'One Tree Hill: The Complete Seventh Season'
(James Lafferty, Bethany Joy Galeotti, Sophia Bush, Paul Johansson, Lee Norris, et al / 5-Disc DVD / NR / 2010 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: Now in its seventh season, 'One Tree Hill' continues to explore the journeys of its beloved characters, while seamlessly introducing new favorites. As the series jumps ahead 14 months, these new relationships infuse the history of Tree Hill and change the lives of those who live there. Through it all, these friends and family members realize that life always leads you right where you belong.
DVD Verdict: One Tree Hill remains one of the best shows on television even in it's seventh season and with the departure of Hilarie Burton and Chad Michael Murray.
It's fourteen months into the future and the season starts with a scandal that could derail Nathan's (James Lafferty) basketball career. Brooke (Sophia Bush) continues her work at Clothes Over Bros, along with her mother, Victoria (Daphne Zuniga) whom she had just reconnected with at the end of season 6. She also deals with her bumpy romance with Julian (Austin Nichols) who becomes a regular this season.
Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) dives back into her music career and Millicent (Lisa Goldstein) spirals out of control as the season progresses, ruining her relationship with Mouth (Lee Norris), who eventually begins a small romance with Lauren (Allison Munn) after Skills (Antwon Tanner) leaves town for a job. Finally, Dan (Paul Johannson) is now the host of his own talk show, with Rachel (Danneel Harris) as his wife. Newcomers include Alex (Jana Kramer), an actress who has her eyes on Julian.
Also new in town are Clay (Robert Buckley), Nathan's agent and Quinn (Shantel Vansanten), Haley's sister, who's just left her husband and has a passion for photography, Miranda (India de Beaufort) Haley's new sassy manager and Grubbs, the new bartender at Tric with a secret talent that has nothing to do with mixing drinks.
Other guest stars during the season include Taylor James (Lindsey Mckeon), who first appeared in season 2, as well as Kate Voegele, Stephen Colleti, Bess Armstrong (Haley's mother), Mitch Ryan (Brooke's model, Alex), Gregory Harrison and Amanda Schull (as Clay's wife & stalker tennis player Katie).
All in all, the season stays true to the show and continues to impress with fresh, funny and many times emotional and dramatic storylines that made the show the hit it is.
Don't miss out on this season. Even though Hil and Chad are gone, it's still staying strong without them. [SP] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Return to Camp One Tree Hill: The experiences of newcomers Robert Buckley, India DeBeaufort, Jana Kramer and Shantel VanSanten
Spring Break with One Tree Hill: Two contest winners are put through their paces working as production assistants on spring break
OTH – The Director's Debut: Following First-Time Helmer Sophia Bush
Commentary on two episodes by series creator Mark Schwahn and key Cast and Crew