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Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Ninth Season: Everything Changes (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

August 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

 “Grey’s Anatomy” season nine was a well-balanced season with a lot of emotional situations, heartbreaking tragedies of established characters, well-written episodes but also, somewhat of a passing of the torch to newer characters for the series. “Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Ninth Season: Everything Changes” is highly recommended!

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DVD TITLE: Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Ninth Season: Everything Changes

SERIES DATE: 2012-2013

DURATION: 21 Episodes (1008 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, Spanish and French Subtitles, Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions

COMPANY: abc studios

RATED: TV 14 DSLV

RELEASE DATE: August 27, 2013

Created by Shonda Rhimes

Directed by Rob Corn, Edward Ornelas, Tony Phelan, Chandraw Wilson, Allison Liddi-Brown, Jeannot Szwarc, Stephen Cragg, Mark Jackson, Kevin McKidd, Steve Robin

Written by Shonda Rhimes, Stacy McKee, Krista Vernoff, William Harper, Debora Cahn, Joan Rater, Zoanne Clack, Austin Guzman, Meg Marinis

Executive Producer: Betsy Beers, Shonda Rhimes, Krista Vernoff, Rob Corn, Marc Gordon, Shonda Rhimes, Joan Rater, Krista Vernoff,

Co-Executive Producer: Mark Wilding, Tony Phelan, Joan Rater

Producer: Tammy Ann Casper, Rob Corn, Linda Klein, Zoanne Clack

Consulting Producer: Debora Cahn

Supervising Producer: Jenna Bans

Associate Producer: Chris Van Dusen

Music by Danny Lux

Cinematography by Herbert Davis

Edited by Joe Mitacek, Susan Vaill, David Greenspan, Edward Ornelas, Justin Chinn

Casting by John Brace, Linda Lowy

Production Design by Donald Lee Harris

Set Decoration by Nicole Cramer

Costume Design by Mimi Melgaard

Art Direction by Brian Harms

Starring:

Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey

Patrick Dempsey as Dr. Derek Shepherd

Sandra Oh as Dr. Cristina Yang

Eric Dane as Dr. Mark Sloan

Justin Chambers as Dr. Alex Karev

Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey

James Pickens Jr. as Dr. Richard Webber

Sara Ramirez as Dr. Callie Torres

Kevin McKidd as Dr. Owen Hunt

Jessica Capshaw as Dr. Arizona Robbins

Chyler Leigh as Dr. Lexie Grey

Jesse Williams as Dr. Jackson Avery

Sarah Drew as Dr. April Kepner

Camilla Luddington as Dr. Jo Wilson

Gaius Charles as Dr. Shane Ross

Loretta Devine as Adele Webber

Jerrika Hinton as Dr. Stephanie Edwards

Jason George as Dr. Ben Warren

Tina Majorino as Dr. Heather Brooks

It’s a year of bold new beginnings as your favorite doctors return to Seattle Grace for the biggest challenge of their lives. Experience every breathtaking moment with all 24 episodes of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy: The Complete Ninth Season. The plane crash that took the life of Lexie Grey sends shockwaves throughout the hospital. But from the ashes, romance will rise, with each surgeon handling the loss in their own personal way. Meredith finds her groove in the operating room while Derek’s hand injury forces him to focus on something other than surgery. And as Mark prepares to say goodbye, Alex falls for someone new, Cristina tries to rekindle the flame with Owen, and Bailey and Ben discover the perils of a long distance relationship. Relive the romance and excitement of ABC’s unforgettable primetime drama with never-before-seen bonus features, in the sensational ninth season of Grey’s Anatomy.

“Grey’s Anatomy” has been a medical drama series that has remained strong for nine years straight.

For it’s ninth season, how could the writers keep the show fresh and interesting for viewers?  For one, it was time to bring in new faces to the series while saying goodbye to characters who have been with the series since the beginning.

But also to focus on growth of the characters in their personal lives, personal careers and how people move on.

For the ninth season of “Grey’s Anatomy”, the series starts back up not long after the doctors were involved in a deadly plane crash.

For Dr. Meredith Grey, she must continue life after the death of her sister Lexie and also be there for her husband who sustained major nerve damage.  Will Dr. Derek Shepherd ever be able to be a surgeon?

For Dr. Cristina Yang, life after the accident and seeing people she loved, die in the accident has led her to move to Minnesota and become a doctor at another hospital.  While her husband Dr. Owen Hunt is busy handling a potential major lawsuit from the doctors which may leave the hospital bankrupt.

Dr. Miranda Bailey must prepare for her upcoming wedding, Dr. Callie Torres must deal with her wife Dr. Arizona Robbins, who may never forgive her for giving the go ahead to amputate her leg after the accident in order to save her life.

Meanwhile, Dr. Alex Karev tries to have a “friendship” with one of his interns and Dr. Jackson Avery and Dr. April Kepner try to have a relationship, but what happens when April thinks that she may be pregnant?

And we are introduced to the new residents, Dr. Jo Wilson

What is “Grey’s Anatomy”?

In 2005, “Grey’s Anatomy” became a critically acclaimed television series that would become ABC’s top rated dramas and winner of two Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.

Created by Shonda Rhimes (“Private Practice”), the drama series revolves around a group of interns and their experience at Seattle Grace Hospital. As well, as a few of the other doctors of the hospital. Throughout the first five seasons, we see these interns become residents and experience relationship problems and also the stress and challenges they face as resident doctors. The last season was a bit more dramatic as love was lost, love was found and we saw one of the main characters battling cancer, while another dies in a tragic accident.

Season six featured a merger between Seattle Grace and Mercy West, Izzie left Alex and the residents of Seattle Grace try to get along with the residents from Mercy West and the season ended with a traumatic event in which doctors at Seattle Grace-Mercy West Hospital were killed and life for these doctors will never be the same.

Season seven continues with the recovery of the doctor’s after the traumatic event and now the doctors must make decisions that will change the direction of their career. Derek worries that Meredith may have inherited her mother’s Alzheimer’s Disease, Callie is pregnant, marriages/breakups and also includes the musical episode of “Song Beneath the Song”.

With season eight, Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers focuses on parenthood and relationships but also having a few twists and turns along the way, leading to a heartbreaking and shocking season finale.

For Dr. Meredith Grey and Dr. Derek Shepherd, their relationship has faced many obstacles. But when Dr. Grey is in the position to lose her job and also their child Zola, Derek has nothing but hatred towards his wife for all that has happened. Can these two salvage their marriage?

Meanwhile, Dr. Cristina Yang and Dr. Owen Hunt are in just as worse of a predicament as Yang has made it clear that she wants no children and Owen is upset that Cristina has chosen to abort their child. Feeling that Cristina killed their child, can this relationship ever be strong ever again?

Meanwhile, Dr. Alex Karev deals with his fellow doctors hating him for squealing and no longer wanting to work with him, Dr. Miranda Bailey deals with love problems in season eight, meanwhile Dr Callie Torres and Dr. Arizona Robbins try to strengthen their relationship and that means trying to distance themselves away from Mark.

As for Dr. Mark Sloan, he has since moved on away from Lexie and happens to be training Dr. Jackson Avery (who is currently dating Lexie). Meanwhile, Dr. Avery who loves to be trained by Dr. Sloan, wonders if his relationship with Lexie will even work, since he knows she is still in love with Dr. Sloan. Meanwhile, Dr. April Kepner becomes the new Chief Resident. But how long will that last?

And for Dr. Richard Webber, he tries to deal with his wife’s worsening Alzheimer’s condition, which leads him to making an important decision regarding his job.

The characters of “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 8 includes:

Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo, “Daredevil”, “Old School”) - A resident surgeon Seattle’s Grace Hospital who is now married to Dr. Derek Shepherd. Best friends with Dr. Cristina Yang. She feels that she may have inherited her mother’s Alzheimer’s but tries to be a loving mother and wife.  She is expecting another child but having to deal with the death of her sister Lexie and her husband’s nerve damage.

Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey, “The Practice”, “Made of Honor”, “The Practice”, “Freedom Writers”) - The head of neurosurgery and was married to Dr. Addison Montgomery (“Private Practice”) who had an affair with his friend Dr. Mark Sloan. He is now married to Dr. Meredith Grey and both are raising their adopted daughter. After the accident, he suffered nerve damage and not sure he will be a doctor again.

Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh, “Blindness”, “Arli$$”, “Sideways”) - A resident surgeon at Seattle’s Grace Hospital and a best friend of Dr. Meredith Grey, not afraid of confessing her emotions to her friends. She gets married to Dr. Owen Hunt and is now pregnant. Problem is that she never wanted to be a mother and wants to have an abortion.  After the accident, she moves to Minnesota to escape everyone.

Dr. Alex Karev (Justin Chambers, “Lakeview Terrace”, “Cold Case”, “The Wedding Planner”) - A doctor at Seattle’s Grace Hospital. Abrasive towards the new interns but also known for his sexual relationship with his interns.  He becomes interested in Dr. Jo Wilson.

Dr. Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez, “Baseball Wives”, “Chicago”) – A former chief resident at Seattle Grace Hospital and an orthopedic surgeon. Was married with Dr. George O’Malley. Later, she had a sexual relationship with Dr. Mark Sloan (in order to prove to herself that she is heterosexual) but is now a lesbian and married to Dr. Arizona Robbins. Both she and Arizona have a child and trying to survive the relationship after Arizona’s leg amputation.

Dr. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson, “Philadelphia”) - A resident surgeon in charge of five interns (now residents). Known for her tough love and blunt comments. Engaged to Dr. Warren and is getting married.

Dr. Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw, “The Practice”) – Head of Pediatric Surgery and is married to Dr. Torres. Both are mothers to a baby girl.  Recently, Dr. Arizona Robbins has been closed off to Callie after Callie had to make  a life threatening decision by having Arizona’s leg amputated in order to keep her alive.

Dr. Richard Webber (James Picken’s Jr., “Curb Your Enthusiasm, “The Lyon’s Den”, “Six Feet Under”) - The Chief of Surgery at Seattle Grace-Mercy West Hospital. In earlier seasons, it is learned that he had an affair with Meredith’s mother and is like a father figure to her. Because of Seattle Grace’s ranking starts to suffer, he enforces tough rules on his doctors and is a recovering alcoholic. Recently, his wife’s Alzheimer’s is getting worse and now has decided to give up his title of Chief of Surgery.

Dr. Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd, “Journeyman”, “Rome”) – Head of the trauma surgery and becomes the husband of Cristina Yang. Dr. Hunt is recovering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder suffered while serving in Iraq. He wants to have children with Dr. Yang. He has become Dr. Richard Webber’s replacement of Chief of Surgery.  Trying to run the hospital which has suffered from major financial cuts..

Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams, “Beyond the Break”) – A surgical resident from Mercy West Hospital who joins Seattle Grace after the merger. The grandson of the famous surgeon Dr. Harper Avery and tends to be overconfident and flirtatious. Not so thrilled when he finds out his mother is dating Dr. Webber.

Dr. April Kepner (Sarah Drew, “Mad Men”) – A surgical resident from Mercy West Hospital who joined Seattle Grace after the merger. She is very intelligent and not too sociable, but becomes friends with the other residents. In season eight, she was made the chief resident but failed her exam.  Given a second chance and decides to have a sexual relationship with Dr. Avery, despite wanting to save herself for marriage.

