Judge David Johnson thinks that pulp can indeed move, baby.
Our reviews of Seinfeld: Seasons One And Two (published May 18th, 2005), Seinfeld: Season Three (published June 8th, 2005), Seinfeld: Season Four (published August 22nd, 2005), Seinfeld: Season Five (published February 15th, 2006), Seinfeld: Season Six (published February 15th, 2006), Seinfeld: Season Eight (published May 30th, 2007), and Seinfeld: The Complete Series (published November 6th, 2007) are also available.
"Now see, this is what the holidays are all about. Three buddies,
sitting around, chewing gum."
The show that has been permanently branded into American pop culture mythos returns with its seventh season, a noteworthy installment because of the ensuing departure of co-creator Larry David and the funniest damn episode of the series run: "The Gum…"
Facts of the Case
…well at least in my opinion. Season seven represents the swan song for Larry David, the primary creative driving force behind the show and the series' most prolific writer. He would later go on to direct a movie that nobody watched, return to pen the disappointing Seinfeld finale and ultimately deliver another television show that resides alongside Seinfeld as an inspired and hilarious take on "nothing" (that would be, of course, Curb Your Enthusiasm). But what a season to go out on.
This set includes a ton of gags that the show has become known for: the Soup Nazi, the lo-flow shower heads, "the pact," fast-moving pulp, the Maestro's diabolical scheme to keep Jerry out of Tuscany, the effeminate armoire bandits, Morty's impeachment, the rye-on-a-hook, Kramer's transformation into a pimp, the great bottle deposit run of 1996, and toxic envelopes.
Twenty-four episodes on four discs:
As I ponder this review, I am reminded of something Chief Justice Mike Jackson mentioned on a Seinfeld-themed thread in the Jury Room, "Seinfeld is such a good show because no matter the season there are so many classic episodes and personal favorites" or something to that effect (apologies for a butchered paraphrasing). Anyway, that point is well taken. Save for the early, early episodes, when Larry and Jerry were testing the waters, it's hard to find a season devoid of at least a handful of iconic shows. For me, this season holds some of my most beloved. And while I'm sure you may have different preferences, I thought I'd lay out the ones I liked. Oh, and, the nutshell review: awesome set, just like the installments prior, packed with extras, and featuring the shows looking better than broadcast-quality. Anyway, on with my picks:
• "The Gum"
• "The Rye"
• "The Pulp"
Those are only a few of the shows that stood out for me, though there isn't a broken episode in the bunch. Like the ultimate comfort food, Seinfeld and this season in particular delivers a relentlessly rewatchable experience. Content-wise I don't know what else to say but this: I've probably seen every episode in this season at least 10 times, yet it's still a must-own set which I'll watch another 10 times.
As can be expected with these Sony releases, the presentation is top-tier, from the great sound and video (full frame) treatment to the bounty of extras. Selected episodes feature commentaries by the actors, writers and directors, which are always interesting. The "Inside Looks" offer meaty behind-the-scenes commentary by the cast and crew (again, it's stunning to hear how many of these out-there plotlines were grounded in someone's real-life experiences). Two featurettes: "Queen of the Castle: The Elaine Benes Story" gives Julia Louis-Dreyfus much-deserved attention for her pinpoint comedic talents, and "Larry David's Farewell," where David comes clean about why he decided to leave the most popular TV show on the planet. Rounding out the batch: the always-great blooper reel, deleted scenes, Jerry's standup material, "Notes About Nothing" pop-up trivia and "Sein-Imation" animated retellings of classic scenes.
There's nothing more to say. The pristine DVD treatment of one of the funniest shows ever devised. This season is my personal favorite.
Not guilty. Just stay away from the glue.
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