TITLE: THE BIG BANG THEORY - THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON COMBO PACK - BLU-RAY + DVD + ULTRAVIOLET
DVD Release Date: September 10, 2013 (Warner Bros. Home Video)
Color / 2012-13
MSRP: $54.97 for this combo pack
Packaging: Keep Case with Outer Box
Number of Discs: 2 (Blu-ray) / 3 (DVD)
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: approx. 496 minutes
Running Time of Features: approx. 89 minutes
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Deutsch, Española - Castellano (Blu-ray); English and Portuguese (DVD)
Subtitles and Captioning: English, French, Deustch, Española - Castellano, and Española - Latino (Blu-ray); English, French, Espanola, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai (DVD)
Special Features: “The Big Bang Theory: The Final Comedy Frontier,” “Houston, We Have a Sitc-com,” “Electromagnetism: The Best Relationship Moments in Season 6,” “The Big Bang Theory at PaleyFest 2013” and Gag Reel
The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Sixth Season is coming to Blu-ray Disc, DVD and UltraViolet from Warner Home Video! Whether on Earth or above it, hilarity is outrageously universal in TV's most popular comedy featuring four forward-thinking but socially backward geniuses. Fun discoveries multiply: Leonard learns jealousy is bad for a relationship (with Penny) but science is good for seduction (of Penny). Howard finds life on the International Space Station is no escape from terrestrial turmoil between his overbearing mom and his new wife Bernadette. Raj meets someone special who may be a good match, if only he can keep her from fleeing mid-date. Even Sheldon learns a few things: a) what not to say when called in to meet the university's employee relations director, b) what happens to childhood TV idols and c) that a Dungeons & Dragons adventure can be the icebreaker his relationship with Amy needs. For those who need laughter with scientific regularity, this 3-disc, 24-episode Season Six set of The Big Bang Theory will rock your cosmos. The sitcoms airs in original episodes on CBS (Thursdays 8|7c) and in repeats in off-network syndication on both cable (TBS) and broadcast (Fox Television Stations and more).
Created by Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men) and Bill Prady (Dharma & Greg), who executive produce along with Lee Aronshon (Two and a Half Men), the series stars Johnny Galecki as Leonard, Jim Parsons as Sheldon, Kaley Cuoco as Penny, Simon Helberg as Howard, Kunal Nayyar as Raj, Melissa Rauch as Bernadette, and Mayim Bialik as Amy Fowler.
The show keeps getting more popular! Some memorable episodes for season six include the season premiere “The Date Night Variable,” where with everyone paired up, Raj is left alone and imposes himself on others, while Howard cannot escape the two women in his life, even while on the space station. In “The Re-Entry Minimization,” Howard is home, but on his first night back Bernadette gets sick so he decides to visit his friends and his reception is not what he expected, while Game Night with Sheldon, Leonard, Penny and Amy takes a competitive turn when the girls take on the guys. In “The Habitation Configuration,” Bernadette puts her foot down about Howard moving out of his mom's house, while Sheldon is perplexed with the enmity between Amy and his friend Wil Wheaton and has no clue how to fix it. In “The Santa Simulation,” Leonard leads the boys on a Christmasy version of Dungeons and Dragons, while Raj joins the girls on their night out and they try to find him a girl.
In “The Egg Salad Equivalency,” Sheldon manages to put his foot in his mouth and ends up being accused of sexual harassment and in typical fashion he throws his friends under the bus too. “In “The Tangible Affection Proof,” the three couples celebrate Valentine's day in their own way, with little success while Raj and Stuart throw a party for their unattached friends. In “The Closet Reconfiguration,” Howard and Bernadette trick Sheldon into organizing their closet where he finds an unopened letter from Howard's father, while Howard then struggles whether or not to read it. In “The Proton Resurgence,” Sheldon learns that his childhood television idol, Professor Proton (guest star Bob Nehwart), is still alive and hiring himself out for parties, so of course Sheldon hires him to perform, while Raj is away for the weekend so he asks Howard and Bernadette to look after his dog, with the expected result. On the season finale, “The Bon Voyage Reaction,” Leonard gets an opportunity to work with Dr. Stephen Hawking, but the downside is it will mean being away for up to four months, as both Penny and Sheldon are affected tremendously and both try to come to terms with their feelings while still supporting Leonard, while Raj risks everything with Lucy when he pushes her too hard and too fast.
