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Home Improvement - The Complete Sixth Season


TITLE: HOME IMPROVEMENT - THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: May 15, 2007 (Buena Vista Home Entertainment)
Color/1996-1997
MSRP: $24.99
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 25
Running Time: 561 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English, English subtitles; Closed-Captioned.
Special Features: Blooper Reel


Introduction:

Does everybody know what time it is? Time for another season of "Home Improvement" on DVD! The Complete Sixth Season contains all 25 episodes from the 90s sitcom about the Tim "The Toolman" Taylor and his family in a three disc set.

In the sixth season, we finally see the boys getting older--but it doesn’t make the show better or worse, it just changes it (the way I see it, this is one of the few shows where the kids getting older doesn’t make the show worse). There really aren’t any major developments or changes in the plot this season; we just have another season of pretty good episodes here.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Tim is going on an aircraft carrier and Jill finds Brad in his bedroom--WITH his girlfriend—in "At Sea." The Taylors get a glimpse into the future--the distant future--in "Future Shocked." Jill gets an expensive new car that Tim wants in "Whose Car is it Anyway?" and it is off-limits to Tim--will he stand for that? It is time for another Taylor Halloween in "I Was a Teenage Taylor."

Tim and Jill have to deliver Heidi's baby in "The Tool Man Delivers." The late Tom Poston guest stars. Benny has nowhere to go for Thanksgiving, and Jill is going to make sure it isn’t going to be the Taylor house either in "The Wood, the Bad, and the Hungry." Jill might have come up with the perfect way to get a job in "The Flirting Game." The Beach Boys guest star and Mark protects his older brother Randy in "The Karate Kid Returns." Wilson tries to get in touch with the real world in "Wilson’s World," but is he really cut out for that?

Brad is getting his license and Jill is worried about his first night driving in "My Son, the Driver." Jill wants some quality family time, but is a hardware exposition what she had in mind? Find out in "Family Un-Ties." Brad has a new girlfriend, but she is doing all of his chores for him and Jill doesn’t like that in "Taps"” The season ends with "The Kiss and The Kiss-Off," where Pamela Anderson returns in her role as Lisa and Tim gives her back her old job as the Tool Girl--how will Heidi handle that?


Packaging:

Buena Vista has made a change in packaging style for this set. While the previous seasons used a digipak, this set uses an plastic Amaray-style case similar to those used on many recent CBS DVD releases (think of Family Ties, Happy Days, etc.). The set still includes an outer box, however, to hold the case inside. The artwork (on both the outer box and the case inside) is simply a picture of a doorframe (with the house around it having been destroyed) with the Taylor family standing in the doorway. Inside the case, Disc 1 can be found on the left side of the case and Discs 2 and 3 overlap on the right side of the case. Unfortunately, they decided to list the episodes behind the discs, and even worse, they did it on the right side of the case, so you have to remove Discs 2 and 3 from the case to see which disc contains which episode. Why couldn’t they have simply put this on the BACK of the case?

The discs themselves have simple artwork, with Tim and Jill on Disc 1, the kids on Disc 2, and Al on Disc 3. Disc 1 contains episodes 1-8, Disc 2 contains episodes 9-17, and Disc 3 contains episodes 18-25, as well as the bloopers.


Menu Design and Navigation:

Like the last few sets, nothing has changed on this set. Basically, the main menu has the blueprint background with the theme music playing, and choices of Play All, Episode Selection, Setup, Bonus Features (Disc 3 only), and Sneak Peeks (Disc 1 only). Each is pretty much self explanatory. When you select Episode Selection, you get a menu where you, well, select your episode (three episodes are shown per screen on the menu). There is no scene selection menu, but chapters can be found in all of the appropriate places in all of the episodes.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video and audio quality on these sets have always been pretty good, but in all honesty, I have to say that I’m not QUITE as impressed with this set (but it is still pretty good). The video and audio quality are about the same as they have been in the previous sets, which is good in a way, but for a season this late in the series, I almost expected it to look and sound just a LITTLE bit better. Plus, even more problematic is that several (maybe half of them even) episodes seemed to have some compression issues, which is something I haven’t seen on any of these sets so far, and they aren’t even isolated to a single disc. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital Surround Sound.

The episodes mostly seem to be unedited, running roughly around 22:30 or so, but I do question whether or not one of the episodes is actually uneited. “The Feminine Mistake” shorter than many of the rest (though there is one shorter than it), at 22:07, which normally wouldn’t cause much alarm, but it is worth noting that this episode originally aired on ABC with some 3D components, where you had to get 3D glasses from Wendy’s to see some parts of the episode in 3D. These 3D elements, as far as I can tell, are missing from the version of the episode on this set, which implies it definitely isn’t the original ABC version, but since it is also shorter, does that necessarily mean it is the syndication version? I really don’t know the answer; I actually have a copy of the original ABC version in my tape collection somewhere that I could compare, but there isn’t nearly enough time to find a tape in my collection of 100s of unlabeled tapes in time to complete a single review. Still, IF anything is edited (and that is a big if), it couldn’t be too severe.

Disc 1:
1. At Sea (22:20)
2. Future Shocked (22:03)
3. Workshop ‘Til You Drop (22:22)
4. Burnin’ Love (22:39)
5. Al’s Video (22:24)
6. Whose Car Is It Anyway? (22:24)
7. I Was a Teenage Taylor (22:24)
8. Jill and Her Sisters (22:39)

Disc 2:
9. The Tool Man Delivers (22:17)
10. The Wood, the Bad, and the Hungry (22:30)
11. Workin’ Man Blues (22:31)
12. No Place Like Home (22:25)
13. The Flirting Game (22:24)
14. The Karate Kid Returns (22:34)
15. Totally Tool Time (22:23)
16. A Funny Valentine (22:35)
17. Wilson’s World (22:38)

Disc 3:
18. Something Old, Something Blue (22:40)
19. Communication Breakdown (22:22)
20. My Son, the Driver (22:38)
21. Insult to Injury (22:27)
22. Family Un-Ties (22:41)
23. The Feminine Mistake (22:07)
24. Taps (22:32)
25. The Kiss & The Kiss-Off (22:39)


Special Features:

The special features on these sets haven’t been too impressive, but at least the one bonus feature they often tend to include has been pretty good. Basically, all we have is a Blooper Reel (6:37) that shows us all of the best outtakes of season 6. They’re pretty good, and I honestly don’t know what more there is to say about them--they’re just bloopers. It would really be nice to see other bonus features though, such as interviews and commentaries. Why can’t any of the cast members get involved on these DVDs?

There is one BIG opportunity though that the DVD producers DID miss out on. The episode “The Feminine Mistake” was aired during a week where ABC was airing many of their sitcoms in 3D. The DVD producers really should have included the version of this episode that aired during the 3D week and thrown in a free pair of 3D glasses with each set!


Final Comments:

The special features are lacking once again, but honestly, I think that the DVD producers have done pretty well with this set. It is even nicer to see the much lower retail price on this set. The MSRP alone makes the set a bargain, and I’m sure it will be found even cheaper than that from many retailers. What is important about these sets are the episodes, and they’re all there, all appear to be uncut, and look good on DVD. Another great thing is that the show (in my opinion anyway) never really got worse as the seasons went on (even in the last season as the kids began to disappear from the show), and there are plenty of good episodes to be found in every season, including this one. Let’s just hope Buena Vista will use “more power” to get the remaining seasons released as soon as possible! Season 7 comes out in August!


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 1.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 05/11/07

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