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Video:   9/10
Audio:   8/10
Extras:   4/10

This show hurts my face
by Gord Lacey (All reviews)

    The laughs - and the awards - just keep on coming for the #1-rated Modern Family, winner of three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series! With Jay and Gloria's baby on the way and Haley going off to college, the entire Pritchett/Dunphy clan faces some major surprises as they bicker and bond over house-flipping headaches, unwanted play dates, and everything from hot-tempered hormones to in utero karaoke. Featuring a stellar array of guest stars including Matthew Broderick, Shelley Long and Elizabeth Banks, Season Four takes a heartfelt and laugh-out-loud hilarious look at what it means to be a Modern Family.
I can't think of a show that makes my face hurt more than Modern Family. It's no surprise that the show is constantly nominated for Emmy Awards, winning "Outstanding Comedy Series" all 4 years (along with many other awards). It's such a brilliant show.

This 3-disc set includes all 24 episodes from the 4th season:

Disc 1 (2:52:38)
Bringing Up Baby (21:40)
Schooled (21:16)
Snip (21:22)
The Butler's Escape (21:40)
Open House of Horros (21:40)
Yard Sale (21:40)
Arrested (21:40)
Mistery Date (21:40)

Disc 2 (2:52:19)
When a Tree Falls (21:26)
Diamond in the Rough (21:31)
New Year's Eve (21:24)
Party Crasher (21:40)
Fulgenico (21:38)
A Slight at the Opera (21:27)
Heart Broken (21:40)
Bad Hair Day (21:33)

Disc 3 (2:52:40)
Best Men (21:34)
The Wow Factor (21:23)
The Future Dunphys (21:35)
Flip Flop (21:39)
Career Day (21:40)
My Hero (21:40)
Games People Play (21:29)
Goodnight, Gracie (21:40)


The 1080p picture on Modern Family looks great on Blu-ray. There's very little to complain about - just some noise here and there - it's just a really solid-looking picture. There's a chapter placed after the opening of the episode so you can skip the credits, and it has Fox's excellent "Season Pass" that remembers where you left off on your last viewing (I love this feature).


Fox has an English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track on the set, and it sounds really good. Since it's a comedy and not an action or sci-fi show, the rear speakers don't get much of a workout, but are still used for music, and some ambient effects. The majority of the audio comes in the form of dialog from the center speaker, while the left and right speakers are mainly used for sound effects. Subtitles are available in English, Spanish and French.

Extras - How we rate extras

Deleted and Alternate Scenes (6:55)
Some different (or removed) scenes. There are some on each disc.

Commentary Tracks
Party Crasher - Danny Zucker and Bill Wrubel
Fulgencio - Bill Wrubel and Danny Zucker
Career Day - Steven Levitan, Brad Walsh and Paul Corrigan
Goodnight, Gracie - Steven Levitan and Jeffrey Richman

An Addition to the Family (6:30)
A short featurette on Gloria's pregnancy and the new baby.

Goodnight, Gracie - Director's Cut (23:54)
A slightly longer version of the season finale.

A Day with Eric (11:57)
Erin Stonestreet takes us along with him for an entire day, condensed to about 12 minutes.

A Modern Guide to Parenting (4:40)
Some clips from the show highlighting what NOT to do as a parent.

Modern Family Writers (13:14)
A great featurette on the writers of the show, and the events in their lives that inspire the show.

Gag Reel (10:26)
Wow, the gag reel is even longer than last year!


Oh boy... this show is too much. My wife and I enjoy lots of shows, but this one is at the top of both of our lists. Each and every episode is hilarious, and every character (but one) can leave us in stitches. The one that can't... Lily. I know it's difficult for child actors, but she just wrecks scenes, mostly by yelling all her lines. It's a small blemish on a wonderful show, and my hope is that she'll grow as an actor and become better in future seasons.

This is a pretty good set as well, with a good amount of bonus material. A few commentary tracks, some nice featurettes, deleted scenes, and a gag reel; it has a little bit for everyone.

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