TITLE: SCRUBS - THE COMPLETE NINTH SEASON
DVD Release Date: September 28, 2010 (ABC Studios/Buena Vista Home Entertainment)
Packaging: Keep case with outer box
Number of Discs: 2
Number of Episodes: 13
Running Time: 390 minutes
Running Time of Special Features: approx. 20 minutes
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; Closed Captioned
* Deleted Scenes with video commentary from Bill Lawrence
* “Scrubbing In”
* “Live from the Golf Cart”
See how the story ends for J.D., Elliot, Turk, Dr. Cox and the rest of your favorite characters in ABC’s Scrubs: The Complete Ninth And Final Season. The heroes of Sacred Heart may have finished their rounds, but the laughs never stop as they mentor a brand new class of med students! J.D. returns to teach at Sacred Heart’s medical school, Winston University, with some of the old gang and is surprised to find an impressionable young student has picked up where he left off. Meet Lucy and her classmates, Drew and Cole, as they try to fit in while they do their best to stand out.
The ninth season stars Zach Braff as Dr. John "J.D." Dorian (for 6 episodes), Donald Faison as Dr. Chris Turk, John C. McGinley as Dr. Perry Cox, Eliza Coupe as Dr. Denise Mahoney, Kerry Bishé as Lucy Bennett, Michael Mosley as Drew Suffin and Dave Franco as Cole Aaronson. Recurring are Nicky Whelan as Maya and Matthew Moy as Trang, along with Windell D. Middlebrooks as Captain Melvis Duncook and Steven Cragg as Lieutenant Frank Underhill. Some old faces who return for multiple episodes are Ken Jenkins as Dr. Bob Kelso, Robert Maschio as Dr. Todd Quinlan, and Sarah Chalke as Dr. Elliot Reid.
Relive every clever and quirky moment of Scrubs’ outrageous final season, complete with never-before-seen bloopers, deleted scenes and interviews with the show’s cast. Complete your Scrubs collection with the Ninth and Final Season on DVD from ABC Studios. It’s the best house call you’ll ever get!
This is basically a different show - sort of a spin-off but not really. We have J.D., Turk and Dr. Cox as regulars, with other old faces popping-up, but this season focuses on the new med school students, hence the show is titled: [scrubs][med school]. The setting is now at Sacred Heart Hospital’s med school, Winston University and J.D., Dr. Cox and Turk are teaching there. In the season premiere, “Our First Day of School,” One year later, J.D., Turk, Cox, Kelso and intern Denise return to Sacred Heart to teach med school at Winston University while new med students Lucy, Drew and Cole are put through the wringer on their first day of school. In “Our Role Models,” J.D. and Drew learn a tough lesson in mentoring when Dr. Cox and Lucy show them that sometimes the student is the teacher, while Lucy decides to shadow Denise. In “Our White Coats,” before receiving their white coats, the med students of Winston University must figure out why they want to be doctors, and Denise gets a little relationship help from Elliot, while Cole reveals a secret Drew has been hiding. In “Our Stuff Gets Real,” the reality of having a baby begins to settle in for both J.D. and Elliot while Lucy struggles with the reality of operating on people and Perry doesn't know if he's ready to sign a will. In “Our True Lies,” a case of guilty conscience plagues the med school when a student cheats on an exam and Dr. Cox takes it out on the entire class, while Drew reveals he was married and Denise makes a startling admission of her own. And in the series finale, “Our Thanks,” the med students of Winston University finally find something to be thankful for when Cole identifies his true calling in surgery, but he annoys Turk by shadowing him, while Drew finds the love of his life after Denise decides to move in and Lucy finds the inspiration to become a doctor, after a former patient's son comes to say his final words to his deceased father.
Guest starring for one episode are old friends Neil Flynn as The Janitor, Sam Lloyd as Ted Buckland, and Christa Miller as Jordan Sullivan.
Episode titles now start with “Our” rather than “My” for the Med School edition. Runtimes are below and pretty consistent:
1. Our First Day of School: 21:48
2. Our Drunk Friend: 21:34
3. Our Role Models: 21:35
4. Our Histories: 21:35
5. Our Mysteries: 21:36
6. Our New Girl-Bro: 21:35
7. Our White Coats: 21:34
8. Our Couples: 21:31
9. Our Stuff Gets Real: 21:31
10. Our True Lies: 21:31
11. Our Dear Friends: 21:31
12. Our Driving Issues: 21:31
13. Our Thanks: 21:31
The packaging has an outer box holding a keep case inside. Both the outer box and keep case have the same artwork, though. The seven main cast members of season nine are on the cover: Denise, Dr. Cox, Turk, J.D., Drew, Lucy and Cole. The teachers are all in surgical masks. We have a nice sky blue background with the show logo on top along with The Complete Ninth and Final Season wording. The back has a design of J.D.’s blue scrub, as we see his stethoscope. We have details on the series and set, along with four episodic photos. On J.D.’s badge we have a list of bonus features. This is very creative.