Dr. Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington, “Wiliam & Kate”, “Tomb Raider” video game series as Lara Croft, “Californication”) – A surgical intern that everyone thinks she is a “princess” but in truth, she has had a tough life living homeless and having no family.  She bonds with Dr. Alex Karev as a friend.

Dr. Shane Ross (Gaius Charles, “Salt”, “The Messenger”, “Friday Night Lights”) – A surgical intern who is by the book but is obsessed by wanting to be the best and learning from the best, including Dr. Shepherd.  This puts him at odds with others because of his competitive nature.

Dr. Stephanie Edwards (Jerrika Hinton, “The Roommate”, “A Christmas Kiss”) – A surgical intern who is sometimes at odds with Dr. Leah Murphy.  Starts to take a liking to Dr. Avery.

Dr. Leah Murphy (Tessa Ferrer, “Excision”, “Go For Sisters”) – The cold and serious surgical intern.  Often turns people off because of her cold demeanor and often competing with Dr. Edwards.

Dr. Heather Brooks (Tina Majorino, “Napoleon Dynamite”, “Waterworld”) – A surgical intern who wants to learn but is often made running errands for the doctors.  Called “Mousie” by the other doctors.

Dr. Ben Warren (Jason George, “Sunset Beach”, “Barbershop”) – An anesthesiologist engaged to Dr. Bailey.

“Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Ninth Season” features 24 episodes on six discs. Here is a basic summary of each episode (Spoilerless summaries):

  • EPISODE 173 – Going, Going, Gone – What happened to the doctors post-crash (note: the final episode of Dr. Mark Sloan).
  • EPISODE 174 – Remember the Time – A flashback episode taking place after the crash.
  • EPISODE 175 – Love the One You’re With – Will the doctors take the settlement deal?
  • EPISODE 176 – I Saw Her Standing There – Will Arizona be open to having a prosthetic leg?
  • EPISODE 177 – Beautiful Doom – While Meredith is driving to work, an accident takes place.  Can she save the woman pinned under a car? Meanwhile, Cristina loses someone close.
  • EPISODE 178 – Second Option – The doctors involved in the accident discuss having a lawsuit.
  • EPISODE 179 – I Was Made for Lovin’ You – Who is responsible for the plane crash?
  • EPISODE 180 – Love Turns You Upside Down – Who will Dr. Meredith Grey turn to in order to help her husband’s nerve damage?
  • EPISODE 181 – Run, Baby, Run – Miranda prepares for her wedding.
  • EPISODE 182 – Things We Said Today – Right before the wedding, something happens to Dr. Webber’s wife.
  • EPISODE 183 – The End is the Beginning is the End - A judge reaches a decision in the lawsuit.
  • EPISODE 184 – Walking on a Dream – Financial adviser, Dr. Alana Cahill, is hired to find ways for the hospital to save money and the recommendations are not what doctors will  want to hear.
  • EPISODE 185 – Bad Blood - What happens when Dr. Cahill puts cameras to monitor the doctors.
  • EPISODE 186 – The Face of Change – With the ER being closed, the crash victims decide to make a major decision about what to do with the money.
  • EPISODE 187 – Hard Bargain – More debating from the doctors if they should find investors to purchase the hospital.
  • EPISODE 188 – This is Why We Fight – Can the doctors raise the capital needed to purchase the hospital?
  • EPISODE 189 – Transplant Wasteland – A new owner and a new leader leads people to butt heads.  What will the new hospital be named as?
  • EPISODE 190 – Idle Hands - The hospital is rebranded and the new owners must decide how the hospital should be branded.
  • EPISODE 191 – Can’t Fight This Feeling – A gas tanker explodes and Grey-Sloan Memorial hospital is packed with patients..
  • EPISODE 192 – She’s Killing Me - Meredith wants to find out if she will test positive to the Alzheimer’s gene.  Meanwhile, how long can April keep up the lie to her boyfriend that she is no longer a virgin.
  • EPISODE 193 – Sleeping Monster – When patients die post-operation due to an infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigate and one doctor may be to blame.
  • EPISODE 194 – Do You Believe in Magic – Dr. Bailey is upset with her fellow colleagues.
  • EPISODE 195 – Readiness is All – Will Dr. Hunt adopt a child he’s grown attached to? Knowing that Dr. Yang doesn’t want children.  Also, a major storm is coming to the area.
  • EPISODE 196 – Perfect Storm – A storm takes out the power at Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital and to make things worse, Dr. Grey is giving birth, the doctors try to keep their patients, especially the babies with air and a major tragedy hits the crew.

VIDEO:

“Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Ninth Season: Everything Changes” is presented in Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 televisions. When it comes to television drama series, “Grey’s Anatomy” is one of ABC’s highly rated dramas that although filmed in a hospital setting.   For the most part, the series looks good on DVD, nice good closeups and skintones are natural and during low light scenes, I didn’t see any major noise or compression artifacts. For the most part, the seventh season does look very good on DVD.

AUDIO:

As for audio, “Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Ninth Season: Everything Changes” is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and the series is primarily dialogue and music driven. Dialogue is clear and understandable, while the music has always played a major part for the series and definitely enhances certain scenes.

The show is presented in English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Ninth Season: Everything Changes” includes the following special features:

  • Happy Trails with Jim Pickens, Jr. – (13:08) The creators and cast talk about actor Jim Pickens, Jr. and the actor talks about being a cowboy, his love for horses and more.
  • The Long Road Home – (15:03) A featurette about people who are missing a limb and bringing it to the series.  Actress Jessica Capshaw talking about this season and playing an amputee and executive producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers discuss their approach to the storyline.
  • Deleted Scenes – Featuring 20 deleted scenes.
  • In Stitches: Outtakes - (2:15) Season nine outtakes.

EXTRAS:

“Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Ninth Season: Everything Changes” comes with a slip case.

One thing that I love about Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers is their willingness to takes risks with “Grey’s Anatomy”.

From season six’s mass shooting at Seattle Grace and season seven’s musical episode, they continue to raise the level of drama and manage to fit in all the humor and the character development that makes us love “Grey’s Anatomy” so much! And suffice to say, the eighth season was unexpected, heartbreaking, shocking and overall…wonderful.

While season eight, brought things back to the basics and exploring relationship issues within the doctors and ending with a shocking ending that left Lexie dead and many other significant injuries to the doctors.

And now with season nine, needing to bring new synergy to the series, Rhimes and Beers and the writers once again, pull of a wonderful season of “Grey’s Anatomy” by kicking off the ninth season with a death of a major cast member and ending the season with a death of a major character.

The relationship issues that were featured in season eight are tested in season nine and things are not getting any better, with the exception of Dr. Meredith Grey and Dr. Derek Shepherd who are facing major issues but yet a new child in their lives are bringing them even closer.

This time Dr. Torres and Dr. Robbins face turmoil in their relationship after Callie makes the decision to have Arizona’s leg amputated because keeping the leg may kill her.  The resentment by Arizona towards Callie is absolutely surprising considering these two have been so close and in love and now, with Arizona’s life changed drastically, their relationship is put under a significant test.

Meanwhile, Dr. Hunt and Dr. Yang are still separated as Cristina moves to Minnesota to get away after the crash and now with a lawsuit, Dr. Owen Hunt faces a major crises and the hospital has been hit hard by cutbacks but a multi-million dollar lawsuit, suffice to say that it will affect their relationship, especially when Dr. Hunt becomes close to a boy who loses his parents, but yet Hunt wants to bring back the wanting children, which Dr. Yang established that she does not want to have.

We also see growth with Dr. Karev who becomes friends with a surgical intern who has no interest in sleeping with him.  An interesting friendship as he becomes close to Dr. Jo Wilson.

And the relationship between Dr. Avery and Dr. Kepner has always been so-so as the roles have changed with these characters towards the second half of the season.

So, in one way, people can look at season nine as a passing of the torch.  Some major cast members who have been there since the beginning will be gone, while the season introduces new surgical interns who will no doubt be a part of the show as Kepner and Avery were.  But hoping Rhimes and Beers does not have them all killed off like the last surgical interns featured in season six.

Also, it will be interesting to see what happens for season ten as it was recently announced that Sandra Oh will be calling it quits and exiting at the end of the tenth season.

But the best thing for the series was injecting new people to the series and for the most part, each of these new characters are quite interesting in their own way.  But as long as some of the series regulars especially Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey continue to stay, I believe that “Grey’s Anatomy” can continue to exist awhile longer.

Suffice to say, season nine was a very good season.  The post-crash trauma and how it affects relationships within the doctors made the series very entertaining and emotional.  What I didn’t care so much for was the overall doctors trying to seek out funding for the hospital and a rebranding of the hospital.  But considering that many hospitals are experiencing similar situations of financial cutbacks, It does make things relevant, but those few episodes were not my favorite for season nine.

But the way the season ended and its final shot, was very sad.  And I’ll leave it at that without spoiling the season finale.

As for this DVD set, picture quality and audio quality are good. Although not so sure if we will ever see “Grey’s Anatomy” on Blu-ray like in the past. As for the special features, not as many in this DVD release compared to the past DVD releases.   No audio commentary but you get two features, deleted scenes and gag reel.

Overall, “Grey’s Anatomy” season nine was a well-balanced season with a lot of emotional situations, heartbreaking tragedies of established characters, well-written episodes but also, somewhat of a passing of the torch to newer characters for the series.

“Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Ninth Season: Everything Changes” is highly recommended!

Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Eighth Season: Extraordinary Moments (A J!-ENT DVD Review)

September 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

“Grey’s Anatomy” season eight will not only shock you, surprise you, I wouldn’t be surprised if this season makes you shed a tear because it’s heartbreaking.  With that being said, “Grey’s Anatomy” season eight was well-written, well-cast and once again, Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers and crew shows us why this is a highly rated drama series on television!  The eighth seaon was fantastic!  “Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Eighth Season: Extraordinary Moments” is highly recommended!

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DVD TITLE: Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Eighth Season: Extraordinary Moments

SERIES DATE: 2011-2012

DURATION: 22 Episodes (1032 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, Spanish and French Subtitles, Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions

COMPANY: abc studios

RATED: TV 14 DSLV

RELEASE DATE: September 11, 2012

Created by Shonda Rhimes

Directed by Rob Corn, Edward Ornelas, Tony Phelan, Chandraw Wilson, Allison Liddi-Brown, Jeannot Szwarc, Stephen Cragg, Mark Jackson, Kevin McKidd, Steve Robin

Written by Shonda Rhimes, Krista Vernoff, William Harper, Peter Nowalk, Mark Wilding, Zoanne Clack, Austin Guzman

Executive Producer: Betsy Beers, Shonda Rhimes, Krista Vernoff, Rob Corn, Mark Wilding, Krista Vernoff

Co-Executive Producer: Mark Wilding, Tony Phelan, Joan Rater

Producer: Tammy Ann Casper, Rob Corn, Linda Klein, Zoanne Clack

Consulting Producer: Debora Cahn

Supervising Producer: Jenna Bans

Associate Producer: Chris Van Dusen

Music by Danny Lux

Cinematography by Herbert Davis

Edited by Joe Mitacek, Susan Vaill, David Greenspan

Casting by John Brace, Linda Lowy

Production Design by Donald Lee Harris

Set Decoration by Nicole Cramer

Costume Design by Mimi Melgaard

Art Direction by Brian Harms

Starring:

Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey

Patrick Dempsey as Dr. Derek Shepherd

Sandra Oh as Dr. Cristina Yang

Katherine Heigl as Dr. Isobel ‘Izzie’ Stevens

Eric Dane as Dr. Mark Sloan

Justin Chambers as Dr. Alex Karev

Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey

James Pickens Jr. as Dr. Richard Webber

Sara Ramirez as Dr. Callie Torres

Kevin McKidd as Dr. Owen Hunt

Jessica Capshaw as Dr. Arizona Robbins

Chyler Leigh as Dr. Lexie Grey

Kim Raver as Dr. Teddy Altman

Jesse Williams as Dr. Jackson Avery

Sarah Drew as Dr. April Kepner

Kate Walsh as Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd

Jason George as Dr. Ben Warren

Mitch Pileggi as Larry Jennings

Debbie Allen as Dr. Catherine Avery

Caterina Scorsone as Dr. Amelia Shepherd

Scott Foley as Henry Burton

As fifth year residents, it’s do or die for the doctors of Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital. mThings heat up in the operating room and in the bedroom as competition abounds and passions are ignited. The six-disc DVD brings fans closer to the action with an exciting feature following Scottish actor, Kevin McKidd (Dr. Owen Hunt), extended episodes, bloopers and deleted scenes.

