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Desperate Housewives - The Complete Sixth Season - The All Mighty Edition


TITLE: DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES - THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON - THE ALL MIGHTY EDITION


Info:

DVD Release Date: September 21, 2010 (ABC Studios)
Color/2009-10
MSRP: $59.99
Packaging: Keep Case with Outer Box
Number of Discs: 5
Number of Episodes: 23
Running Time: approx. 982 minutes
Total Running Time of Special Features: approx. 59 minutes
Audio: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish & French; Closed Captioned
Special Features:
• “Miss Piggy Gets Desperate”
• “Desperate Housewives Master Class”
• Cherry-Picked: Creator Marc Cherry's favorite scenes (with optional commentary from Marc Cherry)
• Bloopers
• 7 Deleted Scenes


Introduction:

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and ABC Studios invites viewers to relive the passion, laughter and mystery of Desperate Housewives with the exciting DVD debut of the complete sixth season. All 23 episodes from the sixth season are now all yours for the first time! The housewives have endured extreme change together, for better or worse in this action-packed season that includes the exciting addition of Angie Bolen (played by Drea de Matteo), the tough new neighbor with a mysterious past. Desperate Housewives is filled with non-stop action and mischief and the DVD comes loaded with bonus features so relive or catch up with season six just in time for the seventh season, premiering Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 9|8 central only on ABC!

Starring this season are of course the main ladies, Teri Hatcher as Susan, Felicity Huffman as Lynette, Marcia Cross as Bree, Eva Longoria-Parker as Gabrielle, Drea de Matteo as Angie Bolen, with Brenda Strong as Mary Alice and Dana Delany as Katherine. Then we have the men: James Denton as Mike, Ricardo Antonio Chavira as Carlos, Kyle MacLachlan as Orson, and Doug Savant as Tom. And the kids: Shawn Pyfrom as Andrew Van de Kamp, Andrea Bowen as Julie Mayer, Maiara Walsh as Ana Solis, Charlie Carver as Porter Scavo, Max Carver as Preston Scavo, Joshua Logan Moore as Parker Scavo, Kendall Applegate as Penny Scavo, Mason Vale Cotton as M.J. Delfino, Madison De La Garza as Juanita Solis, and Beau Mirchoff as Danny Bolen. Recurring for most of the episodes are Kathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskey and Jeffrey Nordling as Nick Bolen.


Episodes:

This was a solid season for the series, especially towards the end of the season with Julie Benz guest starring and the strangler reveal. Some of the most memorable episodes of season are the season premiere, “Nice is Different Than Good” where Mike Delfino's bride is finally revealed, and where one woman of Wisteria Lane is struck by happiness, another woman's world falls apart, as a result. In the very next episode, “Being Alive,” as the citizens of Fairview try to make sense of a recent attack in their neighborhood, Lynette withholds a secret from Susan. In “Don’t Walk On the Grass,” when Bree begins to fall for Karl, she decides it is time to break things up before they get way too serious. In “Careful the Things You Say,” Lynette learns about Julie's past affair with Nick Bolen, which leads her to have her own theory as to who may have strangled her, while the Hodges are invited over for dinner by the Bolens. In “Boom Crunch,” Christmas cheer is curtailed when disaster strikes, as a plane crashes down on Wisteria Lane, putting lives in peril. In the conclusion, “If...,” picking up immediately after the horrific plane crash on Wisteria Lane which claims the lives of several residents, the wives prepare themselves for their futures when they all black out and have "flash-forwards" of their lives in the next 10 to 15 years. In “The Glamorous Life,” Gabrielle and Carlos grow concerned with the direction Ana and Danny's relationship might be taking and in the meantime, Susan befriends a stripper named Robin (Julie Benz) and takes her under her wing, whereas Tom and Lynette come to a disagreement regarding their new therapist. In “Chromolume No. 7,” Gaby and Angie head to New York in search of Danny and Ana and while in the Big Apple, a chance encounter with supermodels Heidi Klum and Paulina Porizkova leads Gaby to an unexpected revelation about herself. In “Epiphany,” the Fairview strangler has been living among the women of Wisteria Lane: He once caught Gaby and Carlos during an intimate moment; Bree offered him a job and some dating advice; Susan encouraged his passion for art; and Lynette will show him some kindness and generosity. In “The Ballad of Booth,” Lynette comes to a shocking realization about Eddie, while Angie discreetly relies on Gaby for help when Patrick threatens the life of her son; Bree offers Sam a generous payoff to walk away; and Susan and Mike's financial woes result in the ultimate sacrifice. And in the thrilling season finale, “I Guess This Is Goodbye,” Gaby risks her safety to help Angie, while Lynette's fate and that of her unborn child lie in the hands of Eddie whereas Susan comes to grips with her financial woes and Bree considers confessing a secret she's harbored for years, while Angie must submit to Patrick's demands in order to protect her son.

