TITLE: MEET THE BROWNS - SEASON 6
Release Date: June 26, 2012 (Lionsgate)
Packaging: Viva Ecobox
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 20
Running Time: 440 minutes
Running Time of Features: N/A
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 English; Dolby Digital 2.0 English
Subtitles and Captioning: English and Spanish Subtitles; Closed-Captioned
Special Features: None
The Browns are back! Meet the Browns - Season 6 brings episodes 101-120 of the recently ended TBS sitcom to DVD! The Tyler Perry sitcom about a senior citizen family all living under one roof (after a misunderstanding from a reading of a will) follows Leroy Brown and his daughter Cora (although they are both actually husband and wife in real-life) as they go through the hilarity and drama of everyday life with their family and friends. This three-disc set brings 20 more episodes--the next to last set of 20--to DVD for the very first time.
The way that a season is defined for this series is a little weird, and even inconsistent by the production company standards. For the sake of the DVDs, though, each "season" is a collection of 20 episodes, and the episodes here are episodes 101-120, which aired between September 8, 2010 and November 10, 2010 on TBS. So it isn't really a "season," but just a collection of 20 consecutive episodes.
These begin with "Meet the Baby Daddy," where a strange man (played by Reginald VelJohnson, no less!) shows up and claims that Cora is his daughter. Will finds that an old friend of Sasha's is making herself sick in "Meet the Phobia." In "Meet the Confession," Vera lets out a secret... but only because she thinks she is dying. Anthony brings home another woman in "Meet the Best Friend." In "Meet the Home Alone," a storm hits the house, with Joaquin left home alone. Sasha is jealous when Renee's friend is in town in "Meet the Nightmare."
In "Meet the Hero," Leroy becomes a hero, but only by accident. Joaquin is afraid to go camping in "Meet the Campers." In "Meet the Product Party," Renee gives a product demonstration at Cora's women's social group. Derek has a crush on Renee in "Meet the Crush." In "Meet the Harassment," Sasha is accused of sexual harassment. Renee quits in "Meet the Replacement," so when Sasha has to hire a replacement, the replacement turns out to be even worse. Will discovers that Sasha is on birth control in "Meet the Deception."
In "Meet the Nightlife," Sasha's wallet is stolen at a club, but Brianna knows who stole it. The series has a very special episode on texting in driving (you knew it would have to happen sooner or later) in "Meet the Big Payoff." Anthony wants Will to be his wingman in "Meet the Wingman." In "Meet the Seoul Sister," the Colonel discovers that his first fiancée, thought to have died in the war, actually did not. Cora goes to battle with an intrusive neighbor in "Meet the Neighbor." In "Meet the Alternative," Simone considers adoption for her baby. The "season" ends with "Meet the Recession," where Thelma needs help after losing her job and home.
The episodes appear to be unedited, with very consistent runtimes. The runtimes are as follows:
1. "Meet the Baby Daddy" (21:33)
2. "Meet the Phobia" (21:33)
3. "Meet the Confession" (21:33)
4. "Meet the Best Friend" (21:33)
5. "Meet the Home Alone" (21:33)
6. "Meet the Nightmare" (21:33)
7. "Meet the Hero" (21:33)
8. "Meet the Campers" (21:33)
9. "Meet the Product Party" (21:33)
10. "Meet the Crush" (21:33)
11. "Meet the Harassment" (21:33)
12. "Meet the Replacement" (21:33)
13. "Meet the Deception" (21:33)
14. "Meet the Night Life" (21:33)
15. "Meet the Big Payoff" (21:32)
16. "Meet the Wingman" (21:33)
17. "Meet the Seoul Sister" (21:33)
18. "Meet the Neighbor" (21:33)
19. "Meet the Alternative" (21:33)
20. "Meet the Recession" (21:33)
I could very easily recycle the packaging section from the previous review here... after all, it is about 90% the same. The set comes in a Viva Case (one of those obnoxious Ecobox ones with the recycling logo cutout) with an outer cardboard sleeve. On the cover, there is a photo of Leroy and Cora Brown, and on the back, there are a few episode snapshots, a very general description of the series, and a listing of all of the episodes on each disc. Inside the case, you'll find the three discs. These all have cast photos and the series logo. Disc 1 contains episodes 1-6, Disc 2 contains episodes 7-13, and Disc 3 contains episodes 14-20.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus are a little different from the previous sets, but it isn't a radical difference. The main menu on each disc has a photo of Leroy and Cora (same one as on the cover, but the pose is modified to look different). The closing theme song plays in the background, along with a few videos from the episodes. Options on the main menu include Play All Episodes, Episode Selection, and Set Up. Episode Selection brings up a menu which lists four episodes per screen, along with a photo snapshot from the episode. Selecting the episode will cause it to play immediately. Chapters are placed at all commercial break spots throughout each episode. Set Up allows you to choose the audio track, as well as the English or Spanish subtitles.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video and audio quality of the episodes is rather decent, though the series does have a bit of a low-budget production look to it. There is nothing out of the ordinary, though, and all episodes are presented in widescreen. As for the audio, it is loud and clear, with plenty of the laugh track. You can listen to the audio in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, as well as Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo. The set contains English and Spanish subtitles, as well as closed-captioning for all episodes.
There aren't any special features at all on this set. Considering that the show has now ended, you would think that some of the actors involved with the series would have the extra time to participate in some sort of special features. But then again, perhaps that is the very reason why there are no special features... perhaps everybody has already moved on.
What we have here, once again, is another standard set of 20 episodes of the series on DVD... nothing more, nothing less. Nothing really changes about these DVD sets. There really isn't anything new to add here, except that we have 20 more episodes of the series. And with the tight production schedule used by the series, it is hard to really distinguish between this and other episodes. By now, either you are a fan of the Tyler Perry sitcoms... or you aren't. But if you are, this is definitely something to consider adding to your collection. For fans of the series, there is only one more release to go to get the series to completion. Hopefully, it will be released soon, and fans will have the chance to meet all of the Browns as often as they wish.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 07/01/12
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