“Grey’s Anatomy” shows us once again why this drama series is one of the highest rated television shows and why audiences are captivated by its writing.

Suffice to say, while Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and crew may have played it too safe for “Private Practice”, their flagship drama continues to maintain a high-level of writing and character development.  And if you thought the sixth season was shocking for its ending, wait until you watch season eight as doctors go their separate ways, while some meet a tragic fate in a shocking season finale which definitely will set things up for viewers for season nine as things will never, ever be the same at Seattle Grace!

Find out what happens in season eight with “Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Eighth Season: Extraordinary Moments” available on DVD in Sept. 2012.

What is Grey’s Anatomy?

In 2005, “Grey’s Anatomy” became a critically acclaimed television series that would become ABC’s top rated dramas and winner of two Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.

Created by Shonda Rhimes (“Private Practice”), the drama series revolves around a group of interns and their experience at Seattle Grace Hospital. As well, as a few of the other doctors of the hospital. Throughout the first five seasons, we see these interns become residents and experience relationship problems and also the stress and challenges they face as resident doctors. The last season was a bit more dramatic as love was lost, love was found and we saw one of the main characters battling cancer, while another dies in a tragic accident.

Season six featured a merger between Seattle Grace and Mercy West, Izzie left Alex and the residents of Seattle Grace try to get along with the residents from Mercy West and the season ended with a traumatic event in which doctors at Seattle Grace-Mercy West Hospital were killed and life for these doctors will never be the same.

Season seven continues with the recovery of the doctor’s after the traumatic event and now the doctors must make decisions that will change the direction of their career. Derek worries that Meredith may have inherited her mother’s Alzheimer’s Disease, Callie is pregnant, marriages/breakups and also includes the musical episode of “Song Beneath the Song”.

With season eight, Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers focuses on parenthood and relationships but also having a few twists and turns along the way, leading to a heartbreaking and shocking season finale.

For Dr. Meredith Grey and Dr. Derek Shepherd, their relationship has faced many obstacles.  But when Dr. Grey is in the position to lose her job and also their child Zola, Derek has nothing but hatred towards his wife for all that has happened.  Can these two salvage their marriage?

Meanwhile, Dr. Cristina Yang and Dr. Owen Hunt are in just as worse of a predicament as Yang has made it clear that she wants no children and Owen is upset that Cristina has chosen to abort their child.  Feeling that Cristina killed their child, can this relationship ever be strong ever again?

Meanwhile, Dr. Alex Karev deals with his fellow doctors hating him for squealing and no longer wanting to work with him, Dr. Miranda Bailey deals with love problems in season eight, meanwhile Dr Callie Torres and Dr. Arizona Robbins try to strengthen their relationship and that means trying to distance themselves away from Mark.

As for Dr. Mark Sloan, he has since moved on away from Lexie and happens to be training Dr. Jackson Avery (who is currently dating Lexie).  Meanwhile, Dr. Avery who loves to be trained by Dr. Sloan, wonders if his relationship with Lexie will even work, since he knows she is still in love with Dr. Sloan.  Meanwhile, Dr. April Kepner becomes the new Chief Resident.  But how long will that last?

And for Dr. Richard Webber, he tries to deal with his wife’s worsening Alzheimer’s condition, which leads him to making an important decision regarding his job.

The characters of “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 8 includes:

Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo, “Daredevil”, “Old School”) - A resident surgeon Seattle’s Grace Hospital who is now married to Dr. Derek Shepherd. Best friends with Dr. Cristina Yang. She feels that she may have inherited her mother’s Alzheimer’s and often living in the shadow of her mother who was a respected surgeon.  Her job status is unknown after Dr. Karev squealed on her and because of her marriage and work problems, it may jeopardize her adoption.

Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey, “The Practice”, “Made of Honor”, “The Practice”, “Freedom Writers”) - The head of neurosurgery and was married to Dr. Addison Montgomery (“Private Practice”) who had an affair with his friend Dr. Mark Sloan. He is now married to Dr. Meredith Grey and both are raising their adopted daughter. Known as “McDreamy” to the Dr. Meredith Grey and her friends.

Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh, “Blindness”, “Arli$$”, “Sideways”) - A resident surgeon at Seattle’s Grace Hospital and a best friend of Dr. Meredith Grey, not afraid of confessing her emotions to her friends. She gets married to Dr. Owen Hunt and is now pregnant.  Problem is that she never wanted to be a mother and wants to have an abortion.

Dr. Alex Karev (Justin Chambers, “Lakeview Terrace”, “Cold Case”, “The Wedding Planner”) - A doctor at Seattle’s Grace Hospital. Abrasive towards the new interns.  Many doctors are not happy with him after betraying his friend Dr. Grey.

Dr. Mark Sloan (Eric Dane, “Marley & Me”, “X-Men: The Last Stand”, “Charmed”) - Once a best friend (and almost like family) to Dr. Derek Shepherd but had an affair with Derek’s wife, and definitely help lead towards their divorce. Specializes in plastic surgery and often looked at as arrogant. Has had sexual relations with many women and was dating Lexie but since has moved on. Known to the female doctors as “McSteamy”, he used his sperm to give Callie and Arizona a baby.

Dr. Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh, “The Practice”, “Girls Club, “That ’80s Show”) – Dr. Meredith Grey’s sister (both are not really close to each other). Trying to learn and strives to learn everything from the doctors at Seattle Grace Hospital and known for her photographic memory. In love with Dr. Sloan, she is now in a relationship with Dr. Avery.

Dr. Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez, “Baseball Wives”, “Chicago”) – A former chief resident at Seattle Grace Hospital and an orthopedic surgeon. Was married with Dr. George O’Malley. Later, she had a sexual relationship with Dr. Mark Sloan (in order to prove to herself that she is heterosexual) but is now a lesbian and married to Dr. Arizona Robbins.  Dr. Sloan used his sperm to give Callie and Arizona a child.  And all three take turns taking care of the baby.

Dr. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson, “Philadelphia”) - A resident surgeon in charge of five interns (now residents). Known for her tough love and blunt comments.  Life becomes tough when her former love Dr. Ben Warren returns and wants to have a relationship with her.

Dr. Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw, “The Practice”) – Head of Pediatric Surgery and is married to Dr. Torres.  Both are mothers to a baby girl.

Dr. Richard Webber (James Picken’s Jr., “Curb Your Enthusiasm, “The Lyon’s Den”, “Six Feet Under”) - The Chief of Surgery at Seattle Grace-Mercy West Hospital. In earlier seasons, it is learned that he had an affair with Meredith’s mother and is like a father figure to her. Because of Seattle Grace’s ranking starts to suffer, he enforces tough rules on his doctors and is a recovering alcoholic.  Recently, his wife’s Alzheimer’s is getting worse and now has decided to give up his title of Chief of Surgery.

Dr. Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd, “Journeyman”, “Rome”) – Head of the trauma surgery and becomes the husband of Cristina Yang. Dr. Hunt is recovering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder suffered while serving in Iraq.  He wants to have children with Dr. Yang.  He has become Dr. Richard Webber’s replacement of Chief of Surgery.

Dr. Teddy Altman (Kim Raver, “24″, “Lipstick Jungle”, “Third Watch”) - Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery and served in Iraq with Dr. Hunt.  Right now, she is training Yang on important surgery principles, despite Dr. Yang not understanding why Teddy is putting her through all this pressure.  Teddy once loved Owen but now is married to Henry Burton.  Right now she is dealing with her husband’s illness.

Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams, “Beyond the Break”) – A surgical resident from Mercy West Hospital who joins Seattle Grace after the merger. The grandson of the famous surgeon Dr. Harper Avery and tends to be overconfident and flirtatious.  Beginning season eight, he has a relationship with Lexie and happens to be the understudy of Lexie’s ex-boyfriend, Sloan.

Dr. April Kepner (Sarah Drew, “Mad Men”) – A surgical resident from Mercy West Hospital who joined Seattle Grace after the merger. She is very intelligent and not too sociable, but becomes friends with the other residents.  In season eight, she was made the chief resident and tends to lose her cool when under pressure.

“Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Eighth Season” features 24 episodes on six discs. Here is a basic summary of each episode (Spoilerless summaries):

DISC: 1

  • EPISODE 149 – Free Falling – Cristina and Owen argue about an unplanned pregnancy.  Meanwhile, a giant sinkhole opens up in Seattle.
  • EPISODE 150 – She’s Gone – Meredith and Derek’s relationship sends red flags to their adoption counselor.  No one wants to work or be around Alex.
  • EPISODE 151 – Take the Lead – April becomes Chief Resident, meanwhile Meredith and Derek’s relationship continues to worsen.
  • EPISODE 152 – What Is It About Men – Ben returns and Miranda who is in a new relationship is torn between her current and former love.

DISC 2:

  • EPISODE 153 – Loss, Love and Legacy – Jackson’s mothe, Dr. Catherin Avery visits Seattle Grace.
  • EPISODE 154 – Poker Face – Callie and Cristina work on a difficult spinal surgery.  April manages a clinical trial.
  • EPISODE 155 – Put Me In, Coach – Wanting more teamwork, Owen enters the doctors in a softball competition.  Lexie becomes jealous of Mark’s new girlfriend.
  • EPISODE 156 – Heart-Shaped Box – Louise O’Malley returns to Seattle Grace and everyone reminisces of George.  Meanwhile Teddy and Henry argue because he wants to attend medical school.

DISC 3:

  • EPISODE 157 – Dark Was the Night – While Teddy is working on one surgery, her husband is being operated on. But  no one tells Dr. Yang who her patient is.
  • EPISODE 158 – Suddenly – Cristina is mad that her husband made her operate on Henry, who has died.  Now, someone must tell Teddy that her husband died during surgery.
  • EPISODE 159 – This Magic Moment - Meredith tries to help out Bailey and Teddy wants Dr. Yang to explain to her what happened during surgery.
  • EPISODE 160 – Hope for the Hopeless – What happens when Dr. Weber’s wife Adele goes to Seattle Grace and the full extent of her Alzheimer’s is noticed by Meredith.

