TITLE: GREY'S ANATOMY - THE COMPLETE NINTH SEASON
DVD Release Date: August 27, 2013 (ABC Studios)
Packaging: Digipak with Outer Box
Number of Discs: 6
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 1008 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 44 minutes
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese & Thai; Closed Captioned.
* “Happy Trails with Jim Pickens, Jr.”
* “The Long Road Home”
* “Dissecting Grey’s Anatomy: Deleted Scenes” (19 of them)
* “In Stitches: Season Nine Outtakes”
Everything changes. It’s a year of bold new beginnings as Seattle’s favorite doctors return to the hospital for the biggest challenge of their lives. The plane crash that took the life of Lexie Grey sent shockwaves throughout Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital, but from the ashes, romance will rise with each surgeon handling the loss in their own personal way. Relive every touching moment with all 24 heart-wrenching episodes of the latest unforgettable season, plus never-before-seen bonus features, when Grey’s Anatomy: The Complete Ninth Season arrives on DVD on August 27, 2013.
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, Sara Ramirez as Dr. Callie Torres, Jessica Capshaw as Dr. Arizona Robbins, 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 Jason George, Camilla Luddington, Tina Majorino, Gaius Charles, Jerrika Hinton, Tessa Ferrer and Loretta Devine. Special guest star Eric Dane as Dr. Mark “McSteamy” Sloane in the first few episodes.
We get 24 episodes once again this season. The series is still appointment television and is still one of the top dramas on TV in the ratings (among adults 18-49) and wins its timeslot over competing series on CBS, NBC, and Fox. On the season premiere, “Going, Going, Gone,” the doctors of Seattle Grace are faced with the aftermath of last season's plane crash, as they try to move on with their lives, they must learn to adapt to the changes, cope with their losses and move forward with their relationships and careers. In “Love the One You’re With,” the survivors from the crash are asked to make an almost impossible decision that will affect the rest of their lives, while tension grows between Jackson and April after they're forced to work together, and Alex tries to restrain himself with one of the interns. In “Beautiful Doom,” in this Meredith & Cristina-centric episode, the two friends continue to cope with life after the plane crash and their ever-growing responsibilities at their respective hospitals, as Meredith juggles taking care of Zola with a case that hits close to home, Cristina assists Dr. Thomas on a challenging heart surgery. On the fall finale, “Run, Baby, Run,” as the rest of the doctors prepare for Bailey's wedding, Richard helps her through a bout of pre-wedding jitters, while Lizzie butts heads with Meredith, and Callie and Jackson try to convince Derek to participate in a risky surgery that could fix his hand.
In the very next episode “Things We Said Today,” Bailey puts her wedding day on hold and continues her efforts to save Adele's life, Cristina and Owen remain undecided about their pending divorce, while Arizona and Callie try to get their spark back, as the hospital becomes inundated with a group of bikers after a horrible accident. In “Walking on a Dream,” the Seattle Grace doctors are on edge when a new medical professional enters the hospital, as Arizona struggles with the emotional and physical pain of a phantom limb and while battling pregnancy hormones, an overly-emotional Meredith is confronted with her worst fear. In “This Is Why We Fight,” as word of Seattle Grace's financial trouble spreads, Catherine encourages Jackson to move to Boston, and the interns fear they might lose their jobs, while the doctors meet with a potential investor in a last-ditch effort to save the hospital, and Alex impresses Jo while caring for a patient. In “Transplant Wasteland,” the discord and chaos created by the hospital's new management team causes one physician to question his future at Seattle Grace, while the doctors and the interns must juggle several transplant surgeries at once, each coming with its own set of obstacles. In “She’s Killing Me,” upon receiving some unsettling news, Meredith and Derek take preventative steps for their children’s future, as a group of Syrian doctors arrive at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital for a crash course in basic surgical skills that they plan to apply in the field and April decides to come clean to Matthew regarding the truth about her virginity, while multiple pre-op patients develop infections, causing one doctor to wonder if she is at fault.
In “Readiness Is All,” the doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital prepare for a super storm heading towards Seattle, as Owen's desire to be a parent gets stronger as he becomes closer to Ethan, while one wrong move puts the lives of Meredith and her baby in jeopardy and Jo looks to Alex for help in a moment of crisis, as one doctor gets the shock of her life. And on the season finale, “Perfect Storm” Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital enters crisis mode as the storm rages, resources become scarce and patients flood in by the busload, while one of the doctors fights for their life.
Guest starring is Debbie Allen as Catherine Avery, Steven Culp as Dr. Parker, William Daniels as Dr. Craig Thomas, Constance Zimmer as Dr. Cahill, Neve Campbell as Liz Shepherd, Justin Bruening as Paramedic Matthew, Andrew Leeds, Roma Maffia, Sarah Chalke and Hilarie Burton as Dr. Lauren Boswell.