Notable guest stars for this season include Bob Newhart, Mike Massimino, Kevin Sussman, Wil Wheaton, Howie Mandel, Buzz Aldrin, Levar Burton, Carol Ann Susi, Pasha Lychnikoff, Margo Harshman, Kate Micucci, John Ross Bowie, Stephen Hawking, and Regina King.
The Blu-ray has episodes 1-12 on disc one, while the DVD has episodes 1-8 on disc one. The Blu-ray has episodes 13-24 on disc two, while the DVD has episodes 9-16 on disc two. The DVD has a third disc, with episodes 17-24. Here are the runtimes of each episode:
1. “The Date Night Variable" (21:09)
2. "The Decoupling Fluctuation" (21:25)
3. "The Higgs Boson Observation" (19:37)
4. "The Re-Entry Minimization" (20:59)
5. "The Holographic Excitation" (21:35)
6. "The Extract Obliteration" (21:12)
7. "The Habitation Configuration" (21:34)
8. “The 43 Peculiarity" (21:27)
9. "The Parking Spot Escalation" (19:59)
10. "The Fish Guts Displacement" (21:32)
11. "The Santa Simulation" (21:12)
12. "The Egg Salad Equivalency" (21:12)
13. "The Bakersfield Expedition" (21:05)
14. "The Cooper/Kripke Inversion" (19:57)
15. "The Spoiler Alert Segmentation" (20:49)
16. "The Tangible Affection Proof" (20:59)
17. "The Monster Isolation" (20:24)
18. "The Contractual Obligation Implementation" (20:07)
19. "The Closet Reconfiguration" (19:50)
20. "The Tenure Turbulence" (19:22)
21. "The Closure Alternative" (19:50)
22. "The Proton Resurgence" (21:33)
23. "The Love Spell Potential" (20:40)
24. "The Bon Voyage Reaction" (20:04)
The packaging has a short outer box that holds a short case, like most Blu-ray sets, and this is similar to previous Blu-ray releases for this show. Both the box and case has the same artwork for the cover and the back. The cover art has the cast in ‘60s style clothing inside a black and white cube. The show logo is on top of the cover art, with The Complete Sixth Season mention above it. The back has details on the series and set, along with special features and technical details. We also have a nice quote on top from TV Guide and four episodic photos from the season.
When we open the case, we see an episode listing booklet on the left panel. The insert has the same cover art as the thin outer box and case. The episodes are listed by disc, and have the episode number, title, writers, story by, director, original airdate and of course a short synopsis of the episode. We have a DVD section and a Blu-ray section. The booklet insert doesn’t have lots of photos again, as we only have one on the last page where the credits are. We also have another insert where we have our code to watch and instant stream the episodes on UltraViolet and an ad for the series on TBS. As for the disc placement, there are two little blue disc holder in the middle. The holder is like a book, meaning you can flip it back and forth. The front side holds a disc and the back side holds a disc. First, we have the first disc of the Blu-ray and the second Blu-ray disc is on the first plastic holder. The second plastic holder has discs one and two from the DVD and the third DVD disc is on the right panel itself. Disc artwork is in the same vein as the packaging, the black and white cube background with the cast in ‘60s style clothing. For the Blu-ray discs, disc one has a photo of Penny, Sheldon and Leonard and holds episodes 1-12. Disc two has a photo of Howard, Bernadette, Amy and Raj and holds episodes 13-24. As for the DVD, disc one has a photo of Sheldon, Leonard and Penny and holds episodes 1-8. Disc two has a photo of Howard and Raj and holds episodes 9-16, and disc three has a photo of Amy & Bernadette and holds episodes 17-24. This is all very consistent with the previous set.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menu screen is similar in vein to the packaging and such. It has the black and white cube background, with the same cast photo from the cover art. The catchy theme song from The Barenaked Ladies is playing in the background. Both the DVD and Blu-ray versions have all of this so far. On to the Main Menu, the options on the DVD are Play, Episodes, Languages, and Features. Features option is on each disc and lists what is available on that disc, more on special features later in this review. Languages option gives us the options to have subtitles in English, French, Espanol, Portuguese, Chinese or Thai. The audio is available in English and also Portuguese. The episodes option is very simple; it lists the episode number and title once again. So again, a simple but efficient menu, it just needed a bit of a change on each disc.
