TITLE: BOY MEETS WORLD - THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON
Release Date: October 4, 2011 (Lionsgate/ABC Studios)
Packaging: Keep case
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 23
Running Time: 552 minutes
Running Time of Features: N/A
Audio: English 2.0 Dolby Digital
Subtitles and Captioning: Closed-Captioned
Special Features: None
When this Boy Meets World! We’re back to Philadelphia one last time! The Boy Meets World gang is back for the last of their adventures in the seventh and final season. Join Cory (Ben Savage) and the gang as they adapt to college and, even more so, life as adults. Cory and Topanga finally tie the knot and learn that living on their own isn’t as easy as they thought, Shawn and Angela get back together as a couple, Eric and Jack take on jobs in the real world, and the Matthews welcome a new addition to the family. Just when they think they’ve got it all figured out, unexpected surprises and newfound opportunities catch them off guard. Enjoy all 23 original episodes of Season 7 and relive the most endearing moments as Cory says good-bye in the final season on a 3-disc set from Lionsgate/ABC Studios! The season seven cast features Ben Savage as Cory Matthews, Rider Strong as Shawn Patrick Hunter, Danielle Fishel as Topanga Lawrence, Will Friedle as Eric Matthews, Betsy Randle as Amy Matthews, Lindsay Ridgeway as Morgan Matthews, Trina McGee-Davis as Angela Moore, Maitland Ward as Rachel McGuire, Matthew Lawrence as Jack Hunter, with William Daniels as Mr. Feeny and William Russ as Alan Matthews.
The final 23 episodes are very fun and bitter sweet as we say goodbye to these characters after seven seasons. The relationships and friendships make this show what it is and it is no wonder why it is so popular even now. Anyway, some memorable episodes include the season premiere “Show Me The Love,” where distraught to learn that her parents have officially divorced, Topanga tells Cory she wants to call off their wedding, while Angela follows Topanga's lead, deciding also not to be in a relationship with Shawn, so as a result, Cory and Shawn travel to Pittsburgh in an attempt to persuade Topanga's parents to get back together. In “They’re Killing Us,” Topanga and Cory hash out their wedding vows: Cory must choose between his best friend and his brother for a best man, while Topanga has a tough time choosing both her bridesmaids' dresses and her own wedding dress, and Alan and Amy try to cut costs by hiring Mr. Feeny as the big day's musical attraction. In the most memorable episode of the season perhaps, “It’s About Time,” it's Cory and Topanga's wedding day and Cory and Shawn are in a fight, as Cory refuses to talk about the fact that he and Shawn will never be best friends again, so Shawn refuses to be Cory's best man and when Eric takes over, he moves the wedding to the most expensive place in town, illegally. In “Family Trees,” Shawn struggles to accept the fact that he has no idea who his parents are, while Eric puts together a surprise party for his dad, who has an even bigger surprise for the despondent Shawn.
In “She’s Having My Baby Back Ribs,” when Topanga diets to stem her weight gain, Cory panics that her increasing size may be due to a different type of baby fat, while Eric has a hard time watching his own weight. In “Angela’s Ashes,” Angela's father returns, and says he wants to take her to Europe for a year, as Cory thinks Shawn would not be honest with himself letting the girl that he loves go away, but while Cory injects himself into Shawn's relationship with Angela, he completely ignores a potential big change in his relationship with Topanga and elsewhere, graduating seniors Eric, Jack and Rachel figure out their plans for after college. In the two-part series finale, “Brave New World,” Cory and the gang flashback on their lives over the course of the series as they come to terms with what will happen to them in the future and in the end, Cory makes his final decision regarding New York, Jack and Rachel make a life-altering decision, and Mr. Feeny bids farewell to his favorite students.
