Blu-ray Review – The Four Seasons

Alan Alda’s box office hit drama, The Four Seasons, comes to Blu-ray, courtesy of Kino Lorber.

Alan Alda’s eighties comedies are beloved by some and best left forgotten by many. They are largely a hit and miss affair, but The Four Seasons remains his finest work by far.

The film concerns three upper class couples who have been friends for quite some time. They are incredibly close, and vacation together during the “four seasons” of the year. It is a tradition for them which, over time, begins to bring a certain kind of heaviness as these friends grow older together. Soon, they realize that maybe, for one reason or another, they’re growing apart.

As we grow more intimate with the people in our lives, we see everything – the good, the bad, and the ugly. This film addresses that conundrum and exactly what can come of that, in terms of long and lasting friendship.

Alan Alda, Carol Burnett, the lovely Sandy Dennis, Len Cariou, Rita Moreno, and Jack Weston give us fully formed characters here that we care about, even when they annoy us, even when they’re not exactly the best people. The film does not shy away from showing their flawed humanity and is all the better for it.

The Blu-ray is a revelation in the audio and video department. If you are a fan of the film, this is one that you need to purchase.

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