TITLE: GREY'S ANATOMY - THE COMPLETE EIGHTH SEASON
DVD Release Date: September 4, 2012 (ABC Studios)
Packaging: Digipak with Outer Box
Number of Discs: 6
Number of Episodes: 24 (25 counting extended If/Then episode)
Running Time: 1032 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 27 minutes (not counting extended episode)
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese & Thai; Closed Captioned.
* Extended Episode: “If/Then”
* “A Journey Home with Kevin McKidd”
* “Dissecting Grey’s Anatomy: Deleted Scenes” (12 of them)
* “In Stitches: Season Eight Outtakes”
Enjoy all the romance, laughter and heart-stopping moments of one of television's most celebrated dramas with ABC's Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Eighth Season on DVD on Sept. 4, 2012 from ABC Studios. No matter how hot it gets - in the operating room or in the bedroom - the doctors of Seattle Grace know they can always lean on one another. As fifth year residents, it's do or die for the doctors, and things get bumpy when the chief makes a decision that rocks the entire staff. Outside the hospital, Meredith and Derek struggle to keep their relationship afloat while they try to adopt an orphaned baby girl, and Christina wrestles with a difficult choice that could ruin her marriage. Relive every unforgettable love and loss of ABC's wildly popular series, containing all 24 episodes of season eight, plus never-before-seen bonus features. No Grey's Anatomy collection is complete without bonus features!
Grey’s Anatomy stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang, 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, Jesse Williams as Dr. Jackson Avery, Sarah Drew as Dr. April Kepner, with Kevin McKidd as Dr. Owen Hunt, and Patrick Dempsey as Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd. Recurring are Scott Foley, Jason George, Daniel Sunjata, and Loretta Devine.
We get 24 episodes this season, which is up from the previous and returns to the series’ normal 24 order. The series is still appointment television and is still the #1 drama on TV in the ratings (among adults 18-49). On the season premiere, “Free Falling,” a giant sinkhole opens up in the middle of Seattle, causing April to step up as Chief Resident, while Meredith must deal with the professional ramifications of her actions last season and Cristina and Owen have yet to see eye-to-eye regarding their feelings for their unplanned pregnancy. In the conclusion, “She’s Gone,” the sinkhole crisis continues while Meredith and Derek maintain the rocky state of their relationship, which becomes a concern for the adoption counselor, as Cristina makes a decision regarding her unplanned pregnancy and Alex realizes that he is the outcast after revealing Meredith's dishonesty. In “Love, Loss and Legacy,” Jackson's mother, Dr. Catherine Avery, comes to Seattle Grace for a groundbreaking transplant surgery, while Alex and Arizona must deal with a familiar patient and deal with a confidentiality issue which comes with them. In the very good episode “Dark Was The Night,” Teddy is called away on another case, as Henry is brought in for emergency surgery, while Derek and Meredith finally receive news about Zola and Callie and Jackson come under fire when their patient experiences post-surgery complications, also Meredith and Alex are involved in a life-threatening situation when they travel to a neighboring hospital to tend to a sick newborn.
In the very next episode “Suddenly,” Cristina, who just lost Henry, must assist Teddy, who is still in the dark about Henry's death, while Meredith, Alex and the other doctors of Seattle Grace must treat a family involved in a car crash, with the eldest daughter having to make the hardest decision of her life, meanwhile Derek and Meredith get a surprise. In the very unique episode, “If/Then,” Meredith dreams of a world in which her mother, Ellis Grey, never had Alzheimer's and instead had loving and supportive parents. In “One Step Too Far,” Derek encourages a hesitant Meredith to work with him again in neurosurgery, while Jackson’s mother, Catherine Avery, returns to Seattle Grace with a urology fellow and develops an interest in Richard and Cristina becomes increasingly suspicious of Owen’s every move, while Alex tries to deny the fact that Morgan may be falling for him. In “The Moment of Truth,” the residents travel to San Francisco for the oral boards and sparks fly when Richard and Catherine (Debbie Allen) bump into each other at a hotel, while Alex feels guilty about being away from the hospital as Tommy's health takes a turn for the worse and April loses her virginity. In “Migration,” the 5th years make their final decisions regarding their post residency plans, Mark confides in Derek about being torn between Lexie and Julia. And on the season finale, “Flight,” after their plane crashes in the woods, the doctors fight to stay alive while trying to save their peers, but it is too late for one of them, as Mark makes a confession to Lexie, the future of Derek's career may be in jeopardy, as Ben and Miranda make a decision about their future together, Teddy gets a tempting offer, while Richard plans a dinner for the residents and Owen fires his friend and discovers some of his doctors are missing.
Guest starring is Debbie Allen as Catherine Avery, Kate Walsh as Addison Montgomery, Caterina Scorsone, Debra Monk, Alfre Woodard, Amanda Fuller, Summer Glau, Cynthia Watros, Robert Baker, and Kate Burton as Ellis Grey.
