TITLE: GREY'S ANATOMY - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON SERIOUSLY EXTENDED
DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007 (Buena Vista Home Entertainment)
Number of Discs: 7
Number of Episodes: 25
Running Time: 1105 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 55 minutes + approx. 186 minutes of commentary tracks and extended episodes
Video: Widescreen 1.78:1; Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Subtitles: English, Spanish & French; Closed Captioned.
* 3 Audio Commentaries: “Time Has Come Today,” “Wishin’ and Hopin’,” and “Desire”
* 4 Extended Episodes: “Time Has Come Today (with audio commentary option), “Where the Boys Are,” “Great Expectations,” and “Wishin’ and Hopin’” (with audio commentary option)
* “Making Rounds with Patrick Dempsey”
* “Shades of Grey: One on One with Ellen Pompeo”
* “Prescription for Success: Jane Doe Unmasked”
* “Dissecting Grey’s Anatomy: Unaired Scenes”
* “Good Medicine: Favorite Scenes”
* “In Stitches: Season 3 Outtakes”
America’s #1 drama is back on DVD for a third season from Buena Vista Home Entertainment. That is of course none other than the Golden Globe winning series for Best TV Drama...Grey’s Anatomy. Join the staff of Seattle Grace Hospital as they learn there are no easy cures for life’s challenges and that each choice comes in shades of ‘grey.’ We get seven discs this time, which means more secrets, more stories that are personal, more patients, and more McDreamy & McSteamy moments. Seriously.
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 Dr. Richard Webber, Kate Walsh as Dr. Addison Shepherd, Eric Dane as Dr. Mark Sloane, 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 second season left us with a cliffhanger ending...Izzie grieving and Meredith had to choose between Derek and Finn, and that is where the season premiere starts, “Time Has Come Today.” In that episode, we also get flashbacks on how the interns met the doctors and each other. In the second episode, “I Am a Tree,” Cristina meets Burke's parents, the interns try to get Izzie's job back, and Addison takes a day off, a surgical patient may be living her last day. In “What I Am,” Addison works with a pregnant woman named Rebecca who may need a C-section and Addison doubts her medical skills. In “Where the Boys Are,” the men of Seattle Grace go on a camping trip together, Addison and Callie must team up to work on a patient, Meredith assists Sloan with a procedure unlike any she has experienced, and, suspicious of her recent actions at the hospital, Bailey confronts Cristina. In “From a Whisper to a Scream,” a traumatic car accident fills the ER. Izzie pushes the boundaries of her probation. Cristina has a crisis of conscience about her deceptive teamwork with Burke. In the next episode, “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,” recent events strain Burke and Cristina's relationship. Mark and Derek must work together when two close-knit brothers seek medical help. One of Meredith's half sisters is admitted to the hospital. In the two-part episode “Six Days,” Meredith discovers that Derek has a problem sleeping while her father comes to visit the hospital. George's father is moving from one surgery to another. In part two, Izzie may have found 'some good to do' with her inheritance. In “Great Expectations,” the Chief officially announces his intention to retire to the administration of Seattle Grace and to Adele and rumors of Richard's retirement spread throughout the hospital. In “Wishin’ and Hopin’,” the chief's announcement of his retirement sparks competition between Derek, Burke, Addison, and Mark. Then we have the landmark three-part episode where a cargo ship crashes onto a ferryboat and mass casualties occur. Meredith ends up drowning in the episodes “Walk on Water,” “Drowning on Dry Land,” and “Some Kind of Miracle.” In “The Other Side of this Life,” Addison considers moving closer to her old med school friends until she discovers that drama she wishes to leave behind isn't exclusive to Seattle. In “Testing 1-2-3,” the interns finally take their first year medical exams, the biggest test of their careers, and one of them is ill prepared. And in the season finale, “Didn’t We Almost Have it All?,” Callie and George make a big decision. A successor to Chief Webber is named. Cristina and Burke's wedding day has arrived and so have the interns’ first-year exam results.
Guest starring is Kate Burton as Ellis Grey, Elizabeth Reaser as Ava/Jane Doe, Steven W. Bailey as Joe the Bartender, Loretta Devine as Adele Webber, Chris O’Donnell as Dr. Finn Dandridge, Mare Winningham as Susan Grey, Jeff Perry as Thatcher Grey, Roger Rees as Colin Marlow, Richard Roundtree as Donald Burke, Diahann Carroll as Jane Burke, George Dzundza as Mr. O'Malley, Brooke Smith as Dr. Erica Hahn, Sarah Utterback as Nurse Olivia, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the ghost of Denny Duquette, Kyle Chandler as the ghost of Dylan Young, Anna Maria Horsford as the ghost of Nurse Fallon, Hector Elizondo as Mr. Torres, Mandy Siegfried as Molly Thompson, Chyler Leigh as Lexie Grey, Jennifer Aspen in “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,” Michael Boatman in “My Favorite Mistake,” Mary-Margaret Humes in “Desire,” David Anders & Becky Wahlstrom and the cast of Private Practice (Taye Diggs, Tim Daly, Amy Brenneman, Chris Lowell, Paul Adelstein, and Merrin Dungey) in “The Other Side of this Life.”
