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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!

You’ve Got Mail (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

April 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Another delightful and enchanting pairing of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in the 1998 Nora Ephron film “You’ve Got Mail”.  But fans of this romantic comedy will definitely want to upgrade and purchase the Blu-ray release as you also get the Ernst Lubitsch’s 1940 romantic comedy “The Shop Around the Corner” on DVD.  Two romantic comedies for under $10…what a fantastic deal and two films that are highly recommended!

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TITLE: You’ve Got Mail

FILM RELEASE DATE: 1998

DURATION: 119 minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (1:85:1), English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Francois Dolby Digital 5.1, Espanol 2S, Subtitles: English SDH, French & Espanol

COMPANY: Warner Bros.

RATED: PG (Some Language)

Release Date: January 3, 2012

You’ve Got Mail

Based on the play “Parfumerie” by Nikolaus Laszlo

Directed by Nora Ephron

Screenplay by Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron

Executive Producer: G. Mac Brown, Julie Durk, Delia Ephron

Produced by Nora Ephron, Lauren Shuler Donner

Co-Producer: Donald J. Lee, Jr.

Associate Producer: Dianne Dreyer

Music by George Fenton

Cinematography by John Lindley

Edited by Richard Marks

Casting by Francine Maisler

Production Design by Dan Davis

Art Direction By Ray Kluga, Beth Kuhn

Set Decoration by Susan Bode, Ellen Christiansen

Costume Design by Albert Wolsky

The Shop Around the Corner

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch

Based on the play “Parfumie” by Miklos Laszlo

Screenplay by Samson Raphaelson

Produced by Ernst Lubitsch

Music by Werner R. Heymann

Cinematography by William H. Daniels

Edited by Gene Ruggiero

Art Direction by Cedric Gibons

Set Decoration by Edwin B. Willis

“You’ve Got Mail” Starring:

Tom Hanks as Joe Fox

Meg Ryan as Kathleen Kelly

Greg Kinnear as Frank Navasky

Parker Posey as Patricia Eden

Jean Stapleton as Birdie Conrad

Steve Zahn as George Pappas

Heather Burns as Christina Plutzker

Dave Chappelle as Kevin Jackson

Dabney Coleman as Nelson Fox

John Randolph as Schuyler Fox

Hallee Hirsh as Annabelle Fox

Jeffre Scaperrotta as Max Fox

“The Shop Around the Corner” Starring:

Margaret Sullavan as Klara Novak

James Stewart as Alfred Kralik

Frank Morgan as Hugo Matuschek

Joseph Schildkraut as Ferencz Vadas

Sara Haden as Flora

Felix Bressart as Pirovitch

William Tracy as Pepi Katona

Inez Courtney as Llona

Cara Seymour as Gillian QuinnThe stars (Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan) and director (Nora Ephron) of Sleepless in Seattle reteamed for this charming audience favorite. Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey, Jean Stapleton and more great co-stars add note-perfect support to this cinematic love letter in which superstore book chain magnate Hanks and cozy children’s bookshop owner Ryan are anonymous e-mail cyberpals who fall head-over-laptops in love, unaware they are combative business rivals. You’ve got rare Hollywood magic when You’ve Got Mail.

1998.  It was a time when more and more people would be using the Internet, a time when a lot of news showcased people who found love on the Internet.

Having enjoyed “The Shop Around the Corner” (which was an adaptation of the 1937 Miklos Laszlo Hungarian play “Parfumerie”) and the Broadway musical adaptation, “She Loves Me”,  writer/director Nora Ephron and producer Laura Schuler Donner wanted to create a modernized version featuring a romantic comedy centered around love found on the Internet but yet using elements from Ernst Lubitsch’s 1940 romantic comedy”.

And having struck gold with romantic comedies that starred actress Meg Ryan in “Sleepless in Seattle” and “When Harry Met Sally” and the amazing chemistry between Ryan and Tom Hanks in the 1993 film “Sleepless in Seattle” and the 1990 film “Joe Versus the Volcano”, the filmmaker would reunite the two talents for her 1998 romantic comedy “You’ve Got Mail”.

