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Duck Dynasty: Season 7 (2015/A&E DVDs)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: C Episodes: C+

Returning for its seventh season, soon to be an eighth, Duck Dynasty returns to DVD with the complete Season 7 that is a must for fans of the series. All hilarious ten episodes are mastered in standard definition for this DVD edition, span two discs, and start with a one hour season premiere. For those who aren't familiar with the show, basically the show portrays the lives of the Robertson family, who became wealthy from their family-operated business, Duck Commander. The Louisiana-based business makes products for duck hunters, most notably being the duck call device called Duck Commander. The Robertson men - brothers Phil and Si, and Phil's sons Jase, Willie, and Jep - are known for their long beards and their Christian views. The family was previously featured on the series Benelli Presents Duck Commander and its spin-off Buck Commander, which still airs on the Outdoor Channel. Nobody quite expected the show to become such a huge success, with all sorts of promotional tie-ins and products. It seems though now that the show is showing some signs of slowing down, with the products no longer being as prevalent as they were when the show first aired.

Episodes include the one hour season premiere of Glory Is the Reward of Mallard, followed by Good Night and Good Duck, Quack in the Saddle, A Home for the Holidays, The Cannonball Runs, Mo Math, Mo Problems, Coop! There It Is, Friday Afternoon Lights, Master and Duck Commander, and Sweet Home Louisiana. The show is pretty funny despite some of its 'on the noise humor' and some moments that feel pretty staged. Ultimately, the lives of this family are slave to the reality TV show formula, but it works better here than other shows with the humor outweighing the drama.

The season stars when Willie and the crew travel to Scotland, but while on a bus tour to reawaken their Scottish roots, will they uncover more than expected? Jase tries his hand at the Highland Games, while Jep and Jessica are interrupted by Uncle Si during a romantic rendezvous. Back home, Willie kicks into gear as assistant football coach on Lil' Will's team, while Mark Ballas (Dancing with the Stars) pays a visit to dance partner Sadie and gets Willie and Kay out on the dance floor. What will happen when Si, Kay, and Phil offer their journalistic expertise as the family takes over a local TV show during a special holiday spectacle? The Christmas love continues when the family lends a helping hand to a longtime Duck Commander employee's mom in need.

Presented in standard definition in anamorphic 16 X 9/1.78 X 1 widescreen and a lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo track, the show looks about as good as disc as it does on television. Obviously, a Blu-ray edition would master the picture and capture the audio better but the question of necessity for a show like this begs the reasoning for the upgrade. Total run time is 233 minutes.

Only extra being 20 minutes of special features not seen on TV, that's not much. All in all a must for the Duck Dynasty fan in your life. For the rest of us, the show is mindless entertainment.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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