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This penultimate season of Six Feet Under continues further down the darkly disturbing path so evident in the third season. To be sure, the signature--and ultimately undefinable--blend of tragic mishap with tripped-out comic eccentricity that has stamped the series from its debut remains pervasive. It's the concentration of the mix that has changed. Leavening moments seem less organic, much as the bizarre death sequences that open each episode often turn out to be rather contrived preludes to the ensuing thematic obsessions. Which isn't to say season 4 lacks the delightfully memorable quirkiness fans have grown to expect. Recurring incidents of fecal revenge bring tensions to the surface between Ruth (Frances Conroy) and her new husband George (James Cromwell), in turn leading to young intern Arthur's resignation (Rainn Wilson's spot-on characterization is so enjoyable that his self-imposed exile from the Fisher nest early in the season is a real loss). Ruth meanwhile hooks up again briefly with the irrepressible Bettina (Kathy Bates) for an excursion south of the border.

But brooding glimpses into chaos beneath the surface provide the emotional momentum of this season, right from the opening scene, as Nate (Peter Krause) inevitably gravitates back toward Brenda (Rachel Griffiths) in the aftermath of his wife's death. As usual, writers and directors vary for each episode, but the dark eccentricities of creator Alan Ball's original characters have become more sharply focused and sustained. We seem to spend even more time viewing the world through individual points of view: Nate's roiling anger and grief or Claire's (Lauren Ambrose) newfound sexual and artistic experimentation as she learns about "grinding the corn" and attains respect as a photographer. The toxicity of relationships continues to be a preoccupation. We get the Ruth-George meltdown as well as the painful unraveling of Rico's (Freddy Rodriguez) marriage to Vanessa (Justina Machado). But the most harrowing episode follows David (Michael C. Hall) through an increasingly perilous carjacking. This nightmarish fugue, midway through, ripples out into the rest of the season, posing another threat to his tenuous relationship with Keith (Matthew St. Patrick). It sets a course for further apocalyptic imagery of environmental collapse and fallout shelters. There's little to gentle the downward slide and exposure of vulnerability, save taking refuge in the quirkiness that seems to be the Fishers' birthright. But that, as they say, is to die for.

DVD Features

  • Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • 12 episodes on five discs: Falling into Place, In Case of Rapture, Parallel Play, Can I Come Up Now?, That's My Dog, Terror Starts at Home, The Dare, Coming and Going, Grinding the Corn, The Black Forest, Bomb Shelter, Untitled
  • Commentary by writer Craig Wright on Falling into Place
  • Commentary by director Jeremy Podeswa on Parallel Play
  • Commentary by director Alan Poul on That's My Dog
  • Commentary by writer Kate Robin on Terror Starts at Home
  • Commentary by director Peter Weber on The Dare
  • Commentary by writer Scott Buck on Bomb Shelter
  • Commentary by director Alan Ball on Untitled
  • Cut by Cut: Editing Six Feet Under
  • Deleted scenes
  • Exclusive Bob Costas interview with the cast

Cast

Peter KrauseNate Fisher
Michael C. HallDavid Fisher
Frances ConroyRuth Fisher
Lauren AmbroseClaire Fisher
Freddy RodríguezFederico 'Rico' Diaz
Mathew St. PatrickKeith Charles
James CromwellGeorge Sibley
Rachel GriffithsBrenda Chenowith
Justin TherouxJoe
Ben FosterRussell Corwin
Justina MachadoVanessa Diaz
Lili TaylorLisa Kimmel Fisher
Rainn WilsonArthur Martin
Richard JenkinsNathaniel Fisher
Beth GrantDorothy Sheedy
Sprague GraydenAnita Miller
Rick OvertonThomas Sheedy
Mena SuvariEdie
Michelle TrachtenbergCeleste
Ellen DeGeneresHerself
Anna GunnMadeline
Bobby CannavaleJavier
Michael WestonJake
Patricia ClarksonSarah O'Connor
Josh StambergSarge
Jeremy SistoBilly Chenowith
Maury SterlingPot Dealer
Joel McKinnon MillerTuttle Friend with Flattop
Matt MalloyRoger Pasquese
Tom VirtueEdward Gorodetsky
Nicole RichieHerself

  • Genre: TV
  • Director: Alan Ball
  • Producer: HBO
  • Length: 780 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJun 13, 2004
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 23, 2005
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