TITLE: NIGHT COURT - THE COMPLETE NINTH SEASON (WBSHOP.COM) (AMAZON.COM)
Release Date: June 11, 2013 (Warner Archive - WBShop.com Exclusive)
Packaging: Keep case
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: minutes
Running Time of Features: N/A
Audio: English Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles and Captioning: None
Special Features: None
It’s the ninth and final season of Night Court and we now have it on DVD. We get all 22 season nine episodes on a three-disc set exclusively at WBShop.com from the Warner Archive Collection. This is the sixth 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 only waited four months after season eight was released, so we are ready for the courtroom antics one final time!
Night Court’s ninth and final season sees Judge Harry Stone and company rethinking careers and companions, while Bull stumbles through the wedding china on his way to matrimonial bliss. It’s a good thing Bull has Harry, Mac, Roz, Christine and even Dan on hand to get him to the altar on time. While Harry considers a career in higher education, Christine takes a look at Congress as Dan rethinks his commitment to his primary field of interest (it’s spelled S-E-X). Meanwhile ditzy-but-stunning court steno Lisette is harboring a secret of her own, one that concerns a prominent member of the cast. And what on Earth do aliens want with Bull? But as the final hour airs -- and the cast depart for different climes, whither Judge Harry?
Night Court season nine stars: Harry Anderson, Markie Post, John Larroquette, Charles Robinson, Richard Moll, and Marsha Warfield. Click, click!
We’re here for one last hurrah and the show still has some very good episodes this season. Markie Post looks amazing as usual, especially in the black dress in the season premiere. Among the best episodes of season nine is the two-part season premiere, “A Guy Named Phantom,” where Harry and Christine are both confused over their feelings for each other, but before they can work them out, the deranged Dan kidnaps Christine at a courthouse costume party. In “Pop Goes the Question,” Wanda learns on the anniversary of their first date that Bull must perform a miracle before he can marry her. In “Teacher’s Pet,” Christine is disillusioned by a law professor she once idolized and Bull undergoes an unusual ceremony to regain his virginity. In “A New York Story,” Harry uncovers a city financial snafu when a defendant (Stephen Root) proves he owns several prominent landmarks and Dan enjoys being a beauty pageant judge.
In the two-part episode “Party Girl,” A political consultant persuades Christine to run for Congress, Dan becomes a sexual surrogate, and Mac's video of Bull's wedding achieves a certain distinction. In "To Sir With... Ah, What the Heck... Love,” Dan begins kissing up to Harry as part of his campaign to replace Harry on the bench when he becomes a full time law professor and Art the handyman becomes a surrogate dad to Bull when he starts dating Bull's mama. And on the two-part series finale, “Opportunity Knocks,” Harry contemplates a variety of job offers, Dan anticipates life on easy street with a wealthy bride, Bull deals with some really out-of-town visitors, and Christine contemplates the agony of defeat.
Among the guest stars this season are Stephen Root, Gilbert Gottfried, M.C. Gainey, Lee Arenberg and Mel Torme. Recurring stars include Mike Finneran as Art, Cathy McAuley as Wanda, Joleen Will Utay as Will, Lutz as Lisette Hocheiser and Denice Kumagai as Quon Lee.
Episode runtimes are usually over 23 minutes and most likely all unedited. There are episodes from discs 2 and 3 that are under 23 minutes and we’re not sure if those are unedited or not. They could have just run shorter, though. Here are all the runtimes:
1. A Guy Named Phantom, Part 1: 23:21
2. A Guy Named Phantom, Part 2: 23:18
3. My Life as a Dog Lawyer: 23:16
4. Puppy Love: 23:19
5. Pop Goes the Question: 23:26
6. Guess Who's Listening to Dinner?: 23:19
7. Looking for Mr. Shannon: 23:29
8. Teacher's Pet: 23:15
9. The System Works: 23:24
10. Get Me to the Roof on Time: 23:20
11. Santa on the Lam: 23:20
12. Shave and a Haircut: 22:25
13. A New York Story: 22:20
14. Undressed For Success: 23:20
15. Poker? I Hardly Know Her: 22:25
16. Party Girl, Part 1: 23:32
17. Party Girl, Part 2: 24:1118. To Sir With... Ah, What the Heck... Love: 22:22
19. P.S. Do I Know You?: 22:25
20. The 1992 Boat Show: 22:20
21. Opportunity Knock Knocks, Part 1: 22:20
22. Opportunity Knock Knocks, Part 2: 25:08
The packaging of the set is a very simple with a keep case, similar to the previous sets. The cover art has a shot of Bull, Harry & Dan with a starry city night background and the Night Court logo on top once again. The color theme is purple. The back of the case features a similar starry night background of the city, with a shot of Harry & Christine (but not from season 9 for sure) and three 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 9-15 and Disc three has episodes 16-22. This is all consistent from previous sets. One note: “The 1992 Boat Show” was actually the last aired episode but not the series finale, which had aired the week prior. This episode was delayed, but on this set it is before the series finale, as it should be. Good.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The main menu has the starry night background and the same cast photo from the cover art (Bull, Harry & Dan), 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. As I have said before, 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 through eight. I think it looks good and some episodes are very good. It is more consistent like the first three seasons when it was a Warner Home Video title, but some episodes look lighter while others looks pretty dark, especially on the closing credits. Just look at the screenshots from this review and you can see differences. The audio is on par with the previous sets 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...” (Voiceover by Marsha Warfield) recaps for all the part two episodes except for “Party Girl.” The Night Court logo bumpers in the middle of the episode are on many episodes, if not all. 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 but once again we didn’t expect anything anyway. For season one, we got a few extras when it was a WHV title. But like seasons two through eight, 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 finished this series on DVD! Click click!
That’s a wrap. The final session is complete! This is another solid season and a solid set and I can’t believe we are now finished with this series on DVD. This is a Warner Archive set, so it’s not a DVD sold in stores, so you’ll have to order online. I loved Markie Post on this series and she is great here again, and her hair has grown from the previous season. 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 finish the series on DVD. All of the episodes are probably unedited and in the 22-23 minute range, with a few over that even. I think the episodes for this season is on par with season eight. They certainly cheapened this series on DVD since season four, but I’m glad we got every season on DVD at a great pace. Die-hard fans should for sure “click, click” (as the opening theme says and click on the link below to buy the set) away one last time. Actually, make that everyone should “click, click” and buy this set! Say goodbye to Harry, Christine, Dan, Mac, Bull and Roz but you can always have them if you order this DVD!
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 06/29/13
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