M*A*S*H: Season 7
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As the eleventh season begins, rumors are running rampant around camp. One rumor has everyone believing that Marilyn Monroe is going to pay the 4077 a special visit, while another claims that the peace talks are finally making headway. This second rumor gets Margaret thinking after Charles mentions how a Los Angeles skyscraper had a time capsule built into its cornerstone. Although he thinks the idea is insane, Margaret decides to make a time capsule of her own to bury in camp. "We could put something in the ground to remind people we were here," she suggested. With Hawkeye's help, items from around camp were gathered up for the capsule: a chopper's broken fan belt, Radar's teddy bear, one of Henry Blake's fishing flies, a bottle of Charles's cognac and Father Mulcahy's boxing gloves.
And finally, the gang of the 4077 hears the announcement they've been waiting for:
"This is Robert Pierpoint speaking to you from nearby Panmunjom. It is one minute before ten p.m. We can still hear the sound of nearby artillery. At some point during the next few seconds, the guns should go silent, as the cease-fire officially goes into effect...
There it is. That's the sound of peace."
Here's an essential addition to the TV time capsule, M*A*S*H's complete final season, including the DVD premiere of the historic feature-length final episode, "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen." Still the most watched television series episode ever, "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" brings M*A*S*H to a richly satisfying conclusion, giving each of its characters dramatic and fitting curtain calls. But the finale shouldn't completely overshadow what was a memorable and multi-Emmy-nominated season. After a decade, Kellye Nakahara, as compassionate and "cute as hell" Nurse Kellye, gets her own showcase episode with "Hey, Look Me Over." Echoing his obsession with "Adam's Ribs" back in season 3, "The Moon Is Not Blue," finds Hawkeye (Alan Alda) determined to secure for the morale-challenged camp a screening of a supposedly scandalous film. In "Friends and Enemies," Col. Potter (Henry Morgan) has the difficult task of confronting an officer, an old friend, who is irresponsibly endangering his men. After 11 seasons, we don't need anyone to tell us yet again that the "good and decent" people at the 4077th "make use of humor as a weapon against war," as a U.N. dignitary observes in one episode. In "The Joker Is Wild," B.J. (Mike Farrell) confirms his status as the camp's reigning practical joker with an epic, "brilliantly conceived" prank against Hawkeye.
Two emotional episodes set the stage for the finale. In "Who Knew?" a nurse's tragic death moves Hawkeye to show what he feels "through the (wise)cracks" and tell those in camp he is closest to that he loves them. In the penultimate episode, "As Time Goes By," Margaret (Loretta Switt) collects camp artifacts, among them, Radar's teddy bear, to put in a time capsule. Finally, after 251 episodes, there is "the sound of peace" in "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen," but not before a traumatic incident sends Hawkeye to a psychiatric ward, B.J. is sent home before he can say goodbye to Hawkeye, Charles (David Ogden Stiers) forms an attachment to a band of Chinese musicians, and Klinger (Jamie Farr) falls in love with a Korean woman separated from her family. That there is no audio commentary for this television benchmark is a major disappointment, but the series eloquently speaks for itself. M*A*S*H, we salute you. --Donald Liebenson
- Disc 1: Hey, Look Me Over, Trick or Treatment, Foreign Affairs, The Joker is Wild, Who Knew?, Bombshells, Settling Debts, The Moon is Not Blue
- Disc 2: Run For the Money, U.N., the Night and the Music, Strange Bedfellows, Say No More, Friends and Enemies, Give and Take
- Disc 3: Goodbye, Farewell and Amen
- Option to watch episodes with or without laughtrack
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But I have to say that I am completely satisfied with every season. I love the ability to turn off the laugh track. Also these shows were shot on film, so seeing them on DVD, is like watching them for the first time.
You can realy notice details you missed on tv. (i.e how dirty the windows are in the colonels office, or how worn out some of the busses and equipment were.
This is a great series that stands the test of time. I originaly bought the series through colombia house on VHS, but had to stop. cause at three episodes per tape, my shelves were filling up with tapes <had 25 of them> It is nice to have an entire season in just the space of one VHS tape. Also nice to get an entire season for just a few bucks for then it cost for just 3 shows on one tape. .
It's nice to see that Fox had decided to include the 3 hour series finale with this particular set but 20th Century Fox had angered many fans who had purchased the previous sets by announcing a complete series boxed set without allowing previous fans who had bought these boxed sets an opportunity to acquite the bonus features that are only included ihn the boxed set.