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Everybody Loves Raymond - The Complete Sixth Season


TITLE: EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND - THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON


Info:

Release Date: May 9, 2006 (HBO Home Video)
Color/2001-02
MSRP: $44.98
Number of Discs: 5
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 720 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: 204 minutes, 26 seconds (includes commentary)
Audio: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Closed Captioned
Special Features:
*Six audio commentaries with: Phil Rosenthal, Ray Romano, Doris Roberts, and writers Tucker Cawley, Mike Royce, Lew Schneider, and Steve Skrovan
*Deleted Scenes
*Bloopers
*"The First Six Years” retrospective


Introduction:

Everybody Loves Raymond is about a rather crazy extended family in Long Island. Starring Ray, a successful sportswriter, and husband of Debra (played by Patricia Heaton). The couple consistently deals with their young kids, , as well as Ray's brother, Robert (Brad Garrett), and parents Frank (Peter Boyle) and Marie (Doris Roberts), who are always coming over at unexpected times or otherwise meddling in their business. And they are all back for the sixth season on DVD from HBO Home Video!


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The show doesn’t really start to fade out like most other long running series. The show continues to be impressively funny even six years in (and will continue to be to the very end). The first episode is one of my favorites. In “The Angry Family”, the entire Barone clan is gathered to hear a story recital by the first grade class. Most of the other first graders read stories that are quite obviously fictional, until Michael gets up and promptly reads a story called “The Angry Family”, basically a story about his family. I personally enjoyed, episode #11 on the season, The Kicker, though your mileage may vary. Show #14, Snow Day, is quite good too. Ray, Debra, and Amy are trapped at Frank and Marie’s due to a snowstorm. Unbelievably, they actually find themselves having a GREAT time. Then Debra talks. Cookies finds Ray in a fight with Ally’s troop leader during the yearly cookie sales. In Lucky Suit, Robert is ecstatic when he is recommended for an FBI job. Until it becomes apparent that Marie and her constant intruding into his life may be his intruding. In episode 20, A Vote for Debra, Debra decides to run for school board president. Ray isn’t sure he can deal with the twins…alone…while she’s at meetings, so he votes against her. She loses, and quickly finds out he voted against her. This is then compounded when Ray finds out that Debra reveals that she denied knowing him because he was embarrassing her. In the three-part story arc to close out the 6th season, Mother’s Day/The Bigger Person/The First Time, Debra and Marie finally say the wrong thing to each other one too many times, and they stop talking. Debra soon realizes that…she likes it that way. The three episodes are technically separate, however, the stories intertwine and continue that it’s essentially one big three-part-episode.

List of Guest Stars:

Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons): It’s Supposed to be Fun
Katherine Helmond (Who’s the Boss, Soap): Older Women, Call Me Mom
Robert Culp (The Greatest American Hero): Older Women.
Sam Anderson (Perfect Strangers, Lost): Lucky Suit


Packaging:

There is nothing new to report on this front. Packaging for Raymond S6 is the same as the previous seasons’ packaging in every way except the photos used and the dominant color used for the box/disc/menu art... this time yellow. Consistency is good. There is still a cast picture on top of the front cover, with a larger shot of Ray smiling in the bottom corner. Reverse cover has another cast picture, and yet another different shot of Ray in the bottom right. Inside, the five yellow DVDs are arranged with discs one and two seen when opening the set. Unfolding the set further reveals a disc index, and the other three discs. Disc one has episodes 1-5, disc two has episodes 6-10, disc three has episodes 11-15, disc four has episodes 16-20 and disc five has episodes 21-24. Discs are pretty much the same as always. Color of the set + Cast photo to the left, white with ELR logo and disc info on the right. Ray/Debra/Robert/Marie/Frank is the order, as always. Short description, I know, but it always being the same packaging, and the photos always being the same photos of the family posing together in different combinations, there’s nothing much to write home about.


Menu Design and Navigation:

Just like every past Raymond set before, the main menu definitely follows the color scheme used on the outer packaging ­ yellow in this case. As always, the menu features a series of scrolling video clips playing (with audio), over the main theme. Menus are, like previous seasons sets, and like most DVDs today, in 16:9 matching the aspect ratio of the episodes themselves. Option selection in the menus is still just a simple text menu below the playing clips. The Special Features, Episode Selection, and Language menus each feature a row of cast pictures with one particular picture in the foreground. Graphical changes for season six: As said before, Menus are yellow this time, to match the overall release art for the season also yellow. Plus, the selecting color (The color of the text for the arrows to indicate an option is selected, as well as the color of the episode numbers shown when play all is highlighted) has apparently changed to light blue. Also, the pictures were again swapped out for pictures from this season.


