Created by best-selling author Michael Crichton, this series centers on the medical personnel in the emergency room of a Chicago county hospital. ER tracks the inner workings of County General Hospital, a Level One Trauma ... more »Center where heroic doctors and nurses are faced with life-and-death decisions on a daily basis. In its fourth season, ER received 16 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series. Watch the fourth season, which begins with the critically acclaimed documentary episode that aired 'live.'« less
Teresa C. from ROCKFORD, MI Reviewed on 10/3/2011...
great addition to any collection. this 6 disk comes with artwork and disk holder set, NO outer box.
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A fascinating dramatic series...
Britt Gillette | Chesapeake, VA USA | 07/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Nominated for 25 Golden Globes and 110 Emmys, including 7 for Outstanding Drama Series, ER has long been one of the best prime-time shows on television. Premiering in September 1994 on NBC, the hour-long hospital drama vividly illustrates the intensity and fast-paced stress endemic to hospital emergency rooms across America. Brought into being by Michael Crichton - famous Hollywood insider, novelist, and brains behind such films as Jurassic Park, Twister, and Timeline - ER fulfills its creator's ultimate vision (it took over a decade of pitching the show before network executives bit) for a close-to-life glimpse of the technology and the humanity omnipresent in the ER. Since its inception, many cast members have passed through the halls of ER, many of them having gone on to become big stars in Hollywood...
ER follows the exploits of a group of emergency room staff who work in a busy Chicago hospital. The show attempts to examine every detail of the ER experience. From the exhilaration of saving a life to the tedium caused by mountains of paperwork, all the highs and lows are covered. In the show's first year, a number of regular faces staffed the ER. Doctors Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards), Peter Benton (Eriq La Salle), Douglas Ross (George Clooney), and Susan Lewis (Sherri Stringfield) were regulars in the ER along with Head Nurse Carol Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) and Benton's medical student understudy (and later ER doctor), John Carter (Noah Wyle)... Any given episode tends to run multiple plot lines throughout the show, interweaving scenes in short snippets intended to heighten audience emotion and create the aura of a stress-laden atmosphere. The show's high drama, coupled with subplots of the staffers' personal lives and the display of cutting edge medical technology, combine to make ER one of most adrenaline-inducing programs in television history...
The ER (Season 4) DVD features a number of dramatic episodes including the season premiere "Ambush" in which the ER is put in the spotlight when it's chosen as the site for the filming of television documentary. Trauma specialist Elizabeth Corday (Alex Kingston) joins the staff of the ER while Carter begins his residency. Meanwhile, the usual tragic cases pour into the ER, such as a man left paralyzed after trying to break up a gangland fight... Other notable episodes from Season 4 include "Fathers and Sons" in which Doug travels to California to settle his father's estate while Mark goes with him to visit his San Diego family for the first time in years, and "A Bloody Mess" in which Dr. Corday performs an experimental procedure on a patient without getting the required permissions first...
Below is a list of episodes included on the ER (Season 4) DVD:
Episode 71 (Ambush) Episode 72 (Something New) Episode 73 (Friendly Fire) Episode 74 (When the Bough Breaks) Episode 75 (Good Touch, Bad Touch) Episode 76 (Ground Zero) Episode 77 (Fathers and Sons) Episode 78 (Freak Show) Episode 79 (Obstruction of Justice) Episode 80 (Do You See What I See?) Episode 81 (Think Warm Thoughts) Episode 82 (Sharp Relief) Episode 83 (Carter's Choice) Episode 84 (Family Practice) Episode 85 (Exodus) Episode 86 (My Brother's Keeper) Episode 87 (A Bloody Mess) Episode 88 (Gut Reaction) Episode 89 (Shades of Gray) Episode 90 (Of Past Regret and Future Fear) Episode 91 (Suffer the Little Children) Episode 92 (A Hole in the Heart)
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Joshua Spaulding | Ossipee, New Hampshire | 01/31/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"From the incredible success of the season opening live episode "Ambush" all the way to the crazy father shooting his family in the season finale, ER's season four was full of fantastic story lines, great writing, phenomenal acting and just solid television.