The packaging is an outer box with a digipak inside! The box art has headshots in a blue shade of the entire cast (Meredith, Derek, George, Callie, Addison, Mark, Alex, Burke, Cristina, Chief, Bailey, and Izzie). In the middle, it says Grey’s Anatomy - Season Three Seriously Extended. The back of the box has a nice synopsis of the show and set, with snapshots of again the entire cast from the show. In addition, there is section listing all the bonus features for this set and the technical specifications. Then we get to the digipak case. The front has a blue background with the show logo in red. The back of the case has again the logo, this time bigger.
When we open the case once, we get a booklet holder on the left side and the start of a cast photo we see George, Bailey, the Chief, Callie, and Meredith). The booklet holder has a nice episode guide for this season, which has a disc-by-disc breakdown with episode titles, synopsis and two photos on the bottom of each page. Then there is an insert on how to save money on other BV sets, such as What About Brian. The final insert is a TV on DVD booklet of other shows, and inside we have GA merchandise info like the season 3 soundtrack coming soon, GA trivia board game, and how to subscribe to the GA Magazine. Opening the case a second time, we have discs one and two in the middle along with that cast photo continuing (now we have Mark, Alex, Derek, Izzie & Cristina) on the right. A third open has discs three and four then the final portion of that cast photo (finishing it off with Addison and Burke) on the right. The final open we get discs five and six then disc seven on the far right. Disc one has a photo of Meredith & Derek and holds episodes 1-4. Disc two has a photo of Callie & George and holds episodes 5-8. Disc three has a photo of Cristina & Burke and holds episodes 9-12. Disc four has a photo of Bailey & The Chief and holds episodes 13-16. Disc five has a photo of Addison & Mark and holds episodes 17-20. Disc six has a photo of Izzie & Alex and holds episodes 21-23. Disc seven has nobody and has episodes 24-25 and all the extras. The discs are all in a shade of blue. Underneath the two discs per holder, we have three rows of color photos!
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menu screen is very high-quality and similar the previous sets. It starts with headshots of the main cast, from Izzie 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: Play All, Episode Selection, Set Up, Audio Commentary, Bonus Features, and Sneak Peaks. Bonus Features and Sneak Peeks are only on disc seven. Audio Commentary option is only on discs one, four and six. When you select each sub-menu, you have different background music from the show. Set Up menu has where you can turn on the captions for English, Spanish or French, 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 one, four, six) will be in the extras section. About 8-9 chapter stops are available for each episode!
Video and Audio Quality:
The video and audio are both excellent, as it should be since this season is from this past season. The video is in widescreen as it should be. 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. Moreover, the episodes are unedited at around 43 minutes or so, with four extended episodes just for the DVD. There are also 2-3 episodes, which were extended when it aired on ABC originally. The video and audio are on par with the previous sets, but maybe a bit better since the episodes are less per disc this time. The two recap specials that aired last season are not on this set. It is not a big deal. Episode runtimes are as follows:
1. “Time Has Come Today” 45:34 (extended for DVD)
2. “I Am a Tree” 43:03
3. “Sometimes a Fantasy” 43:09
4. “What I Am” 43:08
5. “Oh, the Guilt” 42:48
6. “Let the Angels Commit” 43:09
7. “Where the Boys Are” 46:35 (extended for DVD)
8. “Staring at the Sun” 43:04
9. “From a Whisper to a Scream” 50:07 (originally extended on ABC)
10. “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” 43:06
11. “Six Days, Part 1” 43:01
12. “Six Days, Part 2” 43:05
13. “Great Expectations” 47:03 (extended for DVD)
14. “Wishin’ and Hopin’” 47:16 (extended for DVD)
15. “Walk on Water” 43:02
16. “Drowning on Dry Land” 43:01
17. “Some Kind of Miracle” 43:01
18. “Scars and Souvenirs” 43:01
19. “My Favorite Mistake” 44:27
20. “Time After Time” 43:02
21. “Desire” 43:01
22. “The Other Side of This Life, Part 1” 43:01
23. “The Other Side of This Life, Part 2” 42:59
24. “Testing 1-2-3” 42:59
25. “Didn’t We Almost Have It All?” 53:01 (originally extended on ABC)
We have many special features once again! Most of the features are on disc seven, but the other discs have audio commentaries and extended episodes! The first audio commentary is on for disc one and is for the season premiere “Time Has Come Today.” The episode is also the first of four extended episodes just for the DVD and runs 45:34 and has commentary from Kate Walsh (Addison) and Chandra Wilson (Miranda Bailey). Moving on to disc two, we have an extended episode titled “Where the Boys Are” and that has been extended to 46:35. Skipping on to disc four, we have two extended episodes and one episode with commentary, and the episode with commentary is also one of the two extended episodes. Make sense? The two extended episodes are “Great Expectations” at 47:03 and “Wishin’ and Hopin’” at 47:16. “Wishin’ and Hopin’” is also an episode with audio commentary, this time from Ellen Pompeo (Meredith) and Kate Burton (Ellis Grey). Burton remembers a lot of the supporting actors and where they have worked on before. She has a good memory, unlike her character. Now hopping on to disc six we have commentary on the episode “Desire” from Sandra Oh. That episodes runs 43:01. This is the only audio commentary that is not an extended episode.
