|Dallas - The Complete Seventh Season
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Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 07/31/2007 Run time: 1480 minutes Rating: Nr
- Dallas The Complete 7th Series
JR as a nice guy? This is the season when JR almost appears like a decent fellow (for a lot of the series).
If you are a Dallas fan, no review can change your ideas on purchasing all the series up to the (as yet unreleased) 9th Series (The Dream Series). At Series 9 you may consider skipping the series until Series 10 is released....but that is up to you!
If you are not a Dallas fan, then start at Series 1, and work your way up! You will never regret looking at life Ewing style. ...more info
- One of DALLAS' four best seasons
DALLAS' four best seasons (per DVD count) were 3, 6, 7 and 10. Easily.
Here in Season 7 we see the Ewings coming off their disastrous year-long battle over Jock's will. S7 has a nice "morning after" kind of summery quality, good plotting and pacing, and a new, lovely kind of naturalistic cinemtography.
Just before the death toll that rang with the arrival of Donna Reed as Mis-Ellie in S8......more info
- Another great Dallas release
I always anxiously await the next season of Dallas being released on DVD! The storylines and drama of this season does not disappoint. But I wonder why some of the episodes are edited? I'm halfway through the season and so far the episodes "Oil Baron's Ball" and "To Catch A Sly" have about 5 minutes edited out of them. That's never been the case on the previous DVD sets that I've noticed. But it's well worth it just to be able to watch this classic show anytime....more info
- Richie"s review of Dallas Year 7
I have just finished watching Dallas Year 7 and am glad it resolved some of the problems from yaar 6. The episodes were excellent but now wonder when Year 8 will be out since I have been left in mid air wondering will Bobby survive being shot....more info
- My Favorite Season!
My absolutely favorite season - my sister and I used (actually still do) quote each other lines from it - oil barons ball is a big favorite - "that rodent, I think he bit me" as well as Cliff's drunken rant to Afton in the finale - all bring back memories...more info
- The best show ever!
This is the season I actually started watching Dallas when I was a lonesome college student and only got one channel on TV--but after just a few viewings I was hooked. Katherine Wentworth is the best! Morgan Brittany played the best villainess I have ever seen on any soap opera, she is wonderful! And Victoria Principal as Pamela was always a favorite, I was sorry to see her character leave the show the way she did.
I really hope the rest of the seasons come out faster, I watch the ones I have all the time! I guess we are out of luck on Knots Landing though! I guess I just don't understand the marketing strategy of releasing these DVD seasons so infrequently....more info
- Keeps getting better and better
Love this season JR is up to more dirty tricks in this one lots of action and suspense one for your collection...more info
- Dallas, The Complete Seventh Season
I haven't watched this season to date. I am collecting the Dallas series. If you liked this television program, I'm sure you will enjoy watching the seventh season. When it was on television on Sunday evenings, I never missed a show. It has been entertaining watching each season over. ...more info
- The show was still raising some "gushers"!!!
"Dallas," though one of CBS's top-rated shows, was showing a slight drop in the ratings at the start of the show's SIXTH season.
The producers decided to add some controversy and spice to the show with a May-December romance between Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) and her son's trainer, Peter (special guest Christopher Atkins). There is also the end of the beloved marriage of Bobby (Patrick Duffy) and Pam (Victoria Principal) and the rekindling of a romance between Bobby and old flame Jenna Wade, now played by Priscilla Presley. The third highlight of the season sees the marriage of Ewing matriarch Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) and Clayton Farlow (Howard Keel).
Of course, of all the characters, the dominant character is still J.R. Ewing, superbly played by Larry Hagman. Hagman is given the best lines, indicative of his character's devilish persona, willing to do anything to keep Ewing Oil on top.
Woe to anyone that stands in his way...and that applies to family members, too.
Linda Gray has really grown as an actress and she gets many chances to show her thespian skills. Besides that, her distinctive walk, along with her marvelous figure, is presented in several key scenes around the Ewing pool.
