TITLE: BOY MEETS WORLD - THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON
Release Date: July 5, 2011 (Lionsgate/ABC Studios)
Packaging: Keep case
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: 528 minutes
Running Time of Features: N/A
Audio: English 2.0 Dolby Digital
Subtitles and Captioning: Closed-Captioned
Special Features: None
When this Boy Meets World! We’re back even quicker to Philadelphia than last time! Boy Meets World - The Complete Sixth Season has arrived on DVD after only a 2 month wait! Join Cory (Ben Savage) and all your favorite characters as they enter their freshman year of college at Pennbrook. Corey and Topanga are engaged and are trying to live as an engaged couple, Shawn decides he wants to continue with his education, and Eric & Jack find the perfect new roommate. We get all 22 episodes of season six on a 3-disc set from Lionsgate/ABC Studios!
The season six cast features Ben Savage as Cory Matthews, Rider Strong as Shawn Patrick Hunter, Danielle Fishel as Topanga Lawrence, Will Friedle as Eric Matthews, Betsy Randle as Amy Matthews, Lindsay Ridgeway as Morgan Matthews, Trina McGee-Davis as Angela Moore, Maitland Ward as Rachel McGuire, Matthew Lawrence as Jack Hunter, with William Daniels as Mr. Feeny and William Russ as Alan Matthews.
As a fan of the first three seasons, I wasn’t a big fan of seasons four and on because it became a teen only show. That isn’t a bad thing, but it isn’t what I wanted. Yes, the show is about these teens but the first two or three seasons it had more of a family dynamic to it. However, like I said last time, after watching some of these episodes again on this DVD, it isn’t as bad as I thought again like I thought, but still it’s nowhere near the quality of the first three seasons (especially the first two). Anyway, some memorable episodes include the two-part season premiere “His Answer,” where Cory deals with the shock of Topanga's proposal, but he accepts, they then sneak off to try to elope, while Eric and Jack get a new roommate named Rachel, who they immediately start competing for. In “Ain’t College Great,” on the first day of college, an ambitious Cory fills his schedule with tough courses, but quickly cracks under the pressure - and flees to Mr. Feeny's side in Wyoming for help, meanwhile Eric tries to be more sensitive so that Rachel will be attracted to him. In “Hogs and Kisses,” after a director has Shawn and Topanga kiss while making a film, Cory, certain the duo has been secretly harboring romantic feelings for one another, directs them to go on a date, and explore their true emotions, while Eric and Jack pretend to be mannerly in front of Rachel. In “Everybody Loves Stuart,” a hip new college teacher named Stuart (Fred Savage), who is a favorite with his students because he "treats them as equals,” but his true colors are revealed when he hits on Topanga in her dorm room, then Cory later strikes back - literally - on behalf of Topanga, Stuart tries to have him expelled from school.
In “Road Trip,” to take his mind off his dad's death, Shawn takes Cory along on a "soul-searching road trip" in Chet's trailer, where they end up at a truck stop, where the young waitresses are searching for something more, just like Shawn, and Cory discovers that Shawn has no intention of returning home. In “My Baby Valentine,” Amy's water breaks, and she is rushed to hospital for a pre-mature delivery - one which the new baby may not survive. In “Resurrection,” while everyone anxiously awaits news about newly-born Joshua Gabriel, Cory's continued self-absorption alienates Topanga, who now considers herself to be a full-fledged member of the Matthews family, but Cory tries to reconnect with the old "weird" Topanga. In “Bee True,” the series returns to form as Cory and Shawn unite for the last time as a "bad boy" team to help Mr. Feeny, whose hesitation in declaring his feelings for Dean Bolander looks like a fatal mistake when her ex-husband, Curtis Kinkade, returns from an expedition bent on winning her back, while Rachel challenges Jack to take her out "on a real date,” but the only problem is that Jack is embarrassed that Rachel is over a foot taller than he is. On the sixth season finale, “State of the Unions,” while Cory deals with his anxieties about his impending marriage, Topanga's parents (real-life couple Annette O'Toole and Michael McKean) come for a visit, and reveal some unexpected news: they are in the process of separating, which devastates Topanga., meanwhile, Feeny and Dean Bolander announce their engagement, and they agree to get married in the Matthews' living room.
