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"Boy Meets World, the Complete Fourth Season" (DVD) - Reviewed by Jim Clements

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Synopsis

Boy Meets World, Season 4 is a classic coming of age tale spun around the life of Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) who is living out his senior year at John Adams High School in Philadelphia. Along for the ride are his best friend, his older brother and his girlfriend since before the age of 1, Topanga (Danielle Fishel). Although Cory and Topanga are back together, Topanga's possible move to Pittsburgh could jeopardize their long-term relationship.  Look on as they dream of their future while making the most out of their time together.

Specifications

  • Lionsgate
  • 2006, Color, Not Rated, 528 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Codec: MPEG2
  • 480i
  • English 2.0 Dolby Digital
  • Starring: Ben Savage, Rider Strong, Danielle Fishel and Will Friedle
  • Directed by Jeff McKracken
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  • Violence: None
  • Sex: None
  • Language: None

Commentary

The overall production quality in this series is very rudimentary, but that doesn't detract from the fact that this is a decent story that is well told. In general, the acting is very solid throughout all 22 episodes of this delightful sitcom. I have always been a Ben Savage fan and Boy Meets World just helps to reinforce that sentiment. But the credit goes beyond Ben to many of the other cast members. Danielle Fishel as Topanga is simply cute as a button. And special mention must also go to Willam Daniels, the veteran Emmy Award-winning actor, who plays Cory's teacher and neighbor, Mr. Feeny. This series is full of heart and has made a believer out of me.

Technical

The discs in this set are mastered in a full screen format. This program was originally shot on video for the 1996/97 television series. Be that as it may, my major criticism is that this discs have the unfortunate combination of very prominent compression artifacts and seriously over done edge enhancement.  The muted colors and washed out picture don't even begin to approach the limits set out by the NTSC specifications. Too bad the set doesn't have optimimum quality for the format. The audio was only a little better. The set is mastered in Dolby Digital 2.0. While not at all live sounding, the voices are nevertheless clear and intelligible. The occsional music is limited in bandwidth, but maintains a polite and listenable presentation.

Extras

There are no extras in this boxed set.