TITLE: THE KING OF QUEENS - THE COMPLETE NINTH SEASON
DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
Number of Discs: 2
Number of Episodes: 12
Running Time: 274 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: Closed-Captioned.
Special Features: None
Doug and the gang are back for one last truckload of laughs in The Complete Ninth Season of The King of Queens! The two disc set brings you the final 12 episodes, including the one hour season finale, of the series that has been a staple of the CBS lineup for nearly the past decade. But don’t worry, it is still the same show that fans have loved and enjoyed for the previous eight seasons, and is guaranteed to provide hours of enjoyment for any fan!
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
I’m not very familiar with the series, so I can’t exactly say what is and what isn’t memorable--but based upon episode descriptions and the episodes that I watched, there were some that stuck out for me. The season begins with “Mama Cast,” where Carrie becomes a pretend mom at model homes--and decides she wants the real thing too. Doug is getting sexy phone messages in “Affair Trade,” but Carrie doesn’t seem to care one bit. Carrie thinks she knows why Deacon and Kelly could afford a vacation home in “Home Cheapo.”
Doug has become a vegetarian and it is annoying Carrie in “Offensive Fowl.” Carrie has found the perfect apartment in Manhattan in “Manhattan Project,” but can Doug stop being the king of Queens? Adoption could be in the future for Doug and Carrie in “Single Spaced.” Finally, the series ends with “China Syndrome,” were Doug and Carrie have to wonder what the future holds for them.
The packaging is nothing too fancy, with the cover art having Kevin James, Leah Remini, and Jerry Stiller on it, and a digipak contained inside the box. With only 12 episodes in this season, we only have a two disc set, with Disc 1 containing episodes 1-7 and Disc 2 containing the remaining episodes (including the one hour series finale). As is standard on these Sony sets that are contained in digipaks, we have the standard episode listing sheet that contains descriptions for every episode contained within the set.
Menu Design and Navigation:
We have nothing more than the basic Sony style menu... you know, the main menu has a snapshot of the cast members and gives you choices of Play All and Episode Selection. And once you select what you want, you get what you select. There is not music on the menu screens, nor is there anything even remotely exciting about them... but they are sufficient at least. There are plenty of chapters placed throughout each episode, at all of the appropriate places.
Video and Audio Quality:
We have a very recent series here, so clearly the video and audio are basically fine (even for a Sony set). If I could find something to nitpick on, I would, but that hardly seems necessary here. The episodes are presented in anamorphic widescreen, which means that the episodes will look different for viewers that are accustomed to watching the episodes in standard definition (but in any event makes the picture look better). The audio is presented in Dolby Digital Stereo and every episode is closed captioned. I assume every episode is unedited, with all of them running at 21:16, EXCEPT for the final three which run at 20:52, 19:24, and 44:45, respectively.
So, we have a recent series that lasted nine years, just went off the air, so the final season is a bang with special features, right? Wrong. There isn’t a single one to be found.
It is probably pretty obvious that I’m not exactly a fan of this series and that I’m not very familiar with it. Still, there are plenty of fans out there that really enjoy the series (why else would it have lasted as long as it did?) that would really enjoy this DVD set. It is just unfortunate that the set is totally lacking on the special features front. I mean, seriously, this series has only been off the air for a few months, and they can’t get one single special feature on the set??? Oh well. Fans that have been collecting the series will want to pick up this set, and those that haven’t may want to wait and pick up the complete series set that is on the way in November. It won’t be deeply discounted like some complete series sets are, nor will it contain much extra, but it is a different way of owning the episodes. If your eyes are getting weary, you can just cash your check and buy this set for you!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 09/28/07
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