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Home Movies - Season Four (1999)

Brendon Small , H. Jon Benjamin , Loren Bouchard  |  PG |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brendon Small, H. Jon Benjamin, Melissa Bardin Galsky, Janine Ditullio, Ron Lynch
  • Directors: Loren Bouchard
  • Writers: Brendon Small, H. Jon Benjamin, Loren Bouchard, Bill Braudis
  • Producers: Brendon Small, Bonnie Burns, Carl W. Adams
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: May 16, 2006
  • Run Time: 383 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EQ5PT6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,942 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Home Movies - Season Four" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 24 commentary tracks with cast, crew and special guests
  • "Home Movies Audio Outtakes Jukebox"
  • "The Beginning of the Genesis Of the Origins of Home Movies The Very First Sessions" with Loren Bouchard
  • Episode animatics
  • Bonus music CD featuring music from all four seasons

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Product Description

Home Movies is a cartoon about children who are more like adults made for adults who like cartoons. The series spotlights third-grader Brendon Small, a young filmmaker who writes, acts, directs and "co-executive produces" his "groundbreaking early work" along with his friends Melissa and Jason. The show also features Coach McGuirk, a youth soccer coach who hates soccer and isn’t all that crazy about youths.

The fourth and final season of this half-hour cult hit comedy contains some of its most memorable episodes - "Camp," guest-starring They Might Be Giants as crappy music camp counselors, Brendon, Jason and Melissa’s rock-opera opus/debacle "The Wizard’s Baker" and Brendon's visit to the dark side in the classic "Those Bitches Tried To Cheat Me." The only thing wrong with Home Movies is that there aren't any more to watch.

Contains all 13 episodes of Season Four – the last 13 episodes ever!

Also Includes:

Bonus Music CD - 52 Tracks - The Best Songs From All Four Seasons


Fan Commentaries by The Shins, Modest Mouse and the staff of The Onion

Home Movies: Season Four represents, sadly, the final episodes of a wonderful animated series, and those 13 shows are indeed a comic triumph. Somewhat reminiscent of Seinfeld, Home Movies gradually mastered the art of interwoven, multiple storylines that build toward brilliant entanglements. That would be enough to recommend the show, but Home Movies, besides being frequently hilarious, also has a soul. The continuing misadventures of 8-year-old, neurotic Brendon Small (voiced by, yes, series co-creator Brendon Small) are a treat to watch, but they also reveal the pain of a good kid's outsized ambitions chafing against natural innocence and the frustrations of childhood.

Many of the episodes concern Brendon's relentless desire to direct films and, at least in one case, theatre. His off-and-on ambivalence about collaborating in these endeavors with best friends Jason (H. Jon Benjamin) and Melissa (Melissa Bardin Galsky) creates some marvelous tensions, such as a very funny story in which Brendon reluctantly acquiesces to his pals' enthusiasm to produce an obviously doomed movie called "Wizird's Baker" (the misspelling is Jason's fault). While Melissa and Jason pound the pavement to raise funds for the production, Brendon dodges the project by immersing himself in a half-baked, outdoors-y outfit called the Skunk Scouts. His sudden embrace of boyhood pleasures--carving wood, earning merit badges--is painfully sweet in light of his guilt over sabotaging his friends' dream. In another superb episode, Brendon mounts a disastrous, 1950s-themed musical called "Bye, Bye Greasy" at school, pressing the increasingly degenerate Coach McGuirk (Benjamin again) into playing a teen rebel and nudging a disillusioned Jason and Melissa toward bland, supporting roles. On the other hand, the trio of friends sometimes cooperate beautifully: organizing, for instance, a special revenge against sadistic camp counselors in the season premiere. (Meanwhile, McGuirk is in hiding from a touchy-feely men's group called "Crywalkers.") There are some fabulous special features in this set, including a bonus music CD with 52 songs from all four seasons, 22 commentaries from the cast, crew, and special guests (including the Shins and Modest Mouse), and an "Audio Outtakes Jukebox." --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Like Home Movies April 15, 2006
This show's completely original and always thoroughly enjoyable. to sound pretentious it's kind of like comedy jazz, a lot of improvisation and it puts you in just one of those "takin it easy" kinds of moods. even the smallest details can be hilarious, especially for film buffs. anyway what compells me to recommend this season especially is the bonus CD with all the great songs from the show, amazing!!! i've been waiting for something like that since it was the first show ever to be shown on Adult Swim back in, well, I guess it must have been 2000! if you've got a funny bone and a brain you can't go wrong with this...
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brendon, Jason, and Melissa take their final bows. July 15, 2006
I'm sure that all Adult Swim fans in 2003 knew that the current fourth season of Home Movies would be its last. All the signs were there: an eight month hiatus between seasons, no advertising, all episodes shot off in succession as quickly and quietly as possible. This was no stretch for my imagination; I was also a Futurama fan so it was nothing I hadn't seen before. But I still couldn't easily accept why the show didn't draw more viewers than it did. Cartoon Network was the perfect channel for the show and yet that wasn't enough. Perhaps it wasn't "avant-garde" like its concurrent original shows Aqua Teens or Sealab 2021 (and by that I mean it had linear plots that weren't subsumed by unmitigated chaos). In any case, there's nothing we can do about it now except to settle in, pop the final season's DVD's in your players, and watch Home Movies' swan songs.

