TITLE: GREY'S ANATOMY - THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON
DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011 (ABC Studios)
Packaging: Digipak with Outer Box
Number of Discs: 6
Number of Episodes: 22 (23 counting extended Musical Event episode)
Running Time: 946 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 57 minutes (not counting extended episode)
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese & Thai; Closed Captioned.
* Extended Musical Event Episode: “Song Beneath The Song”
* “The Music Event - Behind the Musical”
* “Dissecting Grey’s Anatomy: Unaired Scenes” (16 of them)
* “Seattle Grace: Message of Hope” 6 webisodes and “The Making of Seattle Grace: Message of Hope”
* “In Stitches: Season Seven Outtakes”
Let the healing begin. Primetime television's most beloved doctors return for an unprecedented season of emotional twists and turns. Relive every mesmerizing moment with ABC's Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Seventh Season on DVD on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011!
It's a year of new beginnings for the medical team of Seattle Grace-Mercy West Hospital as they slowly recover from the tragedy that hit too close to home. New relationships emerge and the strongest commitments are tested in this moving 6-disc set. From successes in the operating room to mistakes in the bedroom – and all the thrilling drama in between – the doctors find a way to survive as long as they lean on one another. Relive every heartbeat and get even more – including the extended version of the moving Musical Event and music videos featuring the doctors like you have never seen them before – only on DVD.
Grey’s Anatomy stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens Jr. as Dr. Richard Webber, Eric Dane as Dr. Mark “McSteamy” Sloane, Sara Ramirez as Dr. Callie Torres, Chyler Leigh as Lexie Grey, Jessica Capshaw as Dr. Arizona Robbins, Kim Raver as Dr. Teddy Altman, Jesse Williams as Dr. Jackson Avery, Sarah Drew as Dr. April Kepner, with Kevin McKidd as Dr. Owen Hunt, and Patrick Dempsey as Derek “Dr. McDreamy” Shepherd. Recurring are James Tupper, Rachel Taylor, Peter MacNicol, Scott Foley, Daniel Sunjata, Jeff Perry, and Loretta Devine.
We get 22 episodes this season, which is down from the series’ normal 24 because series creator Shonda Rhimes was juggling two other ABC series and a pilot. The series is still appointment television and is still the #1 drama on TV in the ratings. On the season premiere, “With You I’m Born Again,” Derek makes a decision to resign as chief and return to surgery. In “Superfreak,” issues surface when Derek's estranged sister Amelia (Private Practice co-star Caterina Scorsone) visits unexpectedly. We also had a very unique episode that was filmed in a different style - a documentary style in “These Arms of Mine,” as a documentary crew visits the hospital six months after the shooting. In “Adrift and Peace,” concerned about Cristina, Derek takes her on a fishing trip. In “Disarm,” a gunman open fires at a college, sending mass casualties to the hospital and a familiar story to the residents. In “P.Y.T.,” Alex butts heads with the new OB, while Mark bribes Jackson for information on Lexie. In another unique episode, “Golden Hour,” Meredith volunteers to run the ER for a night and we see what happens in a one-hour time frame, it’s 60 minutes with Meredith Grey! In “This Is How We Do It,” Richard tries to get Adele into Derek and Meredith's Alzheimer's trial. On another unique episode, “Song Beneath the Song” (also known as The Musical Event), a cataclysmic event leaves the doctors shaken. In “White Wedding,” Meredith and Derek make a life-changing decision. On the season finale, “Unaccompanied Minor,” the new chief resident is chosen, while Meredith could be in trouble for supposedly tampering with Derek’s Alzheimer’s trial.
Guest starring is Steven W. Bailey as Joe the bartender, Jason George as Ben Warren, special guest star Kate Walsh as Addison Montgomery, Caterina Scorsone, Omar Gooding, Frances Conroy, Diane Farr, Christian Clemenson, Amanda Foreman, Mandy Moore, Ryan Devlin, Amber Benson, Amber Stevens, Nancy Travis, L. Scott Caldwell, Hector Elizondo, and Doris Roberts.
