TITLE: GREY'S ANATOMY - THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON - MORE MOMENTS
DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009 (ABC Studios)
Number of Discs: 7
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 1032 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 52 minutes (not counting extended episode)
Video: Widescreen 1.78:1; Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Subtitles: English, Spanish & French; Closed Captioned.
* Extended Episode: “Stairway to Heaven”
* “100th Episode: Tales from the O.R.”
* “Heaven Sent”
* “ABC Starter Kit”
* “Dissecting Grey’s Anatomy: Unaired Scenes” (14 of them)
* “In Stitches: Season Five Outtakes”
We live for moments, and Grey’s Anatomy has many memorable moments and it continues here in season five now on DVD from ABC Studios. All 24 from the explosive fifth season are available in this sensational seven-disc set. Seattle Grace will be welcoming a few new doctors, including Major Owen Hunt. Live for the moment on this DD because you’ll have many!
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, Eric Dane as Dr. Mark “McSteamy” Sloane, Sara Ramirez as Dr. Callie Torres, Chyler Leigh as Lexie Grey, Brooke Smith as Erica Hahn, with Kevin McKidd as Dr. Owen Hunt, and Patrick Dempsey as Derek “Dr. McDreamy” Shepherd. Recurring are Jessica Capshaw as Dr. Arizona Robbins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Denny Duquette, Melissa George as Dr. Sadie Harris, and Mary McDonnell as Dr. Dixon.
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
We get 24 hours this season! That is up from the 17 from the strike-shortened season four. As always, the season starts off where the previous season left off. In the two-hour season premiere “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” Meredith and Derek attempt to work on their "happily ever after," and the attendings are stressed over Seattle Grace's ranking of #12...and a major ice storm has hit Seattle. In the very next episode, “Here Comes the Flood,” a plumbing leak causes a flood at Seattle Grace, as the Chief tries to implement new teaching policies and George retakes his intern exam. In “Rise Up,” the Chief announces to the residents that a solo surgery will be awarded, and the news sends them into a competitive frenzy. In the first-part of an excellent three-episode arc, “Wish You Were Here,” Bailey teams with Seattle Grace's new pediatric surgeon, Dr. Arizona Robbins, to save the life of a young patient near and dear to her heart, as the admittance of a death row inmate (Eric Stoltz) at the hospital stirs anger in Derek and further erodes Meredith and Cristina's friendship. In “Sympathy for the Devil,” death row inmate William (Eric Stoltz) wishes to donate his organs to Bailey and Arizona's patient, as Owen and Cristina try to go on their first date. In the conclusion, “Stairway to Heaven,” everyone in the hospital is stepping up to try to find the boy a new organ donor, including Meredith, who considers a death row patient's wish to die before execution. In a crossover episode with Private Practice, “Before and After,” Addison (Kate Walsh), Naomi (Audra McDonald) and Sam (Taye Diggs) rush the ailing Archer to Seattle Grace and reunite with old friends Derek and Mark to help save his life. In “I Will Follow You Into the Dark,” Izzie walks the interns through diagnosing Patient X after receiving her troubling test results. In “Elevator Love Letter,” all eyes are on Derek as he is set to perform his first surgery after his breakdown and attention is also set on Izzie, whose medical condition requires her to undergo a difficult surgery. In the 100th episode “What a Difference a Day Makes,” Meredith, Derek and all of their friends prepare for the big wedding, a group of college students, injured in a car crash as they were heading to their graduation ceremony, is admitted to the ER, while Izzie fears the worst when she begins experiencing familiar symptoms...what will that mean for the wedding? In “Here’s to the Future,” Izzie spends time with a fellow cancer patient and contemplates whether or not to undergo a risky surgery, as Mark is ready to take his relationship with Lexie to the next level and a patient makes Owen reassess his place at Seattle Grace. And in the shocking season finale, “Now or Never,” George delivers stunning news to Bailey, sending shock-waves throughout the hospital, and Izzie’s friends await her recovery from surgery...and the last minutes are among the best scenes in the show’s history.
