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The Golden Girls - The Complete Sixth Season


TITLE: THE GOLDEN GIRLS - THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006 (Buena Vista Home Entertainment)
Color/1990-1991
MSRP: $39.99
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 26
Running Time: 615 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English, English subtitles; Closed-Captioned.
Special Features: Candid Conversations with Betty, Rue, and Others


Introduction:

Get out the cheesecake and gather around the table for the Complete Sixth Season of The Golden Girls! By now, you know the story: four women in the prime of their life sharing a home--and life--together in Miami. There's Blanche (Rue McClanahan), the sex-crazed one; Rose (Betty White), the naive one; Dorothy (Bea Arthur), the smart one; and of course, there is Sophia (Estelle Getty), Dorothy's mother. The Complete Sixth Season brings all 26 episodes from the 1990-1991 season of the show (as well as a bonus feature) to a three disc DVD set.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The season begins with the episode "Blanche Delivers," where Blanche's daughter (who decided to become artificially inseminated in season 5, remember that field trip that the girls took to the sperm bank?) decides that she wants to have her baby in Miami. But will Blanche's ego allow that to happen? Don Ameche guest stars in "Once, in St. Olaf," where Rose realizes that one of the patients in the hospital might be closer to her than she realizes. Stan has become a hit in the potato peeling industry and is finally a success in "If At Last You Do Succeed..." In "Snap Out of It," Dorothy tries to help a reclusive man (Martin Mull) step out of his apartment, for the first time in decades. Blanche makes a shocking discovery about an affair that her father had in "Wham, Bam, Thank You, Mammy." Rose thinks that her dentist may be sexually harassing her and Dorothy is facing a crisis of principles in "Feelings." Dorothy thinks she has found love in somebody from her past--Stan--in "Zborn Again." Sophia becomes Sister Sophia in "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sophia?" and is very much unloved by her fellow sisters. Sonny Bono and Lyle Waggoner guest star in "Mrs. George Deveraux," where Blanche has a dream that her husband is still alive.

Blanche just can't stop giving Sophia and Rose bad love advice in "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun...Before They Die." In "Stand by Your Man," Blanche has a new love interest, except she doesn't realize he is in a wheelchair until after she makes the date with him. Phil (Dorothy's brother and Sophia's son) dies in "Ebbtide's Revenge," but Sophia is still upset about something from the past involving Phil and his wife. Rose decides that her relationship with Miles can become stronger if she and Miles go skydiving in "The Bloom is Off the Rose." Blanche's brother announces that he is getting married--but he is gay--in "Sisters of the Bride." Miles has a secret, and if it gets out, it could mean the end of his life in "Miles to Go." In the two-parter "There Goes the Bride," Dorothy decides to get married to a love interest of the past that is very successful now--Stan! Dorothy decides to take Sophia to a nursing home during the day so that they can "look after her" in "Older and Wiser," but arranges for the whole thing to appear to be a job as an activities director for the nursing home. Can the nursing home handle this wild activities director?

In "Melodrama," Blanche is determined to go further with Mel Bushman, but does he want to go any further with her? Blanche enjoys babysitting her granddaughter, but she realizes that there is an added benefit of babysitting her granddaughter--it makes men think she is a younger woman and she is a recently widowed mother--in "Even Grandmas Get the Blues." Kristy McNichol guest stars in "Witness," where Miles returns from the witness protection program, but is he back for good? Dorothy is going to the prom (at her age!), with the date that stood her up (played by Hal Linden) and forced her to have to go to the prom with Stan (we all know what happened on that date!) in "What a Difference a Date Makes." Dorothy decides to participate in a charity auction where a lucky bidder can get a date with her in "Love for Sale," but of course, the person she would want a date with the least ends up bidding on her--any guesses as to whom? Sophia may be going to jail in the two-parter "Never Yell Fire in a Crowded Retirement Home." Finally, the season ends with "Henny Penny - Straight, No Chaser," where the girls have to put on a production of, you guessed it, Henny Penny. But will the show go on when Rose realizes how the play ends?


