TITLE: TYLER PERRY'S HOUSE OF PAYNE - VOLUME TEN (EPISODES 193-212)
DVD Release Date: March 5, 2013 (Lionsgate)
Color / 2012
Packaging: Viva Ecobox
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 20
Running Time of Features: N/A
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 English; Dolby Digital 2.0 English
Subtitles and Captioning: English and Spanish Subtitles; Closed-Captioned
Special Features: None
Gather the whole family together for the most hilarious and heartwarming season of "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" ever! The tenth volume of this uplifting comedy hit finds Pops & Ella still praying for peace and quiet, but being answered with three generations of fammily - all in one house - that simply won't empty the next. Fortunately, along the way they've discovered that by having a little faith and a lot of patience, everything always works out exactly as it's intended - with love and laughter!
This volume of episodes included episodes from the end of the seventh season and beginning of the eighth season. Deshawn's mother shows up at the Paynes'; C.J. upgrades Janine's wedding ring in "Mother's Day Out." Claretha secretly deals with the possibility of losing her home; the family participates in a talent show C.J. warned them against; after an argument with Curtis, Calvin and Miranda combine their unique talents for the show in "Talented Paynes." Curtis, Ella, and Floyd try to bring DeShawn a reality check when he wants to join a gang. C.J. and Calvin tussle over their living arrangements in "The Payne Gang." DeShawn is placed in a gifted-students program to avoid being expelled from school; Calvin and Miranda hire a contractor to repair their condo in "The Fifted and the Grout." DeShawn bullies a classmate and lands himself in serious trouble; Miranda and Janine fight over petty things in "Do the Fight Thing." C.J. forgets Janine's 3-years-sober anniversary; Ella gets DeShawn an ugly outfit for school-picture day in "1096."
After budget cuts force C.J. to lay off firefighters, Roland must use his PR skills to avoid altercations; Calvin and Miranda want to move upstairs in "Number Five's Fight." C.J. hires Calvin, whose performance is disappointing; bored with retirement, Curtis takes up painting in "Working Paynes." Calvin and Miranda plan Calvin Jr.'s birthday party; Curtis and Ella have trouble with the Homeowners Association in "The Best Surprise." Miranda frets over her unemployment; C.J. looks into firefighter response times in "Dead Wrong." Calvin is allowed supervised visits; Ella's friend Felicia (Sheryl Lee Ralph) visits in "The Rich and the Payneless." Janine sponsors a young girl; Curtis and Ella become DeShawn's foster parents in "Mentoring Paynes." C.J. and Janine are not comfortable with Malik's roommate; Claretha tries alternative cancer-fighting treatments in "Roommate Paynes."
Malik gets hazed in "Pledging Paynes." Ella becomes director of the center; Malik mulls dropping out in "Help Me Ella." Curtis becomes a contestant on Paynefully Fit, while Deshawn get advice about girls in "Paynefully Fit." Miranda's new client hits on her while the family honors Curtis in "Do the Hustle." Miranda takes over renovating the condo while Calvin and Deshawn bond in "No More Payne." Curtis wakes up as a Jefferson in "Curtis Jefferson." The Payne's say goodbye while praising God in church in "God Bless the Paynes." Episode summaries courtesy of Wikipedia.
