Parks and Recreation Season 7 DVD

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 23:00 Written by 

Parks and Recreation - finale season 7 out on DVDParks and Recreation's seventh and final season arrives on DVD, and fans have the bittersweet experience of seeing their favourite characters engage in daft and heart-warming antics one last time. Over the course of these 13 episodes we get to see how Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler - "Inside Out") and her old local government co-workers have blossomed, and where their lives will take them in the future.

The season opens in the year 2017 and as usual, not everything is going to plan. Mysteriously, Leslie and Ron (Nick Offerman - "22 Jump Street") are on opposite sides of a bitter battle for a large patch of land in Pawnee, Indiana. Leslie wants to turn it into a new national park, whilst Ron is batting for a large technology company called Gryzzl that wants to build on it. Can Leslie turn things around and save her belovèd home town?

The final season is a welcome return to form after a slightly shaky sixth season, thanks partly (but not solely) to Chris Pratt's full return. Pratt ("Jurassic World", "Guardians of the Galaxy") portrays the lovably dumb Andy with the same zany, idiotic energy as before that one forgets the actor's star has shot into the stratosphere.

The humour still feels fresh and is an excellent mixture of satire and slapstick. The series makes some quite cutting comments about the likes of burgeoning, bullying industry, online privacy, drones and government red tape.

As you would expect from a show that dwells so much on government, some heavy-weight American politicians make cameo appearances, including Madeleine Albright, John McCain and Joe Biden. Guest stars from outside the political realm include Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Paul Rudd ("Ant-Man"), cult director Werner Herzog ("Grizzly Man") and best of all Bill Murray ("Ghost Busters"), who puts in a very funny, typically droll turn as the town's mayor.

The two-part season and series finale gives us a brilliant snapshot of each character's future including, deliciously, some of the more minor roles. In other shows these gambits have sometimes felt forced and not true to the characters' previous trajectories, but in Parks' case, the snapshots feel spot on and help to bring the series to a satisfying close. I for one did not want it to end but it does so, on a very high note.

Bonus features include:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Producers' extended episodes (x3)
  • Gag Reel
  • Behind the Scenes of the Farewell Season
  • Mock commercials
  • The Wisdom of Mayor Gunderson
  • The Story of Mouse Rat

Parks always delivers when it comes to special features, and Season 7 is the best of the lot. The gag reel contains hysterical, unseen outtakes from both the pre-show casting sessions and all seven seasons. The multi-part, behind the scenes featurette includes gems such as Jim O’Heir touring the excellent sets whilst the cast and crew treat him as badly as the characters treat his on-screen alter ego.

The series wraps for each actor are really difficult to watch without the tears flowing forth, which is as good an indication as any that Parks and Recreation was and always will be a very special show.

Parks and Recreation: Season 7 (2015) is out now on DVD, courtesy of Fabulous Films. The 3-disc set has a running time of 420 minutes approx, carries a ‘15’ certificate and retails for £29.99. A complete Season 1-7 box set (21-discs, 2,986 minutes) is also available for £149.99, or get either for less from www.culttvstore.com

 

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