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That '70s Show - Season Six


TITLE: THAT '70S SHOW - SEASON SIX


Info:

DVD Release Date: May 8, 2007 (20th Century Fox Entertainment)
Color/2003-04
MSRP: $49.98
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: 545 Minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 96 minutes, 30 seconds
Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles: English
Closed Captioned


Introduction:

Take another trip back to the way-cool 70s for the sixth time where the surprises keep coming -- and so do the laughs! Ready to face the next chapter of their lives after graduation, Eric and Donna must decide whether to stay in Point Place or go to college in Madison. Meanwhile, Kitty becomes the breadwinner as Red recovers at home. Kelso enrolls in the police academy, while Fez adapts to married life. Jackie must finally make the ultimate choice, Hyde or Kelso? And just wait until you see the foxy lady Bob is dating next -- far out!


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

I seem to be typing this a lot more recently, but thatís a problem with reviewing the later seasons of newer shows. This is a season in between when I regularly watched the show ďlive,Ē and when I first got my DVR -- and I wasnít going to use a perfectly good VHS tape to record one show when I could record something else. So, I missed a lot of this season, though FX reruns did help a bit.

Proving that maybe I should have been paying more attention to this season -- the title of *every* episode this season is the name of a song by ďThe Who,Ē easily one of my favorite bands of all time. That fact alone raised my opinion of this season. Some of my favorites are Magic Bus, 5.15, Wonít Get Fooled Again, and Who are You? Oh wait, Iím supposed to mention my favorite *episodes*, not The Who songs? Oh. (Of course, a couple of my favorites arenít even used as titles, so thatís a shame). If you are reading this, you are probably already a fan of the show, and have your favorites -- well, they are all here, no episodes were omitted (ahem, The Tick).

In terms of guest stars: Shannon Elizabeth guests in The Acid Queen, Iím Free, Christmas, Iím a Boy, I Can See for Miles, Baby Donít You Do It, 5:15, and Going Mobile. The voice of Homer Simpson and many other cartoon characters - Dan Castellaneta - appears in "I'm Free." James Avery - Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air - guests in a few episodes: Young Man Blues, A Legal Matter, and Happy Jack. Alyson Hannigan guests in a few episodes as well, "Sally Simpson" and "Won't Get Fooled Again". Billy Dee Williams guests in "Baby Don't You Do It". Brooke Shields guests in a few episodes - "Who Are You," "Man with Money," "Substitute," "Squeezebox," "Going Mobile," and "The Seeker." Seth Green appears in three episodes - Substitute, Squeezebox, and 5:15. Also in 5:15 is The OC's Rachel Bilson. Luke Wilson guests in "My Wife," while Morgan Fairchild guests in "Going Mobile."


Packaging:

Fox has slimmed the set down just a little bit. Rather than have each disc inside its own slimcase, two discs now share a slimcase -- one on each side. Corresponding to this change, two discs now also share a design style and color, though the character on the disc still changes disc-to-disc. On the first case are Kelso, Fez, Red, and Kitty, while Jackie, Hyde, Donna and Eric are on case 2. Case 1 is green, case 2 is blue, and both have overlaying rectangles of lighter and darker shades of that caseís color. The discs are similar in design to the slimcase art, with Fez and Kelso on Disc 1, Red and Kitty on Disc 2, Hyde and Jackie on Disc 3, and Donna and Eric on Disc 4. All of this is inside a slimmer outer box with the same rainbow-colored-H pattern youíve seen before on the other sets. The outer color is orange, then yellow, light blue, dark blue, and then the same green rectangles patterns seen on case 1. All six ďkidsĒ pare on the front cover -- no Red and Kitty. All eight *are* on the rear cover, however, which is just an orange background with white text, and a group photo on the left.


Menu Design and Navigation:

I love this setís menus. The menus for FOXís That 70s Show releases are always good, though. The green squares pattern continues in the background, with some yellow squares thrown in too. Animated 6-petal flowers (like you may have seen on The Price is Right) fall in the background. On shape-changing blobs, similar to a lava lamp, are the menu options (left), clips from the season (center), and the season and disc number (bottom-right). Episode selection is a static menu with the episode titles appearing in a blob. Selecting an episode launches the yellow blob with the Promo On/Off toggle.


Video and Audio Quality:

The colors seem a bit warm, and there are some minor compression issues -- FOX put seven episodes on the first three discs, over-doing it just a little bit. The video still looks better than other sets Iíve seen, and is better than anything seen in syndication. Audio is good -- music sounds fine, vocals sound fine. Chapter stops are located at the end of each commercial break.

Runtimes:
Disc 1:
The Kids Are Alright: 22:00
Join Together: 21:33
Magic Bus: 21:58
The Acid Queen: 21:44
Iím Free: 21:26
Weíre Not Gonna Take It: 21:44
Christmas: 21:42

Disc 2:
Iím a Boy: 21:57
Young Man Blues: 21:59
A Legal Matter: 21:39
I Can See for Miles: 21:59
Sally Simpson: 21:59
Wonít Get Fooled Again: 21:47
Baby Donít You Do It: 21:55

Disc 3:
Who Are You: 21:48
Man With Money: 21:58
Happy Jack: 21:28
Do You Think Itís Alright?: 21:58
Substitute: 21:58
Squeeze Box: 21:58
5:15: 21:59

Disc 4:
Sparks: 21:28
My Wife: 21:54
Going Mobile: 21:59
The Seeker: 21:58


Special Features:

Promos: 30-second promos for each episode. 25 episodes. 25 x 30 seconds = 12 minutes and 30 seconds, approximately.

Commentary Tracks: 3 episodes have commentary by director David Trainer. ďSubstitute,Ē ďSparks,Ē and ďMy Wife.Ē It is a shame that the show has undergone this reduction in commentary effort, but somethingís better than nothing. Approximately 65 Minutes.

A 70s Flashback: Debra Jo Rupp: Featurette about Debra and the Kitty character. 6 minutes, 41 seconds. Debra reminds me of someone I know (closer to my age) -- there is even a resemblance. Features interview with her, with her thoughts, etc. In addition there are lots of clips.

A 70s Flashback: Kurtwood Smith: Same as the above, but with Kurtwood and the Red character. Interviews, clips, etc. 6 minutes, 24 seconds.

Six Minutes of Season Six. 6 minutes of clips from the 6th season of the show. Highlight reel.

Total Runtime of special feature: Approximately 96 minutes 30 seconds.


Final Comments:

This is a great show, and it is a shame itís time came to go off the air. Luckily, the show lives on in DVD and in syndication (check local listings). I really wish a bit more effort would be made on the commentary tracks again, but Iím not complaining, as most live-action FOX shows donít even get this nice of a treatment. If youíre a fan of the show, buy this set. If youíre not a fan of this show, buy this set. Strongly recommended.


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

Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 2.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
Final Score: 4.5/5

Seth Thrasher Seal of Approval

-- Reviewed by Seth Thrasher on 05/07/07

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