Guest stars for this season include Fred Savage, Annette O'Toole, Michael McKean, Bonnie Bartlett, and Blake Clark. All of the episodes seem unedited (?) at around 21:30, some a tad higher and some a bit lower. One episode was very short though at 19:36. There was a debate on the season four DVD review that the season four DVD might be edited here. We are still not sure. We are not sure about this season and the previous season either, as the runtimes are similar to season four. Unless someone has proof and shows us ABC episodes, we won’t know for sure. See the runtimes for this season:
1. “His Answer, Part 1” 21:14
2. “His Answer, Part 2” 21:41
3. “Ain’t College Great?” 21:40
4. “Friendly Persuasion” 21:40
5. “Better Than The Average Cory” 21:10
6. “Hogs and Kisses” 21:30
7. “Everybody Loves Stuart” 21:41
8. “You’re Married, You’re Dead” 19:36
9. “Poetic License: An Ode to Holden Caulfield” 21:41
10. “And In Case I Don’t See Ya...” 20:15
11. “Santa’s Little Helpers” 21:25
12. “Cutting the Cord” 20:58
13. “We’ll Have A Good Time Then..." 21:40
14. “Getting Hitched” 20:48
15. “Road Trip” 21:41
16. “My Baby Valentine” 21:40
17. “Resurrection” 21:40
18. “Can I Help To Cheer You?” 20:53
19. “Bee True” 21:31
20. “The Truth About Honesty” 21:41
21. “The Psychotic Episode” 21:29
22. “State of the Unions” 21:30
Let’s start analyzing this set with the packaging. The color scheme for this set is lime green and some turquoise blue, too. Season one was a maroon type color, season two was blue, season three was orange, season four was yellow and season five was orange and purple. The first three seasons were solely produced by ABC Studios. Lionsgate licensed to continue the series on DVD and released season four along with re-releasing the first three seasons. They released season five two months ago, too. The case cover for this set has the teen cast (Topanga, Rachel, Jack, Eric, Angela, Cory and Shawn) standing or sitting next to globes. The logo is in a white background and blue font. The logo we all know. The back of the case is in a lime green background, too, and has five episodic photos from the show, along with the season synopsis and technical specifications. When you open the case, you have no artwork on the panels again, as Lionsgate tends to do that. It is just plain black. That is disappointing, as we used to get a disc-by-disc breakdown with episode titles, writers, directors and special features from ABC Studios. The disc placement is better like last time, as we don’t get overlapping discs like on the ABC sets. Discs one and two are in a little plastic holder in the middle, in which you can flip like a page in a book. Disc three is on the right panel itself.
The discs are all in lime green, like the case. Disc one has a photo of Cory and mentions it has episodes 1-8. Disc two has a photo of Topanga and mentions it has episodes 9-16. Disc three has a photo of Shawn and mentions it has episodes 17-22.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus are similar to the previous two sets but different from the ABC Studios sets. It’s not as good as the ABC Studios produced series. The season four theme song plays in the background again for some reason and not the theme that started in season five. It loops, so it keeps playing over and over again if you don’t want to choose something really quick. The menu screen is in lime green (duh... that’s the color scheme for the set!) and has the logo and the same artwork as the cover art. The options on the menu screen once again are: Play All and Episode Selection. It’s that simple. When you select ‘Episode Selection,’ you get to a sub-menu listing the episodes on the disc. That’s it. It is nothing fancy, but it works I guess.
Video and Audio Quality:
This section is the most consistent from Lionsgate to the ABC Studios sets. The video quality is decent. Expect something similar to previous sets. The audio is pretty good in Dolby Digital 2.0, but I wish we had 5.1, but maybe it wasn’t like that originally. I didn’t find any flaws in either the audio or video. We have four chapter stops per episode once again. That’s always a must to have on a DVD.
One other tidbit, the two-part episode on this set does have the “To Be Continued” line at the end of part one. And in part two, we do have “Previously on Boy Meets World” recap after the opening theme.
There are no special features whatsoever for this season for the third set in a row. That’s a huge disappointment since the first three seasons had some. I miss those audio commentaries! Heck, we even got that trivia "The World According to Boy" thing on the season three DVD. Mr. Feeny is so pissed that there is nothing special here that he is moving to Wyoming!
Overall, the set is not as good as the first three setss sets, but on par with the seasons four and five DVDs. Negatives are the lack of special features and using the season four theme on the main menu again. And we’re not sure about if the episodes are unedited or not. That would be the biggest concern if they are edited, so please if you have episodes from the original ABC broadcasts, please check for us! These episodes are not as enjoyable to me as they were in the first three seasons. But that’s just my opinion because many fans loved the later high school years and college years better than those first few seasons for some reason. All fans should still buy this set and continue their collection (even I am, despite not liking seasons 4-7 too much). Like seasons four and five, it isn’t a bad season but it is better than I remember for sure. Come on the fall is right around the corner and this is the season where the gang enters college! After this set, we just have the final season left...we are so close to the finish line finally! ‘When this Boy Meets World! Boy Meets World...wandering down this road, that we call life...is what we're doin', it's good to know I have friends that will always stand by me! When this Boy Meets World!’ If anything, like the last set, just get this set for the catchy theme or to just look at Topanga (or Shawn or Eric for you women)! This is like a sitcom soap opera, you want to know what happens next in these teens’ lives!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
-- Reviewed by Pavan on 07/04/11
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