Video and Audio Quality:

What can I say now regarding the video that hasn’t already been said five times already regarding the Audio and Video Quality (With the exception of the episodes being in widescreen, which I’ve only said twice previously). I can’t just restate what I said in season five, as that was easily one of the least descriptive A/V sections to date in one of my reviews. So instead…let’s restate season four! Text changed where necessary.

Video looks exceptionally nice. As with the show since season four, the episodes are in widescreen. HBO did a nice job with the video transfer and cleanup, the episodes look great, more or less…there’s a minor flaw here and there, but overall the video looks pretty good ­ no noticeable artifacting on any of the episodes. Audio’s the same ole Dolby 2.0 Stereo, available in English, Spanish, and French, and sounds good enough ­ it’s not the awe-inspiring 5.1 used in other arenas, and on newer shows, but it’s decent enough. The chapter setup is the same as the previous releases--Opening Teaser + Opening Credits / Each Scene / Closing Credits. I complained about the lack of a split between the Teaser and Credits last season, but, honestly, it’s no big deal. Runtimes look fairly normal:

1) The Angry Family: 22:29
2) No Roll: 22:25
3) Odd Man Out: 22:29
4) Ray’s Ring: 22:29
5) Marie’s Sculpture: 22:21
6) Frank Goes Downstairs: 22:24
7) Jealous Robert: 22:29
8) It’s Supposed to be Fun: 22:06
9) Older Women: 22:23
10) Raybert: 22:25
11) The Kicker: 22:21
12) Season’s Greetings: 22:29
13) Tissues: 22:30
14) Snow Day: 22:27
15) Cookies: 22:29
16) Lucky Suit: 22:16
17) The Skit: 22:26
18) The Breakup Tape: 22:21
19) Talk to Your Daughter: 22:28
20) A Vote for Debra: 22:10
21) Call Me Mom: 22:29
22) Mother’s Day: 22:29
23) The Bigger Person: 22:29
24) The First Time: 22:29


Special Features:

Commentary
”Marie’s Sculpture” ­ Commentary by Phil Rosenthal, Ray Romano, and Doris Roberts. One thing I’ve learned is that you should never clap into the microphone. Doris Roberts’ first commentary over SIX years, and it’s a very, um, special episode. She tells the story of how she came to Raymond. Runtime 22:21.

”Tissues” ­ Commentary by Ray, Phil, and writer Mike Royce. Runtime 22:30.

”Cookies” ­ Commentary by Ray Romano, Phil Rosental, plus writers Steve Skrovan and Lew Schneider: 22:29. It paid to know the crew ­ you’d get in the show. The opening scene is a take on Glengarry Glen Ross.

”Lucky Suit”: - Commentary by Ray Romano, Phil Rosenthal, and writer Tucker Cawley: 22:16

”The Skit”: Commentary by Ray Romano, Phil Rosenthal, and Lew Schneider. Runtime 22:26.

”Talk to your Daughter”: Ray Romano, Phil Rosenthal, and Tucker Cawley: 22:28, interesting story, and one of their favorite episodes. Definitely a fun listen.

Deleted Scenes:

4)Ray’s Ring: 1 for 1:14
6)Frank Goes Downstairs: 1 for 1:09
7)Jealous Robert: 1 for 0:46
8)It’s Supposed to Be Fun: 1:26
10)Raybert: 2 for 2:10 (A: 1:47, B: 0:23)
11)The Kicker: 2 for 1:04 (A: 0:27, B: 0:37)
13)Tissues: 1 for 0:28
16)Lucky Suit: 1 for 1:10
17)The Skit: 1 for 1:00
22)Mother’s Day: 2 for 1:02 (A: 0:32, B: 0:30)
23)The Bigger Person: 2 for 2:42 (A: 2:17, B: 0:25)

Bloopers: Runs for 11:11. Actually comes with a warning saying some of the material may not be appropriate for younger viewers.

The First Six Years Retrospective: Runs 43:36.

Total Features Runtime: 204 minutes, 26 seconds


Final Comments:

Yet another great set. The increase in commentaries (6 on this set, compared to 3 last time) is definitely good thing. Keep it up HBO. How about a target of at least 8 on the next set as a goal? Glad to see the retrospective - ­ there was initially some concern as to whether or not it’d be included, but HBO definitely is doing a great job taking care of Raymond and including the little things like that. It’s very much appreciated. I’d still love to see other little promotional things (Network promos, etc), but Raymond is definitely a nicely-done show, regardless. This is one of the few shows I think you could buy a show six years in, and not be lost, as the show is still largely the exact same as day one, if albeit everyone’s a little older. This is definitely recommended for purchase (if you haven’t already, go ahead and start working on picking up seasons 1-5 too).


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

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 3.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
Overall: 4.5/5

Seth Thrasher Seal of Approval

-- Reviewed by Seth Thrasher on 05/08/06

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