Release Date: October 5, 2010 (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)
Color / 1976 - 1977
Packaging: Viva Pack
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 612 minutes
Running Time of Features: N/A
Audio: English mono
Subtitles and Captioning: English and Spanish Subtitles; Closed-captioned
Special Features: None
Love is all around with the seventh (and final) season of The Mary Tyler Moore Show on DVD! Just when you thought she might not make it, she does make it after all, with 24 episodes of the Emmy Award-winning series. Mary Tyler Moore, of course, was a major hit for CBS in the 1970s, and brought Mary Tyler Moore to a new level of fame following her successful tenure on The Dick Van Dyke Show. This time, of course, she is all alone, except for her friends at work at TV station WJM. By this season, Rhoda and Phyllis are long gone, of course, having spun off into their own series, and the series focuses a lot more on her work life and co-workers, including boss Lou Grant (Ed Asner), anchorman Ted Baxter (Ted Knight), his wife Georgette (Georgia Engel), co-worker Murray (Gavin MacLeod), and of course the Happy Homemaker Sue Ann Nivens (Betty White).
Ted Baxter is about to become a father in "Mary Midwife," but is he ready for it? In "Sue Ann's Sister," Pat Priest plays the nymphomaniac's sister, who might just be starring in her own competing television series. Ted has a life-altering moment in "Ted's Change of Heart." William Bogert guest stars in "My Son, the Genius," where Ted and Georgette find out that their son could be a genius. Richard Kline plays a prosecutor in "Mary Gets a Lawyer," where Mary is facing contempt charges.
Mary has an addiction problem (to sleeping pills) in "Mary's Insomnia." Can Ted be seduced? Somebody sure does try in "Ted's Temptation." Ted and Georgette have their own show that turns out to be a hit in "The Ted and Georgette Show," but is this what Georgette really wants? The Happy Homemaker is sad when her show is canceled in "Sue Ann Gets the Ax," but when Mary refuses to hire her in the newsroom, how will she feel?
John Amos reprises his role as Gordy the Weatherman in "Hail the Conquering Gordy" when he returns to WJM as a network star. Murray ghostwrites an article for Ted in "Murray Ghosts for Ted," and guess who doesn't get credit for it? In "Mary's Big Party," Johnny Carson (playing himself) is going to make a big appearance at her party and everything is going to be perfect… except of course it is the night that the lights went out in Minneapolis. Valerie Harper and Cloris Leachman return for the series finale, "The Last Show," where there is a major shakeup in the newsroom, and things will never be the same again.
The episodes on the set all appear to be unedited. It is important to note that the final episode, "The Last Show," originally had a curtain call at the end of the episode, and it is supposed to be included on this set. HOWEVER, many sets have been found to be defective (including the very copy that I am reviewing) and instead include the original closing credits. Don't worry, though. If your set has this problem, you can call Fox at the customer service number found on the back of the DVD package and they will replace it for you. Runtimes for all of the episodes are as follows:
1. "Mary Midwife" (25:34)
2. "Mary the Writer" (25:37)
3. "Sue Ann's Sister" (25:35)
4. "What's Wrong with Swimming?" (25:34)
5. "Ted's Change of Heart" (25:29)
6. "One Producer Too Many" (25:30)
7. "My Son, the Genius" (25:28)
8. "Mary Gets a Lawyer" (25:31)
9. "Lou Proposes" (25:30)
10. "Murray Can't Lose" (25:29)
11. "Mary's Insomnia" (25:31)
12. "Ted's Temptation" (25:29)
13. "Look at Us, We're Walking" (25:28)
14. "The Critic" (25:30)
15. "Lou's Army Reunion" (25:32)
16. "The Ted and Georgette Show" (25:30)
17. "Sue Ann Gets the Ax" (25:28)
18. "Hail the Conquering Gordy" (25:28)
19. "Mary and the Sexgenarian" (25:32)
20. "Murray Ghosts for Ted" (25:27)
21. "Mary's Three Husbands" (25:30)
22. "Mary's Big Party" (25:29)
23. "Lou Dates Mary" (25:29)
24. "The Last Show" (25:40)
The set is packaged in a very standard Viva-pack, as has been the case for the past two seasons (and also for seasons 1-4 if you purchase the new pressings of those seasons). The cover art is simple, with Mary standing in front of a blue "M," and the back gives a basic description of the season. Inside, there is a listing of episodes on the left-hand side, and three discs, each containing the same "M" as on the cover art. Each disc contains eight episodes.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus are incredibly simple, but they certainly fulfill their role. The main menu has still pictures of cast members, with a list of episodes and a Play All option on the screen. Upon selecting an episode, you get an episode submenu that includes a snapshot from the episode, along with options of Play Episode, Scene Selection, Language Selection, and Disc Main Menu. There are about ten scenes placed in each episode (more than needed, really), with chapters placed in more than just all of the appropriate places.
Video and Audio Quality:
As has been the case with recent releases of the series, the video quality of the episodes is somewhat above average. Is it perfect? Not by any means. The picture has a bit more grain than the earlier sets had (which makes no sense to me) and there is some debris on the picture, but it is by no means a disaster. It is just that these episodes were remastered not too long ago, and these episodes, while definitely of higher quality than the episodes that aired over ten years ago, do not quite look as great as the remastered episodes do on TV. But I could just be imagining the episodes looking better on TV than they actually do. The audio, presented in mono, is fine, but is a little muffled at times (although that is to be expected). The episodes are all closed-captioned, and there are subtitles in both English and Spanish.
There are no special features at all on this set aside from the "final curtain call" on the final episode, but I don't consider that a special feature at all. After all, it is supposed to be part of the episode anyway. But it hasn't been seen since the original airing, and fans have been looking forward to seeing this on the DVD. Unfortunately, I can't really comment on this too much, because the review copy that I received was missing the final curtain call.
She made it after all! This series has had one of the bumpiest roads to completion on DVD and appeared to be abandon on several occasions, but now, we finally have all seven seasons available on DVD. The seventh season isn't really one of my favorite seasons of the series, but it is still excellent, and the series did go out on a strong note. Now, one only has to wait to see if the "delayed" Complete Series set is on the way. But in any event, this set is a perfectly adequate set, as are the previous releases, and fans are sure to enjoy it.