Chicago Fire season 7 DVD review

"No Such Thing As Bad Luck" Episode 718 -- Pictured: David Eigenberg as Christopher Herrmann -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC)
"No Such Thing As Bad Luck" Episode 718 -- Pictured: David Eigenberg as Christopher Herrmann -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC) /

The Chicago Fire season 7 DVD set has been released by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Here’s our review with details, special features and specs.

Just ahead of the show’s return, Chicago Fire season 7 has arrived on DVD thanks to Universal Pictures Home Entertainment so that fans can catch up before the season 8 premiere. So is the newest DVD release worth purchasing?

The six-disc set includes all 22 episodes from the seventh season (that’s down one from season 6’s order of 23 installments). This season features the last appearance of Monica Raymund, who returns in the season premiere for her character Gabriela Dawson to officially say goodbye.

That same episode introduces new series regular Annie Ilonzeh (Charlie’s Angels) as paramedic Emily Foster.

The season also has two One Chicago crossovers, one with all three of the shows and one that’s just with Chicago PD.

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As far as episodes go, this is a season that has its ups and downs. Foster fits into the show generally well, and also enables Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) to grow since Brett becomes the Paramedic in Charge for Firehouse 51.

There’s an outstanding episode where Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) mourns an incredible loss, which also includes the return of Severide’s half-sister Katie Nolan (guest star Brittany Curran) for the first time in years.

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But there are some aspects of the season that can feel a bit overdramatic. Foster goes on a date with a doctor who turns out to be a psycho, Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) starts a rebound fling with a reporter that doesn’t add anything to the show or his life, and there’s something which happens to a recurring character that audiences will likely not be happy with.

As far as this release goes, the Chicago Fire DVD specs are as follows: all 22 episodes are shown in high-definition (HD) widescreen, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.

Fans who are hard of hearing can use the English closed captions/subtitles, but fans who do not have English as their first language will be disappointed by the set. The only foreign language that is supported is French, through another set of subtitles. Spanish and other languages aren’t part of this release.

What about the Chicago Fire special features? Well, it’s official: there really aren’t any. It depends on if you consider crossover episodes to be special features.

Universal has included the PD and Chicago Med episodes from the two crossovers, so if you only watch Fire, you don’t have to purchase the other two DVD sets to watch the entire story. That’s a big plus (and saves money!) for fans who only watch one show, but for the sizeable portion of the fan base that watches all of One Chicago, you don’t gain much.

There are no extras that were made specifically for this release—no deleted scenes, no gag reel, no commentaries, no featurettes. That’s standard practice for these DVDs, as fans know from the past, but that still remains the biggest disappointment.

If you want a physical copy of the season, which is still important given that Hulu limits how many episodes fans can stream (and even that’s in question), then it’s a solid investment. But if you’re looking for something you haven’t seen before, it’s not here.

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