Runtimes are below with about 43 minutes per episode:
1. “Free Falling” 43:01
2. “She’s Gone” 43:00
3. “Take the Lead” 42:58
4. “What Is It About Men” 43:01
5. “Love, Loss, and Legacy” 42:59
6. “Poker Face” 43:01
7. “Put Me In, Coach” 43:00
8. “Heart-Shaped Box” 43:00
9. “Dark Was The Night” 43:01
10. “Suddenly” 43:01
11. “This Magic Moment” 42:59
12. “Hope for the Hopeless” 43:02
13. “If/Then” 42:59 (EXTENDED EPISODE: 48:04)
14. “All You Need Is Love” 43:00
15. “Have You Seen Me Lately?” 43:02 (Caterina Scorsone guest stars on a crossover with “Private Practice”)
16. “If Only You Were Lonely” 43:01
17. “One Step Too Far” 43:01
18. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” 41:59
19. “Support System” 42:01
20. “The Girl With No Name” 43:00
21. “Moment of Truth” 43:01
22. “Let The Bad Times Roll” 43:00
23. “Migration” 42:59
24. “Flight” 43:00
The packaging is an outer box with a digipak inside similar to the past few releases once again. ABC Studios has been changing their DVDs to an outer box holding a keep case, but they kept this one intact once again. The box art has 14 headshots in a blue shade of the entire main cast (Derek, Meredith, Alex, April, Teddy, Owen, Cristina, Richard, Miranda, Jackson, Arizona, Callie, Mark, and Lexie. In the middle, it says Grey’s Anatomy - Complete Eighth Season Extraordinary Moments. The back of the box has a nice synopsis of the show and set, with snapshots of the entire cast from the show in 10 different episodic screenshots. In addition, there is section listing all the bonus features for this set and the technical specifications. The color scheme of blue continues. Then we get to the digipak case inside. The front cover has that blue color scheme with a shot of the OR. The back of the case has part of cast photos, 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 those nice cast photos. The booklet holder pocket has just one insert. 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 upcoming ABC Studios DVDs! Opening the case a second time, we have discs one and two in the middle along with more of those cast photos 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 the blue color scheme with multiple characters artwork. Disc one has headshots of Derek & Meredith and holds episodes 1-4. Disc two has headshots of Owen, Cristina and Teddy and holds episodes 5-8. Disc three has headshots of Miranda & Richard and holds episodes 9-12. Disc four has headshots of Alex & April and holds episodes 13-16. Disc five has headshots of Arizona & Callie and holds episodes 17-21. Disc six has headshots of Mark, Lexie & Avery and holds episodes 22-24 and the special features. So all 14 main characters are showcased! 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 (all 14), from Yang to Meredith in a nice black background. The catchy closing theme 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 ABC TV on DVD, Castle S4 and Frankenweenie. The menu options are: Play All, Episode Selection, Set Up, Bonus Features and Sneak Peeks. Sneak Peeks and Bonus Features are only on disc six. Sneak Peeks are of the more ABC TV DVDs and Roger Rabbit. 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, French, Portuguese, Chines or Thai, 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 will be in the special features section, but they are just listed on disc six. 7 chapter stops are available for each episode. This is quite similar to the previous set.
Video and Audio Quality:
There is no change again here...and that is good! The video and audio are both excellent, as it should be since this season is from this past season of 2011-12. 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 and we get about 7 per episode. The video and audio are on par with the previous sets. There was just one cross-over between Grey’s and Private Practice this season, as part one was on Grey’s Anatomy and the conclusion was on Provate Practice. Caterina Scorsone guest starred, while Kate Walsh appeared in the If/Then flashback episode. Look for our Private Practice Season 5 DVD review this coming weekend on the blog, as that DVD streets next week.
We have many special features once again, but again it seems it not as many as past seasons. Most of the features are on disc six. The only extra on the other discs is the extended episode of “If/Then” (48:04), but that is located on the actual Episode Selection screen and not Bonus Features. Once again for this set is that we don’t have any audio commentaries, which is a shame. The first real extra is on disc six and it is titled “A Journey Home with Kevin McKidd” (14:23). This is probably the best featurette on the set as fans can tag along with Kevin McKidd (Dr. Owen Hunt) as he heads home to the Highlands of Scotland and tours his hometown! Interviewed are Shonda Rhimes & Betsy Beers, Kevin McKidd, Lesley Skeme, Delane Morrison-Wallace, Dave Martin, Jamie Reid, Nick Lloyd Webber and Shona Donaldson.
Then next we have “Deleted Scenes.” We get 12 total unaired scenes but once again we don’t have the option to have audio commentary from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers like we did for seasons five and earlier. The 12 deleted scenes are also down from the 16 for season seven. The deleted scenes go by episode and there is a scene title. We will give you the episode titles only and runtimes. “Put Me In Coach” (0:35); “Suddenly” (0:44, 1:08, 0:44); “All You Need Is Love” (1:07); “Have You Seen Me Lately?” (0:47); “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (0:34); “Support System” (1:00); “Moment of Truth” (0:30, 1:25); “Let the Bad Times Roll” (0:30); and “Migration” (0:34).
Finally, we have “In Stitches: Season Eight Outtakes” that runs 2:22. The bloopers will have you in stitches, literally as the cast messes up but have fun doing it! This is a bit shorter than last season’s bloopers, but not by much. We again don’t have any “Extended Scenes” unfortunately this season.
This is another great DVD set and another great season for the doctors of Seattle Grace-Mercy West. Season eight was great in quality with more episodes that broke the mold by doing something completely different from the norm, and they continue to work. If you need to catch up, I won’t give anything away, but you should catch up quickly because the season premiere for season NINE is on Sept. 27. There were not a lot of changes this season, as we had the same 14 cast members from season seven. The recurring stars were all great as well and gelled well with the main 14. This is indeed a great set once again despite the special features having no audio commentaries again and the quantity being down again. The set is still very good and I do recommend you to pick this up, especially if you have the first seven sets. Believe it or not, the series is entering its ninth season and you can catch up in time if you need to before the season premiere on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 9|8 central on ABC! We get extraordinary moments, but it’s still the same Grey’s we all know and love. The season finale was a shocker and we can’t wait to see what happens in the next season! So, as Mark would say, “Lexie Grey, Lexie Grey, How’s Your Day?” You can answer that by getting this DVD and watching Lexie Grey, Meredith Grey, and the rest of the doctors!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 3/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
-- Reviewed by Pavan on 09/01/12
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