The episodes appear to be unedited, with exact running times of 21 minutes, 32 seconds. This volume contains 2 episodes from the seventh seson and 18 from the eighth and final season. The episode order seems a little random. they aren't in the broadcast or even production order for the most part. Runtimes are as follows:
"Mother's Day Out" (21:32)
"Talented Paynes" (21:32)
"The Payne Gang" (21:32)
"The Gifted and the Grout" (21:32)
"Do the Fight Thing" (21:32)
"Number Five's Fight" (21:32)
"Working Paynes" (21:32)
"The Best Surprise" (21:32)
"Dead Wrong" (21:32)
"The Rich and the Payneless" (21:32)
"Mentoring Paynes" (21:32)
"Roommate Paynes" (21:32)
"Pledging Paynes" (21:32)
"Help Me Ella" (21:32)
"Paynefully Fit" (21:32)
"Do the Hustle" (21:32)
"No More Payne" (21:32)
"Curtis Jefferson" (21:32)
"God Bless the Paynes" (21:32)
The packaging for this 3-disc set is an environmentally friendly Viva case. It's one of those Ecobox cases that uses thinner plastic with the recycling logo cutout. There is no outer cardboard sleeve for this volume. The cover art features a photo of the family sitting on a couch. The show's logo is in purple at the top of the case. The back cover has another photo of six of the main cast members. A short synopsis of the show, a listing of the episodes and the DVD specs are provided. Curtis is, once again, featured on the spine of the case. Discs 1 and 2 are held in a flip holder in the center of the case. Disc 3 is in an embedded holder in the back of the case. the discs feature two different characters and the show logo in purple on each disc. Curtis and Ella are on Disc 1 and includes episodes 193-198 (according to their numbering system). Disc 2 features C.J. and Malik and includes episodes 199-205. Disc 3 features Calvin and Jazmine and includes episodes 206-212.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus are simple and easy to navigate. They have a similar style to volume nine. The main menu features a photo of the cast sitting on a couch. There are various video clips in three boxes on the right side of the screen. The show's instrumental theme is played before it loops after about 23 seconds. They dropped the audio clip of Curtis urging you to make a menu choice on this volume. A purple color scheme is used. There are options for Play All Episodes, Episode Selection, Set Up and Also from Lionsgate (only on Disc 1) in a purple bar at the bottom of the screen. There is a yellow box next to the option you highlight that turns black upon your selection. There's a brief transition screen and music between menus. When you choose Episode Selection, it takes you to another menu where there are screenshots from each episode. The photo you highlight has a yellow border. The episode title is in purple text below the photo. A cropped version of the cast sitting on a couch is used on the Set Up menu. You can choose the English 5.1 (Dolby Digital) or English 2.0 (Dolby Digital) tracks from here. Subtitles are available in English or Spanish. When you first insert Disc 1, there is a collection of trailers (8:06) for other Tyler Perry Productions, including Tyler Perry's Temptation, Alex Cross, Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection and the play I Don't Want to Do Wrong.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video quality is quite clear, just like the previous volumes. Everything looks sharp and colors are very vibrant, even though the show is produced for cable on a tight budget. The show, however, is produced in 16:9 widescreen, and these episodes are 4:3 full screen. I'm not sure why these episodes are in full screen, while the Meet the Browns episodes are presented in their original widescreen. I know the early episodes of House of Payne were all shot in full screen, but I know they made the switch to widescreen at some point in the last couple of years. For the closing logo enthusiasts, there are logos for Tyler Perry Studios and Georgia.
Sound is fine also with 5.1 and 2.0 versions available. Each mix sounds crisp and clear, with only minor stereo/surround effects. Each episode is closed captioned and also has English and Spanish subtitles.
Unfortuntately, there are no special features on this set aside from the obligatory trailers on disc one. After ten volumes, Iím not sure what Lionsgate could have included, but there must be blooper reels or something... and commentaries or interviews would be nice as well. The first five volumes all included some extras, but we've been shutout since then.
One of the major highlights of this volume is the "Curtis Jefferson" episode. Curtis wakes up as a Jefferson in this memorable episode, which features guest stars Sherman Hemsley as George Jefferson and Marla Gibbs as Florence Johnston. The 2011 episode was the final television guest appearance of the late Sherman Hemsley. It was nice that he was able to reprise his classic George Jefferson character one final time. Sheryl Lee Ralph also made a guest appearance in this batch of episodes. Recurring in this volume of episodes is Bobb'e J. Thompson as Deshawn Spears, Curtis and Ella's recently-acquired foster child.
We're now into the eighth and final season of the show. There are only 42 or so episodes remaining to be released, so we can expect two more volumes to complete the series. When the final episode aired on August 10, 2012, they had produced 254 episodes over a 6-year period. They had the highest number of episodes for a show with a predominantly African-American cast, surpassing The Jeffersons, Family Matters and The Cosby Show. I'm not sure if House of Payne will ever be remembered like those shows in the future, but it's still a pretty impressive feat.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by Todd Fuller on 03/25/13
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