The film which can be seen as a sign of the times as it utilized then-popular Internet provider American Online (AOL) and it’s popular trademark e-mail greeting “You’ve Got Mail”, “You’ve Got Mail” would become a major hit in the box office as the $65 million film would earn over $250 million in the box office and would go on to also achieve success in the home video market.

And now both the original Ernst Lubitsch 1940 film “The Shop Around the Corner” via DVD and “You’ve Got Mail”  (via Blu-ray) was released together in January 2012.

“You’ve Got Mail” is a film that focuses on two characters.  Kathleen Kelly (played by Meg Ryan) is dating liberal postmodernist New York Observer journalist Frank Navasky (played by Greg Kinnear) and is a happy owner of the bookstore “Shop Around the Corner” which her mother started long ago.

While Frank is not so keen about technology, Kathleen has been communicating with a mystery man over e-mail via American Online using a screen name “Shopgirl”.  Both met in a chat room and enjoy their conversations through e-mail.  Because there is no personal discussion nor there is any personal contact, Kathleen is perfectly fine with the anonymous communication with this man, who she knows as his screen name “NY152″.

While Kathleen loves to spend her time communicating with NY152, she is often busy working at her bookstore along with her three store assistants, Birdie (played by Jean Stapleton), Christina (played by Heather Burns) and George (played by Steve Zahn).

Which leads us to the second character, Joe Fox (played by Tom Hanks) is a businessman who’s wealthy family are the owners of “Fox Books”, known for it’s chain of “mega” bookstores around the country and for its discounts and serving coffee.  Also, a threat to independent and smaller book stores who can’t compete with a megastore selling books with a discount.

But for the Fox family, it’s all business.  And the family is planning to open a new store, not far from the bookstore “Shop Around the Corner”, a place which Joe’s grandfather is familiar with and was smitten by the woman who once owned the bookstore but passed it on to her daughter.

Joe is currently dating Patricia Eden (played by Parker Posey), a woman that is the opposite of him.  Meanwhile with the creation of the new Fox Books in New York, he leaves it to branch manger Kevin (played by David Chappelle) to keep an eye on business.

And when he’s not busy with business, Joe loves to go online via American Online and communicate with a mystery woman known as “Shopgirl”, not knowing that she is Kathleen Kelly, the owner of the family bookstore that his own Fox Books will force to make them lose business and close.

One day, while Joe is taking his eleven-year-old aunt Annabel (played by Hallee Hirsh) and four-year-old brother Matthew (played by Jeffrey Scaperrotta) around town, Joe and the children decide to stop by the family bookstore Shop Around the Corner and Joe meets Kathleen Kelly.  Both individuals enjoy their short time with each other but Joe manages to keep it secret that he is the owner of the Fox Books store that will be opening several blocks away.

Needless to say, Kathleen eventually finds out that Joe is the owner of Fox Books and responsible for taking customers away from her store and through the help of “NY152″ who gives her advice to fight back, Kathleen goes on a media war campaign against Joe Fox and Fox Books, meanwhile maintaining communication with NY152 and enjoy those moments.

Eventually, Kathleen “Shopgirl” Kelly and Joe “NY152″, both who have no idea who each other are via e-mail decide to meet with each other for the first time.  But when Joe is about to meet Shopgirl at a restaurant, he finds out that she is Kathleen Kelly.  He then decides to not tell her he is “NY152″ and tries to get closer to her as Joe Fox.  But will she ever accept the man who may end up hurting her business?

Ernst Lubitsch’s 1940 romantic comedy “The Shop Around the Corner” is a film that stars James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan and Frank Morgan and has been well-regarded as one of the top romantic comedies of all time (#28 in the American Film Institute’s “AFI’s 100 Years…100 Passions”) and was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1999 by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

The film is set in Budapest where Alfred Kralik (played by James Stewart) is a top salesman at a gift shop owned by the wealthy Mr. Hugo Matuschek (played by Frank Morgan).

Alfred reveals to his friend Pirovitch (played by Felix Bressart) that he has been corresponding anonymously to an intelligent and cultured woman whose ad that he saw on the newspaper.  For Alfred, communicating with this woman is the light of his life.

Meanwhile, Mr. Matuschek expects all his employees at the gift shop to push sales, especially a cigarette box that plays “Ochi Chernye” when it is opened.  Alfred thinks the cigarette box is annoying and that Matuschek should keep away from it.  Meanwhile, a young woman named Klara Novak (played by Margaret Sullavan) who worked in sales for another store and is desperately looking for a job as a saleswoman at the gift shop.

