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Grey's Anatomy - The Complete Second Season Uncut


TITLE: GREY'S ANATOMY - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON UNCUT


Info:

DVD Release Date: September 12, 2006 (Buena Vista Home Entertainment)
Color/2005-06
MSRP: $59.99
Number of Discs: 6
Number of Episodes: 26 (season finale part two is 2-hours, so 27 episodes really)
Running Time: 1180 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 76 minutes
+ approx. 312 minutes of commentary tracks and extended episodes
Video: Widescreen 1.78:1; Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Subtitles: No subtitles; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: Audio Commentaries: “Into You Like a Train,” “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer,” “It’s the End of the World,” “As We Knot It;” Extended Episodes: “Thanks for the Memories (with audio commentary option) and “Losing My Religion;” “The Doctors Are In;” “The Softer Side of Dr. Bailey;” “Creating Pink Mist;” “A Set Tour of Seattle Grace Hospital;” “Dissecting Grey’s Anatomy: Unaired Scenes;” and “Grey’s Anatomy on Jimmy Kimmel Live!”


Introduction:

Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike and the recipient of multiple Emmy Award nominations, Grey's Anatomy returns to DVD for a second season DVD release from Buena Vista Home Entertainment. The interns have learned a lot since their first year at Seattle Grace Hospital - not only about surgery, but about themselves and one another. The doctors of Grey's Anatomy choose to live life to its fullest amidst the daily life-and-death stakes of their jobs. It's the drama and intensity of medical training mixed with the funny, sexy, painful lives of interns who are discovering that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white. Real life only comes in shades of grey.

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


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The first four episodes of this season were actually produced for the first season, but were held back until this 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. “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,” “Make Me Lose Control,” “Into You Like a Train,” “Thanks for the Memories,” “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer,” the Super Bowl episode “It’s the End of the World,” “As We Know It,” “Yesterday,” “17 Seconds” and the two-part - three-hour season finale “Deterioration of the Fight or Flight Response/Losing My Religion.”

Guest starring is Kate Burton as Ellis Grey, Lauren Tom in “Begin the Begin,” Betty Garrett & June Lockhart in “Break on Through,” Christina Ricci in “It’s the End of the World…As We Know It,” Noah Gray-Cabey in “What Have I Done to Deserve This,” Chris O’Donnell as Finn, and Laurie Metcalfe in “The Name of the Game.”


Packaging:

The packaging is different from season one. For season one, we got a thin outer box with a snap case inside. This season we have an outer box with a digipak inside! The box art has headshots in a blue/grey shade of nearly the entire cast. In the middle it says Grey’s Anatomy - The Complete Second Season UNCUT. The back of the box has a nice synopsis of the show and set, with about five snapshots from the show. A nice quote from The Hollywood Reporter is on the top. And there is also a red box listing all the bonus features for this set. Then we get to the digipak case. The front has a white background with the show logo. The back of the case has two huge headshots of Meredith and Derek, with the logo beneath them.

When we open the case once, we get a booklet holder on the left side and nice photos on the right. The booklet holder has a nice episode guide for this season which has a disc by disc breakdown with episode titles, synopsis and photos on top of each page. Then there is an insert for Grey’s Anatomy merchandise like the second soundtrack and an all-new book. Then finally there is an insert on how to save money on other BV sets. Opening the case a second time, we have discs one and two in the middle along with more nice photos on the right. A final open has discs three and four then discs five & six on the far right. Disc one has a photo of Meredith and holds episodes 1-5, disc two has a photo of Derek & Addison and holds episodes 6-10, disc three has a photo of George and hold episodes 11-15, disc four has a photo of Burke & Cristina and holds episodes 16-20, disc five has a photo of Izzie & Alex and holds episodes 21-25 and disc six has a photo of Bailey and Dr. Webber and holds the season finale and all the extras.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu screen is very high-quality and similar to season one. 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! The options are: Episode Selection, Set Up, Play All, Audio Commentary(ies), Bonus Features, and Sneak Peaks. Sneak Peeks is only on disc six. 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. Details on the Bonus Features (disc six only) and Audio Commentaries (discs 2-4) will be in the extras section. Each submenu has a different track from the nice sounding soundtrack! About 9-10 chapter stops are available for each episode (season finale has 14) 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 again have no complaints whatsoever. There are chapter stops, which I mentioned in the last section. And the episodes are unedited at around 43 minutes or so, with some extended episodes. The video and audio are on par with season one. Episode runtimes are as follows:

Disc one
1. “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” 43:03
2. “Enough is Enough” 42:58
3. “Make Me Lose Control” 43:04
4. “Deny Deny Deny” 43:05
5. “Bring the Rain” 43:05

Disc two
6. “Into You Like a Train” 43:05
7. “Something to Talk About” 43:02
8. “Let It Be” 43:02
9. “Thanks for the Memories” 48:37
10. “Much Too Much” 43:05

Disc three
11. “Owner of a Lonely Heart” 43:02
12. “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” 42:59
13. “Begin the Begin” 43:02
14. “Tell Me Sweet Little Lies” 42:39
15. “Break on Through” 43:05

Disc four
16. “It’s the End of the World” Part 1 43:08
17. “As We Know It” Part 2 43:02
18. “Yesterday” 43:01
19. “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” 43:17
20. “Band-Aid Covers the Bullet Whole” 43:00

Disc five
21. “Superstition” 43:01
22. “The Name of the Game” 43:03
23. “Blues for Sister Someone” 43:04
24. “Damage Case” 42:54
25. “17 Seconds” 43:06

