TITLE: THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW - THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON
Release: February 2, 2010 (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 624 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: N/A
Languages: English Mono
Subtitles: English, Spanish; Closed Captioned
Special Features: None.
Join all of your favorites in the WJM-TV newsroom for the hilarious, heartfelt sixth season of the comedy classic that turned the world on with a smile now on DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment! This time, love is all around and while the ever-independent Mary falls head over heels and rekindles an old flame, the level-headed Murray pines away for a secret love of his own. And that’s just the beginning -- from Lou’s outrageously unlikely date with Sue Ann to Ted and Georgette’s uproarious wedding, it’s time to share the love, the lunacy, and the laughter with all of the gang in this timeless Emmy Award-winning classic.
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
This show is one of my favorites, and it’s good to see the DVD sets continuing. The season starts with Lou learning that his ex-wife is remarrying. Another hilarious episode is the season’s fifth episode where Ted auditions as host of a game show in New York. The first signature episode of the season, though, is the 7th show: Chuckles Bites the Dust. Chuckles the Clown is crushed to death by an elephant in a parade. The wide range of emotions from hysterical laughter to sincere remorse can be found here, and for an episode with a ridiculous premise it delivers well. A couple of episodes this season involve a potential romance between Lou and Sue Ann, and the episodes are hysterical. The season ends with Ted and Georgette deciding to adopt after Ted is told he can’t have children.
Lots of guests this season: Ed Flanders, who would go on to star as Dr. Westphall in one of my favorite shows ever St. Elsewhere, appears in the episode “Mary’s Father.” Penny Marshall appears in “Murray in Love.” Dian Parkinson, the future Price is Right model who would both appear in Playboy as well as suing show host Bob Barker for sexual harassment in the 1990s, appears as a model in “Ted’s Moment of Glory.” Mackenzie Phillips, who would soon go on to fame in One Day at a Time, appears in “Mary’s Delinquent.” John Ritter, future star of Three’s Company and 8 Simple Rules appears in the episode “Ted’s Wedding.” Star of ‘50s & ‘60s TV & film Beverly Garland appears as one of Lou Grant’s long-ago girlfriends in “Lou Douses an Old Flame.” Valerie Harper returns as Rhoda in “Mary Richards Falls in Love.” Betty Ford, then-First Lady of the United States, appears as herself in “The Seminar” as does actor Dabney Coleman. Penny Marshall reappears in “Ménage-a-Lou” as does actress Janis Paige (Santa Barbara, Trapper John M.D., et al...) and future Taxi cast member Jeff Conaway.
Another season, another clear plastic case. This packaging type is fairly common, and is the same as what was used for the fifth season’s set. Main package art is shown at the top of this review. Disc art features the same off-center, cut-off M artwork that was used previously, this season featuring the yellow-orange-red color scheme. A simplistic episode list -- without episode details -- appears on the left interior panel. Three discs, 24 episodes, so logically -- there are 8 episodes on each disc.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The main menus are very similar to those used on M*A*S*H, if slightly less encompassing. Main menu features a purple background with lots of rounded squares along the top and bottom, with several episode photos appearing in the ones on the top. Episode list is at the bottom, selecting the episode takes you to a sub-menu. Each episode sub-menu has a Play Episode option, a scene selection menu, and a language selection menu. The scene selection options are pretty much only ever found on 20th Century Fox sets, and they’re a favorite feature. It’s slightly difficult to tell which episode is selected on the main menu as the selection indicator is a slight color change of the number that’s difficult to make out.
Video and Audio Quality:
Because of the scene selection options, you’ll find even up to 10 chapters per episode. Each fade out to a new location or setting gets its own chapter. On the plus side it’s easier to resume an episode or skip the opening titles -- but it’s also harder to skip long distances at once.
Here’s the thing: Several people complained about the video quality of the last season’s set, and I’m confused by that. The video looked great. I didn’t notice any compression issues or color issues, or any other problems -- outside of the opening credits, which were filmed instead of tape and show wear more consistent with TV filming of the era. If you found something to complain about on the last set you’ll probably gripe about this one. If you thought the last set was fine you’ll think this set is fine. Audio is a generic mono track but it does the job well enough.
1) Edit Gets Married: 26:02
2) Mary Moves Out: 26:04
3) Mary’s Father: 26:02
4) Murray in Love: 26:03
5) Ted’s Moment of Glory: 26:02
6) Mary’s Aunt: 26:05
7) Chuckles Bites the Dust: 26:01
8) Mary’s Delinquent: 26:04
9) Ted’s Wedding: 26:00
10) Lou Douses an Old Flame: 25:59
11) Mary Richards Falls in Love: 25:59
12) Ted’s Tax Refund: 26:00
13) The Happy Homemaker Takes Lou Home: 26:00
14) One Boyfriend Too Many: 26:02
15) What Do You Want to Do When You Produce?: 26:01
16) Not With My Wife, I Don’t: 26:04
17) The Seminar: 25:59
18) Once I Had a Secret Love: 26:00
19) Ménage-a-Lou: 25:59
20) Murray Takes a Stand: 25:57
21) Mary’s Aunt Returns: 26:03
22) A Reliable Source: 26:02
23) Sue Ann Falls in Love: 26:01
24) Ted and the Kid: 26:06
No special features, again. It would be nice to have SOMETHING, at least something from the archives.
Six down, one to go. We’re one year away from having the complete series on DVD and I want badly to see this happen. It’s a great show that should be getting more cable airplay than it does, so at the very least having the entire run on DVD would be nice. For the final DVD set I’d love to see something new in the way of bonus features, but I’d rather have a barebones set than nothing at all. My only recommendation for the last set?
As for this set? It’s still a funny show, and I can’t recommend it enough. Strongly recommended.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4/5
-- Reviewed by Seth Thrasher on 02/04/10
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