Mr. Matuschek has no plans to hire anyone new and Alfred tries to tell Klara that his boss is not hiring.  But when Klara shows Mr. Matuschek that she can sell, by using the cigarette musical boxes as an example with customers and selling them.  She is eventually hired.

As both Alfred and Klara are now working together at the gift shop, unfortunately both do not get along at all and are often bickering with each other.

But for Klara, despite the aggravation she feels…nothing is going to ruin her day as the mysterious man that she is communicating with by mail has made her happy.  And she dreams that this man of her dreams will one day marry her.  But Klara doesn’t know the man she has been communicating with is Alfred Kralik and Alfred doesn’t know that the intelligent and cultured woman he is smitten with is Klara.

For Alfred Kralik, he has worked at the gift shop for many years and is the top salesman.  He hopes to ask Mr. Matuschek for a raise but lately, the relationship between Alfred and Mr. Matuschek have soured.  The reason is that Mr. Matuschek has an investigator following his wife, as he fears she is having an affair with one of his employees.  Mr. Matuschek thinks the only person that can do such a thing is Alfred Kralik, because he was the closest one to the family (when in reality, it’s another one of this male employees that is having an affair with his wife).

When Alfred goes to ask for a raise, instead he is fired by Mr. Matuschek and shocked by what has taken place (because he was the most trusted employee with the best sales record), Alfred knows that without a job, he probably should stop communicating with the mystery woman but he has made a promise to meet with her at a restaurant. So, he feels obliged to do just that.

So, along with Pirovitch, Alfred has Pirovitch check inside the restaurant to let him know how the mystery woman he is to meet, looks like.  And sure enough, Pirovitch tells Alfred that the woman that he has been communicating with all this time, is his former co-worker that he doesn’t get along with… Klara Novak.

But despite how Klara does not like Alfred, Alfred now knowing that Klara was the intelligent and cultured woman that he has been communicating with all this time, decides to keep his identity of the mystery man as a secret to Klara, but as Alfred Kralik, try to get close to her on his own.

But will Klara ever let someone like Alfred, a man she doesn’t like or care for, into her life?

VIDEO:

“You’ve Got Mail” is presented in 1080p (1:85:1 aspect ratio) and unfortunately it is a film that slightly shows its age, yet there is enough detail and better colors that makes this version much better than the previous DVD releases.

First the bad.  There are some moments where the film looks oversaturated and also soft and there are moments where you do see artifacts popping up once in a while.  While it shows up a few times, most people will probably not be bothered by it.  But for those expecting a pristine version of the film, it does have its issues which can be seen on a larger monitor/screen.

With that being said, the film still looks better than its previous DVD counterparts.  The colors tend to pop much more, you can see the skin pores on Tom Hanks’ face during closeups and while some areas look its age, some don’t and look very good.  So, for the most part, this is the best looking version of the film thus far.  It may not be the pristine picture quality that I was hoping for, but nevertheless, it does look much better than the DVD version.

As for “The Shop Around the Corner”, the film looks absolutely wonderful considering it is a 71-year-old film.  The contrast levels are good, the film source looks very good for its age and I didn’t detect any major problems with video quality at all.  Grays and whites are well-contrast, black levels are nice and deep and for the most part, the presentation of “The Shop Around the Corner” looks good on DVD.  Too bad, this classic film it was not converted to a Blu-ray release.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“You’ve Got Mail” is presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Dolby Digital Francois and Espanol 2.0 stereo.

For this romantic comedy and like most films of the genre, most of the lossless soundtracks tend to be center and  front-channel driven with mild use of surround channels for ambiance.  The same can be said about “You’ve Got Mail”.  Primarily, everything is center and front channel-driven and dialogue and it’s musical soundtrack is crystal clear.

As for “The Shop Around the Corner”, the film’s dialogue is also clear and didn’t notice any more hiss or crackling during my viewing of the DVD.

Subtitles are presented in English SDH, Francois and Espanol.