Runtimes are below with about 43 minutes per episode:
1. “Going, Going, Gone” 42:56
2. “Remember the Time” 43:00
3. “Love the One You're With” 42:58
4. “I Saw Her Standing There” 43:00
5. “Beautiful Doom” 42:54
6. “Second Opinion” 42:49
7. “I Was Made For Lovin' You” 42:57
8. “Love Turns You Upside Down” 42:56
9. “Run, Baby, Run” 43:01
10. “Things We Said Today” 43:01
11. “The End is the Beginning is the End” 43:00
12. “Walking on a Dream” 43:00
13. “Bad Blood” 43:00
14. “The Face Of Change” 43:28
15. “Hard Bargain” 43:01
16. “This Is Why We Fight” 43:01
17. “Transplant Wasteland” 42:59
18. “Idle Hands” 43:00
19. “Can't Fight This Feeling” 42:51
20. “She's Killing Me” 42:59
21. “Sleeping Monster” 43:00
22. “Do You Believe in Magic” 43:01
23. “Readiness is All” 43:01
24. “Perfect Storm” 43:01
The packaging is an outer box with a case this time, no more digipaks. ABC Studios has changed their DVDs to an outer box holding a keep case for the past few years, but they always kept this series as a digipak, but not anymore. The box art has 10 headshots in a green shade of the entire main cast (Meredith & Derek, Arizona, Callie, Richard, Owen, Miranda, Alex, Cristina, April, and Jackson. In the middle, it says Grey’s Anatomy - Complete Ninth Season Everything Changes. The back of the box has a nice synopsis of the show and set, with snapshots of the entire cast from the show in six different episodic screenshots. In addition, there is section listing all the bonus features for this set and the technical specifications. The color scheme of green continues. Then we get to the keep case inside. We have the same artwork as the box for both the front and back. When we open the case once, we see a nice cast photo that extends onto both panels, along with a disc-by-disc breakdown. We don’t get an episode booklet again, since the episode titles are listed on the panels. There is no inserts at all. Disc one is on the left panel itself. Discs two and three are on a little plastic holder that you can flip, like a page in a book. Disc two is on the front side, while disc three is on the back side. The same goes true for discs four and five. Disc six is on the right panel itself. All of the discs have the green color scheme with multiple characters artwork. Disc one has headshots of Derek & Meredith and holds episodes 1-5. Disc two has headshots of Meredith & Cristina and holds episodes 6-9. Disc three has headshots of Alex & Jackson and holds episodes 10-13. Disc four has headshots of April & Owen and holds episodes 14-17. Disc five has headshots of Arizona, Callie, & Bailey and holds episodes 18-21. Disc six has headshots of Richard & Derek and holds episodes 22-24 and bonus features. So all 11 main characters are showcased! The packaging is the thing that changed the most on this set from previous sets.
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 11, plus Sloane for some reason), 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 S5, Revenge S2 and Once Upon a Time S2. 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 has an ABC Image promo and a trailer for Marry Poppins on Blu-ray. 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. Once again, seven 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 2012-13. 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 seven chapter stops per episode, which I mentioned in the previous section. The video and audio are on par with the previous sets. There were no cross-overs this season between Grey’s and Private Practice, as Private Practice ended its run this season. A Scandal cross-over will be highly unlikely, since it’s not a Grey’s spin-off. But one can dream of Meredith Grey and Olivia Pope on the same screen, right?
We have special features once again, but again it seems it is not as many as previous seasons. All of the features are on disc six. Once again for this set, we don’t have any audio commentaries, which is a shame. The first extra on disc six is titled “Happy Trails with James Pickens, Jr.” (13:07). We tag along with Jim Pickens, Jr. (Dr. Richard Webber) and learn more about the man behind the surgical gloves! Who knew he was a cowboy? Interviewed are James Pickens Jr., Patrick Dempsey, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Neal Williams (owner, JP Ranch), Speed Williams (International Roping Champion), Lydia Floyd (Founder/Director, Hands4Hopee), Barry Zoeller( VP of Marketing, Tejon Ranch), and Gerri Garrick (Musical Theatre Director, Hands4Hope). The next featurette is titled “The Long Ride Home” (15:02). This is probably the best extra on this set. From zipping down the halls in her roller shoes to learning how to walk again, viewers will receive a closer look at the hospital’s bubbly pediatric surgeon Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) as she begins to cope with her new life. It’s quite interesting and interviewed are Shonda Rhimes, Jessica Capshaw, Betsy Beers, and Scott Ramsey (Visual Effects Supervisor).
Next we have “Deleted Scenes.” We get 19 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. Oh well. The 19 deleted scenes are up though from the 12 for season eight. The deleted scenes go by episode and there is a scene title. We will give you the episode numbers only and runtimes. Episode #901 (0:32, 0:22, 1:05); Episode #902 (0:58, 0:23, 2:16); Episode #903 (0:40); Episode #909 (0:15, 1:00, 0:10); Episode #910 (0:36); Episode #915 (0:17, 0:10); Episode #922 (0:42, 0:27, 0:24, 0:31); and Episode #924 (1:12).
Finally, we have “In Stitches: Season Nine Outtakes” (2:13). The bloopers will have you laugh your heart out with these unseen, hilarious moments from the set! This is a bit shorter than last season’s bloopers, but not by much. We again don’t have any “Extended Scenes” or “Extended Episodes” unfortunately for this set/season.
This is another great DVD set and another great season for the doctors of Seattle Grace-Mercy West...oh wait now it is called Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. Season nine was great in quality and this season is getting better with age even, as the past few seasons have been excellent and close to the quality of the earlier years. If you need to catch up, I won’t give anything away, but you should catch up quickly because the season premiere for season TEN (wow!) is on Sept. 26. There were a lot of changes this season, as we had only 11 cast members, but we gained many recurring characters with a brand new intern team. The recurring stars were all great as well and gelled well with the main 11. While Sloane and Lexie will be missed, intern Jo is excellent and Camilla Luddington plays her well and looks amazing! This is indeed a great set once again. The packaging changed and I think I like it better this way. And despite the special features having no audio commentaries again, the extras were solid.. The set is still very good and I do recommend you to pick this up, especially if you have the first eight sets. Believe it or not, the series is entering its TENTH season and you can catch up in time if you need to before the two-hour season premiere on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 9|8 central on ABC! Everything changes, 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! Will Richard live? We shall find out! But remember, life changes in a heartbeat!
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 08/23/13
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