With those three aforementioned major plot developments propelling much of the season, it would be easy to concentrate on those solely; however, this is "Dallas" and, like the state in which the soap takes place, is bigger and other story lines and characters routinely take center stage.
Steve Kanaly and Susan Howard (Ray and Donna Krebbs) are highlighted as their characters get embroiled in a case of euthanasia. Guest star Kate Reid is memorable as Ray's Aunt Lil.
Morgan Brittany shines as Katherine Wentworth, Pam's sister, who will do anything (including sleep with J.R) to conquer Bobby.
Ken Kerchevel's Cliff Barnes is still as social-climbing as ever, willing to sacrifice his morals, his family, and even his girlfriend Afton (Audrey Landers) to achieve his place in Dallas society and power.
Speaking of Afton, she continues to be the silent conscious of the show, being the first to notice Katherine's deviousness, Pam's inability to shake her divorce with Bobby, and her own dwindling relationship with Barnes. Landers' skill as an actress, as well as her "telling eyes," is showcased well this season.
J.R.'s secretary, Sly (Deborah Rennard), finds her loyalty tested but turns the tables on her blackmailer and becomes her boss's undercover agent.
New and equally interesting characters are introduced. As mentioned above, Peter becomes the "young stud" in Sue Ellen's life. Though Atkins does an admirable job as the Sue Ellen's suitor, his boyish looks betray him. He appears to be more like seventeen than his actual twenty-two years. His "intimacies" with the forty-something Gray almost border on the absurd.
40's movie star Alexis Smith joins the cast as Clayton's off-center and mysterious sister, Jessica. It is ironic that both she and Keel were MGM stars during that studios heyday.
The show would not be complete without appearances of other actors in their respective recurring roles: Fern Fitzgerald (the sexy Marilee Stone), Don Star (Jordan Lee), Morgan Woodward (Punk Anderson), Dennis Patrick (Vaughn Leland), and my personal favorite Pat Colbert (Dora Mae, the hostess of The Cattleman's Club).
As far as the DVD quality as a whole is concerned, the picture transfer could be better, befitting the status of the show in television history. If any show deserves re-mastery, it is the Lorimar production.
Also, there is only one extra: an interesting, albeit short, look at the men behind the music of "Dallas."...more info
- Dallas doesn't get better than this!
In my opinion this is Dallas at its absolute peak - coming after the already excellent seasons 5 and 6 the production values and picture quality have taken another step up and is the best of the whole series.
More importantly the storylines are strong and there is a great addition to the cast of Priscilla Presley as Jenna Wade. For me the best storyline of the whole season is the Bobby/Pam/Jenna love triangle - not forgetting Mark Grayson and Katherine Wentworth as additional players in this.
Also Katherine Wentworth finally gets her comeuppance in this season as Bobby and Pam at last see through her and JR shows her that when it comes to being a villain in Dallas she's no match for him!
Miss Ellie is absent for the first few episodes of this season but when she returns with Clayton ( the superb Howard Keel ) she causes JR to lose his apetite when she announces their engagement and ultimately results in Clayton's mad sister Jessica coming to Southfork.
Not sure I agree with the reviewer who said JR is a decent fellow in this season - he blackmails Edgar Randolph and causes him to attempt suicide, teams up with Jessica for a while to break up Clayton and Miss Ellie and sets up innocent Peter Richards in order to force Sue Ellen back into his bed!
I have mixed views about the Sue Ellen/Peter relationship, it's okay up to a point but Peter isn't an interesting enough character to really make this storyline come alive - he ends up as just a pawn in the JR/Sue Ellen marital power struggle.
There are a few other minor flaws - if your're a fan of Charlene Tilton/Lucy for example you'll be disappointed in this season, she has nothing much to do and probably her character should have been written out of Dallas by now.