Guest starring is Loretta Devine as Adele Webber, Steven W. Bailey as Joe the bartender, Jeff Perry as Thatcher Grey, Eric Stoltz as serial killer William Dunn, Jennifer Westfeldt as Jen Harmon, Lauren Stamile as Nurse Rose, Amy Madigan as Dr. Wyatt, Mariette Hartley, Bernadette Peters & Kathy Baker in “Dream a Little of Me,” Carl Lumbly in “There’s No ‘I’ In Team,” Joshua Malina in “In the Midnight Hour,” Rosalind Chao in “All By Myself,” Tyne Daly in “Sympathy for the Devil,” Sam Anderson in “Before and After,” Faye Dunaway in “An Honest Mistake,” Hector Elizondo in “Sweet Surrender,” Sharon Lawrence & Kellie Martin in “No Good at Saying Sorry,” and the cast of Private Practice (Kate Walsh, Audra McDonald, Taye Diggs, and Grant Show) in “Before and After” & “An Honest Mistake.”
The packaging is an outer box with a digipak inside similar to the past few releases. The box art has headshots in a gold shade of the entire main cast (Bailey, George, Chief, Cristina, Hunt, Hahn, Callie, Sloane, Lexie, Izzie, Alex and of course Derek & Meredith). In the middle, it says Grey’s Anatomy - Complete Fifth Season More Moments. The back of the box has a nice synopsis of the show and set, with snapshots of again the entire cast (don’t see Hahn and Hunt though) from the show in different episodic screenshots. In addition, there is section listing all the bonus features for this set and the technical specifications. The color scheme of gold continues. Then we get to the digipak case. The front has that gold color scheme with episodic photos of everyone (but no Hahn again). The back of the case has again the logo, this time bigger.
When we open the case once, we get a booklet holder pocket on the left side with a disc-by-disc breakdown. On the right side we see many episodic photos (about 7)...great moments indeed. The booklet holder pocket has two inserts. We don’t get the normal episode booklet this time, since the episode titles are listed on the left panel packaging this time. Then there is another insert showcasing your favorite ABC Studios DVDs! The final insert is a Blu-ray catalog.
Opening the case a second time, we have discs one and two in the middle along with more episodic photos (7 again) on the right. A third open has discs three and four and then more episodic photos on the far right (8 this time). One final open gives us discs five & six, and disc seven is on the right most panel. All of the discs have black and gold color scheme with multiple characters artwork. Disc one has headshots of Meredith & Derek and holds episodes 1-4. Disc two has headshots of Callie & Hahn and holds episodes 5-8. Disc three has headshots of Hunt & Cristina and holds episodes 9-12. Disc four has headshots of Bailey, Chief, & George and holds episodes 13-16. Disc five has headshots of Sloane & Lexie and holds episodes 17-20. Disc six has headshots of Izzie & Alex and holds episodes 21-24. And finally disc seven has a nice moment photo of Derek & Meredith and all of the extras are on this disc. Underneath the two discs per holder, we have the nice Seattle skyline!
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menu screen is very high-quality and similar to the previous sets. It starts with headshots of the main cast, from Yang to Meredith in a nice black background. The catchy theme (in full!) is playing in the background. Then with the theme still playing, we get to the main menu screen with the options and video images in the background. The theme does loop, so it starts over. However, for disc one, before the main menu we get auto trailers for DVDs of ABC on DVD, Private Practice Season 2, Ugly Betty Season 3, The Proposal and Blu-ray DVD. The options are: Play All, Episode Selection, Set Up, Bonus Features, and Sneak Peaks. Bonus Features and Sneak Peeks are only on disc seven. 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. On disc one, there is the Grey’s Starter Kit option so you can refresh yourself before starting this season. Details on the Bonus Features (disc seven only) will be in the special features section. Sneak Peeks (disc 7) has more trailers, for stuff like Life on Mars, Castle, Scrubs DVDs, and Private Practice on ABC. 8 or 9 chapter stops are available for each episode. There are 9 stops when there is a “previously on Grey’s Anatomy” recap.
Video and Audio Quality:
There is no change here...and that is good! 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 a few lower and a few higher, and we also have one extended episode just for the DVD. The video and audio are on par with the previous sets. My major grunt with this set is we didn’t get the continuations of the Grey’s-Private Practice crossover episodes that were aired in the Private Practice timeslot, since they are considered to be Private Practice episodes. You’ll have to buy that DVD to watch the conclusion. It would have been cool if we got that here as a special feature at least! The Private Practice episodes that should have been here were “Acceptance” and “Ex-Life.” Look for our Private Practice Season 2 DVD review next weekend on the blog.