ER has been my favorite show for years and this season, like the one before it, was one of the strongest on record. Viewers got to see into the lives of the characters and even welcomed a few more people to the County General family.
The season premiere, shot live twice, once for the east coast and once for the west coast, was a true inspiration, an idea hatched by series stars Anthony Edwards and George Clooney. Writer Carol Flint found a great way (a documentary crew is in the ER shooting) to write cameras and such into the story and from there, it is all the actors, as they shine in their moment in the sun.
This season brings some changes to the county general staff. Dr. Kerry Weaver (Laura Innes) is promoted to interim chief of emergency medicine after Dr. Morgenstern (guest star William H. Macy) has a heart attack in the season premiere. Her management style is quite brash and certainly irritates those who have to work for her. Her decision to first hire, then not, an outside management firm was made even more difficult by the fact that she was dating the man who was trying to bring the program into county (guest star Clancy Brown).
Elizabeth Korday (Alex Kingston) comes across the pond to join the County General staff as a fellow under Dr. Robert Romano (guest star and future series regular Paul McCrane). Her introduction to American television is the live episode, but her character goes through a lot in her first year. She fights off the advances of Dr. Romano, instead chasing after fellow surgeon Peter Benton (Eriq LaSalle). She gets a first hand look at just how different things can be in the United States, and as the season ends, she finds herself looking for a way to stay after Romano doesn't renew her fellowship.
Maria Bello joins the regular cast as Anna Del Amico, an ER resident. She guest starred in the end of season three and in season four finds herself in a budding relationship with Dr. John Carter (Noah Wyle). She also finds herself at odds with the filmmakers in the live episode and deals with the returning of a former boyfriend as the season comes to a close.
Dr. Benton has to adjust to life as a father after having a son in the end of season three. He also pursues a relationship with Dr. Korday and makes a career-threatening move when he questions the work of Dr. Morgenstern, pushing aside the senior doctor in a bold surgical room move. He also has to deal with his son's mother Carla (guest star Lisa Nicole Carlson) moving on with another man.
Dr. Carter had a trying year, as he had to deal with the drug addiction of his cousin Chase (guest star Johnathan Scarfe) and also had to deal with humility when he decides to cut himself off from his family's money and has to go back to being an intern after switching from surgery to emergency medicine. Perhaps the shining moment of this season is when Carter takes control of the ER after a toxic mishap, and shows just what kind of doctor he can be, something viewers got to see for years after.
Dr. Doug Ross (Clooney) also didn't have an easy year, as he went up against Weaver with the suggestion of a pediatric ER department with himself as Pediatric attending. The situation is still unresolved at the end of the season, but it is just one more thing to put Dr. Ross at odds with the bosses. He also suffers the loss of his father in a car accident in Californnia, which leads to a great episode where he and Dr. Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards) travel to California together.
Of course Ross wouldn't be complete without nurse Carol Hathaway (Julianna Margulies). As the season begins, the two are in a secret relationship, but the truth soon comes out. Carol grows tired of the patient care and opens a free clinic in the ER, thanks to some timely funds from Carter's grandmother (guest star Frances Sternhagen). She also assists Ross in a questionable procedure at the end of the season, one that puts both of their careers in jeopardy.
Dr. Greene pays a couple of visits to see his parents, bonding with his father (guest star John Cullum) on a second trip when his mother is ill. Mark is also still recovering from an attack in the men's room in the previous season, making him question just about everything in his life. He gets in a relationship with desk clerk Cynthia Hooper (guest star Mariska Hargitay) and battles with Weaver over numbers of things, a normal occurence in the world of my favorite character on this show.
Finally, PA Jeannie Boulet (Gloria Reuben), my least favorite character in the 12 years this show has been on the air, has to deal with her firing because of budget cuts. She believes its because of her HIV status and sues for her job back, which she gets. Her husband leaves for Atlanta and she forms a bond with the son of Dr. Anspaugh (John Aylward), a young cancer patient. I just never cared that much for this character, mainly because I found her to be selfish in a lot of ways, but maybe that's just me.
