Frasier - The Complete Seventh Season Studio: Paramount Year: 1999 - 2000 Rated: NR Length: 8 hours, 45 minutes Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Audio: Dolby Digital English Stereo Closed Captioned Special Features: None Suggested Retail Price: $39.99 USD Release Date: November 15, 2005 Frasier’s seventh season was its last exceptional outing, providing generous laughs throughout the season and resolving a long running gag in the show once and for all. Unfortunately, it’s that resolution that fundamentally changes the show for future seasons, and relegates the show from it’s elite status to being just another sitcom. It’s not that the show got bad after season seven - however, it wasn’t compelling enough to schedule a weekly viewing. Never mind that, for now - because this season still has some fresh episodes. Here are some hilights... In the season opener, “Momma Mia”, Frasier falls for a woman with a striking resemblance to his deceased mother - and he doesn’t realize it. Of course, this leaves plenty of room for Niles to relate many references to Oedipus. In “A Tsar is Born”, Frasier and Niles believe they may be descendants of Russian royalty after The Antiques Roadshow evaluates one of Martin’s family heirlooms. Of course, the real truth turns out to be somewhat less than flattering. “The Late Doctor Crane” finds Frasier dealing with erroneous media reports of his untimely demise after a car accident. Meanwhile, Niles confronts his ex-wife’s plastic surgeon about a bill - and it’s love at first site. In the two part storyline beginning with “Backtalk”, Frasier, delusional after taking pain pills for an injured back, reveals Niles’ secret love to Daphne. Of course, he has no memory of the gaffe the next day. Meanwhile, Niles’ romance with Dr. Mel Karnofsky has advanced to an alarming degree, leaving Daphne a bit confused. In one of the funnier episodes of the series, “RDWRER”, Martin, Frasier and Niles take a trip in the Winnebago. After a stop at a truck stop, Niles accidentally boards the wrong motorhome, and goes cross-country with an unsuspecting older couple. In “They’re Playing Our Song”, Frasier goes typically overboard when asked to write a new theme song for his radio show. Another one of the best, “Out With Dad”, finds Martin pretending to be gay to avoid a woman, only to be set up with another man. Gloriously filled with farcical stereotypes, this episode really lets David Hyde Pierce shine. The two part finale, “Something Borrowed, Someone Blue” finds Daphne’s wedding to Donny endangered by her love for Niles. Outstanding episodes. The Transfers The Video for Frasier season seven is essentially identical to recent previous seasons. Contrast is good, with good definition in the whites as well as in the shadows. The picture is adequately sharp and detailed. Color saturation is good. there were no compression artifacts of note in the random episodes that I screened for this review. The audio is Dolby Digital 2.0. Frequency response is good. Dialog sounds great - clean, clear and broad in range. Music sounds excellent, with good bass response. This sounds as good as one would expect a TV sitcom to sound. Special Features Sadly, there are no special features. Final Thoughts The last great season of Frasier is well represented in the A/V department, though the set is devoid of special features.