TITLE: THAT '70S SHOW - SEASON SIX (MILL CREEK)
Release Date: September 4, 2012 (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Packaging: Keepcase with black paper sleeves
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 25
Running Time: 544 minutes
Running Time of Features: 30 minutes
Audio: English Stereo
Subtitles and Captioning: Closed-Captioned
Special Features: Commentaries (3); Episode Promos; Interviews with Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith; Six Minutes of Season Six
Get down with the gang for another far out season of That '70s Show with That '70s Show - Season Six! Yes, it is another value-priced re-release from Mill Creek of one of the grooviest sitcoms to ever air on TV! In the sixth season, watch how everybody decides to prepare for the future, see Kitty become the breadwinner, see Fez work on getting his green card, and much more, all in this low-priced three disc set!
Season six was the season of The Who, as all episodes are named after songs from that band for this season. Fortunately, unlike the season five episodes named after Led Zeppelin songs, few episodes have "alternate" titles this time, so there should be less confusion.
Red has a heart attack in the season premiere, "The Kids are Alright." Kelso tries to get Jackie and Hyde back together in "Join Together." In "Magic Bus," Donna is about to leave town, just in time for Eric's 18th birthday. Kelso spreads rumors about himself in "The Acid Queen." Fez has to live with the Formans to avoid deportation in "I'm Free." In "We're Not Gonna Take It," Red wants Fez and Laurie to get divorced. Jackie gets the gang to return to high school (for revenge) in "Christmas." Eric decides to lounge around at home (all day, every day) in "I'm a Boy." In "Young Man Blues," Kelso starts his first day at the police academy.
Fez has to take an exam to become an American citizen in "A Legal Matter." Eric and Donna steal Kelso's van to travel to their planned wedding location in "I Can See for Miles." Fez falls for one of Kelso's police academy classmates (played by Alyson Hannigan) in "Sally Simpson." Donna thinks she is pregnant in "Won't Get Fooled Again." In "Baby Don't You Do It," Eric and Donna attend premarital counseling at church. Jackie's mother (played by Brooke Shields) returns and starts dating Bob in "Who Are You." Kitty is suspicious when Red's heart monitor always goes off when Jackie's mother is around in "Man With Money." Donna finds Eric in a, well, "self-pleasing stance" in her bathroom in "Happy Jack." In "Do You Think It's Alright," Eric and Donna are making their wedding gift registry.
There is a new guy in the basement (played by Seth Green) in "Substitute," but he isn't exactly desired. Eric's fidelity is in question in "Squeezebox." In "5:15," Donna pretends to be Mitch's (Seth Green) fiancee at a wedding. Eric ruins Donna's wedding dress in "Sparks." In "My Wife," Eric thinks he is holding Donna back on college. The wedding day approaches in "Going Mobile." The season ends with the aftermath of the previous episode in "The Seeker."
The episode runtimes are basically the same as the runtimes on the previous release, and are as follows:
1. "The Kids Are Alright" (21:56)
2. "Join Together" (21:29)
3. "Magic Bus" (21:54)
4. "The Acid Queen" (21:39)
5. "Iím Free" (21:20)
6. "Weíre Not Gonna Take It" (21:40)
7. "Christmas" (21:41)
8. "Iím a Boy" (21:53)
9. "Young Man Blues" (21:56)
10. "A Legal Matter" (21:37)
11. "I Can See for Miles" (21:56)
12. "Sally Simpson" (21:55)
13. "Wonít Get Fooled Again" (21:41)
14. "Baby Donít You Do It" (21:53)
15. "Who Are You" (21:43)
16. "Man With Money" (21:53)
17. "Happy Jack" (21:25)
18. "Do You Think Itís Alright?" (21:56)
19. "Substitute" (21:54)
20. "Squeeze Box" (21:52)
21. "5:15" (21:55)
22. "Sparks" (21:23)
23. "My Wife" (21:50)
24. "Going Mobile" (21:55)
25. "The Seeker" (21:55)
Yep, it is the same style of packaging that we've seen before, with the black paper sleeves. The artwork is actually very nice, with Bob and Donna taking the spotlight on the cover this time, and a smaller cast photo between them. On the back, there is another cast photo, a brief description of the season, and a listing of special features. But inside, you'll find the black paper sleeves again. Each disc (three of them) has the series logo with a yellow background, and episode titles are printed on each disc.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus on the set are identical to the previous Mill Creek releases, and I have to say that I like them... aside from the constantly looping theme song on every screen. The main menu has a cast photo, along with options of Play All and Episodes (and Bonus on Disc 3). Once you select Episodes, a listing of all of the episodes on the disc comes up, with options to play the episodes with or without commentary on episodes that have them. Chapters are placed throughout each episode, but there not enough (just one after the opening credits and one in the middle of the episode).
Video and Audio Quality:
The video and audio quality is fine, just not spectacular. The Blu-ray releases have looked pretty good, and these are a bit less impressive than those... but for now, DVD is our only option for this season. The episodes are all in widescreen, as the series is now presented in syndication. The audio is fine, but nothing impressive, with a Dolby Digital 2.0 track. Each episode is closed-captioned.
Just as was the case with season five, all of the original Fox special features are back again. They can all be found on Disc 3.
First, we have commentary tracks for three episodes: "Substitute," "Sparks," and "My Wife." All of these commentaries are from director David Trainor and they're not particularly exciting, but they're better than nothing.
Next, we have the episode promos (12:47), which is just what it sounds like: 30 second syndication promos for each episode. I'm really glad that they include these. They are a very simple special feature to include, and they're nice to see.
We have more of the interviews with the cast members, this time focusing on the parents. These include "A '70s Flashback: Debra Jo Rupp" (6:39) and "A '70s Flashback: Kurtwood Smith" (6:22). In each of these, the respective actors look at their characters on the series and reflect, while clips from the episodes play.
Finally, "Six Minutes of Season Six" (6:00) is a series of clips from the sixth season... nothing more.
I'm not sure what I can add here that hasn't been said before. Yes, another re-release of the Fox version, but at a lower price and in widescreen. As for the episodes themselves, I think it is fair to say that this season was where the show really did start to "jump the shark." I think that the kids being out of high school and becoming adults really did start to change the show for the worse, but it hasn't gotten quite so bad yet (that'll come in the final season). Still, if you want this series on DVD and on the cheap, this is certainly the way to go.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 3.5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 2.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 10/08/12
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