This season featured a number of great guest stars, including many who went on to star in shows in the future, or came from past shows. Cullum (Northern Exposure) was great as Mark Greene's father. Harold Perrineau (Lost) does a turn as the father of a critically injured boy. George Eads (CSI) plays a paramedic with a thing for Hathaway. Hargitay (Law and Order SVU) is fantastic as Cynthia the desk clerk. Sternhagen (Cheers) is great as Carter's stoic grandmother. Jorja Fox (CSI) continues her recurring role as Dr. Maggie Doyle. A number of great actors had spots on this show and this list is only a partial listing.
As for extras, there are two features on the live episode, including one that was filmed immediately after the two live episodes. The other feature talks about the work that went into the live episode and how they pulled it off. There is a gag reel and a number of deleted scenes as well.
Since this is my favorite show, I am bound to praise this set, but anybody looking for quality television should look no further than this."
BRADSON | KIRKLAND, IL USA | 04/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a fan of ER and have seen season four, you know how great it is, and if you are just getting into it or got into it after season four and haven't seen reruns on TNT, you're in for a real treat. This season introduces us to Drs. Elizabeth Corday and Robert Romano, both surgeons. Maria Bello also becomes a series regular, but then leaves the show in the last episode of season four. This is a very fast paced season. My favorite episode is Exodus, in which Carter takes charge of an evacuation ER after a chemical spill causes Dr. Weaver to faint. But every episode is very well done and written by genius's. And the season finale is unforgettable. This is a must by, and I recommend every season of ER to any fan. These are a must have and you should continue to by the other seasons as they come out.
NOTE: SEASON 6 IS THE SEASON WHERE LUCY AND CARTER ARE STABBED. "
It's Great, But Has More Weak Spots Than The First Three Sea
belvis | renton, washington | 02/18/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I will say right now that this review will probably be much longer than the other three I have written, which were all pretty long themselves. But I just finished watching this season after getting it for Christmas, so it's very fresh in my mind.
Season four of "ER" is excellent and exciting dramatic television, but I must say it doesn't quite live up to the standard set by the amazing first three seasons. Do not take this as a negative, however. For the most part, this season is excellent. The only problem is a handful of episodes I could have done without.
I'll start with the season premiere, "Ambush." This is the famous live episode that was performed twice, once for the East Coast, and once for the West Coast. OK, so yes, this episode is a marvel of television and a technical masterpiece and it's simply amazing that it managed to air at all, and also that they did it twice, in a row no less. However, I just don't think this episode is very good at all. In fact, I hate it. I think if it wasn't for the fact that it aired live, it would be counted among the worst episodes of the series, if not the all time worst episode. I'm sorry, but this episode is just completely cheesy and campy and really quite awful. It has a whole different look from the other episodes, being that it aired live and all, and the whole style is like that of a different show. I also think that the plot is stupid and unrealistic and only a gimmick for the excuse to show it live. Also, the drama in this episode is really weak. It feels more like a high school play than a serious, high budget television series. All in all, a big dissapointment.
Fortunately, things get back on track after this disastrous episode, but there are still two episodes that lower the rating for me. The first one is "Fathers and Sons" and the second one is "Family Practice." I have heard of people who like these episodes a lot, but I am not one of them. I believe the show is called "ER" and to have two episodes that don't even take place in the ER is just stupid to me. The acting and all in these episodes is fine, and we do learn a lot about Ross and Greene, but I just prefer it when the show takes place in the hospital. Plus, these episodes seriously lack the ensemble power of great "ER." The only cast members to appear in "Fathers and Sons" are Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, and Julianna Margulies, and then "Family Practice" has Anthony Edwards going completely solo! I don't understand why a celebrated ensemble show would have episodes with only three cast members in it (or just one, in the case of "Family Practice").
