TITLE: GREY'S ANATOMY - THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON
DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010 (ABC Studios)
Packaging: Digipak with Outer Box
Number of Discs: 6
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 1032 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 52 minutes (not counting extended episode)
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Subtitles: English, Spanish & French; Closed Captioned.
* Extended Finale Episode: “Death and All His Friends”
* “Seattle Grace: On Call” - 6 webisodes
* “The Making Of Seattle Grace: On Call”
* “ABC Starter Kit”
* “Chandra Wilson: Anatomy of Talent”
* “Dissecting Grey’s Anatomy: Unaired Scenes” (21 of them)
* Two Extended Scenes from “The Time Warp”
* “In Stitches: Season Six Outtakes”
Sixes are wild with the sixth season of Grey’s Anatomy now on DVD on a six-disc set featuring all 24 dramatic episodes! Seattle Grace Hospital starts the season in mourning after losing one of their very own and then shortly after the hospital merges with rival Mercy West. So many changes are to come as battle lines are drawn including between Derek and Richard over the position of Chief of Surgery.
Grey’s Anatomy stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang, Katherine Heigl as Isobel Stevens, 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, Jessica Capshaw as Dr. Arizona Robbins, Kim Raver as Dr. Teddy Altman, with Kevin McKidd as Dr. Owen Hunt, and Patrick Dempsey as Derek “Dr. McDreamy” Shepherd. Recurring are Jesse Williams as Dr. Jackson Avery, Robert Baker as Dr. Charles Percy, Sarah Drew as Dr. April Kepner, Nora Zehetner as Reed Adamson, and Leven Rambin as Sloan Riley.
We get 24 episodes once again this season. The season started with two episodes on September 24 and ended with two episodes on May 20. On the season premiere, “Good Mourning,” Izzie survives and Meredith and the other residents fear to continue with their lives as George's death is a major impact to them all. In “Goodbye,” Izzie mourns her best friend, George, after his death while Richard announces Seattle Grace will be merging with Mercy West. A few episodes later in “Invasion,” the residents of Seattle Grace and Mercy West vie for surgeries and their careers as day one of the hospital merger begins, while later Izzie gets fired and leaves. In the who-dunit classic episode “I Saw What I Saw,” after a burn victim unexpectedly dies in the midst of a chaotic ER, the Chief and board member Jennings interrogate the residents to find the culprit, as all the Mercy West and Seattle Grace residents defend their actions in an effort to save their jobs, with Dr. Kepner being let go. In “New History,” when Owen recruits his fellow Iraqi War doctor, Dr. Teddy Altman (Kim Raver), as the new cardiothoracic surgeon, Cristina questions Teddy's abilities in the OR and the nature of their past relationship, meanwhile Izzie returns to Seattle Grace with her high school mentor (Joel Grey) seeking treatment for his dementia, and the stress of Richard's responsibilities, post-merger, are taking their toll. In “State of Love and Trust,” as Derek begins his role as interim chief he faces a potential lawsuit when Bailey and Meredith's patient awakens from anesthesia mid-surgery. In “Time Warp,” in his new role as Chief, Derek restores the hospital lecture series, and Richard, Bailey and Callie present to the group pivotal surgical cases from their pasts - Bailey reflects on her first days as a shy intern, Callie looks back on a polio case, and Richard recalls a case in which he and Ellis worked on a patient in the early ‘80s diagnosed with GRID, a disease later called AIDS. In “Hook, Line and Sinner,” Sloan returns to Mark’s apartment, just as she’s going into labor, and Teddy, Mark and the still-fighting Callie and Arizona are there to help with the birth and to get Mark through his grandson’s pending adoption. In “Shiny Happy People,” an elderly patient admitted into the E.R. for a heart condition sees a familiar face, a long lost love (guest star Marion Ross) who happens to be in the E.R. as well for a fractured arm, and the staff find themselves caught up in their love story. And finally a finale like no other, “Sanctuary/ Death and All His Friends," Gary Clark (Michael O'Neill) enters Seattle Grace with guns to seek revenge for his wife's death and mass casualties occur within the hospital. It’s a finale you won’t want to miss!
