Seinfeld: Season 7
US Theatrical Release: N/ A (Sony Pictures Television)
US DVD Release: November 21, 2006
Running Time: Approximately 541 minutes
Rating: N/ A (Contains some adult thematic material)
Video: 1.33:1 (Extra Features: 1.33:1)
Audio: English DD2.0, French DD2.0 (Extra Features: English DD2.0)
Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish (Extra Features: Portuguese, Spanish)
TV-Generated Closed Captions: English (Extra Features: none)
Menus: Some background animation
Packaging: Cardboard slipcase containing 4 slim keepcases; 4-page insert lists production credits for each episode.
THE WAY I FEEL ABOUT IT: 4.5/5
Could this be it? The best season of a show that had so many classic moments? Even a catalog of its props evokes some hilarious memories: Kramer’s hot tub, fascist soup, rare and valuable sponges, the marble rye, Chinese gum, and those rotten old wedding invitations are just a few of them. This season also focused heavily on running storylines, most notably George and Susan’s engagement. Other bits are referenced in later episodes throughout the set.
You really can’t go wrong with this set (unless you simply don’t like Seinfeld). Every episode has more than its fair share of belly laughs. A good number of them, like The Soup Nazi and The Rye, remain popular to this day, but even the less-remembered entries are well-stocked with hilarity. If you only buy one season of Seinfeld, then season 7 isn’t a bad choice.
THE WAY I SEE IT: 4/5
The picture isn’t bad at all. Detail is quite good, if not spectacular, and there isn’t any noticeable color bleeding or digital noise.
THE WAY I HEAR IT: 4/5
It’s pretty much dialogue front and center, with music and the laugh track mixed into the stereo front and surround channels. The perfect presentation for a sitcom.
THE SWAG: 4/5 (rating combines quality and quantity)
The set is chock-full of extra features that run in the neighborhood of 150 minutes plus several commentary tracks and trivia subtitle tracks for every episode. Most of the extras are episode-specific, but there are a few standalone features included as well. The commentaries vary widely in quality, but the other material is mostly solid. The episode-specific features include “Notes About Nothing” (subtitle trivia tracks that feature things like the “George Girlfriend Counter” and the “Kramer Entrance Counter”), “Yada Yada Yada” (commentaries), “In The Vault” (deleted scenes), and “Inside Look” featurettes that feature new interviews with the cast and crew.
- The Da Vinci Code (0:32) (DD2.0; 2.35:1 non-anamorphic)
- Click (0:31) (DD2.0; 2.35:1 non-anamorphic)
- The Engagement: Inside Look (4:03); Deleted Scene (1:39); “Sein-imation: Dr. Cosmo on Marriage and Family” (1:48); Notes About Nothing
- The Postponement: Commentary with Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus; Notes About Nothing
- The Maestro: Inside Look (4:22); Notes About Nothing
- The Wink: Notes About Nothing
- The Hot Tub: Deleted Scenes (2:22); Notes About Nothing
- The Soup Nazi: Inside Look (7:30); Commentary With Jerry Seinfeld, Director Andy Ackerman and Writer Spike Feresten; Notes About Nothing
”Sein-imation: George & The Whale” (2:37)
- The Secret Code: Inside Look (2:25); Commentary With Writers Alec Berg and Jeff Schaffer; Notes About Nothing
- The Pool Guy: Inside Look (5:36); Commentary With Jerry Seinfeld, Director Andy Ackerman and Writer David Mandel; Notes About Nothing
- The Sponge: Commentary With Writer Peter Mehlman; Notes About Nothing
- The Gum: Inside Look (3:44); Commentary With Writers Tom Gammill and Max Pross; Notes About Nothing
- The Rye: Inside Look (7:18); Deleted Scene (0:48); Notes About Nothing
- The Caddy: Inside Look (2:07); Deleted Scene (1:28); Notes About Nothing
- The Seven: Deleted Scene (0:38); Notes About Nothing
- The Cadillac (Parts 1 & 2 – double-length episode): Inside Look (3:29); Notes About Nothing
- The Shower Head: Commentary With Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus; Notes About Nothing
- The Doll: Deleted Scene (0:59); Commentary With Writers Tom Gammill and Max Pross; Notes About Nothing
- The Friars’ Club: Inside Look (8:10); Deleted Scenes (3:53); Alternate Ending (1:06); Commentary With Writer David Mandel; Notes About Nothing
Queen of the Castle: The Elaine Benes Story (16:09)
Cast and crew discuss the Elaine character and working with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, along with several clips of classic Elaine moments.
Larry David’s Farewell (7:49)
Cast and crew talk about David’s departure from the show and how they moved on.
Where’s Larry? Seinfeld’s Secret Guest Star (7:11)
Clips of Larry David’s many cameo appearances.
”Master of His Domain” Exclusive Stand-Up Material (8:40)
Some decent stuff in there.
”Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That” Bloopers (21:17)
This could have been a fantastic 5-minute blooper reel. Instead, it’s a few truly inspired crackups and improvs mixed together with a bunch of standard-issue on-set giggles.
- The Wig Master: Inside Look (1:55); Deleted Scenes (2:23); Notes About Nothing
- The Calzone: Inside Look (2:06); Commentary With Jerry Seinfeld, Director Andy Ackerman and Writers Jeff Schaffer and Alec Berg; Notes About Nothing
- The Bottle Deposit (Parts 1 & 2 – double-length episode): Inside Look (5:29); Notes About Nothing
- The Wait Out: Notes About Nothing
- The Invitations: Inside Look (8:20); Deleted Scenes (3:34); Notes About Nothing
SUMMING IT ALL UP
The Way I Feel About It: 4.5/5
The Way I See It: 4/5
The Way I Hear It: 4/5
The Swag: 4/5
The top-notch collection of episodes, very nice A/V quality, and marathon of extra features make this set a no-brainer for fans. Heck, it might even convert a few nay-sayers. Try to forget last week’s little comedy club incident (could this be the exception that proves the rule about there being no such thing as bad publicity?) and treat yourself for the holidays. Definitely RECOMMENDED.
Note: For the purposes of this review, I watched about half of the episodes along with their associated extra features, as well as all of the non-episode-specific extras.