DISC 4:

  • EPISODE 161 – If/Then - What if Ellis Grey never died of Alzheimer’s?
  • EPISODE 161 – If/Then Extended – What if Ellis Grey never died of Alzheimer’s? (Extended episode)
  • EPISODE 162 – All You Need Is Love – It’s Valentine’s day and how will the couples celebrate the night?
  • EPISODE 163 – Have You Seen Me Lately? – Owen and Cristina work on their marriage problem which has gotten worse.
  • EPISODE 164 – If Only You Were Lonely – Cristina thinks that her husband is having an affair.

DISC 5:

  • EPISODE 165 – One Step Too Far - Catherine Avery returns to Seattle Grace and shows an interest in Dr. Webber.  Cristina thinks Owen may be having an affair with a nurse.
  • EPISODE 166 – The Lion Sleeps Tonight – When Lexie overhears that Mark may move-in with his girlfriend, she is upset.  Meanwhile, Cristina’s suspicions of Owen having an affair is growing.
  • EPISODE 167 – Support System - Cristina wants to know the intimate details of her husband’s affair.  Mark steps in as Chief of the day, but how will others react.
  • EPISODE 168 – The Girl With No Name – Everyone is interviewed for post-residency positions and Richard realizes that he may need to put Adele at Rose Ridge.
  • EPISODE 169 – Moment of Truth – The residents travel to San Francisco for their oral boards but one will fail…who failed?

DISC 6:

  • EPISODE 170 – Let the Bad Times Roll – Arizona finds out that a childhood friend is very ill, meanwhile Lexie decides to tell Mark how she feels about him.
  • EPISODE 171 – Migration - It’s decision time and the 5th years must decide which hospital they want to work at via post-residency.  Meanwhile, as a few doctors are flyig to assist in a surgery in Boise, their plane ends up crashing.
  • EPISODE 172 – Flight – The doctors fight to stay alive after a major plane crash, one of their own dies.

VIDEO:

“Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Eighth Season: Extraordinary Moments” is presented in Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 televisions. When it comes to television drama series, “Grey’s Anatomy” is one of ABC’s highly rated dramas that although filmed in a hospital setting. The cinematography for the final episode was excellent. Especially the first episode with the CG with the sinkhole.

For the most part, the series looks good on DVD, nice good closeups and skintones are natural and during low light scenes, I didn’t see any major noise or compression artifacts. For the most part, the seventh season does look very good on DVD.

AUDIO:

As for audio, “Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Eighth Season: Extraordinary Moments” is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and the series is primarily dialogue and music driven. Dialogue is clear and understandable, while the music has always played a major part for the series and definitely enhances certain scenes. I did notice more surround usage in the final two episodes. From the sirens, gun shots, crowd ambiance being utilized through the surround channels.

The show is presented in English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Seventh Season: More Heartbeats” includes the following special features:

DISC 5:

  • Normal & Extended episode of “Episode 144 – Song Beneath the Song” – This extended episode (48:01) and the normal episode (44:01) are featured on disc 5.

DISC 6:

  • A Journey Home with Kevin McKidd – (14:24) Kevin McKidd talks about returning to Ireland and see the making of his music album.
  • Deleted Scenes – Featuring nine deleted scenes.
  • In Stitches: Outtakes - (2:20) Season eight outtakes.

EXTRAS:

“Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Eighth Season: Extraordinary Moments” comes with a slip case.

One thing that I love about Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers is their willingness to takes risks with “Grey’s Anatomy”.

From season six’s mass shooting at Seattle Grace and season seven’s musical episode, they continue to raise the level of drama and manage to fit in all the humor and the character development that makes us love “Grey’s Anatomy” so much!  And suffice to say, the eighth season was unexpected, heartbreaking, shocking and overall…wonderful.

There is a juxtaposition with how they returned to the basics focusing on characters and relationships and also the topic of having children, as the case is with “Private Practice”.  But with “Private Practice”, I found it maddening that nearly every character was trying to have a child or raise a child, while it’s not as in-your-face with “Grey’s Anatomy” and it’s not the primary topic.

For season eight, we see Meredith and Derek struggling to have a relationship because they find it impossible to work together.  We also see a problematic situation in terms of their adoption, but yet there are so many things going on with these characters, that it’s not all about raising a child.  They manage to showcase a marriage in turmoil but yet other facets of their life.  Natural things, from job loss, hurting marriage, lack of communications and we get to see more exploration into the life of Dr. Meredith Grey, especially with Dr. Webber and seeing a storyline of what if Meredith’s mother did not die of Alzheimer’s.

Cristina and Owen’s storyline is a difficult but relevant topic as she is pregnant but wants no children and wants to terminate the pregnancy.  Owen wants a baby but it’s Cristina’s body.  And this leads to pain and resentment that jeopardizes their marriage.   But there is also other sides we see of Dr. Yang and Dr. Owen Hunt this season.  From Hunt’s ability to have a leadership position but also making a bad decision that will hurt his relationship, to Dr. Yang and her working with Teddy which becomes an important part of season eight.

We get to see the vulnerable sides of characters. We don’t get to see Miranda Bailey’s sensitive life all that much, but we get to see her sexier, upbeat side, as she in love again.  As for Karev, we get to see him in an unflattering position as squealing on Meredith leads him to being the least loved doctor at Seattle Grace.  We see Dr. Webber struggling with his wife’s Alzheimer’s but also how he reacts to the advances of Dr. Catherine Avery.

There was not a lot of Dr. Mark Sloan, but in the episodes he is featured, no doubt, they were important.  Especially his non-relationship with Lexie and seeing how that plays out until the last episode.  We also get to see Dr. Avery in an interesting position, making mistakes and also making emotional decisions than what we have seen of him in past episodes.  Callie and Arizona’s relationship is tested, but mainly because of their responsibilities for their child and Dr. April Kepner, well, she is given a leadership position but needless to say, she is put through emotional turmoil that I’m not sure if she will be the same person in season nine.

But the biggest change is that with each doctor’s post-residency, it’s time for them to re-evaluate their lives and move on to other hospitals.  Who stays in Seattle, who moves away?

And of course, the most shocking and heartbreaking moment is the season finale, as the doctors are involved in a major plane crash and we wonder who will survive and who will die.  Suffice to say, I was not prepared to see who would be killed off as I was not even expecting it.  I was heartbroken by it, but suffice to say, it makes for great television when a major character(s) is killed off.

Suffice to say, last season was fun, upbeat and took a step outside of the shocking sixth season.    Relationships were created and reborn, but season eight looked as if it would be another season seven but now more drama and relationship problems, but I never saw that season finale coming for this series.   All I can say is “Wow!” and I can’t wait to see season nine.

As for this DVD set, picture quality and audio quality are good.  Although not so sure if we will ever see “Grey’s Anatomy” on Blu-ray like in the past.  As for the special features, not as many in this DVD release compared to the past but Owen/McKidd fans should be pleased.

Overall, “Grey’s Anatomy” season eight will not only shock you, surprise you, I wouldn’t be surprised if this season makes you shed a tear because it’s heartbreaking.  With that being said, “Grey’s Anatomy” season eight was well-written, well-cast and once again, Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers and crew shows us why this is a highly rated drama series on television!  The eighth seaon was fantastic!

“Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Eighth Season: Extraordinary Moments” is highly recommended!

Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Seventh Season: More Heartbeats (A J!-ENT DVD Review)

September 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A realistic, emotional seventh season of “Grey’s Anatomy” that definitely will have its repercussions for certain characters for season eight.  “Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Seventh Season: More Heartbeats” is definitely recommended!

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DVD TITLE: Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Seventh Season: More Heartbeats

SERIES DATE: 2010-2011

DURATION: 22 Episodes (946 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, Spanish and French Subtitles, Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions

COMPANY: abc studios

RATED: TV 14 DSLV

RELEASE DATE: September 13, 2011

Created by Shonda Rhimes

Directed by Rob Corn, Jessica Yu and Randall Zisk

Written by Shonda Rhimes, Krista Vernoff, Stacy McKee, Tony Phelan, Joan Rater, Mark Wilding, Debora Cahn, Zoanne Clack, Allan Heinberg, Jenna Bans, William Harper and Peter Nowalk

Executive Producer: Betsy Beers, Shonda Rhimes, Krista Vernoff

Co-Executive Producer: Mark Wilding, Tony Phelan, Joan Rater

Producer: Tammy Ann Casper, Rob Corn, Linda Klein, Zoanne Clack

Consulting Producer: Debora Cahn

Supervising Producer: Jenna Bans

Associate Producer: Chris Van Dusen

Music by Danny Lux

Cinematography by Herbert Davis

Edited by Edward Ornelas, Susan Vaill, David Greenspan

Casting by John Brace, Linda Lowy, Will Stewart

Production Design by Donald Lee Harris

Set Decoration by Nicole Cramer

Costume Design by Mimi Melgaard

Starring:

Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey

Patrick Dempsey as Dr. Derek Shepherd

Sandra Oh as Dr. Cristina Yang

Katherine Heigl as Dr. Isobel ‘Izzie’ Stevens

Eric Dane as Dr. Mark Sloan

Justin Chambers as Dr. Alex Karev

Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey

James Pickens Jr. as Dr. Richard Webber

Sara Ramirez as Dr. Callie Torres

Kevin McKidd as Dr. Owen Hunt

Jessica Capshaw as Dr. Arizona Robbins

Chyler Leigh as Dr. Lexie Grey

Kim Raver as Dr. Teddy Altman

Jesse Williams as Dr. Jackson Avery

Sarah Drew as Dr. April Kepner

Robert Baker as Dr. Charles Percy

Norah Zehetner as Dr. Reed Adamson

Kate Walsh as Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd

Life takes commitment. As much as things have changed, good and bad, for the doctors at Seattle Grace, they’re now faced with the challenge of how willing they are to commit – to their careers, to love, to friendships, to the choices they make. And they will start to realize they have to deal with their lives to understand what matters most to them and how commitment helps define who they are.

In 2005, “Grey’s Anatomy” became a critically acclaimed television series that would become ABC’s top rated dramas and winner of two Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.

Created by Shonda Rhimes (“Private Practice”), the drama series revolves around a group of interns and their experience at Seattle Grace Hospital. As well, as a few of the other doctors of the hospital. Throughout the first five seasons, we see these interns become residents and experience relationship problems and also the stress and challenges they face as resident doctors. The last season was a bit more dramatic as love was lost, love was found and we saw one of the main characters battling cancer, while another dies in a tragic accident.

Season six featured a merger between Seattle Grace and Mercy West, Izzie left Alex and the residents of Seattle Grace try to get along with the residents from Mercy West and the season ended with a traumatic event in which doctors at Seattle Grace-Mercy West Hospital were killed and life for these doctors will never be the same.

Season seven continues with the recovery of the doctor’s after the traumatic event and now the doctors must make decisions that will change the direction of their career.  Derek worries that Meredith may have inherited her mother’s Alzheimer’s Disease, Callie is pregnant, marriages/breakups and also includes the musical episode of “Song Beneath the Song”.

The characters of “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 7 include:

Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo, “Daredevil”, “Old School”) - A resident surgeon Seattle’s Grace Hospital who is now married to Dr. Derek Shepherd. Best friends with Dr. Cristina Yang.  She feels that she may have inherited her mother’s Alzheimer’s.

Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey, “The Practice”, “Made of Honor”, “The Practice”, “Freedom Writers”) - The head of neurosurgery and was married to Dr. Addison Montgomery (“Private Practice”) who had an affair with his friend Dr. Mark Sloan. He is now married to Dr. Meredith Grey and gives up his position as Chief at Seattle Grace-Mercy West. Known as “McDreamy” to the Dr. Meredith Grey and her friends.

Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh, “Blindness”, “Arli$$”, “Sideways”) - A resident surgeon at Seattle’s Grace Hospital and a best friend of Dr. Meredith Grey, not afraid of confessing her emotions to her friends. She gets married to Dr. Owen Hunt. She wants to have more hands on experience as a cardiac surgeon but she is suffering from post-traumatic stress since the traumatic shootings at the hospital.

Dr. Alex Karev (Justin Chambers, “Lakeview Terrace”, “Cold Case”, “The Wedding Planner”) - A doctor at Seattle’s Grace Hospital. Abrasive towards the new interns.

Dr. Mark Sloan (Eric Dane, “Marley & Me”, “X-Men: The Last Stand”, “Charmed”) - Once a best friend (and almost like family) to Dr. Derek Shepherd but had an affair with Derek’s wife, and definitely help lead towards their divorce. Specializes in plastic surgery and often looked at as arrogant. Has had sexual relations with many women and is now dating Dr. Lexie Grace. Known to the female doctors as “McSteamy”.

Dr. Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh, “The Practice”, “Girls Club, “That ’80s Show”) – Dr. Meredith Grey’s sister (both are not really close to each other). Trying to learn and strives to learn everything from the doctors at Seattle Grace Hospital and known for her photographic memory. Her relationship status with Sloan is unknown.

Dr. Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez, “Baseball Wives”, “Chicago”) – A former chief resident at Seattle Grace Hospital and an orthopedic surgeon. Was married with Dr. George O’Malley. Later, she has a sexual relationship with Dr. Mark Sloan (in order to prove to herself that she is heterosexual) but is now starting to understand her feelings that she is a lesbian and exploring her relationship with Dr. Arizona Robbins.

Dr. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson, “Philadelphia”) - A resident surgeon in charge of five interns (now residents). Known for her tough love and blunt comments.

Dr. Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw, “The Practice”) – Head of Pediatric Surgery and has a relationship with Dr. Torres.

Dr. Richard Webber (James Picken’s Jr., “Curb Your Enthusiasm, “The Lyon’s Den”, “Six Feet Under”) - The Chief of Surgery at Seattle Grace-Mercy West Hospital. In earlier seasons, it is learned that he had an affair with Meredith’s mother and is like a father figure to her. Because of Seattle Grace’s ranking starts to suffer, he enforces tough rules on his doctors and is a recovering alcoholic.

Dr. Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd, “Journeyman”, “Rome”) – Head of the trauma surgery and becomes the husband of Cristina Yang. Dr. Hunt is recovering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder suffered while serving in Iraq.

Dr. Teddy Altman (Kim Raver, “24″, “Lipstick Jungle”, “Third Watch”) - Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery and served in Iraq with Dr. Hunt. She once loved Owen and trying to move on.

Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams, “Beyond the Break”) – A surgical resident from Mercy West Hospital who joins Seattle Grace after the merger. The grandson of the famous surgeon Dr. Harper Avery and tends to be overconfident and flirtatious.

Dr. April Kepner (Sarah Drew, “Mad Men”) – A surgical resident from Mercy West Hospital who joins Seattle Grace after the merger. She is very intelligent and not too sociable, but becomes friends with the other residents.

Dr. Robert Stark (Peter MacNicol, “Ally McBeal”, “Chicago Hope”, “24″) - A pediatric surgeon who is brought in to take the place of Arizona Robbins who gave her notice to go to Africa.  He has a crush on Dr. April Kepner.

Dr. Lucy Fields (Rachael Taylor, “Man Thing”, “See No Evil”) – An OB/GYN at Seattle Grace-Mercy West and is overconfident.  She is Callie’s obstetrician and has a relationship with Alex.

“Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Seventh Season: More Heartbeats” features 22 episodes on six discs. Here is a basic summary of each episode (Spoilerless summaries):

DISC: 1

  • EPISODE 127- With You I’m Born Again – We learn how everyone at the hospital is recovering after the traumatic shooting and death of their colleagues.
  • EPISODE 128 – Shock to the System – Meredith decides to tell Derek about her miscarriage and Cristina is given a chance back to return to surgery but will she be ready?
  • EPISODE 129 – Superfreak – Derek’s sister Amelia (from “Private Practice”) shows up to make amends.  Meredith and Derek try to help Cristina who is suffering from post-traumatic stress.
  • EPISODE 130 – Can’t Fight Biology – Meredith receives bad news from her obstetrician.

DISC 2:

  • EPISODE 131 – Almost Grown – The Chief tries to learn what would the residents do if given a million-dollar grant.    Derek worries that Meredith may have her mother’s Alzheimer’s.
  • EPISODE 132 – These Arms of Mine – A documentary is being shot at the hospital to see how the doctors are doing after the traumatic shooting.
  • EPISODE 133 – That’s Me Trying – Cristina watches over an ill patient, meanwhile Callie and Arizona prepare for their trip to Africa.
  • EPISODE 134 – Something’s Gotta Give – Cristina has a housewarming party and the hospital welcomes Dr. Phil Stark.

DISC 3:

  • EPISODE 135 – Slow Night, So Long – The residents have to work the night shift and realize how differently things operate at night.
  • EPISODE 136 – Adrift and At Peace – Derek takes Cristina out on a fishing trip, while Lexie deals with a nurse who won’t listen to her.
  • EPISODE 137 – Disarm- A school shooting brings the panic back to Seattle Grace-Mercy West Hospital as the doctors try to save the lives of their patients while Teddy must operate on the person who pulled the trigger.
  • EPISODE 138 – Start Me Up – The residents are appointed a med student, who they must teach and evaluate.  Callie reveals her secret to Callie.

DISC 4:

  • EPISODE 139 – Don’t Deceive Me (Please Don’t Go) - Derek begins his Alzheimer’s clinical trial and includes Merideth, while Bailey is tweeting during her surgeries which upsets Webber.  Will Mark play a role in Callie’s pregnancy?
  • EPISODE 140 – P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)  – Meredith and Lexie’s father is admitted to the hospital and find out that he has a young girlfriend.
  • EPISODE 141 – Golden Hour – Meredith wants to prove that she can be Chief Resident and the Chief’s wife, Adele, is admitted to the ER.
  • EPISODE 142 – Not Responsible – Meredith starts to have eye problems and Mark wants Callie and Arizona to know that he is serious of being a father to his unborn child.

DISC 5:

  • EPISODE 143 – This Is How We Do It - Richard is hoping Derek and Meredith accepts Adele into the Alzheimer’s trial but Adele doesn’t want to be part of it.  And the competition for the Chief Resident position becomes heated.
  • EPISODE 144 Song Beneath the Song – The “Grey’s Anatomy” musical.  A cataclysmic even hits rattles the doctors of Seattle Grace and Callie has a life-changing moment.  (NOTE: There are two versions of the series, the extended version and the normal version of the episode).  Starring Kate Walsh as Dr. Addison Montgomery.
  • EPISODE 145 – It’s a Long Way Back - Everyone tries to help Callie during her time of need, Alex treats a cranky woman dying of cancer.

DISC 6:

  • EPISODE 146 – White Wedding – It’s nearly time for Callie and Arizona’s wedding but the two start to question it.  The competition for Chief Resident continues to heat up as everyone feels that Alex may be the top contender.
  • EPISODE 147 – I Will Survive - The pressure on Meredith is getting to her.  Owen begins the interviews for the Chief Resident Position.
  • EPISODE 148 – Unaccompanied Minor  – News of Meredith’s dishonesty in the clinical trial comes to light and will lead to consequences for her and others.  Cristina must make a decision that will either affect her career or her relationship with Owen.  And the decision of who will be the Chief Resident is revealed.

VIDEO:

“Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Seventh Season: More Heartbeats” is presented in Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 televisions. When it comes to television drama series, “Grey’s Anatomy” is one of ABC’s highly rated dramas that although filmed in a hospital setting. The cinematography for the final episode was excellent. For the most part, the series looks good on DVD, nice good closeups and skintones are natural and during low light scenes, I didn’t see any major noise or compression artifacts. For the most part, the seventh season does look very good on DVD.

AUDIO:

As for audio, the series is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and the series is primarily dialogue and music driven. Dialogue is clear and understandable, while the music has always played a major part for the series and definitely enhances certain scenes. I did notice more surround usage in the final two episodes. From the sirens, gun shots, crowd ambiance being utilized through the surround channels.

The show is presented in English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Seventh Season: More Heartbeats” includes the following special features:

DISC 5:

  • Normal & Extended episode of “Episode 144 – Song Beneath the Song” -  This extended episode (48:01)  and the normal episode (44:01) are featured on disc 5.

DISC 6:

  • The Music Event: Behind the Scenes – (15:00) The making of the “Song Beneath the Song” musical episode and how the cast reacted when they heard they were doing a musical.  Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers talked about how they convinced the talent to do the musical episode, as many were opposed to doing it and how everything came together.
  • Dissecting Grey’s Anatomy: Unaired Scenes – Eleven deleted scenes.
  • In Stitches: Outtakes  - (2:42) Season seven outtakes.
  • Seattle Grace: Message of Hope Webisodes – A total of six webisodes (No Comment, Take One, The Face, Nerves, Award-Winning, The Sizzle) and “The Making of Seattle Grace: Message of Hope” (4:05).

EXTRAS:

“Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Seventh Season: More Heartbeats” comes with a slip case.

With the success of how the sixth season of “Grey’s Anatomy” literally ending with a bang, it made you wonder how Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers and the writers for the series would continue the excitement.

For the most part, the changes made in the sixth season was important.  The addition of newer characters, removal of one and building upon the momentum left from season six and sure enough, the writers had enough to work with.  From the post-traumatic stress that Cristina had suffered and the life changing decisions made by other characters.  That was important to showcase.

Also, I liked how each character had character building storylines and no one was left out.  Even Callie and Arizona as well as Mark and their triangle begins to become focused on. Especially with the musical and seeing how their relationship is tested.

But possibly the plus for this season are not about the lovemaking, not about the relationships, it’s about the flaws of the characters.  Without getting into details, these situations are going to be quite interesting as it will carry on over to season eight.  Cristina having post-traumatic stress but also dealing with a situation that will definitely have a major affect on her and her relationship with Owen.  But also Meredith, who did something that is not so surprising, since she does have a good heart but unfortunately, she violated the trust of her husband and chief and unfortunately made an unethical decision as a doctor which unfortunately will hurt her career.

Suffice to say, the last season was shocking and emotional, but this time around, it’s an emotional season in a different sense, marked by decisions made by each individual and unfortunately will lead to consequences that will factor into the eighth season of “Grey’s Anatomy”.

As for this DVD set, there are a good amount of special features including the web episodes of “Seattle Grace: On Call”, deleted scenes and the making of the musical episode.

With that being said, while the sixth season was a tremendous season with a shocking finale, the seventh season was more of a recovering episode from what took place in season six and the talent did a fantastic job in showing their way of recovering from what took place.  The return of Mandy Moore as Mary Portman was touching but also an unexpected conclusion to her storyline and the various storylines that were setup that will have repercussions, we’re going to have to wait and see how these characters are affected in season eight.

