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The Wire - Season 4

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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' ...
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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.
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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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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/4/2007
  • UPC: 026359392726
  • Rating:

  • Source: Hbo Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English, English
  • Time: 13:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 13,025

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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Wire: The Complete Fourth Season
   Set Up
      Audio
         English 5.1
         French 2.0
         Spanish 2.0
      Subtitles
         English
         French
         Spanish
         None
   Episodes
      Boys of Summer
         Seasons One, Two & Three Recap
         Next On
         Scene Selection
         Play Episode
         Play With Commentary
            Commentary on Episode 1 "Boys of Summer" by David Simon and Ed Burns - On
            Commentary on Episode 1 "Boys of Summer" by David Simon and Ed Burns - Off
      Soft Eyes
         Previously On
         Next On
         Scene Selection
         Play Episode
      Home Rooms
         Previously On
         Next On
         Scene Selection
         Play Episode
   Features
      Audio Commentary
         Commentary on Episode 1 "Boys of Summer" by David Simon and Ed Burns - On
         Commentary on Episode 1 "Boys of Summer" by David Simon and Ed Burns - Off
      Series Index
         Boys of Summer
            Episode Summary
            Play Episode
         Soft Eyes
            Episode Summary
            Play Episode
         Home Rooms
            Episode Summary
            Play Episode
         Refugees
         Alliances
         Margin of Error
         Unto Others
         Corner Boys
         Know Your Place
         Misgivings
         A New Day
         That's Got His Own
         Final Grades
Disc #2 -- Wire: The Complete Fourth Season
   Set Up
      Audio
         English 5.1
         French 2.0
         Spanish 2.0
      Subtitles
         English
         French
         Spanish
         None
   Episodes
      Refugees
         Previously On
         Next On
         Scene Selection
         Play Episode
         Play With Commentary
            Commentary on Episode 4 "Refugees" by Jim True-Frost (Prez), Karen Thornson and Kate Sanford - On
            Commentary on Episode 4 "Refugees" by Jim True-Frost (Prez), Karen Thornson and Kate Sanford - Off
      Alliances
         Previously On
         Next On
         Scene Selection
         Play Episode
      Margin of Error
         Previously On
         Next On
         Scene Selection
         Play Episode
         Play With Commentary
            Commentary on Episode 6 "Margin of Error" by Dan Attias and William F. Zorzi - On
            Commentary on Episode 6 "Margin of Error" by Dan Attias and William F. Zorzi - Off
      Unto Others
         Previously On
         Next On
         Scene Selection
         Play Episode
   Features
      Audio Commentaries
         Commentary on Episode 4 "Refugees" by Jim True-Frost (Prez), Karen Thornson and Kate Sanford - On
         Commentary on Episode 4 "Refugees" by Jim True-Frost (Prez), Karen Thornson and Kate Sanford - Off
         Commentary on Episode 6 "Margin of Error" by Dan Attias and William F. Zorzi - On
         Commentary on Episode 6 "Margin of Error" by Dan Attias and William F. Zorzi - Off
      Series Index
         Boys of Summer
         Soft Eyes
         Home Rooms
         Refugees
            Episode Summary
            Play Episode
         Alliances
            Episode Summary
            Play Episode
         Margin of Error
            Episode Summary
            Play Episode
         Unto Others
            Episode Summary
            Play Episode
         Corner Boys
         Know Your Place
         Misgivings
         A New Day
         That's Got His Own
         Final Grades
Disc #3 -- Wire: The Complete Fourth Season
   Set Up
      Audio
         English 5.1
         French 2.0
         Spanish 2.0
      Subtitles
         English
         French
         Spanish
         None
   Episodes
      Corner Boys
         Previously On
         Next On
         Scene Selection
         Play Episode
      Know Your Place
         Previously On
         Next On
         Scene Selection
         Play Episode
      Misgivings
         Previously On
         Next On
         Scene Selection
         Play Episode
      A New Day
         Previously On
         Next On
         Scene Selection
         Play Episode
         Play With Commentary
            Commentary on Episode 11 "A New Day" by Robert Chew (Proposition Joe), Julito McCullum (Namond), Jermaine Crawford (Dukie), Maestro Harrell (Randy) and Tristan Wilds (Michael) - On
            Commentary on Episode 11 "A New Day" by Robert Chew (Proposition Joe), Julito McCullum (Namond), Jermaine Crawford (Dukie), Maestro Harrell (Randy) and Tristan Wilds (Michael) - Off
   Features
      Audio Commentaries
         Commentary on Episode 11 "A New Day" by Robert Chew (Proposition Joe), Julito McCullum (Namond), Jermaine Crawford (Dukie), Maestro Harrell (Randy) and Tristan Wilds (Michael) - On
         Commentary on Episode 11 "A New Day" by Robert Chew (Proposition Joe), Julito McCullum (Namond), Jermaine Crawford (Dukie), Maestro Harrell (Randy) and Tristan Wilds (Michael) - Off
      Series Index
         Boys of Summer
         Soft Eyes
         Home Rooms
         Refugees
         Alliances
         Margin of Error
         Unto Others
         Corner Boys
            Episode Summary
            Play Episode
         Know Your Place
            Episode Summary
            Play Episode
         Misgivings
            Episode Summary
            Play Episode
         A New Day
            Episode Summary
            Play Episode
         That's Got His Own
         Final Grades
Disc #4 -- Wire: The Complete Fourth Season
   Set Up
      Audio
         English 5.1
         French 2.0
         Spanish 2.0
      Subtitles
         English
         French
         Spanish
         None
   Episodes
      That's Got His Own
         Previously On
         Next On
         Scene Selection
         Play Episode
         Play With Commentary
            Commentary on Episode 12 "That's Got His Own" by Joe Chappelle and George Pelecanos - On
            Commentary on Episode 12 "That's Got His Own" by Joe Chappelle and George Pelecanos - Off
      Final Grades
         Previously On
         Scene Selection
         Play Episode
         Play With Commentary
            Commentary on Episode 13 "Final Grades" by David Simon and Nina K. Noble - On
            Commentary on Episode 13 "Final Grades" by David Simon and Nina K. Noble - Off
   Features
      Audio Commentaries
         Commentary on Episode 12 "That's Got His Own" by Joe Chappelle and George Pelecanos - On
         Commentary on Episode 12 "That's Got His Own" by Joe Chappelle and George Pelecanos - Off
         Commentary on Episode 13 "Final Grades" by David Simon and Nina K. Noble - On
         Commentary on Episode 13 "Final Grades" by David Simon and Nina K. Noble - Off
      It's All Connected: the Wire
      The Game is Real: the Wire
      Series Index
         Boys of Summer
         Soft Eyes
         Home Rooms
         Refugees
         Alliances
         Margin of Error
         Unto Others
         Corner Boys
         Know Your Place
         Misgivings
         A New Day
         That's Got His Own
            Episode Summary
            Play Episode
         Final Grades
            Episode Summary
            Play Episode
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Season 4 of the Wire

