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The Seventh Season
Running Time: 582 minutes
Starring: Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard, Thomas Haden Church, David Schramm, Rebecca Schull, Tony Shalhoub, Farrah Forke
Retail Price: $39.99
Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Stereo, Chapter Selection (4 chapters per episode), Four-Disc Set
Released: September 9th, 2008
The seventh season of "Wings" is, of course, presented in 1.33:1 full screen. Contrast seems to be tuned up way too high for this season, as noise and edge halos are plentiful on the episodes. The episodes are also a bit grainy, shimmering is apparent at times and the overall image quality is often soft. White levels are a bit overexposed too. Colors are far from bold, as their saturation level is a bit underwhelming, and fleshtones don't seem quite accurate either. And given the number of episodes squeezed on the four discs, I did detect some slight artifacting here and there. Flawed and average.
"Wings" is once again given the English Stereo track treatment for its episodes, meaning they are reliable and uncomplicated. Fidelity is pretty high, and there are no sound irregularlities like hissing or crackles. Dialogue is very clear and a bit on the crisp side, the musical cues don't add much but sound pretty warm, and the sound effects sound fine too, if a bit hollow. Of, and of course, there's that laugh track which seems a bit much at times. Given that this is a sitcom with a focus on dialogue more than anything, the tracks are quite suitable.
English Closed Captions through your television are also included.
"Wings" was a pretty fun show, and its seventh season is just as enjoyable as the previous years. Sadly, there are still no extras to be found on these sets, and the presentations of the episodes are merely decent and nothing more. The bigger fans of the series might want to purchase this set (which includes a whopping 26 episodes), but given how there is only one more season to go on DVD, those who haven't started to build their collections might want to wait for the inevitable complete series collection.