But the situations are realistic and without spoiling the series, fans of the series who didn’t have a chance to watch the seventh season should be content.  These are well-written episodes, the acting was well-done and while people may feel a bit 50/50 on the inclusion of the musical, it does come to show that Shonda Rhimes is willing to take chances.

If you are a fan of the series, “Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Seventh Season: More Heartbeats” is definitely recommended!

Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Sixth Season (A J!-ENT DVD Review)

September 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A magnificent, dramatic heartfelt season with a tragic, shocking season finale that will shock “Grey’s Anatomy” fans to the core.  If you are a fan of the series, this DVD set is highly recommended!

Images courtesy of © abc studios. All Rights Reserved.

DVD TITLE: Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Sixth Season – More Moments

SERIES DATE: 2009-2010

DURATION: 24 Episodes (1032 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, Spanish and French Subtitles, Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions

COMPANY: abc studios

RATED: TV 14 DSLV

RELEASE DATE: September 14, 2010

Created by Shonda Rhimes

Directed by Rob Corn, Jessica Yu and Randall Zisk

Written by Shonda Rhimes, Krista Vernoff, Stacy McKee, Tony Phelan, Joan Rater, Mark Wilding, Debora Cahn, Zoanne Clack, Allan Heinberg, Jenna Bans, William Harper and Peter Nowalk

Executive Producer: Betsy Beers, Shonda Rhimes, Krista Vernoff

Co-Executive Producer: Mark Wilding, Tony Phelan, Joan Rater

Producer: Tammy Ann Casper, Rob Corn, Linda Klein, Zoanne Clack

Consulting Producer: Debora Cahn

Supervising Producer: Jenna Bans

Associate Producer: Chris Van Dusen

Music by Danny Lux

Cinematography by Herbert Davis

Edited by Edward Ornelas, Susan Vaill, David Greenspan

Casting by John Brace, Linda Lowy, Will Stewart

Production Design by Donald Lee Harris

Set Decoration by Nicole Cramer

Costume Design by Mimi Melgaard

Starring:

Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey

Patrick Dempsey as Dr. Derek Shepherd

Sandra Oh as Dr. Cristina Yang

Katherine Heigl as Dr. Isobel ‘Izzie’ Stevens

Eric Dane as Dr. Mark Sloan

Justin Chambers as Dr. Alex Karev

Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey

James Pickens Jr. as Dr. Richard Webber

Sara Ramirez as Dr. Callie Torres

Kevin McKidd as Dr. Owen Hunt

Jessica Capshaw as Dr. Arizona Robbins

Chyler Leigh as Dr. Lexie Grey

Kim Raver as Dr. Teddy Altman

Kate Walsh as Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd

Jesse Williams as Dr. Jackson Avery

Sarah Drew as Dr. April Kepner

Robert Baker as Dr. Charles Percy

Norah Zehetner as Dr. Reed Adamson

Life takes commitment. As much as things have changed, good and bad, for the doctors at Seattle Grace, they’re now faced with the challenge of how willing they are to commit – to their careers, to love, to friendships, to the choices they make. And they will start to realize they have to deal with their lives to understand what matters most to them and how commitment helps define who they are.

In 2005, “Grey’s Anatomy” became a critically acclaimed television series that would become ABC’s top rated dramas and winner of two Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.

Created by Shonda Rhimes (“Private Practice”), the drama series revolves around a group of interns and their experience at Seattle Grace Hospital. As well, as a few of the other doctors of the hospital. Throughout the first five seasons, we see these interns become residents and experience relationship problems and also the stress and challenges they face as resident doctors.  The last season was a bit more dramatic as love was lost, love was found and we saw one of the main characters battling cancer, while another dies in a tragic accident.

Season six features a merger between Seattle Grace and Mercy West and this season introduces us to new doctors and characters who will have an impact on the current main characters.

The characters of “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 6 include:

Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo, “Daredevil”, “Old School”) - A resident surgeon Seattle’s Grace Hospital who is now married to Dr. Derek Shepherd. Best friends with Dr. Cristina Yang.

Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey, “The Practice”, “Made of Honor”, “The Practice”, “Freedom Writers”) - The head of neurosurgery and was married to Dr. Addison Montgomery (“Private Practice”) who had an affair with his friend Dr. Mark Sloan. He is now married to Dr. Meredith Grey. Known as “McDreamy” to the Dr. Meredith Grey and her friends.

Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh, “Blindness”, “Arli$$”, “Sideways”) - A resident surgeon at Seattle’s Grace Hospital and a best friend of Dr. Meredith Grey, not afraid of confessing her emotions to her friends.  She is currently dating Dr. Owen Hunt.  She wants to have more hands on experience as a cardiac surgeon.

Dr. Isobel “Izzie” Stevens (Katherine Heigl, “27 Date”, “Roswell”, “Knocked Up”) – A resident surgeon at Seattle Grace Hospital and is married to Dr. Alex Karev.  She is recovering from cancer.

Dr. Alex Karev (Justin Chambers, “Lakeview Terrace”, “Cold Case”, “The Wedding Planner”) - A doctor at Seattle’s Grace Hospital. Abrasive towards the new interns and is married to Dr. Isobel Stevens.

Dr. Mark Sloan (Eric Dane, “Marley & Me”, “X-Men: The Last Stand”, “Charmed”) - Once a best friend (and almost like family) to Dr. Derek Shepherd but had an affair with Derek’s wife, and definitely help lead towards their divorce. Specializes in plastic surgery and often looked at as arrogant. Has had sexual relations with many women and is now dating Dr. Lexie Grace. Known to the female doctors as “McSteamy”.

Dr. Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh, “The Practice”, “Girls Club, “That ’80s Show”) – Dr. Meredith Grey’s sister (both are not really close to each other).   Trying to learn and strives to learn everything from the doctors at Seattle Grace Hospital and known for her photographic memory. Has had a sexual relationship with Dr. Alex Karev and is now dating Dr. Sloan.

Dr. Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez, “Baseball Wives”, “Chicago”) – A former chief resident at Seattle Grace Hospital and an orthopedic surgeon. Was married with Dr. George O’Malley. Later, she has a sexual relationship with Dr. Mark Sloan (in order to prove to herself that she is heterosexual) but is now starting to understand her feelings that she is a lesbian and exploring her relationship with Dr. Arizona Robbins.  Currently, roommates with Dr. Yang.

Dr. Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw, “The Practice”) – Head of Pediatric Surgery and has a relationship with Dr. Torres.

Dr. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson, “Philadelphia”) - A resident surgeon in charge of five interns (now residents). Known for her tough love and blunt comments.

Dr. Richard Webber (James Picken’s Jr., “Curb Your Enthusiasm, “The Lyon’s Den”, “Six Feet Under”) - The Chief of Surgery at Seattle Grace Hospital. In earlier seasons, it is learned that he had an affair with Meredith’s mother and is like a father figure to her.  Because of Seattle Grace’s ranking starts to suffer, he enforces tough rules on his doctors and is a recovering alcoholic.

Dr. Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd, “Journeyman”, “Rome”) – Head of the trauma surgery and boyfriend of Cristina Yang.  Dr. Hunt is recovering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder suffered while serving in Iraq.

Dr. Teddy Altman (Kim Raver, “24″, “Lipstick Jungle”, “Third Watch”) - Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery and served in Iraq with Dr. Hunt.  She loves Owen and she is coming between Dr. Hunt and and Dr. Yang.

Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams, “Beyond the Break”) – A surgical resident from Mercy West Hospital who joins Seattle Grace after the merger.  The grandson of the famous surgeon Dr. Harper Avery who has a crush on Cristina.

Dr. Reed Adamson (Norah Zehetner, “Heroes”, “Mad Men”) - A surgical resident from Mercy West Hospital who joins Seattle Grace after the merger and is attracted to Alex.

Dr. Charles Percy (Robert Baker, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”, “Leatherheads”) – A surgical resident from Mercy West Hospital who joins Seattle Grace after the merger.

Dr. April Kepner (Sarah Drew, “Mad Men”) – A surgical resident from Mercy West Hospital who joins Seattle Grace after the merger.

“Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Sixth Season” features 24 episodes on six discs. Here is a basic summary of each episode (Spoilerless summaries):

DISC: 1

  • EPISODE 103- Good Mourning – The staff mourn the death of Dr. O’Malley.  The board is wanting Dr. Shepherd to replace Dr. Webber for Chief of Surgery at Grace Hospital.
  • EPISODE 104 – Goodbye – Dr. Webber must decide if he wants to fight for his job or retire.  Meanwhile, Dr. Lexie Grey and Dr. Robbins try to deal with their patients.  Meanwhile, the doctors at Grace Hospital are in for a major surprise.
  • EPISODE 105 – (I Always Feel Like) Somebody’s Watchin’ Me – The merger between Mercy and Grace Hospital has affected everyone and everyone is scared of losing their job and whatever cutbacks may happen to various departments.  The crew brace for the first round of job cuts.
  • EPISODE 106 – Tainted Obligation – Grace and Lexie’s father comes to the hospital and is very sick.  As Lexie will do all she can to save her father, Grace acts as if she could care less, but she may be the only person that can save his life.

DISC 2:

  • EPISODE 107 – Invasion – The new doctors from Mercy Hospital move into Seattle Grace, meanwhile one of the Seattle Grace’s doctors is fired and Callie’s father brings a priest to intervene on his daughter turning lesbian.
  • EPISODE 108 – I Saw What I Saw – Something went bad in the ER that left a woman who was doing OK but died.  All doctors are being interviewed by Dr. Webber and hospital admin. to find out who is at fault.
  • EPISODE 109 – Give Peace a Chance – Dr. Shepherd is asked by his friend to take out a tumor from his spinal cord.  It’s a major surgery in which Dr. Webber told him to not operate.  Will Shepherd defy the chief?
  • EPISODE 110 – Invest in Love – Arizona is taking care of a patient (a prodigy) who has a sickness with no cure and the parents are wanting to donate $25 million to the hospital.  With Seattle Grace hurting for money, the Chief expects Arizona to do all she can in order to get the money for the hospital.  But Arizona does not believe surgery can save the young boy.

DISC 3:

  • EPISODE 111 – New History – Izzie returns to Seattle, Meredith returns back to work and Dr. Teddy Altman joins Seattle Grace and happens to be a very close friend of Dr. Hunt and Cristina is not happy about it.
  • EPISODE 112 – Holidaze – The holiday’s have passed and Miranda receives a visit from her father, who disapproves of her life choices.  Meanwhile, everyone is dealing with their personal issues during the holidays.
  • EPISODE 113 – Blink -  Addison returns to Seattle Grace to help with Mark’s pregnant daughter.  Lexie meanwhile is concerned about her relationship with Mark and Meredith is concerned of how close Alex is getting with Dr. Adamson.
  • EPISODE 114 – I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked – Derek finds out about the chief’s drinking problem and wants to tell the board but Meredith tries to prevent him from doing so.    Izzie returns again after being gone for a period of time.

DISC 4:

  • EPISODE 115 – State of Love and Trust - Derek becomes interim chief, meanwhile bad blood between Teddy and Cristina begins to heighten.
  • EPISODE 116 – Valentine’s Day Massacre – Derek continues to struggle as interim chief and the doctors have to deal with the fallout after a roof of a popular restaurant collapses.
  • EPISODE 117 – The Time Warp – The doctors remember stories in regards to their past.
  • EPISODE 118 – Perfect Little Accident – Tensions begin to heighten between Derek and Richard after Dr. Harper Avery has an unusual surgical request.