    The Wire moves from the politics in season 3 to the troubles of inner-city schools in season 4. I have to admit, when I heard all the hype about season 4, I didn't know if I believed it 100 percent, not because I thought it would be bad, but because I didn't know it could get much better. Well, I was wrong, this was the best season, but that does not mean the first three were just average. There is something about the children in this season and how in just 13 episodes, the viewer sees how they become the person they become when there the next Stringer Bell, Bodie, Cutty, or McNulty. I will not give away the plot but I will say that this is probably the saddest season so far, there were times that I nearly cried. I will not talk about the incredible writing and acting because I talked about that in my reviews for the prior seasons. However, I will say this, Chris Partlow and Snoop as the scariest characters in te show (many would say Omar, but I think he's just the coolest).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Wire

    I began watching the Wire in HBO in season 2, the story writing was real and riviting. The actors were incredibly believable. The storyline kept you coming back. The Barnes and Noble deal was too good to pass up. 50% off and buy two get one free, and I needed seasons 3, 4, and 5. awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Poignant, masterful storytelling.

    Simply excellent television. It's soul-crushingly depressing at times, and gut-bustingly hilarious at others. Season 4 is by far the best of the show, and considering the bar set by season 3, that's no mean feat. Never before have I seen a show that treats major social issues with such truthful sincerity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Season Yet!!!

    After finishing the entire season in a matter of two days, I can honestly say that David Simon and the writing crew for The Wire have outdone themselves again. I can't say it enough that each season gets better than the one before. By utilizing the massive amounts of characters on the show, The Wire, takes the viewer on a roller coaster ride through the entire city of Baltimore. The best season of what has to be the best television show ever made. Buy it right away.

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