TITLE: WILL & GRACE - THE SERIES FINALE
Release Date: May 30, 2006 (Lionsgate Home Entertainment)
Number of Discs: 1
Number of Episodes: 1
Running Time: 42 Minutes, 35 Seconds
Run Time of Special Features: 37 Minutes, 9 Seconds
Audio: English 2.0
Special Features: The Final Bow Featurette; The Last
Words: Interviews with the Cast
Introduction / Guest Stars:
The culmination of eight seasons ends with one series
finale - will Will (Eric McCormack) and Grace (Debra
Messing) raise a child together and find ultimate
happiness? Will Jack (Sean Hayes) find anyone that
loves him as much as he loves himself? Will Karen
(Megan Mullally) find true happiness with the absence
of Stan? All these questions are answered as this
groundbreaking series concludes eight amazing seasons.
Harry Connick, Jr., Kevin Bacon, and Bobby Cannavale
Packaging / Menu Design and Navigation:
The release is a single-disc keep case. Two separate
shots of the cast appear in front of the white
background. At the top are the main four standing
close to each other, smiling and happy. In the
middle is the Will & Grace logo with Series Finale
text. The picture below that is of the 4 cast
members taking a bow. Back cover has the cast,
asleep, on a couch after a party. Special Features
is in a tilted maroon box near the top of the picture.
Above that is the teaser for the series finale.
Below the picture is the standard episode and release
details text. The disc is white, and features the
same shot of the cast taking a bow. Below the disc
hole is the W&G logo and Series Finale text. This
picture is reused for the main menu. After 20
seconds, however, it changes to the picture used at the
top of the front cover. It then switches back after
another 20 seconds. Repeat. Choosing ďPlay Series
FinaleĒ causes the screen to go first white, then
pink, and then play the episode. During the color
shifts, the audience ďapplauds.Ē The audience also
applauds when you go to the Special Features Menu.
Video and Audio Quality:
If youíve read any internet forums, you already know
EXACTLY where Iím going with THIS. The episode, as
it exists on the DVD is in Full Frame. Having had
access to an NBC HD affiliate for almost two years
now, I can point out whatís wrong with that right off
the bat: The W&G finale aired in WIDESCREEN. NBC, who
provides the episodes for Lionsgate (oooh, change to
the name formatting!) to distribute, apparently gave
them the full frame version for the set. The folks who
plunked down $5-$10 of their hard-earned money deserve
an answer. I know $5-$10 isnít a comparatively large
sum of money, but itís still equivalent to a meal on
the table to some people. Iím relatively sure the
fault does NOT lie with Lionsgate: The disc ITSELF
says Widescreen, indicating they were intending as
such. Something, however, went wrong, and I think the
fans of this show deserve to know.
For a show that isnít the widescreen version, the
video is still pretty nice. The colors are nice and
sharp --≠ not too bright or dull. There appears to be a
bit of graininess to the video that I canít really
explain. The audio is a Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo.
The audio is neither too loud nor too quiet. The
music is well balanced vs. the vocals. Chapter stops
at the end of each scene. Runtime: 42:35
The Final Bow: Curtain Call: The Last Season
Essentially home-movie like video from the last
episode. Runs 12:59. Thereís no interviews or
anything, just video.
The Last Words: Because hereís the interviews.
Everyone who SHOULD be interviewed IS interviewed.
Videos for a read, various stuff. A nice featurette.
Run Time of Special Features: 37:09
I figured there was no possible way they could get a
single-episode release wrong --≠ it was a sure thing.
Watch an episode, write a quickie review, and Iím out
of here. Instead, I had to dig my axe out of storage
and spent a good quarter of my review on the fact that
they messed the video up big-time. They essentially
lopped off the sides of the screen. If you have to
have this set, go ahead and buy it ≠ itís cheap.
Otherwise, Iíd just wait for the eventual Season 8
release. The features will probably be seen again, and
the video will almost certainly be in HD THEN. They
will release season 5 on August 29. NOT RECOMMENDED.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 3.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 3/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
Final Score: 3/5
-- Reviewed by Seth Thrasher on 06/07/06
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