TITLE: FRASIER - THE TENTH SEASON
DVD Release Date: December 11, 2007 (CBS DVD/Paramount)
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: Approx. 8 hours, 46 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; No Subtitles; Closed captioned
Special Features: None
Emmy Award-winner Kelsey Grammer is Frasier -- the hilarious psychiatrist first seen on TV's
Cheers and subsequently the star of this smash-hit comedy series. In Season Ten, Frasier's
confrontation with an annoying stock market analyst at KACL results in the entire staff having
to attend a sexual harassment seminar. Then Frasier's ex-wife Lilith shows up in Seattle
with a plan to have another child -- by Frasier! Roz (Peri Gilpin) prepares to train her
new replacement at the radio station, while Martin (John Mahoney) finds himself running for their
condominium board's presidency. And just how many times can a couple get married... to one
another? Niles (David Hyde Pierce) and Daphne (Jane Leeves) go for a record when
everybody wants to be a part of the festivities. The laughs come tenfold with Fraiser:
The Tenth Season!
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
Frasier's tenth season premiered on September 24, 2002. The show aired on Tuesdays at
8:00-8:30 P.M. on NBC. It slid to 26th place in the ratings with a still respectable
8.4 rating. Ron Volk (Editor) won an Emmy for "Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Series."
David Hyde Pierce and John Mahoney received Emmy nominations for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
The series also was nominated in the "Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series" and
"Outstanding Multi-Camera Sound Mixing for a Series or Special" categories.
Memorable episodes included "Proxy Prexy," in which Frasier is desperate to finally win the presidency of the condo board after several
unsuccessful attempts. As Frasier prepares for Frederick's bar mitzvah, Noel offers to translate Frasier's speach into Hebrew in exchange for an autograph from
a science fiction convention in "Star Mitzvah." Niles becomes concerned about a lingering toothache after his dentist assures him that there is nothing wrong with the tooth
in "Bristle While You Work (Part 1)." Niles prepares to undergo heart bypass surgery in "Rooms With a View (Part 2)."
Niles and Frasier plan a party to celebrate the unveiling of a painting that Niles has just purchased in "Daphne Does Dinner."
KACL organizes a bike-a-thon to raise money for AIDS research in "Fraternal Schwinns."
Frasier and Niles become a big hit when, at a party, they serve beluga caviar they purchased on the black market in "Roe to Perdition."
Leland Barton, Hester's former research assistant, comes for a visit after a long absence from Seattle in "Fathers and Sons."
Notable guest stars included Luis Guzman as George in "Enemy at the Gate."
Conrad Janis appeared as Albert in "Proxy Prexy." Zooey Deschanel guest starred as
Jen Doyle in "Kissing Cousin" Bebe Neuwirth returned as Dr. Lilith Sternin in "Star Mitzvah" and
"Lilith Needs a Favor." Ana Gasteyer played Trish Haney in "Bristle While You Work (Part 1)." Edward Hibbert returned
as Gil Chesterton in "Bristle While You Work (Part 1)." Daniel Davis appeared as
Dr. Shaffer in "Rooms With a View (Part 2)." Dean Cain guest starred as Rick in "We Two Kings."
Mike Judge played Van in "The Harassed." Brent Spiner played Albert in "Lilith Needs a Favor."
Felicity Huffman returned as Julia Wilcox in "Trophy Girlfriend" and several other episodes. Bob Hoskins appeared
as Coach Fuller and Jeanne Tripplehorn was Chelsea Gray in "Trophy Girlfriend."
Alan Cumming guest starred as Ahmrit and Laura Linney was the voice of Mindy in
"Kenny on the Couch." Elvis Costello played Ben in "Farewell, Nervosa." Phil McGraw (Dr. Phil) makes
his first acting appearance as himself in "The Devil and Dr. Phil."
David Ogden Stiers appeared as Leland Barton in "Fathers and Sons."
Frasier continues its long line of stylish packaging. These sets all look great and colorful
stacked together. Once again, this set comes in a thin, cardboard box that holds the digipak.
The DVD cover art features a nice photo of the cast dressed in black. The background
of this set is a green. Very festive with the holidays. A drawing of the Seattle skyline is in
a darker shade of green. Like Season Nine, this set lacks the word "Complete" in the title. That
seems to be the trend with most recent CBS DVD/Paramount releases.
On the back of the box, there is a montage of three photos of scenes from the episodes:
Martin, Daphne and Niles; Roz giving Martin a massage; Frasier and Niles in face cream.
A short summary of the set is provided and the episode titles are listed by disc.
Frasier is on the spine of the box. The main digipak case, which features the same cast photo
as the cover art, slides out from the right of the main box. The back of the digipak is the
same as the outer box. When you open up the digipak, there is a split cast photo of Daphne
and Roz on the left and Frasier, Niles and Martin on the right side.
