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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 Melissas rock-opera opus/debacle "The Wizards 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!
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
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
- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
not as good as seasons on-three but dang, I wish Mr. Small would reward us with more of these brilliant and hilarious cartoons. They don't make them like this anymore, do they? Read morePublished 26 days ago by Rhonda Cawthorn
I've always liked this cartoon series and was disappointed when they stopped making the episodes.Published 1 month ago by Mr.P-NUTT
I love every single home movies episode ever made! This season is sad though cuz it was their last. But thanks to people like amazon I can pull up an episode anytime!! Read morePublished 10 months ago by robin hendrickson
Got this as a gift. I thought I owned all the seasons but nope, this was the only one missing. I have always really loved the soundtrack and think it's outstanding that they... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jacob Glenn
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