Moving on to disc seven we have the REAL extras. The first featurette on this set is called “Making Rounds with Patrick Dempsey.” It runs 10:22 and it is a day in the life of Dempsey at the racetrack. We are on set at the Miami Homestead Race Track for three days. Interviewed are executive producers Shonda Rhimes & Betsy Beers, Ellen Pompeo, director Rob Corn, Kate Walsh, Patrick Dempsey, Joe Foster (coach), Romeo Kapudija (teammate), Tom Natasi (Blackforest Motor Sports), Jamie Allison (manager of Ford Racing Performance Group), and Valerie Limoges (Blackforest Motorsports Pole Position). Then we have “Shades of Grey: One on One with Ellen Pompeo.” It runs 8:38 and focuses on Grey herself. Shonda Rhimes & Betsy Beers, Ellen Pompeo, James Pickens Jr., Patrick Dempsey, Eric Dane, Kate Burton and Rob Corn are interviewed. Then we have “Prescription for Success: Jane Doe Unmasked.” It runs 8:33, we see Elizabeth Reaser list all of her character’s names that were given on the show, and we get an insight on how much makeup she had to wear in the Jane Doe mask. Interviewed are Elizabeth Reaser, Shonda Rhimes & Betsy Beers, Rob Corn, Tom & Bari Burman (special make-up effects), Sara Ramirez, Justin Chambers, and Kate Walsh. Up next is “Dissecting Grey’s Anatomy: Unaired Scenes.” We have a lot of them! 9 different episodes with 11 unaired scenes! The scenes run a total of 13:27. The episode “Time has Come Today” has an unaired scene that runs 1:01. The episode “Oh, the Guilt” has an unaired scene that runs 1:05. “Let the Angels Commit” has an unaired scene that runs 1:00. “Wishin’ and Hopin’” has an unaired scene that runs 1:38 with a disclaimer saying they loved this scene but they had a better way for Cristina to tell Meredith she is engaged, so without that disclaimer it runs 1:27. “Some Kind of Miracle” has an unaired scene that runs 0:39. The episode “My Favorite Mistake” has three unaired scenes, first one runs 1:22, then the next one runs 0:54 and finally the next one runs 1:41. “Time After Time” has an unaired scene that runs 0:20. Next, we have an unaired scene in the episode “The Other Side of this Life, Part 1,” that runs 2:05. “Didn’t We Almost Have it All?” has an unaired scene that runs 1:23.
Finally, we have two more items. “Good Medicine: Favorite Scenes” that runs 9:25 and “In Stitches: Season 3 Outtakes” that runs 4:19. The favorite scenes featurette the cast and crew give their favorite scenes from the season, to Meredith’s panties that Addison had to the Chief when he had dyed hair. Interviewed for this great featurette are Chandra Wilson (who introduces and closes this), Kate Walsh, Shonda Rhimes & Betsy Beers, Eric Dane, Sara Ramirez, James Pickens Jr., Justin Chambers, Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo. Finally, the bloopers will have you in stitches, literally. Patrick Dempsey is funny.
This is indeed a great set once again. ABC made a wise move by moving this show to Thursdays this past season. It dethroned CSI and is now the number one drama on television. Critics love it. Viewers love it. Everyone loves it! This set is on par with the second season DVD I think, some of the extras are down, but the quality is still there. In the last review, I wished Pompeo and Dempsey would be interviewed on this DVD (since they weren’t for season two), and sure enough, they are this time. However, this time we didn’t get Isaiah Washington (duh), T.R. Knight, and Katherine Heigl. Everyone else basically was here participating on the DVD. The set is very good and I do recommend you to pick this up, especially if you have the first two sets. Remember starting in season four Kate Walsh will move on to the spin-off Private Practice, airing Wednesdays at 9 on ABC starting Sept. 26. So tune in for that. Who knows we might see some Grey’s crossovers or at least stars of Grey’s guest starring. In addition, Isaiah Washington will not be returning to the series this fall as Dr. Burke, so fans will see a new look with some new stars joining such as Chyler Leigh as Meredith’s younger half-sister who we saw in the final two episodes on this set. But before all that, catch up with season three, so be sure to pick up this set on Sept. 11 and catch up in time for the fourth season premiering Thursday, Sept. 27 at 9/8 central on ABC! Seriously!
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
-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 09/02/07
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