Guest starring is Loretta Devine as Adele Webber, Steven W. Bailey as Joe the bartender, Jeff Perry as Thatcher Grey, Jason George as Ben Warren, and special guest star Kate Walsh as Addison Montgomery. One time guest stars are Demi Lovato, Marion Ross, Mandy Moore, Ryan Devlin, Sara Gilbert, Joel Gray, Sarah Paulson, and Michael O’Neill as Gary Clark.
1. “Good Mourning” 43:05
2. “Goodbye” 43:04
3. “I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watchin’ Me” 43:04
4. “Tainted Obligation” 43:05
5. “Invasion” 43:05 (crossover with Private Practice starts at the end of the episode with Dr. Bailey and continues on Private Practice episode “Right Here, Right Now.”)
6. “I Saw What I Saw” 43:02
7. “Give Peace A Second Chance” 43:00
8. “Invest In Love” 43:03
9. “New History” 43:01
10. “Holidaze” 43:02
11. “Blink” 43:04 (Kate Walsh guest stars on a crossover with Private Practice...continues on Private Practice episode “Another Chance.”)
12. “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked” 43:01
13. “State of Love and Trust” 43:01
14. “Valentine’s Day Massacre” 43:04
15. “Time Warp” 43:01
16. “Perfect Little Accident” 43:05
17. “Push” 43:04
18. “Suicide Is Painless” 43:02
19. “Sympathy for the Parents” 43:04
20. “Hook, Line and Sinner” 43:05
21. “How Insensitive” 42:54
22. “Shiny Happy People” 42:59
23. “Sanctuary” 40:57
24. “Death And All is Friends” 43:01 (extended episode available running 61:15)
The packaging is an outer box with a digipak inside similar to the past few releases once again. ABC Studios has been changing it to an outer box holding snap case, but they kept this one intact. The box art has headshots in a purple shade of the entire main cast (Derek, Meredith, Richard, Owen, Cristina, Miranda, Lexie, Mark, Alex, Izzie, Arizona, Callie, and Teddy). In the middle, it says Grey’s Anatomy - Complete Sixth Season More Is Better. The back of the box has a nice synopsis of the show and set, with snapshots of the entire cast 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 purple continues. Then we get to the digipak case. The front has that purple color scheme with episodic photos of everyone (some are in two different photos). The back of the case has part of a cast photo, which we will see once we open the case.
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 some of that nice cast photo. The booklet holder pocket has two inserts. We don’t get an episode booklet again, since the episode titles are listed on the left panel packaging. There is an insert showcasing your favorite ABC Studios DVDs and how to save money! 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 of that cast photo on the right. A third open has discs three and four and then discs five & six on the right most panel. All of the discs have purple color scheme with multiple characters artwork. Disc one has headshots of Meredith & Derek and holds episodes 1-4. Disc two has headshots of Callie & Arizona and holds episodes 5-8. Disc three has headshots of Alex & Izzie and holds episodes 9-12. Disc four has headshots of the love triangle Cristina, Owen & Teddy and holds episodes 13-16 along with some bonus features. Disc five has headshots of Richard & Miranda and holds episodes 17-20 along with more bonus features. Disc six has headshots of Sloane & Lexie and holds episodes 21-24 along with the extended season finale (18 more minutes!). Underneath the two discs per holder, we have the nice Seattle skyline once again!
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, Desperate Housewives Season 6 DVD, Brothers and Sisters Season 4 DVD, and Cougar Town Season 1 DVD. The menu options are: Play All, Episode Selection, Set Up, and Bonus Features. Bonus Features are only on discs four and five. 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 Anatomy Starter Kit (running 4:44) option so you can refresh yourself before starting this season. Details on the Bonus Features will be in the special features section. 7 or 8 chapter stops are available for each episode.
