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Family Ties
The Fourth Season

review by Zach B.

 

 

Not Rated

Running Time: 673 minutes

Starring: Meredith Baxter Birney, Michael Gross, Michael J. Fox, Justine Bateman, Tina Yothers

Written by: Gary David Goldberg, Ruth Bennett, Susan Borowitz, Marc Lawrence, Michael Russnow, Alan Uger, Michael J. Weithorn

Directed by: Will Mackenzie, Tony Mordente, Lee Shallat, Sam Weisman

 

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $39.99

Features: Episodic Promos, Gag Reel

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Mono, English Closed Captions, Chapters (4 Chapters per episode), Four-Disc Set

Released: August 5th, 2008

 

 

The fourth season of "Family Ties" and is presented in 1.33:1 full screen. The episodes are a little on the soft side, and there is some noise to be had. Fleshtones are pretty good if a little pasty, detail is decent enough, and color saturation - while nothing spectacular - is suitable. The episodes look fine, considering their age and how sitcoms were videotaped back then.

 

"Family Ties" features mono tracks on all the episodes. These are very straightforward tracks: nothing fancy, and the episodes sound just as how they aired on television. Dialogue, the laugh track, the theme song and sound effects all come in very clear. Fidelity is pretty high too, so no one should have trouble hearing anything. I did not detect any hissing or popping on the episodes I watched, either. 

English closed captions are available through your television. 

 

All the discs feature Episodic Promos, which are pretty fun to watch in a cheesy-sorta way. The last disc features a decent Gag Reel, plus a public service announcement from Michael J. Fox concerning his foundation to fight Parkinson's Disease.

 

A cornerstone of 1980s sitcoms, "Family Ties" is still a pretty enjoyable show over two decades later. This fourth season doesn't feature much as far as extras, but the presentations - while nothing amazing by today's standards - get the job done. Fans of the Keatons should consider checking them out again.