Recurring actors include Kevin Rahm as Lee McDermott, Tuc Watkins as Bob Hunter, Julie Benz as Robin Gallagher, Richard Burgi as Karl Mayer, Orson Bean as Roy Bender, and Daniella Baltodano as Celia Solis. Other notable guest appearances include Jesse Metcalfe as John Rowland, Josh Zuckerman as Eddie Orlofsky, Jeff Doucette as Father Crowley, Lyndsy Fonseca as Dylan Mayfair, Sam Page as Sam, Joy Lauren as Danielle, John Barrowman as Patrick Logan, Helena Mattsson as Irina Kosokov, Kathy Najimy, Jane Leeves, Heidi Klum, Paulina Porizkova, Linda Purl, Patty McCormack, and Diane Farr.

Each episode is of course unedited and runs about 42-43 minutes, give or take a few seconds (see runtimes below).

Disc one
1 - Nice is Different Than Good 43:13
2 - Being Alive 42:46
3 - Never Judge a Lady By Her Lover 41:45
4 - The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues 42:49

Disc two
5 - Everybody Ought to Have a Maid 42:59
6 - Don't Walk on the Grass 42:56
7 - Careful the Things You Say 42:51
8 - The Coffee Cup 42:54
9 - Would I Think of Suicide? 42:31

Disc three
10 - Boom Crunch 42:33
11 - If... 43:04
12 - You Gotta Get a Gimmick 43:03
13 - How About a Friendly Shrink? 43:06
14 - The Glamorous Life 42:48

Disc four
15 - Lovely 43:06
16 - The Chase 43:00
17 - Chromolume No. 7 43:07
18 - My Two Young Men 43:02
19 - We All Deserve to Die 43:02

Disc five
20 - Epiphany 43:02
21 - A Little Night Music 42:59
22 - The Ballad of Booth 43:03
23 - I Guess This is Goodbye 43:03


Packaging:

The packaging has changed a bit. It is still good though. For the second straight set we have a thin outer box, but this time instead of a digipak, we get a keep case inside. Both the outer box and keep case have the same artwork in the cover and back. On the cover, we have the Desperate Housewives logo on top along with The Complete Sixth Season wording below that. Underneath that is a nice photo of the main women (Bree, Gabrielle, Susan, Katherine and Lynette) in light blue dresses with different weapons. As always, it is very hot. We get the wording of The All Mighty Edition below that. The background of the box is blue and red. The back art has info on the series and this season followed by five episodic photos. Then we have a list of bonus features and technical specs.

Inside the thin outer box, as mentioned is the keep case. On the left side we have some inserts. On the panel itself, we have a start of cast photo along with a disc-by-disc breakdown with episode titles per disc. We don’t get an episode booklet again, which is a disappointment. The inserts we get are for other ABC Studios products like Cougar Town Season 1 DVD and how to save $10 on the Aug/Sept. ABC TV DVDs. The final insert is a Blu-ray catalog. We have two plastic holders that we can flip like a page in a book. Holder one holds disc one on one side and disc two on the other side. Holder two holds disc three on one side and disc four on the other side. Disc five is on the right panel itself. Just like the left panel, on the right panel itself we finish off that cast photo that was started along with the continuation of the disc-by-disc breakdown.

All the discs have blue backgrounds and the DH logo in white/grey coloring. Disc one has artwork of Lynette and episodes 1-4, disc two has artwork of Gabrielle and episodes 5-9, disc three has artwork of Susan and holds episodes 10-14, disc four has artwork of Bree and holds episodes 15-19, and disc five has artwork of Katherine and holds episodes 20-23 and the bonus materials. 


