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Monk - Season Four
Monk - Season Four
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Avg. Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars(based on 12 reviews)
Sales Rank: 112
Category: DVD

Actors: Tony Shalhoub, Bitty Schram, Traylor Howard, Ted Levine, Jason Gray-stanford
Directors: Milan Cheylov, Michael Zinberg, Andre Belgrader, Adam Arkin, Daniel Dratch, Randall Zisk, Jerry Levine, Nick Marck, Adam Davidson, Jefery Levy, Stephen Cragg, Michael Nankin, Allison Liddi, Kevin Inch, Adam Shankman
Publisher: Universal Studios
Studio: Universal Studios
Manufacturer: Universal Studios
Label: Universal Studios
Format: Box Set, Color, Widescreen, Ntsc
Language: English (Original Language)
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Media: DVD
Number Of Items: 4
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Shipping Weight (lbs): 0.7
Dimensions (in): 7.6 x 5.5 x 1.2

UPC: 025192928420
EAN: 0025192928420

Release Date: June 27, 2006  (New: Last 30 Days)
Theatrical Release Date: July 12, 2002
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days

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Editorial Reviews:
Adrian Monk is still "the man" as this brilliant fourth season demonstrates. Not that his confidence in his crime-solving abilities isn't tested from time to time. In the fun season-opener, Monk finds himself upstaged by low-rent private eye Marty Eels (guest star Jason Alexander in a spinoff-worthy role). The very flappable Monk is further undone by Eels' seemingly uncanny ability to find clues in the baffling case of a jewelry store robbery ("He's cheating," Monk protests in vain). This is something of a "threshold" season for Monk, to quote his psychiatrist, who is moved to openly weep when Monk uncharacteristically allows a glass to go uncoastered at one point. But his obsessive-compulsive disorders still get the best of him, as in one of the season's more clever episodes, "Mr. Monk Goes to the Office," in which Monk, going undercover, is blissfully in his element as an "office drone," doing the same tasks day in and day out. Just as he is accepted as one of the office gang, he alienates them by not participating in a bowling tournament (it must be the shoes).

Tony Shalhoub, a two-time Emmy-winner for his nuanced performances as Monk, was nominated for his third Emmy for this season. One of his finest hours is "Mr. Monk and Mrs. Monk," in which it appears that his beloved late wife, Trudy, is not only still alive, but a suspect in a murder. This season also develops Monk's relationship with his new personal assistant, Natalie (Trayler Howard). In "Mr. Monk Gets Drunk," it's all about trust when Natalie initially doesn't believe Monk's implausible tale of a disappeared wine-country-inn guest Monk claims to have met the night before. Genius is pain, John Lennon once said, and this applies to Monk. His neurotic tendencies alienate him from the mainstream. In "Office," he so wants to be accepted that he writes conversational cue cards, and the solving of the crime doesn't compensate for him being a cubicle laughingstock. But as the series progresses, Monk is getting better, so much so, that Captain Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) informs him that he is being put under contract retainer for "16 homicides a year." With a sly nod to the series' renewal, Stottlemeyer tells him they best take things "one year at a time." --Donald Liebenson

Return to the scene of the crime with Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Tony Shalhoub in all 16 Season Four episodes of the quirky and amusing series Monk. Private detective Adrian Monk has brains, instincts, a photographic memory and more than a few Obsessive Compulsive Disorder's. These traits, his ever-present handy wipes and his devoted assistant, Natalie Teeger (Traylor Howard), help him as he solves cases involving amnesia, betrayal, first-loves, true loves, and of course, murder. Along with Captain Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) and Lieutenant Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford), Monk is on the case and more germ-phobic than ever in this fresh and funny 4-disc set.

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5 out of 5 stars Monk, one of the best shows in years   July 23, 2006
While all our friends are big into CSI our family likes Monk. We are still disappointed that Sharona (Bitty Schram) is no longer Monks girl Friday but we are getting used to his new girl, Natalie. While she can never be as funny as Sharona she does have her moments. I thought the storylines in this season are getting better. Would be even better with Sharona but doesn't look like Sharona is ever coming back so will just have to accept Natalie.

We don't have access to cable so have to wait every summer for the dvd to come out. We enjoy Monk so much that we can't wait until Season 5 comes out!