SPECIAL FEATURES

“You’ve Got Mail” comes with the following special features:

  • Audio Commentary - Featuring audio commentary by writer/director Nora Ephrone and producer Lauren Shuler Donner who discuss the film, the cast and more.
  • Delivering You’ve Got Mail - (25:29) A 10th year anniversary interview with Nora Ephron and her two leads, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Also, featuring producer Lauren Shuler Donner, co-writer Delia Ephron and more.
  • You’ve Got Chemistry – (26:18) A Warner Bros. featurette about iconic couples that appeared in Warner Bros. classic films including Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, William Powell and Myrna Loy, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall and others.
  • Isolated Score Track – Watch the film with only George Fenton’s musical score.
  • First Look Television special – (14:19) The HBO preview for the film.
  • Discovering New York’s Upper West Side – (10:09) Nora and Deliah Ephron talk about their favorite scenes in New York City featured in the film.
  • Music Video – Featuring Carole King’s “Anyone at All” music video.
  • Theatrical Trailer – The two original theatrical trailers for “You’ve Got Mail”: “The Best Way to Meet Someone” (1:24) and “They Couldn’t Stand Each Other” (1:26)

EXTRAS:

“You’ve Got Mail” comes with a DVD version of the classic Ernst Lubitsch 1940 romantic comedy, “The Shop Around the Corner”.

I’m not afraid to admit that I am a big fan of Meg Ryan’s hit romantic comedies and especially enjoy the chemistry and pairing of Ryan along with Tom Hanks.

Back in the 1930’s through the 1950’s, there were Hollywood couples that would light the screen in multiple films, for today’s modern films, there really hasn’t been American couple other than Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, two talents that viewers fell in love whenever they were together in a romantic comedy.

And like many people who couldn’t wait for “You’ve Got Mail” to be released in theaters, I was among the many who look forward to watching the film.  For one, I love Nora Ephron romantic comedies and how she is able to focus on character but also incorporate the city that a film is shot in.

She has an eye for location but also knows what she wants from her talents and Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have discussed how Nora Ephron’s direction is much different than other filmmakers.  And for Ephron, her love for the Ernst Lubitsch classic “The Shop Around the Corner”, especially for her passion towards the Broadway musical “She Loves Me” would lead to romantic magic for “You’ve Got Mail”.

But back in 1998, this film was highly anticipated because I enjoyed watching Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan together, watching a Nora Ephron film but interesting enough, I also had a similar experience of meeting someone on the Internet with similar circumstances as the characters featured in the film.

And I was there to buy the first DVD release of the film and here we are 14-years later with a Blu-ray release of “You’ve Got Mail”.  And where films such as “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle” are not dated due to technology, “You’ve Got Mail” manages to date itself with old technology via modem connection, old product placement during a time when American Online (AOL) was on top of Internet providers and also during a time when mega bookstores were not threatened by the emergence of online bookstores such as Amazon.

But still, despite the older technology and the fads of the time, I was not turned off by it.  In fact, I was nostalgic of how things were back then.

But “You’ve Got Mail” still manages to captivate me as it did back then.  Sure, it was not my favorite Meg Ryan romantic comedy especially when compared to “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle” but there is a magic that exists in the film, because of the wonderful chemistry between Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.  The two can literally take on these characters and bring amazing life to them, making them believable and entertaining to watch.  And also Nora Ephron’s ability to make the locations and the music selections compliment the characters as well.

Also, the film managed to bring in a pretty enjoyable supporting cast with Parker Posey, Dave Chappelle, Steve Zahn, Heather Burns and Dabney Coleman.  But also “You’ve Got Mail” would feature actor Greg Kinnear (“As Good as It Gets”, “Ghost Town”, “Little Miss Sunshine”) and “Grey’s Anatomy” actress Sara Ramirez before they became popular.

Also, I was impressed at the time of how the Ephron sisters were able to modernize the film from its original predecessors.  I absolutely adore Ernst Lubitsch’s 1940 classic “The Shop Around the Corner” and I’m so glad “You’ve Got Mail” was not a remake.  Sure it incorporates certain situations that were seen in the original film, but for the most part, everything was new and everything worked.

