'Full House - The Complete Seventh Season'
(John Stamos, Bob Saget, et al / 4-Disc DVD / PG / (1987) 2007 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: Fun and games, love and laughs - all under one roof! Full House is back for a sunny seventh season with 24 episodes full of remember-when joy. This time around, Jesse inherits the Smash Club, the venue where his band used to play. Joey falls for a comedienne who's into insult humor (sooo unTanner.) And Danny wins a perfect-couple contest with an unlikely partner! The girls are busy, too: Michelle enters a soapbox derby. D.J. sweats the SATs and Stephanie starts a new school and makes a surprising new friend. But the biggest surprise comes last, when Danny gets an offer on the Tanner house at double its value. With the house so full and lives so busy, could it be time for everyone to split up and move on?
DVD Verdict: If there are any television series that have had a difficult time making their way to DVD, this one is definitely not one of them. With the show's second-to-last season scheduled for an end-of-the-summer release (what a great way for fans to launch the new school year), "Full House" obviously continues to uphold its reputation for making terrific sales in the DVD department.
Although Season 6 continues to be my very favorite, this 7th year certainly does not disappoint with a helping of 24 spirited, lighthearted, and enjoyable episodes (per usual, of course). The season opens with the three Tanner girls returning from a fabulous summer at camp, and once they adjust to reality again, everyone begins another year of school, work, relationships, and fun. Family patriarch Danny Tanner is relishing in his engagement to the sweet and caring Vicky Larson, but as she takes a huge step forward in her booming career, and as Danny itches to set a wedding date, it becomes evident that maybe they can't have both. But as Danny fights to hang onto his relationship with Vicky, Joey is trying desperately to break away from Mrs. Carruthers, a pushy and overbearing school board member who really has the hots for him. Jesse and Becky have their own hands full with their two and a half-year-old twin boys, who are growing up right before their parents' eyes. Whether they are flushing Joey's watch down the toilet, throwing food or destroying Michelle's science project, it soon becomes evident that they need to be disciplined--but will Daddy the Softie be able to handle this?
Meanwhile, Tanner daughter DJ, Stephanie, and Michelle are doing some growing up of their own. High school senior DJ starts the year off strong with her longtime boyfriend, but everyone has to grow up sooner or later, and as DJ starts applying to colleges and branching out with other interests, will she feel stifled by her serious romance with Steve? 11-year-old Stephanie starts middle school for the first time and immediately befriends a hip and cool girl named Mickey, but she also butts heads with someone else. The hotheaded Gia initially has an agenda to make Stephanie's life miserable, but when Steph finally reaches her limit and strives to even the score, Gia might finally unleash her more sensitive side. Then there is second grader Michelle, who is trying to achieve more independence from her overprotective father and, later in the season, is perhaps the one most affected by her great grandfather Papouli's death (another excellent episode that allows the uncle/niece dynamic between Michelle and Jesse to shine through).
Season 7 also includes some very special guest stars, including music sensation Little Richard and renowned actress Suzanne Somers, and "Wheel of Fortune" icon Vanna White. If you love this show, definitely be sure to pick this one up on August 7. With a low $23 price (and sometimes less if you buy it at the right place), it's pretty tough to pass up. Now it's time to bring on Season 8, which was recently announced for a November 6, 2007 release! Interestingly, a deluxe "complete series" collection--with an outer box cover that is shaped like the Tanner house--will be coming out the exact same day, so for those who have been collecting the regular DVD's, you have a decision to make regarding whether or not you will purchase the new set. (If you're interested in the show "Gilmore Girls," they, too, are releasing a full series set on the same day that the final season comes out.) Oh, the things these DVD companies do to mess with our minds and make extra money. :) In any case, you will be able to top off your "Full House" collection by Christmastime, which is great news for any fan! This is a Standard Version Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, but does not come with any Special Features.