Disc six
26/27. “Deterioration of the Fight or Flight Response” & “Losing My Religion” 92:00


Special Features:

We have a lot of special features! Most of the features are on disc six, but discs 2-4 have audio commentaries and extended episodes! The first audio commentary is on for disc and is for the episode “Into You Like a Train.” The episode runs 43:05 and has commentary from Jeff Melman (director) and Krista Vernoff (Writer). Also on disc two we have an extended episode with audio commentary! The episode is “Thanks for the Memories” and it runs 48:37 and has optional commentary from Shonda Rhimes (Creator) and Susan Vaill (Editor). Moving on to disc three, we have one episode with commentary. That episode is “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.” It runs 42:59 and has commentary from Sandra Oh (Cristina) and Peter Horton (Director). Now on disc four we have commentary on the Super Bowl episode “It’s the End of the World, Part 1” and the next episode “As We Know It” from Shonda Rhimes, Peter Horton, and Edward Orneals (Editor). The episodes run 43:08 and 43:02. The booklet and the back of the box list “It’s the End of the World” as an extended episode. Going by the runtime, I don’t see anything extended? The booklet also lists “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” as an extended episode, but again the runtime (43:17) is not that high. Maybe they added a scene or two on both of those? I’m not certain. There is nothing on the menu screen that says “Extended Episode” for these two episodes. On the second disc for “Thanks for the Memories” it clearly says extended episode. Strange.

Moving on to disc six we have an extended episode and the REAL extras. The extended episode is for the season finale “Deterioration of the Fight or Flight Response” & “Losing My Religion” that runs 92 minutes. The first featurette on this set is called “The Doctors Are In.” It runs 13:35 and it starts with clips and then some of the actors answer viewer questions. Kate Walsh, Justin Chambers, James Pickens Jr., and T.R. Knight answer multiple questions each. Then we have “The Softer Side of Dr. Bailey.” It runs 7:23 and focuses on actress Chandra Wilson. She’s of course nothing like Dr. Bailey. She is not a “Nazi.” Chandra Wilson, Kate Walsh, James Pickens Jr., and co-executive producer Peter Horton are interviewed. Then we have “Creating Pink Mist.” It runs 5:34 and we find out how that classic Super Bowl episode came about, especially the Pink Mist part. Interviewed are Peter Horton, producer Rob Corn, visual effects supervisor Scott Milnex, and editor Edward Ornelas. Let’s next take a tour of the hospital in “A Set Tour of Seattle Grace Hospital.” Join James Pickens, Jr. for a wonderful and insightful tour of the set. We see the hospital, the bar, the craft room, the famous Grey’s Anatomy elevator and more. We get nice facts on the bottom of the screen, like VH-1’s Pop-Up Video. Up next is “Dissecting Grey’s Anatomy: Unaired Scenes.” We have A LOT of them! 12 different episodes with 20 unaired scenes! The episode “Bring the Rain” has an unaired scene titled Reliving the Affair that runs 1:20. The episode “Thanks for the Memories” has an unaired scene titled Seattle Might Surprise You that runs 0:40. “Tell Me Sweet Little Lies” has an unaired scene titled Want a Dog that runs 0:11. “Break on Through” has two unaired scenes, one titled Lost Show that runs 0:51 and another titled Flare with the Red that runs 0:37. “As We Know It” has an unaired scene titled Chief that runs 1:37. The episode “Yesterday” has three unaired scenes, first is titled Professor Curiosity that runs 0:16, then Apology that runs 0:48 and finally Pudendal Artery that runs 1:16. “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” has two unaired scenes, one titled Morning Breath that runs 0:18 and the other titled Great Catch that runs 1:28. Next we have two more unaired scenes in the episode “The Name of the Game,” one is titled Lying or an Idiot that runs 0:47 and then Knitting that runs 1:00. “Blues for Sister Someone” has an unaired scene titled Friends, Not Girlfriends that runs 0:59. “Damage Case” has three unaired scenes: Got It (0:26), Real Action (0:34), and More than a Patient (1:10). “Deterioration of the Fight or Flight Response” has an unaired scene titled Finn & Doc that runs 1:09. And “Losing My Religion” has two: Girl with Cancer (1:12) & Things that Matter (1:46).

Finally we have “Grey’s Anatomy on Jimmy Kimmel Live!” It runs 22:04 and is certain stuff from the episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live that aired on the night of the season two finale. Katherine Heigl drops in the studio for a chat with Jimmy. Then we have animal expert Jeff Lee. This has nothing to do with Grey’s Anatomy, but you’ll see. He brings in wild animals and Jimmy looks very scared. The last animal he brings is a dangerous snake and Jimmy gets bitten! He is rushed to the hospital. There he chats with James Pickens Jr. then Chandra Wilson. Was Jimmy really bitten? Or was this planned? Only you can tell, when you watch this!


Final Comments:

This is indeed a great set. It is probably the hottest TV show right now. Even more viewers got hooked after the Super Bowl episode. Critics love it. Viewers love it. Everyone loves it! The show is moving to Thursdays this fall and I think it will do very well. This set is an upgrade over season one I think. It has to be since season one only had 9 episodes. Here we get 27 episodes and lots of extras! I’m not sure what the deal is for the extended episodes. The runtimes only suggest that 2 are extended, while the box lists 4. Other than that, this set is perfect. I do wish they had interviewed more of the stars. Pompeo and Dempsey are not interviewed at all. Be sure to pick up this set on Sept. 12 and catch up in time for the third season premiering Thursday, Sept. 21 at 9/8 central on ABC!


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

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

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 09/10/06

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