Judge Brett Cullum willed Lionsgate to present these episodes with some grace—and they did.
Our reviews of Will And Grace: Season One (published March 2nd, 2004), Will And Grace: Season Two (published May 13th, 2004), Will And Grace: Season Three (published November 17th, 2004), Will And Grace: Season Four (published August 22nd, 2005), Will And Grace: Season Eight (published December 19th, 2008), and Will And Grace: Series Finale (published June 21st, 2006) are also available.
Grace: "You know, the old Grace would have done this…"
For a while now, Lionsgate has been putting out the NBC hit Will & Grace in truncated versions with the episodes cut for time, and it's been making the fans of the series a bit angry. So immediately I noticed one of the most important aspects of this release: Will and Grace: Season Seven contains the entire episodes, and not the syndicated versions. Right up front I wanted to let people know this is the best set released so far, but it's too bad they had to wait until near the end to get it right. A lot of people claim the penultimate season of Will and Grace was funny but not the best year for the show. Don't worry, the gags worked great, but the plots didn't move too quickly or in many significant directions. The series had well established characters, and there wasn't too much to do with them since we knew them intimately enough for them to even describe themselves in shorthand on the show. The major plot points include Grace coming to terms with her failed marriage to Leo, Will and Vince working their way through relationship obstacles, Jack getting a job at a gay network, and Karen being confronted by her past. Guest stars include Jennifer Lopez, Edward Burns, Janet Jackson, Molly Shannon, Kristin Davis, Victor Garber, Jeff Goldblum, Lily Tomlin, Luke Perry, Sharon Stone, Alec Baldwin, and Seth Green. Season seven ran from 2004 until 2005, and included the following 24 episodes:
• "FYI: I Hurt, Too"
• "Back Up Dancer"
• "One Gay at A Time"
• "Key Party"
• "The Newlydreads"
• "Will & Grace & Vince & Nadine"
• "Saving Grace, Again (1)"
• "Saving Grace, Again (2)"
• "Queens for a Day"
• "Christmas Break"
• "Board Games"
• "Bully Woolley"
• "Dance Cards & Greeting Cards"
• "The Birds & The Bees"
• "The Fabulous Baker Boy"
• "Sour Balls"
• "The Blonde Leading the Blind"
• "It's a Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad World"
• "From Queer to Eternity"
• "Friends with Benefits (1)"
• "Kiss and Tell (2)"
There are four DVDs housed in a cardboard fold-out gate. The picture is pretty clear with only a few cases of edge enhancement to note. Otherwise it's all clean and crisp with nice vivid colors. The stereo sound is fine even though it has little separation and sounds a touch flat. Extras include what is labeled "themed featurettes" which really is just another name for a montage of quotable lines. They just show moment after moment of lines centering around the following: "Fashion Quips," "Food for Thought," "For Love or Money," "Hugs & Kisses," "Rank & File," "Enter Stage Left," "Everybody Dance," "Pop Goes the Culture," "9 to 5ish," "The Little Voice in My Head," "The Sounds of Comedy," "Out & About," "Let's Get Physical," "A Rose by Any Other Name," "My Breast Friend," and "With a Song in Our Hearts." Also included is a gag reel for season seven, which is always a good time.
Will and Grace: Season Seven is a great batch of episodes presented in their full versions for the first time on DVD. The extras are light, but they mirror what we've seen in other seasons. I wish they could have gotten the cast together for some commentaries or interviews, but since the series concluded, there's little hope for that happening for a while. I guess I'm just glad for Will and Grace sticking around for as long as it did. Eight years is a nice run, and these DVD sets are a great way to revisit the groundbreaking show.
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