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Grey's Anatomy - Season One


TITLE: GREY'S ANATOMY - SEASON ONE


Info:

DVD Release Date: February 14, 2006 (Buena Vista Home Entertainment)
Color/2005
MSRP: $29.99
Number of Discs: 2
Number of Episodes: 9
Running Time: 387 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 33 minutes (not counting commentary tracks)
Video: Widescreen 1.78:1; Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Subtitles: No subtitles; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: 2 Audio Commentary Tracks for “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Under the Knife: Behind the Scenes of Grey’s Anatomy,” “Anatomy of a Pilot,” “Dissecting Grey’s Anatomy: Unaired Scenes,” “Alternate Main Title,” “Avant-Garde Trailer”


Introduction:

The hottest new drama on television is now on DVD! Yes, Grey’s Anatomy’s first season is coming to DVD with all nine episodes with gripping plot lines, the sensational soundtrack and all the hot stars. Now you can experience all the drama, romance and excitement of Grey’s Anatomy from the beginning! If you tuned into last week’s post-Super Bowl episode and are now hooked, this is a good time to get caught up with the earlier episodes. So come on into Seattle Grace Hospital and follow the lives of these “residence in training interns!”

Grey’s Anatomy stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang, Katherine Heigl as Isobel Stevens, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, T.R. Knight as George O’Malley, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens Jr. as Richard Webber, with Isaiah Washington as Preston Burke, and Patrick Dempsey as Derek “Dr. McDreamy” Shepherd.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

With just nine episodes this season, you really need to watch all nine in order to get a full grasp of every detail. The show produced 13 episodes for season one, but the final four episodes were held back until the next season since the show did so well in the ratings for ABC on Sunday nights that they wanted to save some episodes for season two, so they would have at least 26 “new” episodes for full season. I’m not going to give away plot lines, but I’ll tell you which episodes are my personal best for this season. “A Hard Day’s Night” (the first episode), “No Man’s Land,” “Shake Your Groove Thing,” “The Self Destruct Button,” “Save Me,” and the explosive season finale “Who’s Zoomin’ Who?”

Guest starring is Anna Maria Horsford of Amen in “No Man’s Land,” the guest star machine Kathryn Joosten in “Shake your Groove Thing,” Patricia McCormack of The Ropers in “Who’s Zoomin’ Who?,” and Kate Walsh in her first appearance in the season finale “Who’s Zoomin’ Who?”


Packaging:

The packaging is pretty neat. You get a thin outer box with a snap case (or is it a thin amaray case?) inside. The box and the case both have the same cover art. Headshots of different members of the cast, with the show logo in the middle are present. The color scheme is black and red. The back of the box and case are also the same. We get a shot of Patrick Dempsey on the top with set and show synopsis below that, along with a nice quote from NewsDay. Three other photos are below that. And there is also a red box listing all the bonus features for this set.

The case has like a button type of opening. If you are familiar with Universal Home Video’s movie DVDs, like Problem Child Tantrum Pack and the Cry_Wolf movie you know what I mean. There are two buttons that you pull so you can get inside the case. It is a nice touch and good move by Buena Vista, since this is just a two disc set. On the left side of the case we see four inserts. One is a chance to win a TV-on-DVD library, another one is a TV on DVD booklet (very outdated for that matter), a Grey’s Anatomy soundtrack insert and an episode guide insert for Grey’s Anatomy listing episode number, title and a long synopsis. The discs are on the right side. They are not overlapped. They are in like a book type form. Looking at disc one, then you turn the page and you get to disc two. The discs themselves are plain looking, with a black background and the show logo in red coloring. Episodes 1-5 are on disc one and episodes 6-9 on disc two.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu screen is very high-quality. Disc one starts off with the automatic previews. We get preview trailer of BVHE’s TV on DVD products: Lost, Desperate Housewives, Alias, Scrubs, Golden Girls and Home Improvement. After that there is a promo for Lost airing Wednesdays on ABC. Then we get to the menu! It starts off with headshots of the main cast, from Cristina to Meredith. The catchy theme is playing in the background. Then with the theme still playing, we get to the main menu screen with the options and video clips play in the background. The theme does loop! Disc one options are: Audio Commentaries, Set Up, TV on DVD Sneak Peeks, Episode Selection, Play All. Sneak Peeks has the same TV on DVD trailer from the start of the disc. Audio Commentaries are for the episode “A Hard Day’s Night,” which is of course the pilot episode. There are two tracks for that episode, which I’ll detail in the special features section a bit later. Set Up menu has where you can turn on the captions for the hearing impaired along with how to register your DVD. Episode Selection menu has a screenshot from the episode along with the title of the episode, and then you can select which one you want to view. Disc two options are almost the same: Bonus Features, Set Up, Episode Selection, Play All. Each submenu for both discs has a different track from the nice sounding soundtrack! Chapter stops are available for each episode and the show is in widescreen!