5 out of 5 stars One of my favorite seasons....   July 12, 2006
  2 out of 3 found this review helpful

Monk Season 4 is one great season to add to your Monk collection. If you've never seen Monk before, I recommend you watching seaons 1-3 just to get up to date on who this guy is. Monk goes all over the place in this one. From bumping his head and losing his memory, to hearing Lieutenant Disher claim he saw his dentist murder a man while he was under sedation, to even having another detective come in and show him up during a crime. This is one great set of episodes.

This 4 disk set comes with 16 episodes full of great comedy, drama, and even some suspense as you can't help but try to solve the cases before Monk makes his big revelation on who did it and how.

Episodes Include:

Monk and The Other Detective: Jason Alexander guest stars as another detective who starts showing Monk up with his seemingly implausible ways of solving the case. While others think he is a new genius, Monk believes the man is faking.

Monk Goes Home Again: Halloween is here and someone is stealing candy from kids who trick or treated at Monks old home. It doesn't seem that important until the death of a security guard is brought up with it.

Monk Stays in Bed: Mr. Monk gets sick for the first time in his life. But while he is in bed he must solve the case of a murdered judge that includes a pizza boy.

Monk Goes to the Office: In this one a millionaire gets his hand broken by someone who also kills a security guard. Monk is sent undercover into the office building to find out who did it and why.

Monk Gets Drunk: In this one at a wine tasting party Monk gets drunk and remembers talking to a man the night before that no one can seem to remember. Did he leave or is something else going on?

Monk and Mrs. Monk: Monk starts getting over his O.C.D. However things look bad when Natalie and others start seeing Monk's dead wife, Trudy, walking around the city.

Monk Goes to a Wedding: After Lt. Disher is hit by a car while arriving at the wedding of Natalie's brother, Monk suspects the brother's wife is the one who did it.

Monk and Little Monk: After seeing an old flame from middle school, Monk has flashbacks to when he was a kid.

Monk and the Secret Santa: A police officer is poisoned after drinking a bottle of wine he got during the Christmas season. Monk has to find out who did it and why.

Monk Goes to the Fashion Show: After his shirt cleaning lady asks Monk for help for her son, Monk learns the young man has been charged with a crime he could not have committed.

Monk Bumps His Head: Monk gets hit in the head after trying to find a new lead on his wife's murder and wakes up in a small town. While there he still has his cime solving skills and takes on the case of a murdered waitress.

Monk and The Big Reward: Monk must find a stolen diamond worth 1 million dollars. However he is not the only one after the reward for whoever finds the diamond and returns it.

Monk and The Astronaut: In this one Monk must prove a famous astronaut killed a woman while the man was in space when the murder happened.

Monk Goes to the Dentist: Lt. Disher claims he saw his dentist kill a man while he was under sleeping gas in the chair. No one believes him, except Monk of course.

Monk Gets Jury Duty: Monk has to solve a case he is one jury duty for, but also has to stop a drug kin pin from escaping the same courthouse.

This is one great set of epsisodes. Every single one has a different unique twist and plenty of laughs. The murder revelations are also great to watch to see how they unfold. If you are a Monk fan or even a crime solving fan, buy this season.

Highly recommended.

4 out of 5 stars Another Good Season for the Obsessive Compulsive Detective   July 1, 2006
  3 out of 5 found this review helpful

This has proved to be a more evan season than the third and now we are finally getting used to Nathalie. We also get many gueststars. I only wish the bonus features could have blooper real's or commentaries.

*** Mr. Monk and the Other Detective- Monk has meet his match but is he cheating?

**** Mr. Monk Goes Home Again- We revisit Ambrose and catch a Haloween candy theif.

**** Mr. Monk Stays in Bed- Monk gets sick and Natalie has to take over.

*** Mr. Monk Goes to the Office- Monk gets to experience life in the office building while he's undercover.

**** Mr. Monk Gets Drunk- A little bit out of character but very funny to see Monk wasted.

*****Mr. Monk and Mrs. Monk- Is Trudy alive and did she fake her own death? A great episode of the season.

***Mr. Monk Goes to a Wedding- Monk attends Natalie's brother's wedding and has some bad news about the bride.

*****Mr. Monk and Little Monk- We encounter a childhood sweatheart of Monk and flashbacks of him as a child.

****Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa- A holiday special that includes poisining during the christmas party at police headquarters.

