DVD Review: Touched By An Angel (The Seventh Season)

Roma Downey recently made headlines as a producer of the History Channel’s The Bible. This wasn’t her first heavenly inspired television hit. She had dominated the dial back in the nineties and aughties as Monica on Touched By An Angel. She and Della Reese go around the country helping people make inspirational changes in their lives. Touched By An Angel: The Seventh Season is 25 more episodes of divine family entertainment.

“The Face on the Bar Room Floor” illustrates the prodigal son when Ray Walston (Fast Times at Ridgemont High) gets angry at his son Shogun‘s Richard Chamberlain. In the middle of their conflict is Lee Meriwether (Catwoman in Adam West’s Batman movie). “The Invitation” brings Guillermo Diaz (Weeds) and Marla Gibbs. “Restoration” has plucky film student begging to interview an elderly director play by Robert Loggia (Scarface). The director is ready to die and doesn’t feel like gabbing. Although seems like Loggia is ready to make sure the kid goes to the grave first. “The Empty” chair gets filled by George Dzundza (Massage Parlor Murders). A TV couple falls apart and they need the help of an angel to reconnect. “God Bless the Child” dares to introduce the life of Billie Holiday to a sedate audience. “An Angel on My Tree” is the Christmas special. The family of a murderer aren’t beloved in their town.

“The Lord Moves in Mysterious Ways” messes up Della Reese’s birthday plans with the issues of Mel Harris (thirtysomething). “A Death in the Family” revives the career of Scott Baio. “Winners, Losers & Leftovers” makes a dad struggle with his work and a special needs child. Adding to the troubles is Harry Hamlin (Mad Men & Shameless). “The Sign of the Dove” brings back the tragic Charles Rocket (Saturday Night Live) as Adam. “The Face of God” deals with a woman looking to create life in a test tube. Harold Gould, the Dean of Thespians, uncombs his hair to play Albert Einstein. Also in the mix is Soon-Teck Oh (Missing in Action 2: The Beginning). “Netherlands” has the devil tempt Roma. Who could possibly play a tempting Satan? Can you resist the charms of Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)? “Shallow Water” ends the season with a huge two-part episode. She needs to restore the faith of a gospel choir singer who can’t deal with the death of a friend. There’s plenty of famous faces to give him support including Delta Burke, Nell Carter, Faye Dunaway, Rue McClanahan, Keb Mo, John Schneider and Randy Travis.

Touched By An Angel: The Seventh Season keeps up the inspirational stories of people who need a nudge of heavenly guidance. The guest stars brings the magic to the show. How can Robert Loggia deal with angels? The show can easily go in the DVD when you have guests that complain about wicked TV shows that aren’t The Bible.

The Episodes
“The Face on the Bar Room Floor,” “Legacy,” “The Invitation,” “Restoration,” “Finger of God,” “The Empty Chair,” “God Bless the Child,” “Reasonable Doubt,” “The Grudge,” “An Angel on My Tree,” “Mi Familia,” “The Lord Moves in Mysterious Ways,” “A Death in the Family,” “Bringer of Light,” “Thief of Hearts,” “Winners, Losers & Leftovers,” “I Am an Angel,” “Visions of Thy Father,” “The Penalty Box,” “Band of Angels,” “The Sign of the Dove,” “The Face of God,” “Netherlands,” “Shallow Water” (two-parter).

The video is 1.33:1 full frame. The transfers look crisp and angelic. You feel the glow on Roma. The audio is Dolby Digital Stereo. The mix is fine for TV. The episodes are subtitled.

There are no bonus features.

Touched By An Angel: The Seventh Season brings more heavenly advice to trouble humans. The show easily appeals to those desiring inspirational stories.

CBS DVD presents Touched By An Angel: The Seventh Season. Starring: Roma Downey, Della Reese and John Dye. Boxset Content: 25 episodes on 7 DVDs. Released: April 23, 2013. Available at Amazon.com.


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