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. The video and audio are on par with the previous sets. My major grunt once again 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 “Right Here, Right Now” (with guest star Chandra Wilson) and “Another Second Chance” (with Eric Dane). Look for our Private Practice Season 3 DVD review this weekend on the blog.
We have many special features once again! Most of the features are on discs four and five, but there is an “ABC Starter Kit” (4:44) on disc one that recaps the series and refreshes everyone on what has happened. Once again for this set is that we don’t get any audio commentaries, which is a shame.
Moving on to disc four, we have six webisodes of the abc.com series “Seattle Grace: On Call.” These are short episodes with the minor characters like the interns and Joe the bartender. The webisodes run 5:00, 5:01, 4:42, 5:01, 4:32 and 6:02. Then there is also a nice background featurette titled “The Making of Seattle Grace: On Call” (2:29) with interviews with stars Mark Saul, Brandon Scott, Nora Zehetner, Steven Bailey, Joseph Williamson, Robert Baker, Gloria Garayua, Molly Kidder, associate producer Chris VanDusen, and Kevin McKidd, who makes a special appearance playing the guitar on the sixth webisode. All of the other extras are on disc five. The first featurette is titled “Chandra Wilson: Anatomy of Talent” (13:10) and we get details on Chandra directing two episodes this season (the second one was very last minute), her getting the directing award at the NAACP Awards, and her on Broadway. Interviewed are Chandra Wilson, Sara Ramirez, Patrick Dempsey, Justin Chambers, Chyler Leigh, Jessica Capshaw, Shonda Rhimes, Kim Raver and her Chicago cast & crew Barry Weissler, Brian O’Brien, Shawn Emamjomeh, Gabriela Garcia, Leslie Stifelman, Amra-Faye Wright, and Melissa Rae Mahon.
Then next is “Dissecting Grey’s Anatomy: Unaired Scenes.” We have a lot of them! We get 21 total unaired scenes but this time we don’t have the option to have audio commentary from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers. The deleted scenes go by episode and there is a scene title. We will give you the episode titles only and runtimes. “Good Mourning” (1:05, 0:36, 0:39, 0:42, 1:13); “Goodbye” (1:02, 0:44, 0:37); “Invasion” (1:07, 0:37); “Give Peace A Chance” (0:51, 0:40); “New History” (1:43); “Holidaze” (0:32); “I Like You So Much When You’re Better Naked” (0:40, 0:33); “Valentine’s Day Massacre” (0:44, 0:51, 0:37); “How Insensitive” (0:30, 0:18).
We also have “In Stitches: Season Six Outtakes” that runs 2:13. The bloopers will have you in stitches, literally as the cast messes up but have fun doing it! This is shorter than last year’s bloopers, though. Next, we have “Extended Scenes” from the episode “Time Warp” running 1:37 and 1:28. And finally, this is not listed as an extra, but on disc six in the episodes selection section we have an extended episode for the second part of the season finale “Death And All His Friends” running 61:15, that’s 18 minutes of additional footage!
Once again everyone was talking about the season finale. It was a finale like no other with lots of on the edge of your seat moments. Season six was great in quality. If you need to catch up, I won’t give anything away. The addition of Kim Raver was awesome and having Seattle Grace and Mercy West merge was not bad after all. There were a lot of changes this season, but they were all for the best. I will miss Izzie, though, and I hope she comes back at some point as she hasn’t been seen since the twelfth episode of this season. This is indeed a great set once again despite the special features having no audio commentaries again. We get more deleted scenes this time, which is always great. And we get 18 additional minutes from the second half of the season finale that has even more intense moments! You’ll want to watch it! The set is very good and I do recommend you to pick this up, especially if you have the first five sets. I cannot believe the show is entering its seventh season already, and you can catch up in time if you need to before the season seven premiere on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 9|8 central on ABC! Life changes in a heartbeat, so let the healing begin!
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 Pavan on 09/08/10
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