TITLE: DALLAS - THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON
DVD Release Date: July 31, 2007 (Warner Home Video)
Number of discs: 5 (double sided)
Number of episodes: 30
Running Time: 1480 minutes
Total Runtime of Special Features: 14 minutes and 20 seconds
Languages and Subtitles: English; Closed Captioned
Special Features: "The Music of Dallas"
Welcome back to Dallas, y'all! Another rip-roaring good time ... of backstabbing, betrayals and bed-hopping in DALLAS, the complete seventh season! This season finds Southfork up in flames and a bevy of broken relationships, new relationships and more! Pam (Victoria Principal) and Bobby (Patrick Duffy) split up. Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) and Clayton (Howard Keel) get together, while Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) steams it up with a much younger man! And of course, there's J.R. (Larry Hagman), scheming as always! DALLAS also stars Charlene Tilton (as Lucy Ewing), Steve Kanaly (as Ray Krebbs), Ken Kercheval (as Cliff Barnes), Susan Howard (as Donna Krebbs), Audrey Landers (Afton Cooper) and Priscilla Presley herself as Jenna Wade!
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
Major milestone episodes this season to watch are (do NOT read if you do not want to be spoiled!):
"The Road Back" is the one in which Bobby saves JR and his family from the fire at Southfork. "Ray's Trial" is the one in which Ray goes on trial and could face a death penalty. "The Oil Baron's Ball" in which Bobby attends with Jenna. "The Buck Stops Here" is the one in which Pam and Jenna compete in a mechanical bull contest. "Peter's Principles" is the one in which Sue Ellen and Peter hit the sheets. "True Confessions" is the one in which Jenna reveals the story behind Charlie's birth certificate. "The Unexpected" in which Clayton's sister, Jessica, arrives giving JR some conniving competition. "Hush, Hush, Sweet Justice" in which a crazed Jessica kidnaps Miss Ellie. Finally, "End Game" is the one in which Clayton and Miss Ellie marry!
Recurring stars this season include Deborah Rennard (Sly), John Beck (Mark Graison), Morgan Brittany (Katherine Wentworth), Timothy Patrick Murphy (Mickey Trotter), Omri Katz (John Ross), Christopher Atkins (Peter Richards), Stephen Nichols, Anna Kathryn Holbrook, Tracy Scoggins, and more!
The set is gray in color and features a mega shot of Larry Hagman front and center on the main art. On the right side of his picture are smaller shots of Priscilla Presley, Howard Keel, Barbara Bel Geddes and Patrick Duffy. On his left side are pictures of Ken Kercheval, Linda Gray, Steve Kanaly and Victoria Principal. Underneath is a gray colored shot of Southfork while on top of him is a gray colored shot of Ewing Oil. The back of the box features a great seasonal description as well as three-color photos. The discs themselves are in slip sleeves again. Each slip sleeve case features three-color photos from the season on each side of the case as well as a list of the episodes and what disc/side they are located on, along with a brief episode description.
Case 1 contains Disc 1 while Case 2 contains Discs 2 and 3 with Case 3 containing Discs 4 and 5.
Disc 1/SIDE A contains episodes 1-3 while SIDE B contains episodes 4-6. Disc 2/SIDE A contains episodes 7-9 while SIDE B contains episodes 10-12. Disc 3/SIDE A contains episodes 13-15 while SIDE B contains episodes 16-18. Disc 4/SIDE A contains episodes 19-21 while SIDE B contains 22-24. Disc 5/SIDE A contains episodes 25-27 while SIDE B contains episodes 28-30 and the special feature.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The main menu remains the same as the first six season sets. It features a design like the box art. The "Dallas" theme song loops over the menu. There is a "Play" selection, which is a "Play All" option. "Episodes" in which you go to another menu to select the episode you want to watch and "Languages" in which you choose spoken languages and subtitles.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video improves each season...a bit of fuzz and grain here and there but nothing too jarring. The audio is fine. The episodes appear to be uncut running a good 49 minutes in length, which is always a good thing ... although, episode #25 "Strange Alliance" only runs 46 minutes...hmm! There are chapter skips available for each episode.
Disc 1 / Side A:
1- The Road Back (49:11)
2- The Long Goodbye (49:18)
3- The Letter (49:18)
Disc 1 / Side B:
4- My Brother's Keeper (49:15)
5- The Quality of Mercy (49:17)
6- Check and Mate (49:16)
Disc 2 / Side A:
7- Ray's Trial (49:16)
8- The Oil Baron's Ball (49:17)
9- Morning After (49:12)
Disc 2 / Side B:
10- The Buck Stops Here (49:16)
11- To Catch a Sly (49:22)
12- Barbecue Four (49:14)
Disc 3 / Side A:
13- Past Imperfect (49:15)
14- Peter's Principles (49:19)
15- Offshore Crude (49:18)
Disc 3 / Side B:
16- Some Do ... Some Don't (49:18)
17- Eye of the Beholder (49:16)
18- Twelve Mile Limit (49:17)
Disc 4 / Side A:
19- Where is Poppa? (49:16)
20- When the Bough Breaks (49:20)
21- True Confessions (49:20)
Disc 4 / Side B:
22- And The Winner Is... (49:18)
23- Fools Rush In (49:18)
24- The Unexpected (49:14)
Disc 5 / Side A:
25- Strange Alliance (46:22)
26- Blow Up (49:15)
27- Turning Point (49:19)
Disc 5 / Side B:
28- Love Stories (49:19)
29- Hush, Hush Sweet Jessie (49:17)
30- End Game (49:15)
SPECIAL- "The Music of Dallas"
"The Music of Dallas" (14:20)
This is a newly created bonus featurette for the DVD that explores Emmy Winner Bruce Broughton's work on the show and the story behind Jerrold Immel's memorable main title theme.
Once again, a top notch release by Warner Bros. ALTHOUGH, I am worried that one episode only ran 46 minutes ... that stinks. Otherwise, a great release and I am very happy we got another bonus feature. Only one though, but it is better than none at all!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 2/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 07/30/07
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