DVD Release Date: June 19, 2012 (Lionsgate)
Color / 2011
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
Make room for more fun as Tyler Perry's beloved family, the Paynes, return for more rib-tickling, roof-raising hilarity. Curtis "Pops" Payne may be retured from the firehouse, but he's busier than blazes coping with problems around the home. And there's more than enough challenges awaiting him and his ever-loving wife Ella as they humorously handle whatever family, friends and life throw at them in Volume Nine of this family favorite.
The seventh and final season of Tyler Perry's House of Payne began airing on TBS on March 30, 2011. C.J. and Janine deal with C.J. having kissed Monica in "Payneful Resolution Resolution." Curtis and Ella have a weight-loss competition; Jazmine starts wearing makeup, hanging out with the wrong crowd, and having boys over when no adult is home; and C.J. and Janine reconcile when they see how their kids need them and how much they love each other in "Growing Paynes." Jazmine prays to pass a test instead of applying herself; Calvin grows jealous of the baby in "Praying for Attention." All the Payne men help Malik prepare for college by offering advice and condoms, and in the season's funniest sequence, all the Payne women find out in "Payne Protection." A music producer wants to sign Jazmine; Calvin is embarrassed by his new grocery-store manager job in "Dream Girls." Claretha tells Ella and Curtis she has leukemia; Miranda's cousin-in-law/college-friend Vanessa hooks up with Calvin's friend in "Payneful Visit."
Malik goes off to college; Miranda is overwhelmed when Calvin Jr. visits in "So Hard to Say Goodbye." The aftershocks of a fire impact Miranda and Calvin; Tracie and her new boyfriend show up at the hospital causing a huge argument in "Payneful Rescue." After a young firefighter's death, Ella decides that it's time for her and Curtis to make their wills in "Where There's a Will, There's a Way." Miranda gets cooking advice after she makes a horrible dinner for Ella's club in "Payneful Assistance." Jayden may have autism and Janine blames herself in "Brain Payne." Ella brings troubled youth Deshawn (Bobb'e J. Thompson) home from the help center and Curtis brings out his true colors; Janine and Miranda's competition to get into an exclusive daycare gets ugly in "Foster Paynes." Overwhelmed Ella falls behind in her studies due to church duties, household duties, and nurturing the family; when she fails a test she needs to graduate, she snaps on the family in "Epic Fail."
After attending marriage-counseling, C.J. and Janine try the therapist's way, but end up yelling and screaming at each other--and feeling better in "Shout Out." The family befriends a sex-offender who moves into the neighborhood and all hell breaks loose when they discover his secret in "Love Thy Neighbor." Curtis and Ella believe that Janine and C.J. are cheating on each other: first they see Janine and Roland at dinner, then C.J. shows up with a woman in "A Payneful Night Out." C.J. is offered a promotion making him Janine and Roland's boss; Curtis finds a vintage bag of weed while packing and Floyd smokes it; when Calvin asks Curtis to babysit, he ends up tending Christian and Floyd in "House of Awkward." Ella's mother and sister Evie visit, and Ella experiences the effects of their mother's disease; Janine texts C.J. a sexy picture of herself in "A Mother's Payne." Calvin finds out that Tracie checked Calvin Jr. out of the hospital in "Up From the Ashes." Janine is on the brink of a breakdown; Deshawn gets a lesson in the Negro Baseball League in "Going, Going, Gone." Episode summaries courtesy of Wikipedia.
The episodes appear to be unedited, with exact running times of 21 minutes, 32 seconds. 20 episodes from the seventh season are included. They are mostly the first 20 episodes of the seventh season, but there are a few exceptions. They aren't really in the original airdate or production order, so I'm not sure why they are presented this way. Runtimes are as follows:
So Hard to Say Goodbye (21:32)
Payneful Rescue (21:32)
Where There's a Will, There's a Way (21:32)
Payneful Assistance (21:32)
Brain Payne (21:32)
Foster Paynes (21:32)
Epic Fail (21:32)
Shout Out (21:32)
Love Thy Neighbor (21:32)
A Payneful Night Out (21:32)
House of Awkward (21:32)
A Mother's Payne (21:32)
Up from the Ashes (21:32)
Going, Going, Gone (21:32)
The packaging is an environmentally friendly Viva case. It's one of those Ecobox cases that uses thinner plastic with the recycling logo cutout. There is an outer cardboard sleeve for the plastic case. The sleeve and case have the same exact design. The cover art features a tic-tac-toe style background with 6 of the main cast members in boxes. The show's logo is in green at the top of the case. The back cover has another photo of 6 of the main cast members. A short synopsis of the show, a listing of the episodes, and the DVD specs are provided. Curtis is featured on the spine of the cardboard sleeve/plastic case. Discs 1-2 are held in flip holder in the center of the case. Disc 3 is an embedded holder in the back of the case. The discs feature two different characters and the show logo in green on each disc. Curtis and Ella are on Disc 1 and includes episodes 173-178 (according to their numbering system). Disc 2 features Calvin and Jazmine andincludes episodes 179-185. Disc 3 features Allen and Malik and includes episodes 186-192.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus are simple and easy to navigate. They've undergone some changes from the previous volumes. The main menu has a green color scheme and features various publicity photos of the cast and video clips from the episodes playing in the background. The show's instrumental theme song is played before it loops. Curtis eventually urges you to make a menu choice. There are choices for Play All Episodes, Episode Selection, Set Up, and Also From Lionsgate (only on Disc 1). These options are listed vertically in white text at the top of the screen. There's a white line 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 Episodes, it takes you to another menu where there is a photo of Ella with her hands around Curtis' neck. There's a small screenshot from each episode that is highlighted with a yellow border. The Set Up menu features C.J. and Calvin on Disc 1. Jazmine is on Disc 2. Malik is on Disc 3. 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 (3:22) for other Tyler Perry Productions (Good Deeds, Aunt Bam's Place, Meet the Browns) on DVD and Blu-ray. Chapters are placed at the appropriate places.
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 nine 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.
It's been over a year since the last volume was released. That was a pretty long wait after there were three volumes released in 2011. After 7 seasons and 264 episodes, the show will be coming to a close in August. Love it or hate it, that's a pretty impressive amount of episodes these days. We can expect three more volumes of the show on DVD. I'm sure they will go back to a quicker release schedule with the show wrapping up soon.
Many critics may not like the show, but it airs on multiple channels and has a big fan base. Tyler Perry came up with a show that works and draws viewers. It seems like everything attached to his name turns into gold. I'm not sure if people will still be watching the Tyler Perry shows 20-30 years from now like they watch classics today such as Good Times, The Jeffersons, and Sanford and Son. I think they probably won't be seen as often, but I guess it remains to be seen what kind of legacy these shows will have down the road. Make this House your own with volume nine of the hit TBS series.