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu screen is similar in style to the last few sets since season four. We get some nice sounding background music and sound effects. It starts off with an apple falling off a tree then we zoom out and see the full tree with apples. It is a nice blue sky background setting that looks cartoonish and then we see all five housewives, with one housewife centered. For example, Susan is featured and zoomed in on for the main menu for disc one. Disc two has a Bree, disc three has Gabrielle, disc four has Lynette and disc five has Katherine. The options for the main menu screens are: Play All, Episode Selection, Set Up, Sneak Peeks, and Bonus Features. Bonus Features is only on disc five while Sneak Peeks is on disc one only. Each sub-menu also has different background music playing in the background. Set Up basically is to turn on captions (English, Spanish or French) and to register your DVD. When we select Episode Selections, we get an episode number, title and different sizes & styles portraits screenshots from the episode. Sneak Peeks we get trailers for DVDs of Grey’s Anatomy, LOST, FLASHFORWARD, Cougar Town DVDs, and a promo for ABC: Great Stories. In addition, disc one has an auto-preview playing before the menu of new DVDs of ABC TV on DVD, Castle, Private Practice and A Christmas Carol (with Jim Carey).


Video and Audio Quality:

The video again is in widescreen of course and the audio again is in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound...both as it should be. I have HD and watch the show on ABC HD, so the DVD is on par with that but it would look better on Blu-ray of course. I can upconvert on my DVD player to HD, so it looks HD to me already. There are chapter stops for each episode, about 8 or 9 per episode. Also of note, like always on DVD, we get to watch the actual closing credits again, like on the previous sets! On the network airings, they are in split screen form with promos on the top. The closing credits are about 34-35 seconds and have a nice touch to it.


Special Features:

Now let’s move on to the special features! We don’t get any audio commentaries this time, which is very strange. On disc one, we have a Start Kit for the series that runs 4:34, but this isn’t really a special feature, as it is listed in the Episode Selection. The actual extras are all on the last disc--disc five.

The first extra on disc five is called “Miss Piggy Gets Desperate.” It runs 10:38 and we have Miss Piggy with her producer Pepe meeting the ladies of Wisteria Lane one-on-one to find out “their story.” How did each of them become part of the sexiest cast on the hottest TV show? Missy Piggy will find out all of the details! She sees Teri Hatcher, James Denton, Eva Longoria-Parker, Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Sabrina Wind (executive producer) and Marc Cherry (creator/executive producer). Then we have another featurette titled “Desperate Housewives Master Class” that runs 13:02. We have behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with cast and crew to learn more about what it takes to be an actor on one of the most popular and critically acclaimed shows. Interviewed are Marc Cherry, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Doug Savant, Stephanie Hagen (producer) and Bob Daily (executive producer).

Then Marc Cherry has "Cherry-Picked" his favorite scenes from the season once again. He shares his 4 favorite scenes! You can watch the scenes with optional audio commentary, which I really recommend you do, since you’ll see the scenes on the actual episodes anyway. Marc is very detailed as always! The four favorite scenes each run 5:01, 3:44, 4:08, and 1:39.

Up next we have some Bloopers. It runs 4:33 and is about two minutes shorter than last time, but it is still good. Then finally we have seven “Deleted Scenes” from the season. Among the deleted scenes is an unaired storyline for the episode “The Chase.” That runs 7:37. Wow. The others are just quick scenes: “Nice is Different Than Good” (0:57 and 0:21), “Don’t Walk on the Grass” (1:31), “Careful The Things You Say” (0:51) and “If...” (0:32, 1:08).


Final Comments:

The set is very fun to watch and well done. The show really started to get good this season towards about when Julie Benz came but there were standout episodes in the beginning of the season, too. This is a must buy, especially if you have the first five seasons on DVD! I wish we had audio commentary tracks this time and also wished Cherry gave commentary on deleted scenes like he previously did a few sets ago. Those are my only gripes. Having an episode booklet again would have been nice, too. I also like the change to a keep case as it is more compact. I wonder why we went from seven discs last time to five this time though. We only had one less episode, so doesn’t make sense. All the extras were all so good as well despite the quantity going down. I suggest you buy this DVD because it is all mighty. All hail the mighty Desperate Housewives! Join in before the Housewives return for season seven and tune in for the season premiere on ABC Sunday, Sept. 26 at 9|8 central! Vanessa Williams joins the cast! But anyway, buy this set before the Fairview strangler gets to you!


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 4/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

-- Reviewed by Pavan on 09/17/10

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