Inside the case, we have nice artwork on the panels. The left panel has a disc-by-disc breakdown with episode titles. We also have seven episodic photos above that. We have a little plastic holder that we can flip like a page in a book in the middle that holds disc one. Disc two is on the right panel itself. I wonder why they didn’t have disc two on the back of that plastic holder. When you remove the disc on the right panel, you see a shot of J.D. in an eye chart background and a list of bonus features inside a medicine bottle. This is another creative idea.
Each disc is blue in color and has different artwork. Disc 1 holds episodes 1-7 with artwork of a skeleton head with an ice bag on his dead and disc 2 holds episodes 8-13 and the bonus features with artwork of a medicine bottle & spoon.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The main menu is done very well. First, we are greeted with an introduction (or story, if you will) of Winston University. It is quite interesting and funny, Scrubs style. Then we get video images from episodes along with the main theme playing in the background. I’m no Superman. Before we get to the main menu on disc one, we have auto trailers for ABC TV on DVD/Blu-ray, Ugly Betty, FLASHFORWARD and The Last Song. The main menu options on this set are: Play All, Episode Selection, Set Up, Bonus Features and Sneak Peeks. The latter two are only on disc two. In Sneak Peaks, we have more trailers, this time for LOST, Castle, Cougar Town, Private Practice, Legend of the Seeker, and ABC: Great Stories. Bonus Features is on disc two only and just link the special features. Episode Selection lists the episode numbers and titles on a big red board for Winston University. It is pretty cool. Set Up has the options to have subtitles in English, French or Spanish, along with how to Register Your DVD.
Video and Audio Quality:
Scrubs aired in HD/widescreen in its ninth season, for its second straight season in this format. And while actual HD transfers can’t be expected due to the technological limitations of the DVD format -- widescreen formatting should have occurred. However, it does NOT again. All 13 episodes are presented in *full frame* having appear to have been cropped at the center once again at 1.33:1 rather than 1.78:1. Visually they’re no different than the episode prints that might appear in syndication or on cable. Audio is perfect though, which given Scrubs dependence on music is a great thing, in 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround track. Chapter stops occur at the usual placement of commercial breaks - and we get 4 or 5 stops per episode. The updated theme song is present on this set, as it should be. I love it. It finally changed after eight season and it works, too.
We get decent amount of special features, but we get no audio commentaries this time, which is a shame. It seems a lot of the ABC Studios titles this season have omitted these. We do get other features on this set, though. They are all on disc two. First up, is the featurette “Scrubbing In” (6:02). As we move from the halls of Sacred Heart Hospital to the halls of Winston University, this cool featurette allows us to meet the talented newcomers to the med school. Each new character is discussed and we have interviews with Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, Kerry Bishé, creator Bill Lawrence, Dave Franco, Eliza Coupe, and Michael Mosley.
Then we have about 19 deleted scenes, up from the 15 we had on the last set. They are sorted by episode title and for some we have more than one deleted scene per episode. We don’t get to see the full deleted scene really because creator Bill Lawrence gives us a video commentary on why the scene was removed. It is interesting, but wish we had an option to have it on or off so we can see the full scene. The deleted scenes are: “Our First Day of School” (4): 0:54, 0:37, 0:57, and 0:40. “Our Role Models” (0:30). “Our Stuff Gets Real” (2): 0:25 and 0:24. “Our Couples” (2): 0:19 and 0:14. “Our White Coats” 0:12. “Our Mysteries” (3): 0:33, 0:37, and 0:28. “Our True Lies” (2): 0:16 and 0:21. “Our Dear Friends” (2): 0:55 and 0:20. “Our Driving Issues” (0:18). “Our Thanks” 0:15.
Then we have Bloopers (1:47): A quick little blooper reel and it is shorter than the last one on the last set even. And finally we have a short comedic featurette titled “Live from the Golf Cart” (2:07) with bit players from this season. It is basically a talk show with Captain Melvin Duncook and Lt. Frank Underhill with their guest on the golf cart, Dr. Todd (Insert fake Scrubs swoosh slap here).
Well it’s a wrap, and for good this time. The final season is a refreshing change and I am glad they did it. It of course isn’t the Scrubs you all know and love, but this semi-spinoff to me was enjoyable. I was never a big Scrubs watcher but I did watch this season as it was basically a new show with old faces popping in and out. It is interesting to see what goes on in med school. As for the DVD itself, everything was on par with previous sets I think except special features. We didn’t have as many as we are used to. Audio commentaries were missed. And still don’t understand why the video isn’t in widescreen when the show aired in HD on ABC. Everything else was good, the menus, packaging and audio. So, as we move away from J.D., Turk and the gang, have one last hurrah with them with newbies. It’s pretty good! I’m no superman!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 2/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
Final Score: 4/5
-- Reviewed by Pavan on 09/30/10
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