But overall this seasnon is truly fantastic - even the children are delightful ( Omri Katz in particular should have an Oscar for his performance as little John Ross!) Add to that great individual scenes such as the mass brawl at the Oil Baron's Ball and a rodeo where Pam and Jenna compete in the ride the mechanical bull contest ( it's a lot better than it sounds ) and finally a neat twist on the Who Shot JR? storyline as the season's finale and you've got everything!...more info
- "Cliff" Hanger!
Ken Kercheval outdoes himself in season 7 of DALLAS. His portrayal of Cliff Barnes highlights this season as we watch him go from king of the Oil Baron's Ball to sheer madness by the last episode! The final scenes with Cliff in the show's "cliff"hanger episode show Kercheval's amazing talent - we actually BELIEVE that this guy is an utter emotional wreck as he shouts, spouts, spits, screams, yells, breaks objects, becomes disheveled and teeters on the brink of madness! Ya gotta see it! And to top it off, in the LAST TWO MINUTES of the last episode of this season, you'll get not one, but TWO unexpected surprises (unless you're already familiar with it): one good, one not!
Larry Hagman as J.R. (still the best TV villain EVER) continues to steal every scene he's in, but pay attention to Kercheval throughout this season. He is really a terrific actor.
Only one thing bugs me about this season - the addition of Christopher Atkins as Sue Ellen's young admirer. Jeez, he whines so much it's a pleasure when J.R. finally does him in!
Steve Kanaly as Ray Krebbs remains the cowboy-hero-heartthrob to the female audience while Patrick Duffy's Bobby Ewing juggles up to four women vying for his attention.
Audrey Landers is everyman's drool-fest but doesn't have much to do this season, other than become more and more frustrated with Cliff's increasing oblivion to her, in his quest to rule the oil business.
Surprisingly, John Ross (Omri Katz) has a buttload of dialogue this season! Even little Christopher drools a few words.
Other great stuff: secretary Sly becomes a spy for BOTH Cliff and J.R., Pam becomes engaged, Katharine boinks J.R., Cliff boinks Marilee Stone, Pam boinks Mark, Bobby boinks Jenna (whole lotta boinkin' goin' on!), Lucy's boyfriend croaks, Clayton and Miss Ellie get married (great episode where Ellie's kidnapped and thrown in the trunk of a car!) and PRISCILLA PRESLEY!!! YOWSAH!
There's a few more deaths, shady deals, wiretapping, slinky babes, horny cowboys, fistfights, the annual Ewing BBQ and Clayton's whacko sister. The only bonus is a 14-minute featurette called "The Music Of Dallas" which is a lot more interesting than it sounds.
But the main outline for this season is J.R.'s plot to completely ruin Cliff, in an attempt to make him bankrupt Barnes-Wentworth, go out of business and either leave Dallas or do away with himself - even though Cliff is insufferable many, many times, you still feel sorry for him as he slips further and further into madness by the final episode.
This is TV drama at it's best - I really couldn't tear myself away from the box set until I watched all 30 episodes! How pathetic is THAT?...more info
- Best Season Yet [No Spoilers]
I didn't realize how much the previous season dragged on with the whole fight for Ewing Oil until this season came along. There wasn't an episode that was dull in "The Complete Seventh Season." This was gripping t.v. and definitely defined the whole 'Must See TV' statement. What I liked most about this season is that it set itself apart from the other seasons. Filming wise, more sets were added which gave the show more room to breathe. The acting was at its best; you still are rooting for J.R. Ewing even though he was by far the most crooked character on the show. You felt sorry for Sue Ellen Ewing but cheered for her as she began to stand up for herself and play her own hand at J.R.'s usual games. Katherine Wentworth is so evil that you find yourself screaming at the television as she's driven another wedge in-between Bobby and Pam. Best yet, you can't hate Jenna Wade who plays Bobby's new love interest.
