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Seinfeld: Season 7 – Volume 6


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



BOSCO!  SOUP NAZI!  Are you Sponge worthy?  It is amazing how Seinfeld has so quickly become part of our culture.  Seinfeld is a pure example of Jean Baudrillard’s concept of “Simulacra and Simulation.”  This concept embodies the fact that all reality has been replaced by symbols and signs.  Our world has been overrun by imagery, infused by media, advertising, quotations, and sound.  A day does not go by that Seinfeld is not on television; syndication has been kind to the series.  Going hand in hand with the constant bombardment of the series is the compulsion of society to repeat or relive the best moments of the series, as if they were part of this comedic yet fictitious world.  Seinfeld is the show about nothing, but has so much to offer at the same time.  It is a rare happening when a television series can bring together so many creative elements to create a perfect atmosphere.


The combination of great, comedic actors with basic storylines containing emphasis on situational comedy has created a phenomenon that has placed Seinfeld among Classic TV royalty.  With the coming of Season 7 on DVD viewers can “relive” their favorite moments anytime they want.  Season 7 contains such classic moments as George buying “Jon Voight’s car,” the infamous marble rye, low flow shower heads, and the Cadillac.  The amazing part of Seinfeld is that with one single word a person recall an entire vivid episode.  The writing caliber as the Seinfeld Seasons went on just became more detailed, hilarious, and memorable.  Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Michael Richards collectively made up one of the best television comedy teams of all time, embodying the essence of comedy bringing laughter and memories with each and every episode.  Season Seven was the height of Seinfeld, when the entire spirit of Seinfeld fell together to form perfection.


All 24 episodes are presented in their entirety in this 4 Disc set.  The picture quality of the Seinfeld series has always been perplexing in picture quality.  In their original airings the quality was adequate for the time, then later in syndication the picture quality got lower.  This DVD set’s quality where much better than any appearance on television having been remastered in HD format, but overall more can be desired from the great series.  The picture is presented in a full screen format, when all great series should embody an anamorphic widescreen presentation, and the quality is adequate but can stand to be remastered a bit more.  The picture quality is noticeably not up to par, especially with the bulk of television being presented and filmed in HD format today.


The sound quality is pretty good also being remastered, but the levels are off at times and could also stand to be touched up to some degree.  The extras on the Seinfeld DVD sets have always been some of the best among TV on DVD.  The extras set include such features as The Elaine Benes Story, Outtakes, Bloopers, Deleted Scenes, Audio Commentaries, Stand up comedy footage, Sein-Imation (featuring classic scenes in new animation), trivia, and a feature entitled Larry David’s Farwell.  All seasons of Seinfeld were amazingly memorable, but with the loss of Larry David the writing team lost a valuable component to their creative team.  Overall, the set is well put together and though more remastering is called for the set remains excellently presented.


Seinfeld will forever be a television classic, with its superb writing style and excellent cast of actors.  Season Seven stands out as one of the best seasons ever written for the series, having a plethora of memorable moments.  With the combination of Seinfeld in syndication, on DVD, and on peoples minds and mouths at all times the situation comedy will never leave our culture.  This type of phenomenon does not come by very often but when it does it sticks in the minds and hearts of television viewers forever. In the end, there may be memories and laughs for all, but NO SOUP FOR YOU!



-   Michael P Dougherty II


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