Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Entourage The Complete Fourth Season|
Actors: Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television
Sure it would be great to have it all, but at what price? For Vince, Eric, Drama and Turtle, life in Hollywoods fast lane can be an intoxicating ride. In Season Four, in fact, Eric and Vince have taken on new roles as prod... more »
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Daniel T. (absolutdan) from SAN DIEGO, CA
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Jane H. from PALM HARBOR, FL
Reviewed on 3/25/2011...
Another enjoyable trip with the "boys". Love that Jeremy Piven!
Soars To New Heights & Sinks To New Lows
R.A. McKenzie | New York | 08/28/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I press "Play." The HBO static kicks in. Yet, the "Superhero" theme by Jane's Addiction is nowhere to be found. Before we begin, ENTOURAGE's 4th season presents a mini-documentary (like THE OFFICE) detailing the trials and tribulations of getting a dream project made. This change of pace promises great things to come; the premiere episode of ENTOURAGE's fourth season will undoubtedly go down as one of its greatest.
As the show continues, it continues its solid streak for a while. Although the remaining 11 episodes are shot in the traditional style we've seen this show use for years, things become even more desparate and challenging for Eric, Vince, and Ari than ever before. Their domestic lives and careers are really put through the ringer this time.
Eric continues to try to expand his career, but struggles to get what he wants most: Respect. Vince actually matures more than the rest of the cast this season. His optimism is no longer a boyish laziness; he actually steps up to plate when the line is drawn in the sand. Ari Gold has plenty of issues on his own. If you thought his financial woes in seasons' past made him a bitter man, wait until you see how his domestic life tests his aggressive masculinity.
You may have noticed I haven't mentioned Turtle or Johnny Drama yet. Well frankly, ENTOURAGE really drops the ball with them this season. While the gang's rapport is still very funny, I'm frustrated that neither of these two characters have shown any growth since the show began in 2004. Seriously, does Turtle really only think about sex, weed, and assorted materials? Gimme a break! Drama's insecurities are becoming pathetic, but at least Kevin Dillon's brilliant performance still sells it. Never once did I think that Drama wouldn't behave the way he does.
I don't want to give away any cameos, but be assured that they all pay off. Remember Scarlett Johannson's pointless bit from the Season One finale? Don't worry, you won't find any of that useless "Hey-Look-It's-Him/Her" garbage.
Special mention also has to go to Rhys Coiro's turn as crazed auteur Billy Walsh. While I can't believe a man like that is inspired by a real person, he's given just the right amount of screentime (and madness) to be effective, but not overstay his welcome. Also, Perrey Reeves and Rex Lee (as Mrs. Ari and Lloyd, respectively) get to kind of "star" in their own individual episode. While neither really contributes anything significant to Season Four's overall story, they were a nice change of pace.
I guess that last sentence summarizes my overall reaction to Season Four. I found these 12 episodes to be very entertaining, and with plenty of neat ideas thrown in to keep things from getting stale. But when I look at the season from beginning to end, the middle patch really doesn't have much to with the bookends. For example, there's a nice small angle involving Anna Faris. While it works the way it plays out, there were so many lateral moves the writers could've done with it. But in the end, very little has changed.
That's the problem with Season Four - Nothing's Really Changed.
The creators had one of their best plots when Ari Gold wasn't in Vince's good graces. That's why that particular season was so excellent. The writers and creators took a chance. But in Season Four, the chances are merely temporary. For four years, I've watched these characters take small steps into uncharted waters, only to return to shore. It's time to shake things up again before ENTOURAGE starts getting stale. That day hasn't come yet, but be assured that this series is still a very slick, entertaining comedy.
SEASON ONE --> 7.0 / 10
SEASON TWO --> 8.0 / 10
SEASON THREE > 8.0 / 10 (Part 1)
SEASON THREE > 9.0 / 10 (Part 2)
SEASON FOUR -> 8.5 / 10"
Medellin - Production To Premier (Entourage Season 4)
Ralph Brown | Suffern, New York | 08/27/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have enjoyed the HBO series "Entourage" since its first episode, but its fourth season somewhat squanders the gains its characters made in previous series. Turtle and Johnny Drama have very little to do here; Turtle seems to have given up any chance at an outside career, and not only do we see little of Drama's television work, he doesn't even cook this season. When Eric finally extends his management talent, the enterprise is uncerimoniously squashed. And forget about relationships this season: Women only pop up here to fill the usual nudity quota.
The series mostly focuses on the post-production and potential sale of "Medellin," the dream project for Vince, Eric, and unhinged director Billy Walsh, and the aside adventures of everyone's favorite agent, Ari Gold (played terrifically by Jeremy Piven). The Gold plotlines are great but isolated, often making one feel as if there are two different shows going on here. However, despite the season's narrow focus, you get the sense that these 12 episodes are preparing the viewer for some major changes in the lives of these Hollywood adventurers.
The DVD has a few audio commentaries, a nice making-of featurette of the "making of 'Medellin,'" a terrific, complete trailer for the film within the series, and a solid, 45-minute sit-down with show's creative heads and actors Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, and Jeremy Piven."
Been There, Done That, Bought the T-shirt
Movie Lover | Seoul, South Korea | 11/16/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This season is a bit of a downturn for the series featuring vince and the boys from Queens. This one picks up where Season 3 left off with the gang heading down to South America to film "Medellin" and the efforts to get it shown at Cannes.
As I watched each episode, I came down with a serious case of deja vu. Their problems were all the same: Vince out of money, Drama trying to resurrect his career and Turtle just trying to score. And while something bad might happen, something better would come along in five minutes or so. I will admit I was pleasantly surprised with the final episode, but it just wasn't enough. I hope they can heighten the tension in Season 5, because the first 3 have been some of the best TV I've seen recently."