The inside of the digipak has a green background, with a drawing of the Seattle skyline featured.
The discs feature a different photo on each of them and have a green background with the Frasier logo in white in the
bottom. Episode titles are listed on each disc. Six episodes are included on each disc.
Disc 1 has a photo of the five main cast members and Eddie. Disc 2 features Daphne, Niles, Martin
and Frasier. Disc 3 has a photo of Niles and Daphne stretching. Disc 4 has a shot of
Niles and Frasier.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus are, once again, very simple but stylish. Each main menu features a different photo
of one of the cast members. There is a yellow/gold border at the top and bottom of the screen.
The Frasier logo is in red in the bottom bar. In the center of the screen, the Seattle skyline drawing
is in purple with a red border outlining the buildings. The episodes titles are listed
vertically in white on the left side of the screen. A red coffee cup is next to the episode
that you highlight. It turns gold upon your selection. A "Play All" button is available if
you want to watch the episodes together without any interruptions. Frasier is featured
on Disc 1. Disc 2 has Niles. Disc 3 has Daphne. Dis 4 rounds out the set with a photo
of Martin. When you first insert Disc 1, you are given an option for "Previews" or "Main Menu."
The Previews are for some other CBS DVD/Paramount releases. There are chapter stops within the
episodes but no separate scene selection menus.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video is presented in 1.33:1 ratio full frame color. As with the other
Frasier releases, the picture quality is generally excellent. I can't tell much
difference in quality from season to season. I suppose the most recent seasons
would look slightly better than the very early years. The episodes
are well spread out with 6 episodes per disc, so there are no compression issues.
The audio is a Dolby 2.0 Digital English Surround track. There are no major problems
that I noticed. The audio can be a little flat, but that is not a major issue,
since most of the audio is just dialogue. Closed captioning is available on
all of the episodes. For the closing logo enthusiasts, there is the usual one for Grub Street Productions.
It is nice to see the Paramount logo retained as well, unlike so many other recent Paramount DVD releases which
have omitted it.
The episodes are presented in their original broadcast order. The episodes have running times from 21 to 25
minutes in length. Most are around 21 minutes, 40 seconds. On the back of the packaging,
it says "Some episodes may be edited from their original network versions." This is the first time
that I've seen such a disclaimer on any of the Frasier sets. I guess there could be some music
replaced or some scenes edited out. Hopefully it is nothing major.
Here is the episode breakdown by disc, including the running times:
217. The Ring Cycle (21:40)
218. Enemy at the Gate (21:21)
219. Proxy Prexy (21:39)
220. Kissing Cousin (21:39)
221. Tales From the Crypt (21:16)
222. Star Mitzvah (21:30)
223. Bristle While You Work (Part 1) (21:40)
224. Rooms With a View (Part 2) (23:05)
225. Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Part 3) (21:40)
226. We Two Kings (22:10)
227. Door Jam (21:13)
228. The Harrassed (23:40)
229. Lilith Needs a Favor (21:25)
230. Daphne Does Dinner (25:40)
231. Trophy Girlfriend (21:40)
232. Fraternal Schwinns (20:53)
233. Kenny on the Couch (21:40)
234. Roe to Perdition (21:40)
235. Some Assembly Required (21:40)
236. Farewell, Nervosa (21:40)
237. The Devil and Dr. Phil (21:32)
238. Fathers and Sons (21:40)
239. Analyzed Kiss (21:39)
240. A New Position For Roz (23:24)
Unfortunately, there are no special features included. The only seasons to have them were 1-3
and 11. If they release a complete series set with special packaging, it seems possible that
we could see some special features included on there. There are several things such as
the "Frasier 200th Episode Special" that could be released.
That's a wrap for Frasier. All 11 seasons and 264 episodes are now available on
DVD. Frasier won a record 37 Emmys during its run. That broke a record that was long
held by The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The eleventh and final season was previously released on
November 16, 2004. The first season was released in May 2003, so it was about 4 1/2 years
for all of the seasons.
CBS DVD/Paramount has done a very good job with the Frasier releases. They all have stylish
packaging and menus. All of the sets stacked together are over a foot tall.
Only seasons 1-3 and 11 had any special features, but the unedited
episodes in excellent quality are the most important thing. Amazon.com is
offering a Complete Series
set, but that is just all the seasons shrinkwrapped together. There is no special packaging
or any additional special features included on that set. I'm a bit surprised that CBS DVD/Paramount
didn't release a special complete series set in time for the holiday season, but maybe we'll
see that sometime in 2008. There's just a ton of complete series set on the market now, so maybe
they wanted to wait for a time when there are fewer releases. Now that we have finished Frasier, where is the rest of Cheers?
That is another series that should be complete on DVD. It just seems strange that a spinoff series
is complete before the parent show.
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 Todd Fuller on 12/11/07
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