Packaging:

For these DVD sets, they have been pretty consistent for all of the DVD sets in regards to packaging... and this set is no exception. The main thing that changes for each season is the color scheme; this time, the packaging is in a purple color scheme. Basically, the front of the outer box has four separate shots of all each of the girls and the back has a screenshot from the show--nothing too complicated. Inside, we once again have the three panel digipak, with the far left panel containing a listing of episodes on each disc, the middle panel containing Discs 1 and 2, and the far right panel containing Disc 3. The discs are purple (just like the artwork), with Dorothy and Sophia on Disc 1, Blanche on Disc 2, and Rose on Disc 3. Disc 1 contains episodes 1-9, Disc 2 contains episodes 10-18, and Disc 3 contains episodes 19-26 as well as the special features.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menus are mostly the same as in the previous sets: simple and functional. Basically, you have the option to Play All, go to Episode Selections, Set Up (turn on subtitles or register your DVDs), Sneak Peeks (Disc 1 only), and to play the special feature (Disc 3 only). There is a slight change in the way the main menu looks. It is very minor, however, and doesn't change the set a whole lot. Basically, instead of having all of these options at the top and center of the main menu, they are more scattered on the screen and lined up diagonally. All of the menus do pretty much what you'd expect them to do. And of course, the closing theme music plays in the background on all of the menu screens. There is no scene selection menu for the episodes, but there are chapters in each episode, placed everywhere that a commercial break would normally be placed.


Video and Audio Quality:

The story here is, well, pretty much the same as it has been in the past. I'm not sure what exactly the problem is, though, but the video quality seemed to be a slight bit worse this time. It seemed as if the picture quality wasn't quite as sharp for this set. However, this did not seem to be too serious of a problem. The audio is fine for the episodes, presented in Dolby Digital Stereo Sound. There are English subtitles and closed-captioning for those that need or want those.

On the previous set, I had stated that I thought every episode was unedited, but I was wrong, and Buena Vista managed to slip a few edited episodes in to the mix. This time, I am just going to say that I have no idea as to whether or not the episodes are edited or unedited, because I honestly can not say with certainty. Most appear to be unedited, and I definitely saw many scenes on many episodes that I never remember seeing on Lifetime, but that does not necessarily mean they are all unedited. Runtimes for the episodes are as follows:

Disc 1:
1. "Blanche Delivers" (23:27)
2. "Once, in St. Olaf" (23:58)
3. "If at Last You Do Succeed" (23:51)
4. "Snap Out of It" (23:54)
5. "Wham, Bam, Thank You, Mammy" (23:58)
6. "Feelings" (23:57)
7. "Zborn Again" (23:57)
8. "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Sophia?" (23:36)
9. "Mrs. George Devereaux" (23:57)

Disc 2:
10. "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun... Before They Die" (23:56)
11. "Stand By Your Man" (23:46)
12. "Ebbtide's Revenge" (23:52)
13. "The Bloom Is Off the Rose" (23:51)
14. "Sisters of the Bride" (23:51)
15. "Miles to Go" (23:56)
16. "There Goes the Bride (Part 1)" (23:55)
17. "There Goes the Bride (Part 2)" (23:46)
18. "Older and Wiser" (23:03)

Disc 3:
19. "Melodrama" (23:22)
20. "Even Grandmas Get the Blues" (23:52)
21. "Witness" (22:49)
22. "What a Difference a Date Makes" (23:57)
23. "Love For Sale" (23:56)
24/25. "Never Yell Fire in a Crowded Retirement Home (Parts 1 & 2)" (45:15)
26. "Henny Penny -- Straight, No Chaser" (23:26)


Special Features:

Once again, Buena Vista has, for the most part, neglected special features on this DVD on this set. It is very disappointing that they would neglect this show in the way that they have done. However, this set isn't totally lacking special features, and I have to admit, the one special feature that they did include was somewhat interesting. The one and only special feature is "Candid Conversations with Betty, Rue, and Others," which is just a 20 minute interview from an event in February where Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Susan Harris, Richard Vaczy, and others involved with the show sit in front of an audience and talk about the show. There really wasn't a whole lot addressed here that was not addressed in the commentaries on the fifth season DVD set, but it is still interesting to watch. I wish they would have brought back the commentaries this time, though!


Final Comments:

This is basically a pretty good set and if you are a diehard fan of The Golden Girls (or even just like the show to any extent); you'll definitely want to pick up this set. This is just one of those shows that really should be in any TV-on-DVD collection. What I find to be disappointing, however, is the fact that special features keep getting neglected on these DVD sets. There is only one more season remaining to be released on DVD (it'll be released in February, according to TVShowsOnDVD.com), and unless Buena Vista decides to load it up with special features, we will probably never see any special footage or certain interviews from the show unless it gets released on another medium in the future. For now, though, break out the cheesecake and watch these DVDs with your friends, you withered old Sicilian monkey!


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

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 1.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 11/10/06

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