Video and Audio Quality:

The video and audio are both excellent, as it should be since this series is so new. The video is in widescreen like I mentioned. Audio is perfect in Dolby Digital Surround Sound. I have no complaints whatsoever. There are chapter stops, which is always needed for each TV DVD I think. And the episodes are unedited in the range of 42:30 to 43:30 or so. You’ll just love the music in this show!


Special Features:

The set is just two discs, since the show’s first year only had 9 episodes, but that doesn’t mean the bonus features are lacking! It certainly doesn’t have the quantity of the other big ABC TV DVDs (Lost, Alias, Desperate Housewives), but the quality is just as good! On disc one, we have two commentary tracks for the episode “A Hard Day’s Night.” The first track is with creator/executive producer Shonda Rhimes and director Peter Horton. The second track is from actors Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, and T.R. Knight.

Disc two is where the action is regarding bonus features. The first bonus feature on this disc is a featurette titled, “Under the Knife: Behind the Scenes of Grey’s Anatomy.” It run 11:20 and has interviews with Peter Horton (co-executive producer), Shonda Rhimes (executive producer), Betty Beers (executive producer), Sandra Oh, Isaiah Washington, Krista Vernoff (co-executive producer), Jim Parriott (executive producer), Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Justin Chambers, Linda Klein (medical producer), Katherine Heigl, James Pickens Jr., Chandra Wilson, Harry Werksman (supervising producer), Gabrielle Stanton (supervising producer), T.R. Knight, and Mark Gordon (executive producer). This is very good to watch. You will learn a lot. The writing team is primarily female and the surgery is done by real doctors, but you just don’t know it! They show table read footage and note that medical terms are added later.

Next up is “Anatomy of a Pilot.” It runs 11:44 and has original scenes from the first episode that did not make it to the final cut, but were very good scenes. It has an optional commentary track by Rhimes and Horton, which should be heard so you know what the heck the scenes are for and why they were removed. Up next is “Dissecting Grey’s Anatomy: Unaired Scenes.” Three episodes have unaired scenes. “The First Cut is the Deepest,” “Winning a Battle,” and “No Man’s Land.” The first one has three scenes: The Scan running at 56 seconds, Have a Good Day Mom running at 47 seconds, and Reflection running at 45 seconds. The second episode with unaired scenes has one scene titled Red running at 1 minute 36 seconds. And the final episode with unaired scenes has one scene titled Balance running 48 seconds. Then we have the “Alternative Main Title.” It runs 0:32 with the same music as the theme we all know and love, but with different graphics. I like the one they use on the episodes better than this one. Finally, a French type spoof trailer that was created by the production theme titled “Avant-Garde Trailer.” It runs 2:08 and it sort of hilarious.


Final Comments:

What a wonderful show and set! This show is just so good. Critics love it. Viewers love it. Everyone loves it! The show sometimes is overshadowed by Lost and Desperate Housewives, but is on the same radar I think as these shows. Hopefully the Super Bowl episode will bring in a new audience. The show is already a hit and might be even more of a hit soon. I think ABC will move the show to Tuesday or Mondays at 10 p.m. next fall to have their three best dramas on three separate nights. Well, before I get ahead of myself, watch the show this season on Sundays at 10 p.m. right after Desperate Housewives! And of course get the DVD—because there is like no faults to this set that I can find. So, this Valentine’s Day, “there’s a girl you might know,” and her name is Meredith Grey, pick her up on DVD for sure!


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 Navigation/Design: 4/5
Overall: 4.5/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 02/11/06

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