“The Good Wife” is one of the mostly unknown gems of network television featuring incredible performances, in particular from Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles and Archie Panjabi. As a new viewer going into this fourth season, I actually was surprised at how enthralling the show was as it got me hooked from the first episode and I recommend checking it out as it is an entertaining legal drama.
Paramount | NR – 956 min. – $64.99 | August 20, 2013
Directed by: Various
Writer(s): Michelle King, Robert King (created by)
Cast: Julianna Margulies, Josh Charles, Matt Czuchry, Archie Panjabi, Christine Baranski, Alan Cumming, Chris Noth
Features: Featurettes, Deleted Scenes
Number of Discs: 6
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH, Portuguese, Spanish
In this fourth season of CBS’ steamy legal drama, “The Good Wife”, Alicia Florrick (JULIANNA MARGULIES) brings her sharp mind and signature grace to challenges both in and out of the courtroom. This season, she falls in sync with estranged husband Peter (CHRIS NOTH) even as she and Will (JOSH CHARLES) continue to flirt with temptation. And her career is finally flourishing as she’s offered partnership status and gains more power at the office. Diane (CHRISTINE BARANSKI), Cary (MATT CZUCHRY), and Kalinda (ARCHIE PANJABI) each face their own predicaments as the firm pulls out from under its debt, Cary struggles to carve his own niche, and Kalinda tangles with a volatile, mysterious ex-boyfriend.
Peter’s gubernatorial campaign hits its stride, as Eli (ALAN CUMMING) falls under federal investigation and battles new threats to his candidate’s political future. The fallout reaches Alicia as well, as she braves a new barrage of personal and professional adversaries, challenging her roles as a mother, lawyer, and woman.
1. I Fought the Law
2. And the Law Won
3. Two Girls, One Code
4. Don’t Haze Me, Bro
5. Waiting for the Knock
6. The Art of War
7. Anatomy of a Joke
8. Here Comes the Judge
9. A Defense of Marriage
10. Battle of the Proxies
11. Boom De Yah Da
12. He Sais What?
13. The Seven Day Rule
14. Red Team, Blue Team
15. Going for the Gold
16. Runnin’ with the Devil
17. Invitation to an Inquest
18. Death of a Client
19. The Wheels of Justice
20. Rape: A Modern Perspective
21. A More Perfect Union
22. What’s in the Box?
SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.75/5
The 6-disc set comes in a standard DVD case into a side-sliding slip cover.
Deleted Scenes (TRT 41:36) are available on the following episodes: ‘I Fought the Law’, ‘Two Girls, One Code’, ‘Don’t Haze Me, Bro’, ‘Waiting for the Knock’, ‘The Art of War’, ‘Anatomy of a Joke’, ‘Here Comes the Judge’, ‘A Defense of Marriage’, ‘The Seven Day Rule’, ‘Red Team, Blue Team’, ‘Runnin’ With the Devil’, ‘Invitation to an Inquest’, ‘Death of a Client’, ‘The Wheels of Justice’, ‘Rape: A Modern Perspective’, ‘A More Perfect Union’, ‘What’s in the Box?’
Seat of Power: Directing ‘The Good Wife’ (13:16) gives a glimpse the perspective on the director’s duties and qualities of choosing them.
Standards & Practices: Sex and ‘The Good Wife’ (11:57) looks at some of the more steamy aspects of the show, how they are shot and built into for the characters and stories.
The Ties That Bind (21:01) is about the character developments for the season and the process in splitting the personal and business sides.
Style Evolution: The Fashion of ‘The Good Wife’ (16:08) is a simple featurette taking a look at the various wardrobes for the characters and what they represent.
VIDEO – 4.0/5
Paramount Home Entertainment releases “The Good Wife” onto DVD presented in its original broadcast 16×9 enhanced video. The picture looks good with nice balance in colors and minimal amounts of pixilation and artifacts.
AUDIO – 4.25/5
Each episode includes a standard Dolby Digital 5.1 track (and stereo as well) which allows dialogue levels to sound clear while the other channels are reserved for the soft score and occasional ambient noises.
OVERALL – 4.0/5
Overall, “The Good Wife” is one of the mostly unknown gems of network television featuring incredible performances, in particular from Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles and Archie Panjabi. As a new viewer going into this fourth season, I actually was surprised at how enthralling the show was as it got me hooked from the first episode and I recommend checking it out (even through Hulu or Netflix) as it is an entertaining legal drama. The DVD released by Paramount has good audio/video transfers and the features, while limited in numbers, are interesting to watch if only once.