Northern Exposure - The Complete Fourth Season
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4.1 Northwest Passages
To celebrate her thirtieth birthday, Maggie spends the weekend camping alone to reflect on her life and cleanse her soul. Marilyn asks Chris to help her learn how to drive. Maurice rambles endlessly into a recorder about his past in an attempt to write his memoirs.
4.2 Midnight Sun
Joel is "light loony" and, with his enormous amount of excess energy, coaches the Cicely Quarks in their annual basketball game against Sleetmute. An old friend (Gillis Toomy) drops in to visit Ruth-Anne and outfits the town from his collection of fashionable ensembles.
4.3 Nothing's Perfect
Chris kills a dog with his truck and quickly falls in love with its owner (Amy, the Pi Lady). Maurice buys an extremely expensive Augsburg clock and with its delivery comes a highly trained specialist to install it.
Chris must decide what to do with his deceased friend's remains (Tooley). A heavy-metal rock star (Guest star Adam Ant) mistakenly arrives in Cicely instead of Sicily.
4.5 Blowing Bubbles
A mysterious new resident (Mike Monroe) quarantines himself in Cicely, arousing Maggie's interest and Joel's disbelief. Ruth-Anne must also cope with a new addition to the community - her materialistic son, Matthew, who gives up his career as an investment banker in Atlanta in search of a simpler life.
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I loved the show, and I really didn't notice the replacement music on Seasons 1-3, so I thought it could be forgiven. I figured that the original music was an artistic decision on the part of the creators of the series. If they couldn't get the rights at an affordable price for the DVDs, they would have to make more artistic decisions regarding replacement music. How bad could it be? How far could they go wrong?
Unfortunately, with Season 4, I am noticing it, and for me, I'm realizing how much the original choices of music were the heart of some scenes, and very often the heart of the all-important final scene, the one that leaves you with "that feeling". Often the music is essential for "that feeling".
So I realize I fall into the "original music is essential" camp of NX fans. If the music isn't the heart of the show's emotions for you, great. But Season 4 is the last one that I'll buy unless they find a way to release the series with the original music.
I'm glad I purchased seasons 1-4 to show my support (or else how else would they know how popular the show is so they can think about buying the rights to the original music), but I'm done with these DVDs. I'll watch them through and put them on a shelf, give them to relatives and hope they can get into them, but for my enjoyment, the original music was essential, and it's missing.
Hopefully, they won't be like David Bowie CDs, undergoing 3 or 4 releases until hardcore fans give him the finger and say "F*** You, David, I've given you enough money. I'm sticking with the Rykodiscs" like I did.
I've been fine with the DVDs but preferred the VHS tapes - despite their commercials, inferior quality, and slightly cut scenes - because, as many people have noted, the soundtracks on the DVDs for the second through fourth season have been changed.
The fourth season has finally turned me against the DVDs, for a very personal reason.
My favorite episode of Northern Exposure is "Nothing's Perfect," the third episode of the fourth season. The absolutely, positively most poignant few minutes of that show are hearing Danny Kaye's recording of "Inchworm" at the end of the episode. Truly, it's enough to make a person a little misty.
Prior to the season four DVDs I grudgingly accepted the replacement music because it generally didn't grossly interfere with the telling of the stories. Yes, it was hard not to hear "Is That All There Is?" at Rick's funeral in season two, but I could deal with that.
"Nothing's Perfect" is absolutely, positively not the same show without "Inchworm." I was relieved at first, because the DVD deceptively borrows a few lines of the song, but then it morphs into a song that has nothing to do with the theme of the show - as show which, as noted, is my favorite episode of my favorite television show of all-time.
Universal Studios is known for giving reputable actors a lot of money to take part in cheesy films. I didn't know the same cheese factor applies to its television offerings, but I've learned that's the case.Read more ›
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Check your discs. Mine came factory sealed with 2 of the same disc, instead of all discs.Published 4 days ago by Shanna Zimmerman
one of my favorite seasons in the series.Plus surprise episodes I had never seen before.Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
Everything ws great. Dvd's play well and shipment came in estimated time.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Packaging was great. Product received without any issues. Don't think I should rate the show. I enjoyed this series and have watched it 3 or 4 times. But it is a TV Series. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gordon F. Rayner
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