Episode runtimes are as follows:
1. “Dream a Little Dream of Me, Part 1” 42:57
2. “Dream a Little Dream of Me, Part 2” 43:01
3. “Here Comes the Flood” 43:02
4. “Brave New World” 43:02
5. “There’s No ‘I’ In Team” 43:00
6. “Life During Wartime” 42:55
7. “Rise Up” 47:59
8. “These Ties that Bind” 42:57
9. “In the Midnight Hour” 43:03
10. “All By Myself” 43:01
11. “Wish You Were Here” 42:56
12. “Sympathy for the Devil” 43:01
13. “Stairway to Heaven” 49:26 (extended for DVD)
14. “Beat Your Heart Out” 42:59 (crossover with Private Practice starts at the end of the episode and continues on Private Practice episode “Acceptance.”)
15. “Before and After” 43:00 (crossover with Private Practice...continues on Private Practice episode “Ex-Life.”)
16. “An Honest Mistake” 43:01 (final crossover episode with Private Practice, with only Kate Walsh in this episode)
17. “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” 43:00
18. “Stand By Me” 42:58
19. “Elevator Love Letter” 43:02
20. “Sweet Surrender” 43:03
21. “No Good At Saying Sorry” 43:01
22. “What A Difference A Day Makes” - 100th episode 43:01
23. “Here’s to Future Days” 43:00
24. “Now Or Never” 43:00
We have many special features once again! Most of the features are on disc seven, but there is an “ABC Starter Kit” (4:43) on disc one that recaps the series and refreshes everyone on what has happened and also there is an extended episode on disc four (“Stairway to Heaven” running 49:26)! One bummer for this set is that we don’t get any audio commentaries on this set.
Moving on to disc seven we have the REAL extras. The first featurette on this set is called “100th Episode: Tales from the O.R.” It runs 18:30 and we get a cool behind the scenes look at this milestone episode. Included are clips from the table read and interviews with creator Shonda Rhimes, executive producer Betsy Beers, Ellen Pompeo (Meredith), Sara Ramirez (Callie), Justin Chambers (Alex), James Pickens Jr. (Chief), Patrick Dempsey (Derek), Sandra Oh (Cristina), Katherine Heigl (Izzie), Chyler Leigh (Lexie), Chandra Wilson (Bailey), Kevin McKidd (Hunt), Eric Dane (Sloane), executive producer/director Rob Corn, producer Linda Klein, costume designer Mimi Melgaard, and editor Susan Vaill. Then we have “Heaven Sent.” This is about the popularity of the character Denny Duquette (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan). It runs 9:28 and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Denny), Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., Justin Chambers, and Jessica Capshaw (Arizona) are interviewed.
Then next is “Dissecting Grey’s Anatomy: Unaired Scenes.” We have a lot of them! We get 14 total unaired scenes and this time we have the option to have audio commentary from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers on them! Of the 14, about 6 of them don’t have commentary, though. I suggest you watch them with the commentary. The first deleted scene is an extended scene from “Rise Up” running 1:21. As for the rest: deleted scenes from “These Ties That Bind” (1:38), “Wish You Were Here” (1:08), “Sympathy for the Devil” (1:13), “Stairway to Heaven” (0:46 and 0:23), “Beat Your Heart Out” (1:59), “Before and After” (1:15), “Sweet Surrender” (0:47), “What A Difference a Day Makes” (0:57), “Here’s to Future Days” (0:57 and 1:31), and “Now or Never” (1:32 and 0:35).
Finally, we have “In Stitches: Season Five Outtakes” that runs 4:03. The bloopers will have you in stitches, literally as the cast messes up but have fun doing it! This is on par with last year’s bloopers, but just a bit lower in time.
Once again the moments of this show don’t disappoint! Everyone was talking about the season finale for season five, and who knows maybe the upcoming sixth season can be like seasons two/three again with the buzz factor. If you need to catch up, I won’t give it away, but you’ll love the moments from the latter episodes especially in season five. Grey’s certainly lives for the moments! The addition of Kevin McKidd was awesome and having Jessica Capshaw recur during the end of the season was genius. Capshaw will join the cast as a regular in season six! This is indeed a great set once again despite the special features having no audio commentaries. The set is very good and I do recommend you to pick this up, especially if you have the first four sets. I cannot believe the show is entering its sixth season already, and you can catch up in time if you need to before the heartbreaking season six premiere on Thursday, Sept. 24 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: 3.5/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 09/07/09
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