Guest stars for this season include Marcia Cross, Mark Harelik, Mankind, Marisol Nichols, Blake Hunter, and Nicole Eggert. All of the episodes seem unedited (?) at around 21:30, some a tad higher and some a bit lower. One episode was very short though at 19:40. There was a debate on the season four DVD review that the season four DVD might be edited here. We are still not sure. We are not sure about this season and the previous seasons either, as the runtimes are similar to season four. Unless someone has proof and shows us ABC episodes, we won’t know for sure. See the runtimes for this season:
1. “Show Me The Love” 21:26
2. “For Love and Apartments” 21:38
3. “Angela’s Men” 21:36
4. “No Such Thing As A Sure Thing” 21:38
5. “You Light Up My Union” 21:25
6. “They’re Killing Us” 20:55
7. “It’s About Time” 21:35
8. “The Honeymooners” 20:50
9. “The Honeymoon Is Over” 21:36
10. “Picket Fences” 21:50
11. “What A Drag!.” 19:40
12. “Family Trees” 21:36
13. “The Provider " 21:38
14. “I’m Gonna Be Like You, Dad” 21:36
15. “The War, Part 1” 21:35
16. “Seven The Hard Way, Part 2” 21:39
17. “She’s Having My Baby Back Ribs” 21:36
18. “How Cory and Topanga Got Their Groove Back” 21:35
19. “Brotherly Shove” 20:26
20. “As Time Goes By” 21:31
21. “Angela’s Ashes” 21:20
22/23. “Brave New World” 44:25
Let’s start analyzing this set with the packaging. The color scheme for this set is aqua blue. Season one was a maroon type color, season two was blue, season three was orange, season four was yellow, season five was orange and purple and season six was lime green. The first three seasons were solely produced by ABC Studios. Lionsgate licensed to continue the series on DVD and released season four along with re-releasing the first three seasons. They released season six just three months ago, too, and released seasons four-seven in under a year! Great pace! The case cover for this set has the Topanga and Cory’s wedding photo with a confetti background in aqua blue. The logo is in a white background and blue font. The logo we all know. The back of the case is in that aqua blue background, too, and has four episodic photos from the show, along with the season synopsis and technical specifications. When you open the case, you have no artwork on the panels again, as Lionsgate tends to do that. It is just plain black. That is disappointing, as we used to get a disc-by-disc breakdown with episode titles, writers, directors and special features from ABC Studios. The disc placement is better like last time, as we don’t get overlapping discs like on the ABC sets. Discs one and two are in a little plastic holder in the middle, in which you can flip like a page in a book. Disc three is on the right panel itself.
The discs are all in aqua blue background, like the case. Disc one has a photo of Cory in his tux and mentions it has episodes 1-8. Disc two has a photo of Topanga in her wedding gown and mentions it has episodes 9-16. Disc three has a photo of Shawn and mentions it has episodes 17-23.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus are similar to the previous two sets but different from the ABC Studios sets. It’s not as good as the ABC Studios produced series. The season four theme song plays in the background AGAIN for some reason and not the theme that started in season five. It loops, so it keeps playing over and over again if you don’t want to choose something really quick. The menu screen is in aqua blue (duh... that’s the color scheme for the set!) and has the logo and the same artwork (Topanga and Cory in the wedding gear) as the cover art. The options on the menu screen once again are: Play All and Episode Selection. It’s that simple. When you select ‘Episode Selection,’ you get to a sub-menu listing the episodes on the disc. That’s it. It is nothing fancy, but it works I guess. And all of this is consistent, if that’s good or bad.
Video and Audio Quality:
This section is the most consistent from Lionsgate to the ABC Studios sets. The video quality is decent. Expect something similar to previous sets. The audio is pretty good in Dolby Digital 2.0, but I wish we had 5.1, but maybe it wasn’t like that originally. I didn’t find any flaws in either the audio or video. We have four chapter stops per episode once again. That’s always a must to have on a DVD. One other tidbit, the two-part episode (“The War” & “Seven the Hard Way”) on this set does have the “To Be Continued” line at the end of part one. And in part two, we do have “Previously on Boy Meets World” recap after the opening theme. Before “The Honeymooners” episode is there is a recap of the wedding episode. The one-hour series finale airs in its original one-hour form.
Once again, there are no special features whatsoever for this season for the fourth set in a row. That’s a huge disappointment since the first three seasons had some. I miss those audio commentaries! Heck, we even got that trivia "The World According to Boy" thing on the season three DVD. Mr. Feeny is so pissed that there is nothing special here that he wants to end the show right now!
Overall, the set is not as good as the first three sets, but on par with the seasons four-six DVDs. They are cheap but effective as we get the episodes released fast. Like the past few sets, the negatives are the lack of special features and using the season four theme on the main menu again. And again we’re not sure about if the episodes are unedited or not. That would be the biggest concern if they are edited, so please if you have episodes from the original ABC broadcasts, please check for us! These episodes are not as enjoyable to me as they were in the first three seasons. But that’s just my opinion because many fans loved the later high school years and college years better than those first few seasons for some reason. I did get invested when watching this DVD as we see Topanga and Cory finally get married! All fans should buy this set and finish their collection (even I am, despite not liking seasons 4-7 too much). Like seasons four-six, it isn’t a bad season but it is better than I remember for sure. Come and enjoy the show as they head into the sunset! ‘When this Boy Meets World! Boy Meets World...wandering down this road, that we call life...is what we're doin', it's good to know I have friends that will always stand by me! When this Boy Meets World!’ Cory and Topanga forever!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
-- Reviewed by Pavan on 10/27/11
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