I noticed a great improvement in the picture quality; espescially in the early episodes of the season with the repairs going on to Southfork, the video quality looks great, giving the show a more epic, crisp, cinematic like feel. A complaint, the same I have for the previous sets, is that this great show is desperately lacking in terms of extras. I hope it's because the powers that be are holding the best extras, such as the prequal mini series they speak about on this set, for future releases. I enjoyed listening to the commentary about 'The Music of Dallas' but again, it hardly seemed the type of material to use as the season's ONLY special feature. Even with this let down, it didn't, for me, keep this from being a 5 star review. Once I started watching, I couldn't stop. It makes me crave for another release of Dallas soon.
Plot wise, I found the writing and plots to be far more engaging than the past season. Victoria Principle and Patrick Duffy do well playing the lovers torn apart; Priscilla Presley steps into the show as if she's been there since the beginning and though plot wise it seems as if she's replacing 'Pam', you really can't hate her. She's a loveable character that you take a liking to and unlike many shows, you actually see and believe her relationship with Bobby just as much as his with Pam. Ken K. plays the good guy who you still, confusingly enough, cheer on to lose at the hand of the manipulating J.R. Larry Hagman was set in this role early on but doesn't falter in this season; you see a mix of emotions from him, from really caring about Sue Ellen and John Ross to doing what he can to cripple Cliff, do away with Pam and have Sue Ellen at his side whether she wants to or not.
I was glad, as with last season, to see Baraba Bel Geddes' character of Miss Ellie actually get a big share of the plot and action. The plots for this season were outrageous and surprising without being over the top and has you pulled along until the very last episode of the season. This finale worked for me too because it packed just as much of a punch as the "Who Shot J.R.?" finale, leaving you yelling at the television and once more, awaiting the arrival of the next season to see how things are wrapped up and what was really going on. What I found worked best with 'Dallas' this season as well is the continuity; things from the previous seasons aren't simply forgotten as they would be on other shows. They come up again, they're discussed, they're dealt with and it makes the show seem far more genuine and real than simply being a drama of yesteryear. Impressive and hats off to the producers, writers and actors of this show.
Without a doubt, I reccomend you pick up this season. It's one of those purchases that I don't think anyone will regret; whether you've always been a fan of Dallas of are just getting into it, this show (at least so far) is great. I wish it'd improve on the special features side but for the price it is and 30 episodes (yes, it's quite a collection), it's worth the money and wait for future releases and better specials later on. BUY this season of Dallas, you will not be let down....more info
- Love those Ewings!
It's like going back to the good old days at Southfork...If you loved Dallas you will love going back to the day!...more info
- BEST NIGHT-TIME SOAP
DALLAS CONTINUES TO BE THE BEST WITH TWISTS AND TURNS ON EVERY DISC AND ALWAYS THE UNEXPECTED CLIFF-HANGER!!!!!...more info
- Dallas the Seventh Season
As usual product arrived in excellent condition
It arrived earlier than expected.
Thank you for your excellent service once again...more info
- not one of my favorite seasons
For me, this isn't one of the better seasons of "Dallas". I think it only goes down hill after this 1983-84 season. There's no need to give short episode summaries, since someone else already has. One of the first really bad continuing story lines occurred this season. I'm referring to the terrible, ill conceived romance between Peter and Sue Ellen. It might have been a little more tolerable if the producers had hired a good actor to play Peter, but instead they got Christopher Atkins.
That brings me to the subject of another bad casting move, just to get a big name. The producers hired Priscilla Presley when they re-cast Jenna Wade. These two bad casting jobs are enough for me to pass on buying this season, though there are some good story lines. ...more info
- One of my favorite shows but again-LACKING DVD PACKAGE
Dallas is one of my all time favorite TV shows.
Every time they release a new season on DVD I buy it as soon as I can. Then, review it here.
Personally, some of the episodes look dirty. Not a sharp picture on them. Dark another word to describe it.
And, AGAIN lacking cast interviews on episodes. This has been lacking in the last few seasons. As well as most of the cast gets along & embrace the show WHY ARE THEIR NOT INTERVIEWS OR COMMENTARY FROM THEM ON THIS SETS?
Some great episodes here. J.R. threatening Pam is great!!
