TITLE: MEET THE BROWNS - SEASON 7
Release Date: October 23, 2012 (Lionsgate)
Packaging: Viva Ecobox
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 20
Running Time: 440 minutes
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
Come and join the Browns one last time with Lionsgate's release of Meet the Browns - Season 7! The three disc set contains the final 20 episodes of the TBS sitcom from Tyler Perry about a family living under one roof. Whether they're laughing or crying, the family always manages to get by each and every day in these last 20 episodes of the series.
Once again, this collection of episodes is not a season, despite what the packaging says, but rather just another collection of 20 more episodes (in this case, the final 20 episodes) of the series.
The set begins with "The Old Fling," where Sasha's mom visits and brings a man with her... who happens to be half her age. Reggie makes an unannounced return in "Meet the Unwelcome Back." In "Meet the Defendant," Cora and the Colonel go to court... with Judge Greg Mathis (as himself). Jealousy comes over Brianna in "Meet the Attraction." In "Meet the New Reggie," Brown and Derek help Reggie improve himself so that he can win Cora. Renee passes out birth control at a school health fair in "Meet the Sugar Momma."
In "Meet the Country Cousin," a relative for the country comes to help while Sasha is away. Brown flies in an airplane for the first time in "Meet the Non-Frequent Flyer." In "Meet the Football Coach," Simone introduces her mom to Sasha. Online shopping becomes a problem for Cora in "Meet the Shopaholic." In "Meet the Patience," an old lady keeps showing up at Cora's door looking for a companion, and Cora's patience is being worn thin. A friend of Reggie's may not be what he seems in "Meet the Dealmaker." A wedding may be in the works at last for the Colonel and Edna in "Meet the Real Wedding."
Cora's expensive new purse may not be quite what it seems in "Meet the Knock-Off." It's time for Brown's class reunion in "Meet the Reunion." In "Meet the Whodunit," Brown faces a rice and gravy mystery. Sasha hosts a telethon in "Meet the Telethon." Brown and the Colonel try to get even in "Meet the Hustle." The series takes on body switching (obviously, the series is about done by now) in "Meet the Switch." The series officially ends (although the DVD order is slightly different) with "Meet the Family Portrait," where Mr. Brown wants nothing more than to get the family together for a family portrait.
The episodes all run at 21:33 and are assumed to be unedited, so we present runtimes only for the sake of consistency with other reviews. In any event, they are as follows:
1. "Meet the Old Fling" (21:33)
2. "Meet the Unwelcome Back" (21:33)
3. "Meet the Defendant" (21:33)
4. "Meet the Attraction" (21:33)
5. "Meet the New Reggie" (21:33)
6. "Meet the Sugar Momma" (21:33)
7. "Meet the Country Cousin" (21:33)
8. "Meet the Non-Frequent Flyer" (21:33)
9. "Meet the Football Coach" (21:33)
10. "Meet the Shopaholic" (21:33)
11. "Meet the Patience" (21:33)
12. "Meet the Dealmaker" (21:33)
13. "Meet the Real Wedding" (21:33)
14. "Meet the Knock-Off" (21:33)
15. "Meet the Reunion" (21:32)
16. "Meet the Family Portrait" (21:33)
17. "Meet the Telethon" (21:33)
18. "Meet the Hustle" (21:33)
19. "Meet the Switch" (21:33)
20. "Meet the Whodunit" (21:33)
For every "season" of this series, Lionsgate has kept the packaging very similar. The set comes packaged in a Viva Case (with an identical cardboard sleeve over it), with a cast photo on the cover. On the back, there is a general description of the series, a few episode snapshots, and a listing of episodes on the set by disc. Inside, you'll find the three discs, each containing a different cast photo. Disc 1 contains episodes 1-6, Disc 2 contains episodes 7-13, and Disc 3 contains episodes 14-20.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus on this set are a little different from previous releases, with a bit more animation in them this time. The cast members shown on the cover art slide are on the main menu, but one at a time, and they change every few seconds. The closing theme music still plays in the background, along with video clips from the episodes. From the main menu, you have options of Play All Episodes, Episode Selection, and Set Up. Episode Selection brings up the episodes (four listed at a time), along with photos of the cast members. Once you select an episode, it plays right away, with chapters placed throughout each episode. As for the Set Up option, this allows you to turn on English or Spanish subtitles.
Video and Audio Quality:
This is a low budget series, but everything looks fine as far as the audio and video quality is concerned... just don't expect anything spectacular. The video is presented in widescreen, with audio in both Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and 2.0 Stereo Sound. The episodes contain English and Spanish subtitles, along with closed-captioning.
There are no special features for this final volume of episodes. They should have had an end of series retrospective on this set.
Well, here we go again: 20 more episodes of the series on DVD, and that is that. No special features or anything to go along with it, just plain episodes of the series. The only difference now is that this time, we've reached the end of the series, and I honestly have to say that the series still hasn't won me over as a fan. But in any event, there are plenty of fans of the series out there who'll certainly enjoy these episodes, and these DVDs are a great way to enjoy them, particularly considering that these DVDs are a perfect way for fans to preserve the series forever. I have a feeling that this series will likely fade into obscurity in the future (much like many of the first-run syndication sitcoms of the 80s), but fans certainly have the opportunity to own all of the episodes to keep now, and should take advantage of it while that is possible.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 12/24/12
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