The writing staff definitely gave us their best, most imaginative episodes for the final season. In the opener, Camp, guest-starring the two Johns from They Might be Giants, Coach McGuirk is pursued through the woods by a Robert Bly workshop-esque cabal of cloaked touchy-feely men while the kids suffer through a soul-crushing week at a performance arts camp. "It looks like we've got an INDIE filmmaker here," the instructor says with as much disdain in his voice as possible, and then he proudly yammers on about all of the big-budget popcorn flicks that he's catered (apparently, James Cameron loves clementines). Never before has Hollywood weathered such a scathing satire! Bye Bye, Greasy sees Brendon helming his school play in which he must deal with extortion, epinephrine, and Fenton's insufferable capering as the lighting guy.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Home Movies = Intelligent Toilet Humor May 21, 2006
By Rob O
Yes...the title of my post is absurd and stupid; but I will just have to live with it. I call HM "intelligent toilet humor" because the show was brilliant at intertwining low brow humor with some really intelligent and smart writing. The show can go from Jason picking "stuff out of his nose" to parodying Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis (Season 1).

Season 4 is very bittersweet, because all the while I watched this season; I knew that it was being cancelled. Adult Swim, riding on the wave of Family Guy/Futurama popularity, let HM take a backseat to their headliners. Yes, those shows are also great fun, especially Aqua Teen Hunger force, but the humor that came from HM was so relatable!

My favorite episodes from Season 4 are the episodes, "Curses" and "Camp"...I just loved it in Curses when Brendon shows his cursing robot movie to his classmates and they all cheer at all the terrible language in the movie. "Camp" had one of the most hilarious endings in HM history. When they perform the play depicting all their psychotic drama camp counselors/directors for the entire camp I could barely contain my laughter. I was literally doubled over because I was laughing so hard.

The last episode, "Focus Grill" had one of the most fitting endings for any show out there. I have to admit that my eyes did well up a bit when, at the end of the last episode, Brendon's camera fell out onto the road is ruined beyond repair. Very sad, indeed....

This show was absolutely brilliant! Why did I start watching it? It all goes back to a great show called, "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist" That show almost defined everything about me in the 90's. I could totally relate to H. Jon Benjamin's "Ben" character from Dr.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOME MOVIES DVD!...............DVD! January 10, 2007
All I can say is im sad to see its over. If you haven't given Home Movies a chance you need to. You have to buy them in order start with the first season and trust me you will be back to buy them all. If the creators ever read this I want them to know MAKE MORE HOME MOVIES!!! We need more episodes. Adult swim has aired these guys for a long time unfortunately they have stopped so they can add cartoons that dont deserve the air space. Example 12o.z. mouse? I guess talent is not needed and creativity to do cartoons. Well If you want something good to watch go buy all the Home Movie seaons they are fun to watch, worth the cashola!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I Smell Burning Eye. Is That A Problem?" November 24, 2007
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In this season of "Home Movies" the cartoons get more intricate, while the characters become more richly nuanced. I love this DVD set, but it saddens me that this is the final season of the series, surely one of the most original and entertaining animated shows in history.

The plots this season span everything from a rock opera disaster ("The Wizard's Baker") to Coach McGuirk having laser eye surgery, losing his sight (temporarily), and becoming a psychic. One of the best shows of the whole series is "Camp" and features Brendon, Melissa, and Jason at the wretched "Camp Campingston Falls" while McGuirk (a.k.a. "Cloudchaser") is pursued by a group of "Crywalkers." The musical production and conclusion of that episode are among the best moments ever aired on television.

The three DVD set is an absolute delight with no real clunkers in the bunch (although I never really warmed to "Cho and Amy Lee," as I did to the other episodes). It also includes a bonus audio CD of the best musical tracks from the series over the years: I liked it so much I put it on my iPod. There are many extras in the form largely of commentaries, etc., which are compelling as well, especially to die-hard fans.

I love "Home Movies" and couldn't recommend this, the final, season more highly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by D Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cartoon series!
One of the better animation series, aimed at maturer audiences. Great characters and great story lines.
If H Jon Benjamin is voicing a character, you know it has to be good. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Yuma
5.0 out of 5 stars Omg
It made me pee a little.
I kid you not. Coach McGurk makes lose control of my bladder...In a good way.
Published 6 months ago by James grossmeyer
5.0 out of 5 stars funny show
Not many know about this funny show with horrible animation. Reminded me of the early south park episodes, love it! Coach McGurk is too funny!
Published 7 months ago by Kelli
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong with Home Movies
The combo of iffy computer animation, sarcasm and a hint of inappropriateness make this a winner every time. Every. Time.
Published 7 months ago by Pam S.
2.0 out of 5 stars Fair
I didn't care for this and wasn't that entertaining. I had to watch too many weak movies to get to a fair one.
Published 8 months ago by Lionsd2
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show
This is such a funny show and so real to life. The relationship between Brandon and Coach McGuirk is so well blended.
Published 8 months ago by Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars funny
Love this show. I have been watching it since the 8 grade. Check it out you'll like it ..... :-D
Published 9 months ago by Chazluv
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Show
Funny no matter how many times I have seen it. Subversive and silly! Coach McGuirk continues to steal the show
Published 9 months ago by Bigdugga
5.0 out of 5 stars love this show
It has been off the air for almost 10 years, but this is still one of my fave shows. Use some many quotes from this show on a regular basis. Gold!
Published 10 months ago by Olay07
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Those guys are inexplicably included on the commentary for the episode titled "Camp". They come across as total boobs who may or may not have even seen the show before. This is especially insulting since this episode featured the voices and music of They Might Be Giants, and the... Read More
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