The Wire - Season 4 by David Simon, Robert Wisdom, Jim True-Frost, Julito McCullum | 26359392726 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
Wire - Season 4
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The Wire - Season 4

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Cast: David Simon, Robert Wisdom, Jim True-Frost, Julito McCullum

     
 
David Simon's masterful social commentary went back to school, quite literally, in the fourth season, which focuses on Baltimore's crumbling education system. A relevant link to its first three seasons is supplied by Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski (Jim True-Frost), who left the police department to become a teacher at Edward Tilghman Middle School, a hardscrabble

Overview

David Simon's masterful social commentary went back to school, quite literally, in the fourth season, which focuses on Baltimore's crumbling education system. A relevant link to its first three seasons is supplied by Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski (Jim True-Frost), who left the police department to become a teacher at Edward Tilghman Middle School, a hardscrabble institution on life support that services a low-income, drug-infested neighborhood. (Incidentally, Prez's career path is similar to one of the series' producers, Ed Burns). His eighth-grade math class includes a close-knit quartet of friends -- Randy Wagstaff (Maestro Harrell), Michael Lee (Tristan Wilds), Duquan "Dukie" Weems (Jermaine Crawford) and Namond Brice (Julito McCullum). The wisecracking Brice is ignominiously selected to be part of a university experiment studying at-risk kids, which counts a former police commander, Bunny Colvin (Robert Wisdom), as a consultant. Out on the corners, Marlo Stanfield (Jamie Hector) strengthens his grip on the city's West Side narcotics trade once dominated by the Barksdale gang, and with his cold-blooded lieutenants, Chris (Gbenga Akinnagbe) and Snoop (Felicia Pearson), devises an ingenious method to hide the collateral damage of his ascent from the law. This sleight-of-hand bedevils detectives Freamon (Clarke Peters), Greggs (Sonja Sohn) and Bunk (Wendell Pierce). The trio are flummoxed by the lack of victims that would surely coincide with Marlo's ever-widening domain, a savage power grab that also threatens the relative peace of the New Day Co-Op under East Side pooh-bah Proposition Joe (Robert F. Chew). Meanwhile, the Democratic primary in the city's mayoral campaign pits the entrenched African-American incumbent, Clarence Royce (Glynn Turman), against Councilman Tommy Carcetti (Aidan Gillen), a scrappy politico with a savvy campaign manager in Norman Wilson (Reg E. Cathey), but a long shot to become Charm City's first white chief executive in years.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Christina Urban
"We are not trying to do a cop show; we are trying to depict an American city." That's creator David Simon's take on his series The Wire, and it's never been more evident than in Season 4. Like the previous three seasons, Season 4 focuses on a theme: education -- or lack thereof -- for the children of West Baltimore. Namond Brice (Julito McCullum), Duquan "Dukie" Weems (Jermaine Crawford), Randy Wagstaff (Maestro Harrell), and Michael Lee (Tristan Wilds) all attend the same middle school in an area of Baltimore where drug dealing, shootings, and violence are commonplace. The season begins with the struggles of each boy to survive the reality of an inner-city existence. When Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski (James True-Frost) leaves the Major Case Unit to become a teacher at the boys' school, even he can't comprehend how difficult teaching these boys will be. Meanwhile, the drug trade continues unchecked, with sociopath Marlo Stanfield (Jamie Hector) in absolute control. His enforcers, Chris (Gbenga Akinnagbe) and Snoop (standout Felicia Pearson), go to every length to secure Marlo's corners -- including using a unique method to dispose of rivals' bodies. That gets the attention of steel-eyed veteran detectives Lester Freamon (Clarke Peters), Kima Greggs (Sonja Sohn), and Bunk Moreland (Wendell Pierce) who, despite no longer working the wire, are still following Marlo's activities. Trying to keep the body count out of the public eye is new mayoral candidate Tommy Carcetti (Aidan Gillen), who faces an uphill battle in a town rife with corruption and backroom deals. By the time The Wire's 13-episode Season 4 ends, all three storylines converge into a sobering look at life and death in Baltimore.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/04/2007
UPC:
0026359392726
Rating:
NR
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
13:00:00
Sales rank:
8,047

Special Features

An exclusive two-part documentary - "It's All Connected: The Wire," featuring candid interviews with cast and crew discussing life in the city of Baltimore as depicted on the series, and "The Game is Real: The Wire," a retrospective on the issues explored in past seasons; and six audio commentaries with David Simon (Creator/Executive Producer) and Ed Burns (Producer), along with cast and crew.

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Wire: The Complete Fourth Season
2. Gunpowder Activated [9:11]
3. Quick and Clean [11:47]
4. Where's the Love? [9:02]
5. Nothin' Gets Done [10:21]
6. Soft Targets [10:19]
7. No Lex [6:21]
2. Following the Money [9:18]
3. Looking For Lex [11:43]
4. That Ain't Me [9:30]
5. Subpoena For Records [8:18]
6. Proper Supervision [12:34]
7. Consider a Change [5:30]
2. Big Paws [11:07]
3. Relieved From Command [6:50]
4. Team Baltimore [8:24]
5. The First Day [10:42]
6. School of Social Work [9:22]
7. A Favor [10:45]
Disc #2 -- Wire: The Complete Fourth Season
2. So Much Wisdom [8:33]
3. Homicide [11:37]
4. Marlo's Money [9:16]
5. Clarence's Deal [9:15]
6. Days by Their Faces [11:44]
7. This Ain't Over [6:43]
2. Anything You Need [9:17]
3. Corner Kids [11:16]
4. Zombie Master [10:58]
5. Street Sweeps [7:28]
6. Delegate Watkins [10:07]
7. Incentive to Listen [8:03]
2. Our Blessed Franchise [10:45]
3. Step Up Now [10:20]
4. Walk Around Money [9:51]
5. Election Day [9:10]
6. Some Kinda Democrat? [9:49]
7. Let's Celebrate [6:38]
2. Who Doin' the Bounty? [9:54]
3. That Golden Rule [9:44]
4. What's Goin' On? [9:30]
5. Outta Sight [9:38]
6. Enable Me, Carv [11:13]
7. Learn to Behave [7:04]
Disc #3 -- Wire: The Complete Fourth Season
2. Practice Getting Over [10:13]
3. Pigeons in a Storm [10:13]
4. Omar? [9:10]
5. A Baltimore Question [8:38]
6. This is Your Chance [10:16]
7. I Want My Camera [8:38]
2. No More Bodies [10:32]
3. Ready to Work [8:48]
4. Pay Down Some Debt [11:07]
5. Too Friendly [10:45]
6. Party of Four [8:48]
7. A Proud Day [7:09]
2. Global Warming [8:46]
3. Teach to the Test [10:40]
4. Same Damn Corners [10:10]
5. Junkin' the Stars [10:47]
6. Making a Play [7:43]
7. Ain't Comin' Back [8:54]
2. At-Risk Children [9:56]
3. Mo' Better [9:49]
4. Ain't No Snitch [10:51]
5. Morning in Baltimore [8:13]
6. A Powerful Urge [11:12]
7. A Tomb [7:06]
Disc #4 -- Wire: The Complete Fourth Season
2. No More Wood [8:24]
3. Step to Him [8:58]
4. Intimacy [9:18]
5. All the Love [10:22]
6. Bodies [9:53]
7. Can't Go Home [10:12]
2. Jingle Bell Rock [11:43]
3. Be Easy [14:46]
4. Speak Up Now [12:54]
5. You're a Soldier [10:11]
6. Crew That Up [13:09]
7. You Tried [14:26]

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