Runtimes are below with about 43 minutes per episode:
1. “With You I'm Born Again” 42:56
2. “Shock to the System” 42:58
3. “Superfreak” 43:00 (Caterina Scorsone guest stars on a crossover with “Private Practice”)
4. “Can't Fight Biology” 43:01
5. “Almost Grown” 43:00
6. “These Arms of Mine” 42:59
7. “That’s Me Trying” 43:01
8. “Something's Gotta Give” 42:46
9. “Slow Night, So Long” 43:01
10. “Adrift And At Peace” 43:01
11. “Disarm” 43:00
12. “Start Me Up” 43:00
13. “Don't Deceive Me (Please Don't Go)” 43:01
14. “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” 43:02
15. “Golden Hour” 43:00
16. “Not Responsible” 43:01
17. “This Is How We Do It” 43:00
18. “Song Beneath the Song” 44:00 (Kate Walsh guest stars on a crossover with “Private Practice”)
19. “Song Beneath the Song” EXTENDED 48:07 (Kate Walsh guest stars on a crossover with “Private Practice”)
20. “It's A Long Way Back” 42:59
21. “White Wedding” 43:02
22. “I Will Survive” 43:01
23. “Unaccompanied Minor” 43:02
The packaging is an outer box with a digipak inside similar to the past few releases once again. ABC Studios has been changing it to an outer box holding a keep case, but they kept this one intact once again. The box art has black & white headshots in a red shade of the entire main cast (Alex, Meredith, Derek, Bailey, Owen, Yang, Teddy, Richard, April, Mark, Lexie, Jackson, Callie and Arizona). In the middle, it says Grey’s Anatomy - Complete Seventh Season More Heartbeats. The back of the box has a nice synopsis of the show and set, with snapshots of the entire cast from the show in 8 different episodic screenshots. In addition, there is section listing all the bonus features for this set and the technical specifications. The color scheme of red continues. Then we get to the digipak case inside. The front has that red color scheme with color episodic photos of everyone (some are in two different photos). The back of the case has part of a cast photo, which we will see once we open the case. When we open the case once, we get a booklet holder pocket on the left side with a disc-by-disc breakdown. On the right side we see some of that nice cast photo. The booklet holder pocket has two inserts. We don’t get an episode booklet again, since the episode titles are listed on the left panel packaging. There is an insert showcasing your favorite ABC Studios DVDs and how to save money! The final insert is a Blu-ray catalog. Opening the case a second time, we have discs one and two in the middle along with more of that cast photo on the right. A third open has discs three and four and then discs five & six on the right most panel. All of the discs have the red color scheme with multiple characters artwork. Disc one has headshots of Meredith & Derek and holds episodes 1-4. Disc two has headshots of Yang, Owen and Teddy and holds episodes 5-8. Disc three has headshots of Bailey, Alex & April and holds episodes 9-12. Disc four has headshots of the new item Lexie & Jackson and holds episodes 13-16. Disc five has headshots of Arizona, Callie & Mark and holds episodes 17-19. Disc six has a headshot of Richard and holds episodes 20-22 and the special features. Underneath the two discs per holder, we have the nice Seattle skyline once again!
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menu screen is very high-quality and similar to the previous sets. It starts with headshots of the main cast, from Yang to Meredith in a nice black background. The catchy theme (in full!) is playing in the background. Then with the theme still playing, we get to the main menu screen with the options and video images in the background. The theme does loop, so it starts over. However, for disc one, before the main menu we get auto trailers for ABC TV on DVD, The Lion King and African Cats. The menu options are: Play All, Episode Selection, Set Up, Bonus Features and Sneak Peeks. Sneak Peeks and Bonus Features are only on disc six. Sneak Peeks are of the new ABC Fall 2011 series, Castle, The Chew, and Prep & Landing. When you select each sub-menu, you have different background music from the show. Set Up menu has where you can turn on the captions for English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chines or Thai, along with how to register your DVD. Episode Selection menu has a screenshot from the episode along with the title of the episode, and then you can select which one you want to view. Details on the Bonus Features will be in the special features section. 6 or 7 chapter stops are available for each episode. This is quite similar to the previous set.