The options for the Blu-ray version are Play, Episodes, Audio, Subtitles and Special Features. All of the options are on both discs, like Blu-ray sets always do. For Special Features, both discs have some. Subtitles option gives us the options to have subtitles in English, French, Española - Castellano, Española - Latino, Chinese, and Portuguese. The Audio option has us choosing between English, Española - Castellano, and Portuguese. And finally the Episodes option, we are given the episode number and title.
Video and Audio Quality:
It’s so nice to see the episodes in Blu-ray! The video and audio are obviously perfect with the Blu-ray release and since the series isn’t old at all, it looks like you would see on CBS HD. Maybe it is even better. We have five or six chapter stops per episode for the Blu-ray version.
For the DVD version, the video and audio are excellent as well. The series aired in HD on CBS this past season, so why wouldn’t it be excellent? The DVD has the video in widescreen and a nice stereo sounding sound. No complaints from me! Anything less would be a total disappointment for a current show on DVD. Each episode on this set has 5 or 6 chapter stops each, so you can jump to scenes faster to find Penny in sexy clothing.
The first special feature is a featurette titled “The Big Bang Theory: The Final Comedy Frontier” (11:11). On this, we go behind the scenes with the cast and real-life astronauts as they discuss Howard’s mission to the International Space Station! Interviewed on this featurette are Simon Helberg, Mike Massimino, Kunal Nayyar, Buzz Aldrin, Richard Searfoss (Chief Test Pilot), and Mercedes (fan in space). Next up we have the featurette “Houston, We Have a Sit-com” (9:52). This has the cast surprising astronaut Joe Acaba with a live Skype as he circles the earth in the International Space Station. Interviewed are Mike Massimino, Simon Helberg, Melissa Rauch, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar. Then we have “The Big Bang Theory at PaleyFest 2013” (28:11). This of course is the cast and producers at Paley Fest 2013 during the Big Bang Theory panel from March 2013 hosted by Pauley Perrette. All seven main cast members and three producers are on hand.
Next up we have “Electromagnetism: The Best Relationship Moments in Season 6,” as the couples share their top moments. First up we have “Leonard & Penny” (7:52), as Kaley Cuoco & Johnny Galecki discuss the on-going drama between fan favorites Penny & Leonard. Then we have “Sheldon & Amy” (9:44), as Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik discuss the dramatic evolution of their dynamic in season six. Up next we have the married couple “Howard & Bernadette” (6:01), as Simon Helberg & Melissa Rauch discuss the impact of Howard’s mission to space, being married and living together. The final installment is “Raj” (6:46), as Kunal Nayyar explores the various attempts by Raj to form relationships this past season - whether finding a replacement for Howard or his new found relationship with the ultra-shy Lucy. And finally we have a Gag Reel (9:16). This of course is bloopers and outtakes from this season. See what happens when Kaley Cuoco messes up! This show does test the hilarity hypothesis, doesn’t it?
Wow, can’t believe it’s been six seasons already. The show looks so much better in Blu-ray. It’s nice to have the DVD as well, just in case. It’s actually cheaper to get this combo pack then get just the Blu-ray set or just the DVD set. Only real negative is that we don’t have an exclusive special feature for the Blu-ray discs again. I always look forward to Blu-ry sets having a little more, but the perfect video and audio is of course the key. This Combo Pack is a good set and I am glad Warner Home Video did it, and I recommend you buying it this way. I think Warner Bros. has done a good job with this set again. The special features quantity went up yet again. There were some episodes I didn’t really care for again, but this show is always enjoyable. I think it is the second best comedy in quality on TV behind Modern Family. Go and buy this set before the seventh season premiere on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 8pm on CBS! BAZINGA!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 3.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 3.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by Pavan on 09/14/13
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