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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Matt Walsh, Sufe Bradshaw.
Writing Credits:

Diplomacy In Action.

Just because former Vice President Selina Meyer is now President doesn't mean her staff is more capable now than before her previous boss stepped down.

Not Rated

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Spanish DTS 2.0
French DTS 5.1
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 281 min.
Price: $34.98
Release Date: 4/19/16

• Deleted Scenes


Panasonic TC-P60VT60 60-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma HDTV; Sony STR-DG1200 7.1 Channel Receiver; Panasonic DMP-BD60K Blu-Ray Player using HDMI outputs; Michael Green Revolution Cinema 6i Speakers (all five); Kenwood 1050SW 150-watt Subwoofer.


Veep: The Complete Fourth Season [Blu-Ray] (2015)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (April 3, 2016)

Given events that ended Season Three, Season Four of Veep should probably be renamed POTUS. Despite its lead character’s ascension to the presidency, however, Veep remains Veep for its fourth year. The Blu-ray includes all of Season Four’s 10 episodes across two discs. The plot synopses come straight from the Blu-ray menus.

Joint Session: “Selina’s (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) staff frantically works on her first major speech as president; Gary (Tony Hale) questions his worth.” Any fears that Selina’s new position as president would negatively alter Veep quickly dissipate in this excellent season-launching episode. It gives us a new perspective on politics but still packs the usual profane laughs.

East Wing: “The Israeli PM’s visit is overshadowed by a painting.” As good as “Joint” was, “East” improves on it, mainly because it develops some character threads well. I love the expansion of Selina’s daughter Catherine (Sarah Sutherland), and the subplot with Gary actually leads to a nearly-dramatic sequence. All of it adds up to a strong program.

Data: “Selina’s staff tries to uncover the source of a data breach.” After two excellent shows, “Data” sags a bit. While Veep does cynicism well, “Data” seems a little too mean-spirited. Still, it provides more than a few funny moments, so it continues to season moderately well.

Tehran: “A detained US reporter is released during Selina’s historic trip to Iran; Dan (Reid Scott) considers becoming a lobbyist.” After the minor disappointment of “Data”, S4 rebounds pretty well with “Tehran”. It juggles a lot of balls but keeps them in the air, as it mixes plot intrigue and comedy in a satisfying manner.

Convention: “Selina and her staff scramble to avert a crisis at the party convention; Amy (Anna Chlumsky) is rankled by the president’s new advisor Karen (Lennon Parham).” The Amy/Karen tension adds the most flavor to “Convention”, but the rest of it works well, too. The various components mesh to move along narrative elements and toss out the usual laughs.

Storms and Pancakes: “Selina tries to match her running mate’s effortless charm at a fundraiser, while an impending hurricane looks like it could be good news for her image.” The interjection of VP candidate Tom James (Hugh Laurie) adds some spice to the season, mainly because he’s so much better at campaigning and politics than Selina. “Storms” sputters a bit at times, but it still delivers the goods, especially when we see the fallout of Jonah’s (Timothy Simons) quirky sexual harassment issues.

Mommy Meyer: “A dramatic incident leaves the president shaken, while Mike (Matt Walsh) tries to sell the Families First bill to the press.” Another good addition: Sam Richardson’s Richard Splett, Jonah’s assistant. The two show great chemistry and always amuse. Other parts of “Mommy” seem a bit erratic, though – it’s not a bad show but it’s a bit weaker than usual.

B/ill: “While Selina is sick with the flu, her staff works behind the scenes to kill the Families First bill.” Maybe the “Families First” bill dented S4, as “B/ill” continues the relatively weak trend from “Mommy”. Like that show, it’s not a poor episode, but it lacks a lot of energy.

Testimony: “Selina and her staff field questions about the Families First vote – and the source of the data breach.” “Testimony” offers an unusual structure, as the entire episode depicts either video depositions or Congressional hearings. That choice gives the episode a charge and helps it rebound from the last couple of less than great shows.

Election Night: “Selina and staff endure the ups and downs of the election night results.” S4 ends with a cliffhanger – and that’s a disappointment. Not a terrible letdown, but a more concrete finale would’ve been better. That’s a minor complaint about a mostly very good season, though, and I look forward to Season Five.

The Blu-ray Grades: Picture A-/ Audio B-/ Bonus C-

Veep appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on these Blu-ray Discs. As usual, the series boasted solid visuals.

I always felt the episodes provided excellent delineation. Sharpness was consistently tight, without signs of softness. No jaggies or moiré effects appeared, and edge haloes were absent. Print flaws also failed to appear..

The series’ palette tended toward an amber feel, though that changed. For instance, some scenes took on a greenish tint, and shots at the lobbyists’ office were nearly black and white. Within design parameters, the colors looked positive. Blacks were deep and dense, while shadows seemed concise. The season gave us consistently strong picture quality.

Given the series’ chatty nature, don’t expect much from the season’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio. That was fine, as the mix didn’t need to do much. Music showed good stereo presence, and the shows offered decent ambience. Not much more than that emerged; even in a scene with literal fireworks, the scope remained fairly restricted.

Audio quality pleased. Music was full and rich, while effects appeared accurate. Speech was natural and easily intelligible. I got the kind of restrained auditory experience I expected here.

32 Deleted Scenes fill a total of 15 minutes, 51 seconds. That’s typical for Veep, as the prior Blu-rays included tons of short sequences.

Once again, this means we don’t get a lot of substance, though I think S4’s deleted scenes deliver a little more character depth than usual. While most are brief quips, a few add a bit of exposition. Nothing fascinating appears, but these segments offer more of interest than usual.

Note that Season Four offers the first Veep Blu-rays without audio commentaries. On the surface, that disappoints me, but not as much as I might expect. The commentaries for Seasons One through Three tended to be fairly mediocre, so their absence here isn’t a huge loss.

Four years into its run and Veep works as well as ever – and maybe better, as Season Four entertains at a consistently high level. The Blu-ray offers satisfying picture and audio but lacks substantial supplements. Despite the lack of bonus materials, S4 becomes a must-see for fans.

Viewer Film Ratings: 4.6666 Stars Number of Votes: 3
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