Video and Audio Quality:
There is no change here...and that is good! The video and audio are both excellent, as it should be since this season is from this past season of 2010-11. The video is in widescreen as it should be. Audio is perfect in Dolby Digital Surround Sound. I again have no complaints whatsoever. There are chapter stops, which I mentioned in the last section and we get 6 or 7, depending on the episode. The video and audio are on par with the previous sets. There were two cross-overs between Grey’s and Private Practice this season, but they were both on Grey’s only. Caterina Scorsone guest starred on an early season seven episode, while Kate Walsh came in for the Music Event. Look for our Private Practice Season 4 DVD review this weekend on the blog: http://blog.sitcomsonline.com/2011/09/digital-digest-private-practice.html
We have many special features once again, but it seems it not as many as past seasons. Most of the features are on disc six. The only extra on the other discs is the extended episode of “Song Beneath the Song” (48:07), but that is located on the actual Episode Selection screen. Once again for this set is that we don’t get any audio commentaries, which is a shame. The first real extra is on disc five and it is “The Music Event: Behind the Music” (14:57). This is probably the best featurette on the set as we learn a lot how this episode was made and how it was pitched to ABC. It is very interesting and I’m glad they did it because it came out great. It wasn’t like a Broadway musical. It was a musical, Grey’s style, led by Sara Ramirez! Believe it or not, Chyler Leigh has never sung before, but wow she can sing! Interviewed are Shonda Rhimes & Betsy Beers, Tony Phelan (executive producer/director), Sara Ramirez, Chyler Leigh, Chandra Wilson, Kevin McKidd, Chris Horvath (feature song producer), Justin Chambers, Eric Dane, Sarah Drew, Karin Gleason (co-producer), Jessica Capshaw, Susan Vaill (editor), Scott Ramsey (visual effects supervisor), and Jesse Williams. Then next is “Dissecting Grey’s Anatomy: Unaired Scenes.” We have a lot of them! We get 16 total unaired scenes but once again we don’t have the option to have audio commentary from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers like we did for seasons five and earlier. The 16 deleted scenes are also down from the 21 for season six. The deleted scenes go by episode and there is a scene title. We will give you the episode titles only and runtimes. “With You I’m Born Again” (0:55, 2:37, 0:38); “Can’t fight Biology” (0:39, 0:44); “These Arms of Mine” (0:28); “That’s Me Trying” (0:55); “Adrift and At Peace” (0:42); “Disarm” (0:46); “Don’t Deceive Me” (0:23, 0:49); “Not Responsible” (0:32, 1:07); “This Is How We Do It” (0:49); “White Wedding” (0:33); “Unaccompanied Minor” (0:22).
Moving on, we have six webisodes of the abc.com series “Seattle Grace: Message of Hope.” Like last season’s “On Call” series, these are short episodes for the web. This time we have The Chief, Hunt, Jackson and April starring. The webisodes run 2:52, 3:51, 2:36, 3:07, 3:50, and 3:52. See how the hospital is getting everyone reassured that the hospital is now back to normal after the shooting. Then there is also a nice background featurette titled “The Making of Seattle Grace: Message of Hope” (4:07) with interviews with stars Kevin McKidd, James Pickens Jr., Jesse Williams & Sarah Drew along with co-producer Chris Van Dusen.
Finally, we have “In Stitches: Season Seven Outtakes” that runs 2:48. The bloopers will have you in stitches, literally as the cast messes up but have fun doing it! This is a bit longer than last year’s bloopers, so that is a plus. We don’t have any “Extended Scenes” unfortunately this season.
This is another great set and another great season for the Seattle Grace-Mercy West staff. Season seven was great in quality with three episodes that broke the mold by doing something completely different from the norm, and it worked. If you need to catch up, I won’t give anything away, but you should catch up quickly because the season premiere for season eight is on Sept. 22.. There were not a lot of changes this season, but we did see Avery and April more, as they joined the cast as regulars. The recurring stars were all great as well and gelled well with the main 14. This is indeed a great set once again despite the special features having no audio commentaries again and the quantity being down. The set is still very good and I do recommend you to pick this up, especially if you have the first six sets. Believe it or not, the series is entering its eighth season and you can catch up in time if you need to before the season premiere on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 9|8 central on ABC! We get more heartbeats, but the same Grey’s with some creative new episode ideas!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 3/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
-- Reviewed by Pavan on 09/10/11
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