TITLE: ROSEANNE - THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON (MILL CREEK)
Release Date: March 19, 2013 (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Packaging: Keepcase with paper sleeves
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 25
Running Time: 597 minutes
Running Time of Features: N/A
Audio: English Stereo
Subtitles and Captioning: Closed-captioned
Special Features: None
Everything is coming up Rosey again in Roseanne - The Complete Seventh Season! Once again, Mill Creek brings us another season of the classic sitcom to DVD... again... but this time at a lower cost! Relive all 25 episodes of the 1994-1995 season of the series, where the Conner family tackles problems including marital spats, puberty, racism, and even an expansion of the Conner household!
The season begins with "Nine is Enough," where Roseanne makes a shocking discovery that will mean big changes all around. Roseanne begins to suspect Darlene is being unfaithful with David in "Two for One." David reveals a secret about Darlene in "Snoop Davey Dave." In "Girl Talk," a little too much information is revealed when rumors spread among the wives. David's fantasies are a bit too creepy in the "Sleeper." Fred is the skeleton pushed out of the closet in the Halloween episode in "Skeleton in the Closet." Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Danny Masterson guest star in "Follow the Son," where David wants to stop Darlene from moving in with her new squeeze. Roseanne and Jackie head to Chicago to surprise Darlene in "Punch and Jimmy," but David is just focused on winning back Darlene. D.J. has to kiss a black girl in the school play in "White Men Can't Kiss."
Complications in Roseanne's pregnancy pop up in "Thanksgiving 1994." Roseanne awaits amniocentesis results in "Maybe Baby." D.J.'s teacher is concerned that he may have a learning disability in "The Parenting Trap," but things get a little more bizarre when Dan finds out the truth behind it all. Dan and Roseanne find out that their new next-door neighbors are nudists in "Rear Window." Bev discovers that she is an alcoholic after being arrested for a DUI in "My Name is Bev." Roseanne fakes illness just to get some rest in "Bed and Bored," but David is onto her. Roseanne and Jackie get into a spat over D.J. visiting Jackie's house in "Sisters." David and Mark are interested in a waitress (instead of their respective significant others) in "Lost Youth." In "Single Married Female," Dan discovers a scandalous secret about Jackie.
Barbara Billingsley, Pat Crowley, June Lockhart, Alley Mills, and Isabel Sanford all guest star in the retrospective episode "All About Rosey." In "Husbands and Wives," Jackie and Fred are now separated, and Roseanne gets involved... but quickly wonders if she should be getting involved at all. Mark and Becky find a new home (in a trailer park) in "Happy Trailers." Ellen DeGeneres and Ashley Johnson guest star in "The Blaming of the Shrew," where D.J.'s new girlfriend (Johnson) is a bit too controlling. Roseanne is determined to get Darlene and David back together (again) in "The Birds and the Frozen Bees." In "Couch Potatoes," Roseanne wants to prove that the family isn't white trash when they are "chosen" to be put under a microscope to evaluate TV ratings. The season ends with "Sherwood Schwartz: A Loving Tribute," where the family ends up on Gilligan's Island. Much of the cast of the series (including Dawn Wells, Bob Denver, Tina Louise, Russell Johnson, and even creator Sherwood Schwartz) make cameos at the end of the episode.
The episodes appear to be unedited (as far as we can tell), with runtimes as follows:
1. "Nine is Enough" (23:01)
2. "Two for One" (23:01)
3. "Snoop Davey Dave" (22:49)
4. "Girl Talk" (23:01)
5. "Sleeper" (23:02)
6. "Skeleton in the Closet" (23:01)
7. "Follow the Son" (23:00)
8. "Punch and Jimmy" (23:00)
9. "White Men Can't Kiss" (23:00)
10. "Thanksgiving 1994" (23:00)
11. "Maybe Baby" (22:54)
12. "The Parenting Trap" (22:59)
13. "Rear Window" (23:00)
14. "My Name is Bev" (23:00)
15. "Bed and Bored" (23:00)
16. "Sisters" (23:01)
17. "Lost Youth" (23:01)
18. "Single Married Female" (23:00)
19. "All About Rosey (Parts 1 and 2)" (45:49)
20. "Husbands and Wives" (23:00)
21. "Happy Trailers" (22:59)
22. "The Blaming of the Shrew" (23:00)
23. "The Birds and the Frozen Bees" (23:00)
24. "Couch Potatoes" (23:00)
25. "Sherwood Schwartz: A Loving Tribute" (23:01)
The packaging for this set is consistent with the other Mill Creek releases of the set. On the cover, there is (yet again) a photo of Dan and Roseanne, along with several episode stills. On the back, there is a rather lengthy description of the season, and a listing of some of the guest stars. Of course, inside, you'll find the discs inside of black paper sleeves (it is worth buying some cheap three-disc cases to switch these out). Each disc has the same photo of Dan and Roseanne seen on the cover, along with a listing of the episodes contained on the disc.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus on here are pretty much the same as the menus on the other Mill Creek releases of the series. The main menu has the same cover photo of Roseanne and Dan on the right side of the screen, and video clips play on the left, while the theme song plays in the background. From the main menu, options include Play All and Episode Select. Chapters are placed throughout each episode.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video and audio quality on the set is basically fine, but nothing extraordinary. I do feel that Mill Creek has (and continues) to overdo the cramming of episodes on each disc, but the quality isn't atrocious. The audio, presented in stereo, sounds fine for the most part. Each episode is closed-captioned.
Like the Anchor Bay release of this season, there are no special features on this set.
Essentially, this just a barebones set, but it is a very inexpensive way for fans to own the series on DVD yet again. I'm glad that Mill Creek is providing that opportunity, and at a very low price on top of that. This season brings us a pretty good group of episodes, and in fact, they are much better than I actually remembered. I haven't watched this show much over the years in syndication, so it was nice to see certain episodes on this set again, particularly the "All About Rosey" and "Sherwood Schwartz: A Loving Tribute" episodes, both of which pay respect to classic TV (something this series did a lot of in the later seasons). There really isn't much that can be said about this season that hasn't been said before, and the bottom line is that if you're a fan of Roseanne at all, this set is worth owning.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 3.5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 03/31/13
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