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Critical darling Skins is back with another season of Effy and Co.'s misadventures! Volume Four begins with the suicide of a girl named Sophia (Amberley Gridley) while she is high on MDMA at Thomas s club night. A police inspector (Pauline Quirke) questions the entire gang, and Thomas is expelled by the new headmaster (Chris Addison) for his unseemly connection to the incident. Thomas gives into temptation and sleeps with another girl, causing Pandora to break up with him. Meanwhile, Effy falls into a psychotic depression, JJ falls in love with a single mother, and Naomi and Emily have some baggage to sort through. With everyone so busy, is there ever time for school?

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British teen drama Skins became notorious for its hedonism--sex, drugs, and a killer soundtrack--but it's the outstanding writing and acting that have made the show such a success. Skins: Volume 4 continues with the cast from the previous season, each episode built around a different character: Effy (Kaya Scodelario), formerly the center of the group's social world, now grapples with mental instability; Cook (Jack O'Connell), volatile and rebellious, finds his amoral outlook tested by a young girl's drug-related suicide; Emily (Kathryn Prescott) discovers her girlfriend Naomi (Lily Loveless) has been unfaithful, while Emily's twin sister Katie (Megan Prescott) discovers she's infertile; Thomas (Merveille Lukeba) struggles to balance his family's rigid codes of behavior with the wild life of his friends; and more. As a whole, volume four has its weaknesses. The incident that launches the season peters out after the third episode, making the remaining episodes feel unfocused (and the direction the last two take is woefully melodramatic, verging on gothic). But most of the individual episodes are superb, and even the weaker ones have moments of the comedy, tension, or just sheer psychological acuity that make this series so utterly gripping. At its best, Skins brings the confusion and yearning of late adolescence to such vivid life it puts other teen dramas to shame. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Kaya Scodelario, Ollie Barbieri, Luke Pasqualino, Jack O'Connell, Kathryn Prescott
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 376 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0043988O4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,816 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Eilatan on February 20, 2011
Format: DVD
I'm probably in the minority group who loved the second generation of kids better than the first. Season three introduced a group that did not all know each other in the beginning but became friends by circumstances that put them all together. I loved season three but in season four there definitely was a decline in the story telling towards the end. The writers seemed to have decided to go with shock value towards the end of season 4 instead of reasonably trying to loosely tie up certain story arcs. Since venting would disclose many spoilers I'll leave it at that. The actors seemed to really become one with their characters, but the crude ending left me wanting my questions answered. I think SKINS fans will enjoy seeing these characters again but will feel a bit disappointed that there wasn't another episode after the last to answere many questions & put some form of closure to events that happened at the end.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midan on March 6, 2011
Format: DVD
Teenage drama "Skins" is about the evolution of misguided teens -- some of them are violent, others are mentally ill, and the rest are just... lost. I started watching "Skins" in April 2010, and I became instantly hooked on the series. Not only was it brilliantly structured, well-acted, and extremely bizarre, but the morals were there. I read reviews in the past on the show saying that it was despicable, and that parents and teens should both avoid the series. Trust me, it is revealing, but that is the beauty of the British teen drama: nothing is held back (and I mean nothing!).

Generation One - Classy, wild, determined. The characters were wild, but there was a precedent with the characters. Although they did drugs, had sex, and went to ravenous parties during all hours of the night, they knew it was something they'd outgrow. Some characters did, earlier than others actually, while others didn't. The storylines were based around love, family issues, mental illness, and death. So the question becomes, how can you outdo this for future shows?

They decided to keep the cast fresh (which at first I HATED because of my love for the first generation) but then I fell in love with the second generation. It was a complete surprise, given that I waited almost a year before watching it, but I am extremely glad I did.

Like real life, "Skins" became darker, wilder, and extremely heartbreaking. The characters were even more lovable than the original (I love them all, but hey, the new is the new, right?) which kept the show interesting. The stories more WAAAAAY more intense, the relationships were deadly (yes, deadly), and it was a struggle for us as viewers to connect with them, because -- at times -- we either found ourselves hating them, or loving them.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Mosier VINE VOICE on April 10, 2011
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If you haven't seen the first two seasons of Skins then this might seem quite good. And you'll have to watch season 3 to even understand this season. However, to previous Skins watchers this is going to seem more than a little disappointing. If you take one thing away from this; it would be that the story is undeniably poorly written. What has made the show and always will is the acting, which is still better than most shows I've ever seen especially for teens. The show starts out with a suicide in a club where the group is hanging out. This becomes a major event and you would think this is the basis for the whole rest of the season and for the rest of the group. The implications are not as far reaching and basically they never talk about the event explicitly after episode 4. Essentially Emily, Naomi and Cook are the only ones really effected by the suicide. Thomas was working at the club when the suicide occurred and is offered money to shut up, but nothing ever comes of this.

One of the worst parts of this season is that it is only 8 episodes and not only was there so much left unexplained, but it was like they figured they couldn't come up with an ending. A show so complex and gripping as this and they couldn't write anymore? The meat of the show centers on Naomi and Emily's relationship which has become rocky because of cheating. And the rest is composed of Freddie and Effy's relationship. This was the central story in season 3, but now has the added effect that Effy is bipolar or something similar. All the other episodes are almost filler because the storyline barely plays into these two relationships. J.J's episode literally has nothing to do with anything else in the entire show before or after in terms of plot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martita on January 20, 2013
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high quality images, involving plot and story, thubs definitely up for this series! the last episodes of Skins gen.2 :(
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By victoria lalande on May 14, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
So I bought this and didnt get a chance to watch it for a couple of weeks due to being busy. When I finally did sit down and start to watch it one of the discs doesn't work!!!!! No matter if I put it on my dvd player my xbox or Pc the disc won't play. This is BS . Im assuming its to late to return it since it took me so long to discover the flaw. But wow thanks for wasting my money. Dont buy god forbid you get a broken disc too.
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By ETP1978 on November 17, 2011
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This was an amazing purchase. I just love this show and it is by far better then the American Version of it. The only drawback to this season was that it was not long enough. I am going to miss this cast and especially Kaya Scodelario. They should all be brought back for the movie or something else soon.
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