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Frasier - The Complete Sixth Season


TITLE: FRASIER - THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005 (Paramount Home Video)
Color
MSRP: $38.99
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 23
Running Time: Approx. 8 hours, 48 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; No Subtitles; Closed captioned
Special Features: None


Introduction:

Emmy Award-winner Kelsey Grammer is Frasier - the hilarious psychiatrist first seen on TV's Cheers and subsequently the star of this smash-hit comedy series. What?! Frasier Crane, unemployed? Yep, that's the stunning predicament in Season Six when KACL switches its format to "salsa" and Frasier finds himself out of a job! Meanwhile, Niles (David Hyde Pierece) finds himself without a secret love to obsess over when Daphne (Jane Leeves) is swept off her feet by a new suitor, Donny Douglas. And speaking of new suitors - Roz (Peri Gilpin) finds herself romantically entangled with the station's abrasive deejay Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe (Dan Butler), and Roz's mother Joanna lands a date with Frasier's irasible father, Martin (John Majoney)! It's Season Six - and definitely a season to remember - in this wild and witty, 23-episode collection!


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Frasier would move back to Thursdays at 9:00PM for the start of the sixth (1998-99) season. There would be a noticeable spike in the ratings. Frasier finished in 3rd place in the Nielsen ratings with a 15.6 rating. Their streak of winning Outstanding Comedy Series ended after five years as Ally McBeal won. David Hyde Pierce once again took the honors for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

There were many memorable episodes this season. Niles hosts a party at Maris' beach house in the hopes of winning his dinner club's prestigious "Golden Apron" award in "The Seal Who Came To Dinner." Frasier is forced to feign Judaism when his girlfriend's Jewish mother visits in "Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz." Valentine's Day experiences for Niles, Frasier, and Martin and Daphne comprise the episode "Three Valentines." Frasier and Niles plan to host a dinner party to toast Seattle's newest couple in "Dinner Party." This episode was in real time. Niles and Frasier compete with each other upon discovering the results of a childhood IQ test in "I.Q.."

Desperate Housewives' Teri Hatcher appeared as Marie in "First, Do No Harm." Rosa Blasi guest starred as The Waitress in "Secret Admirer." Amy Brennerman played Faye Moskowitz in "Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz," "When a Man Loves Two Women," and "Shutout in Seattle." Woody Harrelson reprises his role from Cheers in "The Show Where Woody Shows Up." Woody was nominated for an Emmy as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy. Virginia Madsen appeared as Cassandra Stone in "Three Valentines," "When a Man Loves Two Women," and Shutout in Seattle." Christine Baranski played Dr. Nora Fairchild and Piper Laurie was Mrs. Mullhern in "Dr. Nora." They both received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy.


Packaging:

This set continues a long line of attractive packaging. The DVD cover art features a cast photo that includes Bulldog and Eddie. The overall color theme of this set is white and light blue (a slightly lighter blue than what was used on Season 2). The back of the box has a photo of the cast standing and list a summary of the episode and the episode titles by disc. There is a photo of Frasier holding Eddie on the spine of the box. The main digipak case, which features the same photo as the DVD cover art, slides out from the left of the main box. The back of the digipak is also the same as the outer box. When you open the digipak, there are individual head shots of Frasier and Niles. There are additional individual headshots of Roz, Martin, Daphne, and Bulldog underneath where the discs are held. The actual discs have a blue background with a photo of one or two of the cast members. Episode titles are listed on each disc. Disc 1 has a photo of Frasier and includes episodes 121-126. Disc 2 pictures Niles and Daphne and contains episodes 127-132. Disc 3 shows Roz and offers episodes 133-138. Disc 4 has a shot of Martin and contains episodes 139-144.


Menu Design and Navigation:

Frasier always has stylish menus like the packaging in general. Each menu features a different color photo. Disc 1 has the same photo as the dvd cover art. Disc 2 features photos of Daphne and Daphne/Frasier. Disc 3 has photos of Frasier and Frasier/Eddie. Disc 4 features individual photos of Niles and Frasier. The episodes titles are listed in black, vertically in a single column. There is a red dox net to the episode you choose that turns yellow upon your selection. There is a Play All button on all discs. Disc 1 offers a Previews option. There are chapter stops within the episodes, but there are no sub-menus for scene selections as usual.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video is presented in 1.33:1 ratio full frame color. These episodes are quite recent and generally look outstanding. The episodes are well spread out over 4 discs so there are no compression problems. The audio is a Dolby 2.0 Digital track. The audio is at a good level and easy to hear. I've always loved the incidental music they used, as well as the ending theme song, which was performed by Kelsey Grammer. Closed captioning is available on all of the episodes.

The episodes are presented in their original broadcast order, and all appear to be unedited running around 21 1/2 to 22 minutes in length. The season finale, "Shutout in Seattle," originally was broadcast as an one-hour episode. Here is the episode breakdown with running times:

Disc 1
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121. Good Grief (22:07)
122. Frasier's Curse (21:13)
123. Dial "M" For Martin (22:12)
124. Hot Ticket (22:12)
125. First, Don No Harm (22:12)
126. Secret Admirer (22:08)

Disc 2
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127. Hot To Bury A Millionaire (22:16)
128. The Seal Who Came To Dinner (22:10
129. Roz, A Loan (21:53)
130. Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz (21:32)
131. The Good Samartian (21:41)
132. Our Parents, Ourselves (22:10)

Disc 3
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133. The Show Where Woody Shows Up (22:11)
134. Three Valentines (22:12)
135. To Tell The Truth (21:56)
136. Decoys (22:11)
137. Dinner Party (22:11)
138. Taps At The Montana (22:12)

Disc 4
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139. I.Q. (22:11)
140. Dr. Nora (22:11)
141. When A Man Loves Two Women (22:11)
142. Visions Of Daphne (22:11)
143. Shuout In Seattle (43:27)


Special Features:

After having special features on the first three seasons as well as the final season, seasons 4-6 haven't had any extras included. This is a similar pattern to the Cheers releases. It would be nice to have bloopers, interviews, and other season specific features on every set.

There are 4 minutes worth of previews on the first disc promoting some other Paramount DVD releases. They promote MacGyver, Charmed, The Brady Bunch, and the Airplane "Don't Call Me Shirley" Special Edition. You can't fast forward through these directly. You have to use the 'Skip' button.


Final Comments:

Frasier's record-breaking run of winning 5 consecutive Outstanding Comedy Series Emmys ended. The show was still at a very high level, and I think they had a strong case on winning for a sixth time. Frasier has been released on DVD like clockwork in 2005. This is already the third release of the year. Look for the seventh season to be released in a little over two months on November 15th. It seems very likely that the entire series would be available sometime in 2006, with only seasons 8-10 left to be released.


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
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by Todd Fuller on 09/09/05

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