariously faced two worthy opponents: neighbor Irene Lorenzo (Betty Garrett), a staunch believer in women's rights, and loud-mouthed George Jefferson (Sherman Hemsley), soon to star in the spin-off hit series "The Jeffersons." Rob Reiner won an Emmy® Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and the show received four other nominations this season.

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A summary of the fourth season of "All in the Family" February 6, 2005
This fourth "All in the Family" DVD will cover the 1973-74 season, including the following episodes:

* "Archie the Gambler" (Edith demands that Archie stop gambling)

* "Henry's Farewell" (Henry Jefferson is moving. Neither Henry nor Archie wants to have an integrated farewell party at his house)

* "We're Having a Heat Wave" (A two-parter that introduced the Lorenzos to AiTF).
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUBTITLES May 27, 2005
It's bad that the season does not have subtitles, when is so important when you have deaf problems.

Should not this subtitles be a part of the standard procedures for the realeases ?

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm LOCKED In The Cellar! April 11, 2005
FINALLY, season 4 of All In The Family has been released! I don't understand why Columbia Home Video is waiting so long to get these out. Season 4 contains some of the best episodes yet. The antics of the Bunker household continue as Archie, Edith, Gloria and Mike bring taboo subjects and everyday issues into our homes. We also see the addition of three new characters, Betty Garret (Irene Lorenzo) Vincent Gardenia (Frank Lorenzo) and Sherman Hemsley as George Jefferson. Combined with the cast regulars, Season 4 makes for a huge non-stop laughfest. One of my favorite episodes is when Archie accidently locks himself in the cellar and gets smashed on Polish Vodka. In Archie's haste to make a will, he is so wasted that he thinks he's dying, and therefore believes that God is coming for him, which really turns out to be the oil delivery man--who is black! Plenty of other goodies in season 4 too. I'm finally glad to see these videos coming out on DVD. My old VHS copies are so worn out they barely play anymore. Thank you Columbia Home Video, but please don't wait so long getting these titles out. Thank-YOU to the cast of AITF for the many laughs and all the memories.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for Keeping Them Coming, Columbia Tri-Star!!! February 22, 2005
In the reality-based TV era, it's nice to be able to watch the classics on DVD. AITF took sitcoms to another level by using controversy, politics, and Americana and wrapping them in a funny package. AITF helps us to laugh and cry, but probably most importantly it helps us to reflect upon ourselves through real-life issues. Thanks again Columbia Tri-Star for putting this landmark series out on DVD. They are worth the wait!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Transfer is not great, but this series is a classic. Despite the lack of special features, this set is a must-have. Being able to watch the series develop from beginning to end is essential. The strength of AITF is in it's humorous spin on political and moral issues. The only reason I give this 4 stars instead of 5 is because of lack of attention to detail. The stories themselves sell this DVD box set. Personally, I can live without a bunch of extras as long as I get the uncut eps as they were aired. The Bunkers rule!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Those were the days... April 17, 2005
By Jess
Yep the discs are complete. The person who posted his message warning that the last disc only had 6 episodes either dosen't know about the 3rd episode menu screen with epsidoes 23 & 24 or maybe he did get a bum set after all.

And yes the picture quality on this set is lousy. Disc 1 is the worst. My brother had VHS copies of this series that he made when the show was rerunning on cable and I keep telling him not to throw them out just because these DVDs are getting released. His tapes are just as good -- if not better sometimes -- than what Columbia House is selling us here.

I was going to get the Jeffersons season 3 that also came out the same day but maybe I won't now.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest sitcom ever ... despite what NBC thinks December 29, 2006
NBC loves to hang the moniker "greatest ____ ever" on its TV shows as if saying so makes it so. First, The Cosby Show was the greatest sitcom ever, then Seinfeld, then Friends. Of course, according to NBC, ER is the greatest program in the history of television, so we all have to discuss comedy programs in and of themselves. If NBC spent nearly as much time creating good new shows as it does in shamelessly overhyping their old shows, they probably would still be ahead of CBS in the ratings.

For my money, no sitcom will ever top the great All in the Family in any respect -- acting, writing and overall influence. To get an idea of what dire straits TV comedy was in before All in the Family, take a look at an episode of one of the other sitcoms that was on the air at the time: Family Affair, The Brady Bunch, the last, sad days of Bewitched, The Beverly Hillbillies. The country had grown up, but television sitcoms had stayed rooted in the same dated themes of the 1950's and 1960's: either sterilized white bread families or gimmicky hocus pocus that took the place of the quality writing of classics like I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners and The Dick Van Dyke Show. Subjects like Vietnam, flower children, drugs, poverty, racism, homosexuality and rape were taboos.

Enter Archie, Edith, Mike and Gloria who dealt with all those issues and more head on in every episode. While Carol Brady scolded her children for saying the word "stinker," Archie Bunker held a lengthy dissertation on the phrase "god damn it." While Samantha Stevens was still dealing with her wacky witch and morlock relatives, the Bunkers were coming face to face with a transsexual.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I always enjoyed this series
I always enjoyed this series, as did my grown children. so when they visit they are ready to go back in time.
Published 5 days ago by William Orr
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC!
This series is one of the best ever made. Many others fail the test of time, but All In The Family is as enjoyable now as it was 40 years ago.
Published 2 months ago by paulscott
5.0 out of 5 stars All in the Family Season 4
Good and quick service! Great to see Archie and Edith and all of the other actors that guest starred on their show! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Laury S.
5.0 out of 5 stars great stuff
These showed up early and they are in perfect condition. I am watching them and they are funny and making me laugh. It doesn't get better than that!
Published 3 months ago by Paul W. Andersen
5.0 out of 5 stars golden oldie
one of the best sitcoms ever! cant wait to get the other seasons.It brought back good memories. and all the dvds were in great condition.
Published 5 months ago by Scott Tidd
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
What can I say about All in the Family? I still laugh just as much as I did when they were new. This was comedy at it's finest!
Published 6 months ago by Linda C. Jacobson
4.0 out of 5 stars Always Worth Having
Good to have some All in the Family handy. It is funny as well as thought provocative. It's really neat to compare the times these series were produced and now. Read more
Published 7 months ago by kime
5.0 out of 5 stars All in the Family
Once again I spent a wonderful evening watching the CD's. Love so much Edith and Archie and the cd's were in good shape
Published 9 months ago by Sandra Green
5.0 out of 5 stars It keeps getting better with each passing season
I've been a fan of "All in the Family" from its inception as a mid-season replacement in January 1971. Through nine seasons I looked forward to the next episode. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Doug Erlandson
5.0 out of 5 stars All in the Family
Love and can watch over and over. I grew up watching this show and that is why I bought it.
Published 13 months ago by Cheryl
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