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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 (63 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)
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  • 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 (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007OCG6U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,159 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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Editorial Reviews

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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37 of 41 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This season is the first of an overt change in the format. The prior 3 seasons dealt more with social issues. Season 4 seems to have a somewhat altered format; the social issues are still there but more neighbors are added in an attempt to liven things up while focusing inward on the characters' lives. Of course, all of the big social issues had already been tackled, and in season 4 the change is generally very effective. Reviving Archie's old gambling problem resurfaces in "Archie the Gambler" is an example of this new format, though not one of the better examples I could suggest. This new type of episode format ultimately became the de-facto standard for later seasons, but for now isn't so consistent.

Worse, Michael's character is starting to become weakened and even humiliated. The episode "The Games Bunkers Play" (which also features a cheap promotional tie-in advertizement of a (short-lived) board game; a sleazy tactic that would be repeated in a future season Christmas episode where Archie buys baby Joey a violent game) is a prime example of this. You'll also see why the board game was so short-lived; the aforementioned episode seems to accurately portray how people would react. I nearly gave up on the episode and struggled with the last 10 minutes of Mike acting so unusual, until the end of the episode where Edith explains Archie's attitude of Michael towards him. While that particular moment seems heartwarming on the surface, bearing some scrutiny on it causes it to fall apart. The last three seasons' worth of episodes clearly suggest Archie's dislike of Mike is hardly of jealousy for the latter's greater educational advancement but out of pure poltical disagreement/dislike. Mike being Polish doesn't help either.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars All in the Family : Complete Fourth Season
I bought this as a gift for my folks who absolutely love this show. A wonderful product at a very good price.
Published 14 days ago by Zeke
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great to see the funny story lines
Published 1 month ago by hunter12
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Beverly Goetz
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 3 months 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 8 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 9 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 10 months ago by kime
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Hi Denise, I am a big fan of All in the Family! Got seasons 1 thru 6, and I am so happy that finally after nearly 3 years gone by that season 7 will be released in october 2010. About your question I think it falls somewhere within the first 4 seasons . I am guessing maybe season 3, I am trying... Read More
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