TITLE: NIGHT COURT - THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON (WBSHOP.COM) (AMAZON.COM)
Release Date: November 13, 2012 (Warner Archive - WBShop.com Exclusive)
Packaging: Keep case
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 576 minutes
Running Time of Features: N/A
Audio: English Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles and Captioning: None
Special Features: None
Disbarment, wedding bells, a baby, and more antics from Bull are in store for the seventh season of Night Court now on DVD. We get all 24 season seven episodes on a three-disc set exclusively at WBShop.com from the Warner Archive Collection. This is the fourth set in a row for the series being an exclusive to WBShop.com, so it is your only way of owning it. And, for now, the episodes are on DVD instead of DVD-R’s, so take advantage and order EARLY before they go back to DVD-R’s. We waited about five months after season six was released, so we are ready for the courtroom antics! Big changes were in the air for the legal crew of Night Court as the smash hit show entered the seventh season of its epic nine-season run. Status quo is MIA for the court as the season begins with a visit from Harry’s estranged dad, former mental patient Buddy (recurring guest John Astin), that results in the two shacking up. Meanwhile, Dan (John Larroquette) begins a season-long quest for new lodgings – a quest complicated by Judge Harry’s (Harry Anderson) new roomie. Making the case for comedy in season seven are visitor from the future VHK 937 (Michael McManus), Roz’s (Marsha Warfield) visiting aunt (Della Reese), and a return visit from Mel Tormé. Upping the stakes with a dash of drama, Dan faces disbarment, Christine (Markie Post) faces motherhood as a wedded single mom (Don’t ask! Just watch it!), Buddy gets engaged and Yakov Smirnov seeks asylum. Grab the gavel – Bull’s the most sane one this season and is about to bring order to the court!
Night Court season seven stars: Harry Anderson, Markie Post, John Larroquette, Charles Robinson, Richard Moll, and Marsha Warfield. Click, click!
The latter seasons begin with season seven. Now these later seasons might not be better than seasons 3-6, but I still loved seasons 7-9. Markie Post gets hotter and hotter. The season premiere, “Life with Buddy,” has Buddy leaving the institution and moving in with Harry while Dan and his real estate agent scheme to take over a dying man's Park Avenue apartment. In “The Cop and the Lady,” Christine falls for the gorgeous piece of beefcake assigned to protect Dan when the sleazy DA receives several death threats. In the two-part episode “Branded,” Dan becomes the target for first a job offer, then disbarment proceedings when a wealthy lawyer seeks to get charges against his son dropped, and Christine and Roz become diet buddies. In “Amore or Less,” Christine finds everyone too busy to help her out with her new romance so she turns to two feuding advice columnists.
In the two-part episode “Wedding Bell Blues,” Christine makes an impulsive decision at her farewell dinner with beau Tony, one that has severe repercussions when he leaves on an assignment he may not return from, and in part two, Christine deals with Tony's departure and her unexpected pregnancy. In “Melvin & Harold,” plans for Mel Tormé to appear at Harry's 40th birthday party are derailed when Harry puts his idol behind bars for failing to pay a parking ticket. In “My Three Dads,” while attending childbirth class with her three coaches, Christine imagines her child as it grows up influenced by each of the eager proxy fathers. In the annual “Still Another Day in the Life,” Harry helps a young man appearing before his court stop his girlfriend’s marriage to a prefab preppie. And on the season finale “The Blues of the Birth,” Christine goes into labor while trapped in an elevator with Buddy and a squeamish courtroom visitor (Stephen Furst).
Among the guest stars this season are John Astin, Della Reese, Richard Stahl, James Avery, Susan Anton, Yakov Smirnoff, Lana Clarkson, Nikki Cox, Stephen Furst, and Mel Torme. Recurring stars include Ray Abruzzo as Tony Guiliano, Mike Finneran as Art, William Utay as Phil, and Denice Kumagai as Quon Lee.
