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Emergency! - Season Four (2008)

Kevin Tighe , Randolph Mantooth  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin Tighe, Randolph Mantooth, Julie London, Bobby Troup, Robert Fuller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 1086 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XJD3JS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,256 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Emergency! - Season Four" on IMDb

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Rush to the scene of danger with all 22 episodes of Emergency! Season Four in a collectible five-disc set. This gripping series follows paramedics Roy DeSoto (Kevin Tighe) and John Gage (Randolph Mantooth), Nurse Dixie McCall (Golden Globe nominee Julie London) and the heroic staff of Rampart General Hospital as they make life-and-death decisions and respond to LA's most dire emergency calls. The TV show that broke new ground for all action series to come is more enthralling than ever on DVD!

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Season 4 - A great show in a groove! January 9, 2008
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By its fourth season Emergency had really settled into a groove. The stories were exciting and action packed, and the writers and actors had the characters nailed. Sure, Gage & DeSoto's fellow firefighters were fairly one dimensional characters - but they were FUN one dimensional characters, and the focus of the show was really Gage, DeSoto, Dr. Brackett, Dr. Early, Nurse McCall, and Dr. Morton anyway.

The realism presented on the show by this point had become expected, and the technical jargon was actually fairly well known and understood by the fans. Emergency was a driving force behind the education of America on the procedures and perils of being a firefighter or paramedic, and it gave a glimpse into what doctors and nurses really did in a hospital.

The fact that Emergency was as successful as it was paved the way for later TV shows like E.R. and movies like Backdraft.

The previous DVD set (Season 3) was a hit or miss affair. Good episodes, some looking good on the DVD, some just OK, but several episodes had the wrong theme song and opening credits. It was the same opening credit sequence used for the TV Land showings, which had always been a bone of contention with some fans (the original theme song was one of the best in TV history, and to have it replaced was foolish). Hopefully for this set Universal gets it right. (Update: Well, I've watched several episodes, and they all have the wrong opening theme.)

Even with the minor quibbles about past DVD sets, Emergency is a MUST HAVE TV show on DVD, and Season 4 is no different.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The reason I'm a fireman November 27, 2007
By Frankie
Emergency! was one of my favorite shows as a kid. And as far as television shows go, this was a classic. It's still good and stands up to the test of time, something a lot of shows haven't done. Rediscovering it in a motel room one night on TVLand made me decide to pursue my childhood dream of being a fireman.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Five for content, 1 for execution January 31, 2008
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I must echo the other recent reviews of this DVD set. (I've only watched the first disc so far, so the review is based on those 4 episodes.)

While I am less picky than most reviewers about DVD quality (I have a small television with a so-so picture anyway, so I don't fret about less than perfect images), the picture quality on this set is amazingly bad even on my 13 inch tv -- jittery images, blurriness -- at one point you get about 3 seconds of white scratches across the screen. The sound quality too is less than ideal; as another reviewer noted, the dialogue is often barely audible, so you turn up the sound, and are then blasted out of your chair by the sirens!

Which is so much more the pity, because the episodes themselves are wonderful. The writers have finally found just the right balance of humor and drama,("Miss...?" "October.") characterizations have settled in and become more three dimensional, the acting is improved over earlier seasons, and production values are excellent.

While it's hard to complain about the price, why oh why can't they take just a LITTLE time to clean up the master tapes before releasing them on DVD?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing February 4, 2008
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I'm happier to have this DVD set than I would be not to have it at all. But I am disappointed by the mediocre picture and sound quality and that the open was replaced by the final season's open on each episode. The DVDs from the previous three seasons, with a few exceptions in Season 3, offered good quality picture and sound and the right open for the season. Episodes from those discs were a much greater pleasure to watch.

Frankly, the Season 4 DVD quality is something I would expect from a bootlegger.

Universal, if good-quality prints of Emergency's remaining seasons exist, please use them to make the remaining DVD sets.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Universal Transfer Flops on a Great Show February 1, 2008
By Frankly
My review of "Emergency!" Season 4 leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
I was anticipating "more of the same" from the previous releases.

Season 3 upset me some in that included syndication prints.
My heart sank on the opening menu of season 4, with the poor quality audible of the "Emergency!" theme.

Not only are these syndication prints, there's no original master print to the entire "E!S-4" collection. What a shame for a great season. This is probably my favorite "Emergency" season, containing many note worthy episodes.

What's good about this release; it's a step above cable TV and VCR.
Though not all bad, my recommendation lies in Season 3, with more quality prints on the DVD's, better sound and presentation.

Universal really blew the enjoyment of this show for me.
Whoever cleared the release either had a deadline or didn't consider the fan base. I'm going on record at this moment; "Universal, find the original prints to make a decent collection".

Both Chet and Marco are given storyline, and the characters of all players become more rounded. This is no doubt "Emergency!" at its best, with budget, guest stars (Mark Spitz, John Ashton {Beverly Hills Cop, I & II} Reb Brown {Captain America, Uncommon Valor} in minor guest starring roles), and bigger explosions.

It's fun watching our heroes getting out of tight spots over and over, and from what I recall to be the best dramatic sequence using the defibrillator in "Smoke Eater". Although the patient in that episode passes on, it also spoke volumes in real life situations, that not everything has a happy ending, and also marks the shows realism and charm.
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I don't trust Universal
Only season 1 of Emergency is double sided, the other 3 to date are not. Murder She Wrote did it on 3 sets, with 5 on single sides and 4 sets plus the sequel films still to go. I have many double sided discs (Universal and others) and when they freeze a good overdose of Cleaning Fluid and a run... Read More
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Beginning of the show
Lady Liberty is in New York Harbor, Emergency takes place in downtown Los Angeles. You must be something was made resembling the statue but different.
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