DISC 5:

  • EPISODE 119 – Push - A patient needs a complex surgical procedure and Derek chooses Dr. Hunt over Dr. Webber.
  • EPISODE 120 – Suicide is Painless – Teddy has a patient who wants to end treatment and her life and she turns to Dr. Hunt for help.
  • EPISODE 121 – Sympathy for the Parents - Alex hopes for Bailey to approve his younger brother’s hernia repair via pro bono, meanwhile Alex’s past is revealed.
  • EPISODE 122 – Hook, Line and Sinner – Callie wants to adopt a child but Arizona doesn’t feel the same way.  Meanwhile, Teddy is fighting to keep her job at Seattle Grace.

DISC 6:

  • EPISODE 123 – How Insensitive – Bailey gets the medical team ready for mandatory sensitivity training.  Meanwhile, Calle and Arizona are heading towards a rough patch in their relationship.
  • EPISODE 124 – Shiny Happy People - Meredith suspects Owen of not being faithful to Cristina and tells her about it.  Meanwhile Alex deals with a troubled teenage patient (played by Demi Lovato)
  • EPISODE 125 – Sanctuary – The first hour of the season finale, Meredith receives life changing news.  Meanwhile, a disgruntled man who’s wife has died is now wanting to revenge and goes on a shooting spree inside Seattle Grace Hospital. (Special guest: Mandy Moore)
  • EPISODE 126 – Death and All His Friends – The second hour of the season finale.   Seattle Grace goes through a major crisis in which a few of the doctors will not survive  and having to perform surgery on their friends while a gunman is on the loose. (Special guest: Mandy Moore)

NOTE: On “Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Sixth Season”, there is an extended episode of the season finale “Episode 126 – Death and All His Friends”.

VIDEO:

“Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Sixth Season” is presented in Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 televisions. When it comes to television drama series, “Grey’s Anatomy” is one of ABC’s highly rated dramas that although filmed in a hospital setting.  The cinematography for the final episode was excellent.   For the most part, the series looks good on DVD, nice good closeups and skintones are natural and during low light scenes, I didn’t see any major noise or compression artifacts. For the most part, the sixth season does look very good on DVD.

It’s important to note that since the release of the fifth season of “Grey’s Anatomy”, that season received a Blu-ray release and more than likely, there will be a Blu-ray release for this sixth season.  For those who want better picture quality and lossless audio, I recommend the Blu-ray release.

AUDIO:

As for audio, the series is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and the series is primarily dialogue and music driven. Dialogue is clear and understandable, while the music has always played a major part for the series and definitely enhances certain scenes.  I did notice more surround usage in the final two episodes.  From the sirens, gun shots, crowd ambiance being utilized through the surround channels.

The show is presented in English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Sixth Season” includes the following special features:

DISC 4:

  • Seattle Grace: On Call -  Featuring all six web episodes of “Seattle Grace: On Call” (about five minutes long for each web episode) that were shown on abc.com.  A short series featuring a documentary on the interns Steve, Megan, Ryan, Pierce and Graciella at Seattle Grace and a few of the new residents (Reed and Charles) that transferred to Seattle Grace from Mercy West Hospital and Dr. Owen Hunt all hanging out at the local bar hangout with Joe the Bartender.
  • The Making of Seattle Grace: On Call – (2:30) Featuring the making of “Seattle Grace: On Call” and interviews with the cast and crew.

DISC 5:

  • Chandra Wilson: Anatomy of a Talent - (13:11) Chandra Wilson (who plays Dr. Miranda Bailey) is the first of the main talent to direct episodes for the show.  The show creators and talent, including Chandra Wilson talks about how she became a director and certain parts of the episodes that she directed.
  • Dissecting Grey’s Anatomy: Unaired Scenes – The following are a total of nine deleted scenes from various episodes.
  • In Stitches: Outtakes – (2:13) Outtakes from the sixth season of “Grey’s Anatomy”.
  • Extended Scenes – Extended scenes for “The Time Warp”, “Nervous Callie” and “Sad State of Affairs”.

DISC 6:

  • Extended episode of “Episode 126 – Death and All His Friends” – (Duration for this extended episode is 1:01:16, the original episode is 42:58) This extended episode features more dialogue, especially the scenes that include Dr. Webber, especially an extended scene with Lexie, Dr. Altman and Dr. Sloan with Dr. Karev in an ambulance, emotional scenes with Lexie and Dr. Sloan and additional scenes that include the police.

EXTRAS:

“Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Sixth Season” comes with a slip case.

I admit that I was critical and harsh of the fifth season of “Grey’s Anatomy” and just felt the show was heading downhill through the first half and the season managed to pick up during the second half.  So much was focused on the problems on the set with Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight.  And eventually, we know how things have ended up in the season finale.

With last season focusing on Izzie’s cancer, her relationship with Alex and problems in the relationship between Meredith and Derek and dealing with Callie and Lexie’s personal issues… I felt that with the sixth season “Grey’s Anatomy” is desperately needing to step things up with the writing as I have felt needed to interject some new blood, new energy before the storylines focusing on these characters becomes overly stale.

And sure enough, the writers have achieved that with the sixth season.  The merger between Seattle Grace and Mercy West was probably the best thing to happen with this show because we have new characters.  Also, we have stories focusing on Derek and Richard’s troubles, we get to see more of Arizona (especially Arizona and Callie), the introduction of Teddy and most importantly, the introduction to the new residents coming from Mercy West.  These four characters have brought some new life to the series and I was really rooting for them because I can see potential storylines that can come from these new characters.  I felt “Grey’s Anatomy” had new energy, new life and I’m stoked about the series all over again.

That was until the shocking season finale.

All I can say is… “Wow!”.  Although we have seen a similar type of storyline on “ER” several years ago, it’s a big gamble as you don’t know who is going to be killed off.  But suffice to say, this season finale was a major success and the writer’s have crafted one of the most impressive season finale’s in a drama series within the last decade.  A fantastic way to end the season and at the same time, a bit bittersweet as some characters that may have grown on us will not be back due to the tragic season finale.

Needless to say, “Grey’s Anatomy” writers really did a fantastic job with this season.  I felt the fifth season, although good, was in somewhat of a slump and I have to admit, the season opener of the sixth season, wasn’t all that great either.  But as the episodes progressed and seeing how these newer characters were integrated into show, I definitely saw the potential, almost like “Grey’s Anatomy” reborn and seeing its greatness return to television.

As for this DVD set, there are a good amount of special features including the web episodes of “Seattle Grace: On Call”, deleted scenes, a featurette on Chandra Wilson as a director and the extended episode of the season finale.

With that being said, there’s not much I can say badly about “Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Sixth Season”.  It was well conceived this season, the acting was very well-done (and I can understand some hardcore fans feeling that their original characters were not utilized as much as previous seasons but with more characters, the series needed new energy and these newer characters provided that) and overall, it was a solid season that literally ended with a bang.

If you are a fan of the series, “Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Sixth Season” is definitely recommended!

J!-ENT Special Feature Article: Grey’s Anatomy Interview 06 – Justin Chambers

September 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

With the release of “Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Fifth Season – More Moments” on DVD, J!-ENT will feature an interview with a cast member of “Grey’s Antomy” who talk about their experience shooting the fifth season and more.  The sixth interview spotlight is on actor Justin Chambers who plays the role of Dr. Alex Karev. The article is by J!-ENT’s Dennis A. Amith.

Click here to download our PDF interview with Justin Chambers

Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Fifth Season – More Moments (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

September 5, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

“The fifth season of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ was quite interesting as the season garnered hype onscreen and off.  The season may have started off with hokey, farfetched stories for the first half,  but the series redeems itself in the second with solid storytelling.  Definitely the most shocking and most entertaining season finale for the drama series thus far.  Overall, another entertaining season on DVD and a DVD boxset that Grey’s Anatomy’ fans will definitely want to have in their collection!”

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DVD TITLE: Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Fifth Season – More Moments

DURATION: 24 Episodes (1032 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, Spanish and French Subtitles, Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions

COMPANY: abc studios

RATED: TV 14 DSLV

RELEASE DATE:  September 15, 2009

Created by Shonda Rhimes

Directed by Rob Corn, Jessica Yu and Randall Zisk

Written by Shonda Rhimes, Krista Vernoff, Stacy McKee, Tony Phelan, Joan Rater, Mark Wilding, Debora Cahn, Zoanne Clack, Allan Heinberg, Jenna Bans, William Harper and Peter Nowalk

Executive Producer: Betsy Beers, Shonda Rhimes, Krista Vernoff

Co-Executive Producer: Mark Wilding, Tony Phelan, Joan Rater

Producer: Tammy Ann Casper, Rob Corn, Linda Klein, Zoanne Clack

Consulting Producer: Debora Cahn

Supervising Producer: Jenna Bans

Associate Producer: Chris Van Dusen

Music by Danny Lux

Cinematography by Herbert Davis

Edited by Edward Ornelas, Susan Vaill, David Greenspan

Casting by John Brace, Linda Lowy, Will Stewart

Production Design by Donald Lee Harris

Set Decoration by Nicole Cramer

Costume Design by Mimi Melgaard

Starring:

Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey

Patrick Dempsey as Dr. Derek Shepherd

Dr. Cristina Yang as Sandra Oh

Katherine Heigl as Dr. Isobel ‘Izzie’ Stevens

T.R. Knight as Dr. George O’Malley

Eric Dane as Dr. Mark Sloan

Justin Chambers as Dr. Alex Karev

Sara Ramirez as Dr. Callie Torres

Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey

James Pickens Jr. as Dr. Richard Webber

Chyler Leigh as Dr. Lexie Grey

Kate Walsh as Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Denny Duquette

Live for the moment.  The hottest show on television burns even brighter in its explosive fifth season.  Dive deeper into the lives and loves of Grey’s Anatomy in this sensational seven-disc set.

Your favorite characters struggle and thrive as they enter uncharted territories of life.  Discover what happens in the on-again, off-again world of Derek and Meredith, and witness the budding relationship between Cristina and Owen, Seattle Grace’s newest doctor.

Experience every heart-stopping moment of prime time’s sexiest, star-studded drama, complete with never-before-seen bonus features, including one extended episode on DVD.  It’s a must-have for any Grey’s Anatomy fan!

In 2005, “Grey’s Anatomy” became a critically acclaimed television series that would become ABC’s top rated dramas and winner of two Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.

Created by Shonda Rhimes (“Private Practice”), the drama series revolves around a group of interns and their experience at Seattle Grace Hospital.  As well, as a few of the other doctors of the hospital.  Throughout the first four seasons, we see these interns become residents and experience relationship problems and also the stress and challenges they had to become a resident doctor.

For season five, “Grey’s Anatomy” received its share of hype on entertainment magazines with rumors swirling of talent who were no longer going to be on the show and that tension was developing on the set.  For this fifth season, the season did start off with stories that seemed a bit farfetched and a tad bit hokey, but for the most part, redeemed itself for the second half with solid storytelling.

“Grey’s Anatomy” Season 5 focuses on the following main characters:

Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo, “Daredevil”, “Old School”) - A resident surgeon Seattle’s Grace Hospital who has an on-and-off again relationship with Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey).  Best friends with Dr. Cristina Yang.

Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh, “Blindness”, “Arli$$”, “Sideways”) - A surgeon at Seattle’s Grace Hospital and a best friend of Dr. Meredith Grey, not afraid of confessing her emotions to her friends.  In earlier seasons, she was dating Dr. Preston Burke who left her on the day of their wedding.

Dr. Isobel “Izzie” Stevens (Katherine Heigl, “27 Date”, “Roswell”, “Knocked Up”) – A former model who used the money to pay for her medical school.  Izzue is a surgeon at Seattle Grace Hospital.   She lives with Meredith and earlier in the series, she falls for a heard patient named Denny Duquette.   Denny died and left millions of dollars to her, in which she went on to create a free clinic at Seattle Grace.  She also had a brief romantic fling with Dr. George O’Malley and thus both are close friends.  The fifth season focuses on Izzie as her relationship with Alex Karev grows and for some reason, is starting to see Denny again.

Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey, “The Practice”, “Made of Honor”, “The Practice”, “Freedom Writers”) - The head of neurosurgery and was married to Dr. Addison Montgomery (“Private Practice”) who had an affair with his friend Dr. Mark Sloan.  Now has an off-and-on relationship with Dr. Meredith Grey.  Known as “McDreamy” to the Dr. Meredith Grey and her friends.

Dr. Mark Sloan (Eric Dane, “Marley & Me”, “X-Men: The Last Stand”, “Charmed”) - Once a best friend (and almost like family) to Dr. Derek Shepherd but had an affair with Derek’s wife, and definitely help lead towards their divorce.  Specializes in plastic surgery and often looked at as arrogant.  Has had sexual relations with Dr. Callie Torres.  Known to the female doctors as “McSteamy”.

Dr. Alex Karev (Justin Chambers, “Lakeview Terrace”, “Cold Case”, “The Wedding Planner”) - A doctor at Seattle’s Grace Hospital.  Abrasive towards the new interns and has an interest in Dr. Isobel Stevens.

Dr. George O’Malley (T.R. Knight, “The Last Request”) - An intern at Seattle’s Grace Hospital who was married to Dr. Callie Torres but had an affair with Dr. Isobel Stevens.  He is a good friend with Izzie and has failed his residency exam several times and is preparing to take it again.

Dr. Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez, “Baseball Wives”, “Chicago”) – A former chief resident at Seattle Grace Hospital and an orthopedic surgeon.  Was married with Dr. George O’Malley.  Later, she has a sexual relationship with Dr. Mark Sloan (in order to prove to herself that she is heterosexual)  but is now starting to understand her feelings that she has for cardiothoracic surgeon Erica Hahn.

Dr. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson, “Philadelphia”) - A resident surgeon in charge of five interns (now residents). Known for her tough love and blunt comments.

Dr. Richard Webber (James Picken’s Jr., “Curb Your Enthusiasm, “The Lyon’s Den”, “Six Feet Under”) - The Chief of Surgery at Seattle Grace Hospital.  In earlier seasons, it is learned that he had an affair with Meredith’s mother.  Because of Seattle Grace’s ranking starts to suffer, he enforces tough rules on his doctors.

Dr. Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh, “The Practice”, “Girls Club, “That ’80s Show”) – Dr. Meredith Grey’s sister (both are not really close to each other).  An intern at Seattle Grace Hospital and known for her photographic memory.   Has a sexual relationship with Dr. Alex Karev and is interested in Dr. George O’Malley.

Dr. Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith, “Crossing Jordan”, “Weeds”, “Law & Order”) - A cardiothoracic surgeon and workaholic doctor at Seattle Grace Hospital.  Becomes romantic with Dr. Callie Torres.

“Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Fifth Season – More Moments” features 24 episodes on six discs.  Included are (spoilerless summaries):

DISC: 1

  • EPISODE 79- Dream a Little Dream of Me (Part 1) – Meredith and Derek try to work out their relationship, meanwhile Cristina is stabbed by an icicle.
  • EPISODE 80 – Dream a Little Dream of Me (Part 2) – With Seattle Grace Hospital falling in rankings, Dr. Webber has tough rules in place for the doctors.
  • EPISODE 81 – Here Comes the Flood – Dr. O’Malley retakes his residency exam, meanwhile the hospital is having major leak problems.
  • EPISODE 82 – Brave New World – Meredith is shocked when Derek discovers her mother’s diary.  Meanwhile, Callie and Erica begin their sexual relationship.

DISC 2:

  • EPISODE 83 – There’s No “I” in Team – Dr. Bailey heads a group of surgeons for a “Domino Procedure”. Lexie is dismayed that George never recognizes her.  Meanwhile, Callie goes to Dr. Sloan for help.
  • EPISODE 84 – Life During Wartime – Dr. Owen Hunt becomes the new head of trauma and has problems with the methods of the doctors at Seattle Grace Hospital.
  • EPISODE 85 – Rise Up – Derek feels that Cristina is interfering with his relationship with Meredith.  Meanwhile, the chief announces a contest for the residents.
  • EPISODE 86 – These Ties That Bind – Meredith’s old friend Sadie (Melissa George) becomes an intern at Seattle Grace.  And a new surgeon, Virginia Dixon (Mary McDonnell) tries to bring order to the OR.

DISC 3:

  • EPISODE 87 – In the Midnight Hour – Lexie and Sadie have a problem during surgery and thus Meredith, Cristina and Bailey try to help them out.
  • EPISODE 88 – All By Myself – Cristina is award the contest for first solo surgery but the excitement is cut short as she has to give it up.  Meanwhile, Callie is getting a vibe that Sadie is flirting with her.
  • EPISODE 89 – Wish You Were Here – An admittance of a death row inmate (played by Eric Stoltz) infuriates Dr. Shepard.  Meanwhile, Dr. Bailey teams up with Dr. Arizona Robbins, the new pediatric surgeon at Seattle Grace Hospital.
  • EPISODE 90 – Sympathy for the Devil – Derek’s mother is in town and she meets Meredith for the first time.  Owen and Cristina go out on a date.

DISC 4:

  • EPISODE 91 – Stairway to Heaven (Extended Episodes) - Izzie starts to see more and more of her deceased boyfriend Denny and comes to a full realization that something may be wrong with her.
  • EPISODE 92 – Beat Your Heart Out – Derek plans to propose to Meredith and a cross-over with the characters of “Private Practice”.
  • EPISODE 93 – Before and After – Continuing the cross-over with “Private Practice”, the doctors from Los Angeles: Addison, Naomi and Sam bring Archer to Seattle Grace Hospital.
  • EPISODE 94 – An Honest Mistake – Continuing the cross-over with “Private Practice”, Derek and Addison collide over a pregnant patient who is dying.  Special Guest Star: Faye Dunaway.

DISC 5:

  • EPISODE 95 – I Will Follow You Into the Dark - Izzie finds out the results from her health test while Dr. Shepard has problems after the death of a patient.
  • EPISODE 96 – Stand By Me – Meredith does what she can to get Derek to come back to work.  Cristina has her first major solo surgery.
  • EPISODE 97 – Elevator Love Letter - Derek has his first major surgery after his breakdown.  Meanwhile Owen seeks help for his post traumatic stress.
  • EPISODE 98 – Sweet Surrender – Despite her receiving cancer treatment, Izzie wants to plan Derek and Meredith’s wedding.

DISC 6:

  • EPISODE 99 – No Good at Saying Sorry (One More Chance) – Meredith and Derek prepare for their wedding, while Izzie receives a medical visit from her mother.
  • EPISODE 100 – What a Difference a Day Makes – Meredith and Derek prepare for the big day but as they get ready for their wedding, a group of college students are injured in a major car accident during their graduation day.  But the day becomes a significant day for another couple.
  • EPISODE 101 – Here’s to Future Days – Izzie must decide whether or not to undergo a risk surgery for her brain tumor, but the removal of it can lead to major problems.
  • EPISODE 102 – Now or Never -  A man gets hit by a bus while trying to save a woman and the person who is hit, is someone everyone is familiar with. Meanwhile, Izzie recovers her memory but something bad happens to her.  The doctors of Seattle Grace Hospital try to rescue both the man and Izzie.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Fifth Season – More Moments” is presented in Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 televisions.  When it comes to television drama series, “Grey’s Anatomy” is one of ABC’s highly rated dramas that although filmed in a hospital setting for the most part of the series, season five definitely indulges in beauty during a major wedding scene which featured solid cinematography. And speaking of the wedding, that was one of the most enchanting wedding scenes that I have seen in a drama series.  Absolutely beautiful!

For the most part, the series looks good on DVD, nice good closeups and skintones are natural and during low light scenes, I didn’t see any major noise or compression artifacts.   For the most part, the fifth season does look very good on DVD.

As for audio, the series is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and the series is primarily dialogue and music driven.  Dialogue is clean and understandable, while the music has always played a major part for the series and definitely enhances certain scenes.  Personally, I found it much more appealing to have my receiver set at stereo on all channels.

The show is presented in English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Fifth Season – More Moments” includes the following special features:

DISC 7:

  • Dissecting Grey’s Anatomy – Unaired Scenes – A total of eleven unaired scenes with optional commentary with Creator/Executive Producer Shondra Rhimes and Executive Producer Betsy Beers.
  • In Stitches: Season Five Outtakes – (4:03) Season five bloopers.
  • 100th Episode: Tales from the O.R. – (18:30) The crew and talents talk about working on the show and how grateful they are to the fans.  Staff talk about the making of the series and keeping the medical segments factual and also the big wedding scene.
  • Heaven Sent – (9:30) For fans of Denny Duquette (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), this featurette focuses on how Creator/Executive Producer Shondra Rhimes and Executive Producer Betsy Beers hired Jeffrey Dean Morgan for the role.  Jeffrey talks about how he auditioned for the role and the audience reaction and more.

I have to admit that when “Grey’s Anatomy” season five started, I thought the series has lost its vibe and was becoming another “ER” like-clone where stories would simply become to farfetched and hokey.  But during the second half of the season, things simply changed.  We started to get solid storylines that built-up to the best season finale for “Grey’s Anatomy” ever.

I think part of the mystique about the series this season was the hype and gossip about what was going on behind-the-scenes.  Who is leaving the show?  Who isn’t leaving the show?  Would we even care for Izzie due to Katherine Heigl’s behavior off-set?  The lesbian storyline.  The brain tumor storyline. Who is disgruntled?  Who isn’t being utilized all that much in the show.  So, many things that could have gone wrong… but in the end, it was the writing for the series that managed to win viewers all over again.

From the cross-over with “Private Practice”, the return of Denny, a wedding, many new characters and so much more… But personally, it was those final four episodes that made viewers remember why we stuck with over 100 episodes of this drama series.  Although, I can do without the icicle impaling  or the interns surgically experimenting on each other (which to me was just too campy).

As or the DVD, I was expecting episode commentaries (it would have been wonderful to hear commentary for the 1ooth episode and the season finale) and something a bit more for the special features section but for the most part, what is featured is quite satisfactory.

Overall, “Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Fifth Season – More Moments” may have started out a bit hokey and farfetched but the season redeemed itself right at the end and had its most significant season finale ever.  If you are a “Grey’s Anatomy” fan, one again, another DVD box set worth adding to your collection.

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