Episode runtimes are around 23-24 minutes and all unedited. Here are all the runtimes:
1. Life with Buddy: 24:00
2. If I Were A Rich Man: 23:58
3. The Cop and the Lady: 23:59
4. Come Back to the Five and Dime, Stephen King, Stephen King: 24:00
5. Blue Suede Bull: 23:59
6. For Love or Money: 23:53
7. Auntie Maim: 23:57
8. Attack of the Mac Snacks: 23:50
9. Branded, Part 1: 23:57
10. Branded, Part 2: 23:58
11. Passion Plundered: 24:01
12. Amore or Less: 23:57
13. Razing Bull: 23:59
14. Futureman: 23:59
15. Wedding Bell Blues, Part 1: 23:59
16. Wedding Bell Blues, Part 2: 23:59
17. The Talk Show: 23:58
18. Melvin and Harold: 23:47
19. The Glasnost Menagerie: 23:43
20. I Said Dance!: 23:55
21. My Three Dads: 23:56
22. Still Another Day in the Life: 23:39
23. A Closer Look: 23:59
24. The Blues of the Birth: 24:03
The packaging of the set is a very simple with a keep case, similar to the previous sets. The cover art has a cast photo (looks like a season 6 cast photo to me though) of Bull, Dan, Harry, Christine, Roz and Mac with a starry city night background and the Night Court logo on top once again. The color theme is like purple and grey. The back of the case features a similar starry night background of the city, with a huge shot of Harry with a gavel and four episodic photos along with info on the series and set. When we open the case, we see no artwork on the panels at all once again, as it is plain white. Also, we don’t get an episode booklet again, which is a shame. The discs are not overlapping and each disc has its own side. There is a plastic holder holding discs one and two, one on each side. The last disc is on the right panel itself. All this is good and similar to the last few sets. The disc art is the same dark city night drawn image on all three discs with episode titles printed on the disc. Disc one will be where you can find episodes 1-8, while Disc two holds episodes 9-16 and Disc three has episodes 17-24.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The main menu has the starry night background and the same cast photo from the cover art, very similar to the previous sets. The opening theme is NOT playing in the background again this time. Why? As we did the last few times, we have the choice of Play All or choose an episode title right on the main menu. Why not have an episode menu like they always had prior to season four? I understand this is a Warner Archive release, but still? There are no subtitles again. Oh yes, before the main menu on each disc we once again have a FBI warning, saying you will get 5 years in federal prison and $250,000 fine for making illegal copies of this DVD. Ouch, so we don’t get a $50 fine and time served from Judge Stone?
Video and Audio Quality:
The video varies from episode to episode, but it is much better than season four and on par with seasons five and six. I think it looks good. It is more consistent like the first three sets, but some episodes look lighter while others looks pretty dark, especially on the closing credits. The audio is on par with the previous set and I have no complaints there. We get four chapter stops per episode again and they are correctly placed. Couple of tidbits, on the two-part episodes, the “To Be Continued...” tag is intact at the end of part one and there are “previously on Night Court...” recaps for “Branded, Part 2” and “Wedding Bell Blues, Part 2.” Most of the episodes have the Night Court logo bumper in the middle of the episode. That’s cool to have! For your closing logo enthusiasts, we get the Starry Night Productions logo and the old Warner Bros. Communications logo after the closing credits.
There is nothing here again. For season one, we got a few extras. But like seasons two through six, we get NONE whatsoever on this set. That is such a shame, but expected since they moved this series to WBShop.com only. They cheapened the set big time, but seasons two and three were regular WHV sets, and we didn’t get any extras for those either. Warner Archive is not to be blamed here because we actually are grateful they are continuing this series on DVD! Click click!
This is another solid season. I loved Markie Post with the shorter hair. It will be cool to see it grow the next two seasons, where I think she looked the best. Fascinating and stunning! And her storyline with Tony is good. In terms of the DVD, the video quality is on par with the previous set and looks good. I still think fans should buy this set because they’ll want to continue the series on DVD. All of the episodes are unedited and around 24 minutes. They certainly cheapened this series on DVD since season four, but I’m glad we are getting every season on DVD at a great pace. Hopefully season eight comes in winter or early spring 2013. This series lasted nine seasons, so we are still two more releases away in completing this series on DVD...so don’t stop now. It makes no sense to stop, as we should be done this time next year or even earlier. Die-hard fans should for sure “click, click” (as the opening theme says and click on the link below to buy the set) away. Actually, make that everyone should “click, click” and buy this set! That’s Judge Stone’s final verdict, so click, before Bull gets angry!
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: 3/5
Overall Score: 4/5
-- Reviewed by Pavan on 11/18/12
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