Aside from these episodes, though, "ER" season four rolls along smoothly. The adventures continue and the characters grow, for example:
Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards): Mark has some real trouble this season. He's still all bent out of shape after the brutal beatdown he got in the previous season, and is still fighting to get the person he suspects beat him thrown in prison. Also, Mark has a memorable romantic fling with Mariska Hargitay, who plays Cynthia Hooper for an extended run this season.
Doug Ross (Geoge Clooney): Doug and Carol are finally together in this season, after three seasons of being apart. Doug has plenty of excitement this year, and a top example is his relationship with Carol. Also, he illegally tries to help detox a little baby and gets in major trouble with Greene for it.
John Carter (Noah Wyle): We get a large glimpse into the family life on Carter this season, when we meet his grandmother (played by the always excellent Frances Sternhagen) and his drug addicted cousin. Carter works hard to cure his cousin of his drug addiction, but in the end fails, and takes the scoldings of his family members. Carter also has some romantic tension with new-to-the-cast Del Amico and makes a controversial decision with a known rapist.
Carol Hathaway (Julianna Margulies): 'Tis an exciting year for Carol. She comes up with an excellent plan to offer a free nursing center for poor people in the ER, and asks for the help of Carter's grandmother. She also deals with commitment problems with Ross and meets several woman who have been raped by the same man.
Jeannie Boulet (Gloria Reuben): It's another sad but intense year for the wonderful Boulet. She is now back with her ex-husband, but he eventually leaves to get a job somewhere else after being fired from his job in Chicago. Jeannie is left alone and forms a bond with Dr. Anspaw's sickly son. She also fights hard to keep her job after she is let go, and there is a good amount of tension between her and Weaver.
Kerry Weaver (Laura Innes): Weaver infuriates Boulet when she is forced to fire her, and takes some heat for this decision. She also has a romantic affair with a man who wants her to invest into another company, but ends us betrated and angry.
Anna Del Amico (Maria Bello): This interesting character would unfortunately only be around for this season and this season only, which makes it hard to really get into her character. For what it's worth, she does get some very interesting storylines in her only season, including romance with Carter. She also deals with her only personal beliefs in an episode where an abortion clinic is bombed (one of the best of this season, by the way). She also has hardships when her old boyfriend returns to town.
Elizabeth Corday (Alex Kingston): Season four introduces this character, who will be around for quite awhile, which we are all grateful for. Corday has a year of thrills when she comes to America to work at County General. She ends up in a romantic relationship with Benton and fights against the snide comments of resident jackass Romano.
Peter Benton (Eriq La Salle): Peter learns what it means to be a father in this season as he takes care of his new baby. This brings out an interesting new aspect in Peter's character. He also dates Corday and this leads to some excellent storylines.
So, there you have it. Season four of "ER" has a pretty large cast, as you can see. Although Sherry Stringfield is gone, we get the addition of two new characters, bringing the total cast up to nine characters.
Despite my negative comments earlier, I would like to state that "ER" season four is a prime example of the show's brilliance and an excellent year for those seeking classic "ER."
The DVD continues the high standards set by the previous three seasons. The episodes are in 16:9 anamorphic widescreen (except for "Ambush," which is still presented in fullscreen format) and the picture quality is excellent.
The extras are actually my favorite of the four seasons currently out. The documentaries about "Ambush" are actually far better than the actual episode, and give you a good idea of what a remarkable job it was to create this episode and put in on the screens. The post shows for both versions of the episode are very interesting, too (if a bit too self congratulatory, especially from John Wells).
What can I say? Although I liked the first three seasons better, season four is not far behind, and is an excellent year of "ER," truly. Pick it up today."
Jo Mac | Melbourne, Australia | 07/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've loved this series from the first episode, and eagerly anticipate the release of each season on DVD. Season 4 of ER is a beauty - kicking off with the live episode and introducing new characters such as Drs Corday and Romano. It seems strange that the U.S. has fallen behind - Series 4 was released in Australia in April 2005. There are plenty of Australian DVD online shops for anyone wanting to get their own copy - just make sure your DVD player is multi-region."