- Best season of the series
This is my favorite season of the series - and that's saying a lot. Dallas had major bumps in it's final seasons, but this is where things are looking their best.
The fight for Ewing Oil set up in Jock's will is settled. Miss Ellie and Clayton get engaged, much to JR's chargin. Katherine's schemes finally break up Bobby and Pam's marriage. Bobby reunites with first love Jenna Wade. Ray goes to trial for the mercy killing of his nephew Mickey. Cliff blackmails JR's secretary into spying for him. Pam and Mark become more serious. JR finds some secret skeletons in Clayton's family tree that come back to bite Miss Ellie. And Sue Ellen begins an affair with a much younger man whom Lucy in very interested in.
Lots of fights and romance as the Ewings tangle in business, pleasure, a mechanical bullriding challenge at Billy-bob's, the annual Ewing Barbeque, the Oil Barons Ball, and much more....more info
- Dallas The Complete Seventh Season
I'm looking forward to this season coming out on DVD,its out in the UK,a few months after the US,so glad that Dallas is coming out regularly unlike Knots Landing,with no news on season 2 yet.
Its the season where we see Barbara Bel Geddes as Miss Ellie,before she left(health reasons given at the time,Larry Hagman said recently it was over a pay dispute)and was replaced by Donna Reed in season 8,all of which was a disaster for Miss Reed,she was axed after season 8 and Barbara Bel Geddes returned in season 9.
Priscilla Presley debuts as the third version of Jenna Wade,she actually makes Jenna likeable,even though she's a rival for Pam,she's a lady on her own bringing up a child and Jenna ended up as a regular.
Morgan Brittany contiues her superbitch role as Katherine Wentworth,causing Bobby and Pam to divorce with her lies and cunningness.
The season has the shock storyline of Ray(Steve Kanaly)helping his nephew Mickey(Timothy Patrick Murphy)die and is one of the real tough issues dealt with by Dallas,that didn't turn out to be a dream!
Sue-Ellen(Linda Gray)embarks on the unpopular romance with Peter,this storyline nearly caused Linda to quit at the end of this season.
The season concludes with "Who Shot Bobby?",the series starting to run out of ideas,by repeating its most famous cliffhanger,I still really enjoyed "Dallas" at this point,to me it wasn't quite the same when Pam left at the end of season 10. ...more info
- End of an era
Season Seven is truly the end of an era as Barbara Bel Geddes temporarily leaves the series after this one and Charlene Tilton and Patrick Duffy (again temporarily) will leave at the end of the eighth. Therefore, with the exception of Jim Davis, this is the last season with the original cast. Indeed, by the end of the entire series only Larry Hagman and Ken Kercheval are the only actors who make it through all 14 seasons with Hagman being the sole actor to appear in every episode.
Coming off the high of the fantastic Season Six, this series falters somewhat. Pam and Bobby divorce and Bob by starts a new romance with old flame Jenna Wade, now played by the pretty but marginally talented Priscilla Presley. JR and Cliff play their usual games, Miss Ellie and Clayton plan to marry. And then there's Sue Ellen. The writers tried to give Sue Ellen a sizzling story as she is drawn into a relationship with a younger man (Chris Atkins) but the story is doomed from the start. For one thing, it's deadly dull. Another is that Linda Gray and Christopher Atkins have no chemistry together and when Sue Ellen keeps protesting against Peter's advances, we can almost see terror in her eyes. It doesn't help that Peter is one of the most underdeveloped characters in the show's history. There's no shading or nuance to Peter and so there's very little investment from the viewer.
And then there's the hair. Poor Pam and Sue Ellen struggle valiantly against the 80s hair and lose time and again. Steely beauty Morgan Brittany gets dressed and styled in a 40s retro style that's laughable.
But despite the drawbacks - and a storyline involving Clayton's sister that could have been three episodes shorter- season seven still delivers the mix of drama and intrigue that we've come to expect from the denizens at Southfork. Plus, the season is thirty episodes long so there's more than enough bang for your buck. ...more info