***Mr. Monk Goes to a Fashion Show- After finding his shirt collector is not doing well, Monk investigates into the crime placed on her innocent son.

***Mr. Monk Bumps His Head- And gets stuck in the middle of nowhere with no clue of who he is.

***Mr. Monk and the Captain's Marriage- My least favorite episode which ends sadly and with no follow up.

****Mr. Monk and the Big Reward- It's a treasure hunt when jewls are stolen.

*****Mr. Monk and the Astronaut- Monk has to find a way that an astronaut killed an exlover while in space.

***Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist- Randy thinks he's seen a murder committed while sedated in the dentist's office.

*****Mr. Monk Gets Jury Duty- Monk gets stuck with Jury Duty.

5 out of 5 stars Fear Not. There's More Fun with Season Four   June 29, 2006
  10 out of 10 found this review helpful

Everyone's favorite obsessive-compulsive phobic detective is back! Police consultant Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) has sixteen more cases to solve. They're sure to leave him terrified and us helpless with laughter.

In this batch of episodes, Monk is faced with a brand new set of puzzles. Who shot the pizza delivery guy? Why did a masked man break a stock analyst's right hand? Did Monk's late wife fake her death? Who tried to run over Lieutenant Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford)? And how could an astronaut commit murder when he was in space? While working on answering these puzzles, he must face the challenge of dealing with the dentist, the flu, a cubical, a hangover, and amnesia.

Once again, the plots here are a little on the thin side. Heck, Monk usually tells us 15 minutes into the show who done it. The problem is figuring out how the person did it. I usually can't put all the pieces together until Monk explains it at the end, and then I feel foolish for missing it.

Of course, the heart of the show is the humor. The writers go out of their way to put Monk into situation that make him uncomfortable to show him over reacting to things. Yet they keep him human, making us care for him. This is best shown in "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut." In one scene, we're laughing at his reaction to the laser pointers, the next we're feeling sorry for him as the suspect in the case belittles him. Yet by the end we're proud as always of the way Monk overcomes his fears to save the day. Overall, this keeps Monk human.

Of course, the show works because the acting is so good. The actors take the material and make it shine. The cast is lead by Tony Shalhoub who brings Monk to life expertly. This is the first full season with Traylor Howard as Monk's new assistant Natalie. I may be in the minority, but she continues to grow on me each time I see her. There is an innocence and sweetness that compliments Monk so well. And Ted Levine and Jason Gray-Stanford continue their great work as the police who constantly have to call on Monk to solve their hardest cases.

Unfortunately, this season does have a couple of negatives. While Monk's wife's murder is mentioned a few times, that storyline seems to have been dropped. I like the few clues we were given each season to advance that story. And this season has the single worst episode of the show yet. "Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist" misses the comedy mark and becomes really dark really fast. While I liked the fact they made Lt. Disher smart for a change, the rest of the episode just didn't work for me.

Those who have been buying the previous seasons know what to expect here. All sixteen episodes are presented in widescreen and Dolby sound on four discs. The set is light on extras, this time giving us only two both on the last disc. The first is a fifteen-minute look at the process the writing staff goes through to create an episode, looking specifically at "Mr. Monk and the Big Reward." Despite what the box says, the actual second bonus feature is a brief profile of Jon Perkins, the detective who consults on the show to help add a bit of realize to it.

On the whole, this is another fine season of a great dramedy. This is the perfect way to preserve the show to watch over and over again.

4 out of 5 stars Quirky fun with an awkward, phobic Detective.   June 28, 2006
  5 out of 6 found this review helpful

Quirky fun with an awkward, phobic Detective about sums up this show in one sentence. Monk's phobia's are what draw you into this show laughing all the way and his quirky solve it ways bring you into full fledge hysteria.

When Monk goes undercover with his sidekick to solve the latest who done it crime, you think there is no way he can do this. His personal problems will get in the way; still he stumbles onto the solutions using his brains and his phobias along the way. Don't miss this season; even though his wife is gone, there is still much laughter to be had.

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