“The Shop Around the Corner” is simply a wonderful romance film that is different in the fact that both lead characters work in the same gift shop but there is also a dramatic element as the shop owner thinks the lead character Alfred Kralik (played by James Stewart) is having an affair with his wife.  But this classic film is a wonderful feel-good romantic comedy that has managed to stand the test of time, even over 70-years-later…I’m still enjoying this film no matter how many times I have watched it.  And while not on Blu-ray but on DVD, the film still looks very good on DVD!

While the Blu-ray release of “You’ve Got Mail” and its video quality does show the film’s age due to softness and also some instances of artifacting, there is still a good amount of detail and beautiful colors that make this Blu-ray release worth owning and worth upgrading from the DVD release.  If you were an owner of the first DVD release, a lot of the special features do make it onto this Blu-ray, but also the inclusion of the 2008 10th anniversary reunion between Nora Ephron, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in the featurette “Delivering You’ve Got Mail” (which was released in a later DVD release of “You’ve Got Mail”).

Also, the biggest addition for me which I absolutely loved was the inclusion of Ernst Lubitsch’s 1940 romantic comedy, “The Shop Around the Corner”.  While a DVD, not Blu-ray…still you are getting two films when you purchase the “You’ve Got Mail” Blu-ray release and for hopeless romantics, the fact that these two films are included is fantastic!  And did I mention that you can find this Blu-ray release for under $10 on Amazon?  Awesome!

Overall, “You’ve Got Mail” is still as delightful and highly entertaining as when I first watched it in theaters back in 1998.  Sure, things have changed a lot in technology and also economic settings when it comes to the mega bookstores in today’s society, but Internet romance is much more prevalent today than it was back then and more and more people are discovering love online, so the film still has relevance today.

If you love romantic comedy films, you’re going to enjoy “You’ve Got Mail” on Blu-ray for the fact that you get two films for the price of one and if you enjoyed the film back then and owned the DVD, you’re definitely going to want to upgrade to Blu-ray.  It’s a wonderful deal and both films are highly recommended!

Q&A Interview with Grey’s Anatomy star Sara Ramirez (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

September 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

With the upcoming DVD release of “Grey’s Anatomy – The Complete Seventh Season”, the season was a big season as all eyes were on actress Sara Ramirez.

Ramirez had appeared on various television shows such as “NYPD Blue”, “Third Watch” and “Spin City”, but in season seven, the season called for one of the most emotional performances by the actress but also a season to showcase her musical side.

In the past seasons, we have had seen her character Dr. Callie Torres grow from a woman who had questioned her relationships with men but now, we have seen her fall in love and wonder what lies in the future between her and her girlfriend Dr. Arizona Robbins (played by Jessica Capshaw).  With a near-tragic episode featuring her character Callie Torres, we also had the opportunity to see her music talent in full bloom with the musical episode of “Grey’s Anatomy”.  And it all takes place in season seven!

With the eighth season of “Grey’s Anatomy” to air on ABC on Sept. 22nd, “Grey’s Anatomy – The Complete Seventh Season”DVD box set is planned for release on Sept. 13th.

The following is a media Q&A featuring Sara Ramirez reflecting on season seven of “Grey’s Anatomy”.

What’s happening with the relationship between Callie Torres and Arizona Robbins [played by Jessica Capshaw] in Season Seven of Grey’s Anatomy?

SARA: Callie and Arizona find themselves in a very complex situation in Season Seven, and there are many different ways to look at it. There’s the Arizona team that think, ‘Arizona had every right to break up with Callie because Callie was being horrible.’ And then you’ve got the Callie team who think, ‘Why did Arizona break up with Callie? If she hadn’t broken up with her, Callie wouldn’t have slept with Mark Sloan [played by Eric Dane] and she wouldn’t have got pregnant by him.’ There are so many different perspectives, but that’s what makes the storyline dramatic and interesting. There are various sides to the story, and the stakes are high for everyone.

 

How much fun are you having with Callie this Season?

SARA: Callie is very exciting to play because she’s in this very complex situation. Today, families are made up of people that aren’t necessarily blood related or even in a romantic relationship, and it’s interesting to play that on the show. It’s very current. It’s very modern. It’s also interesting to play the sexual fluidity that’s happening with Callie right now. It’s great. It’s dramatic. It’s complicated. I love it.

 

What do you think will happen to Callie and Arizona?

SARA: I don’t know what’s going to happen to them because the writers keep me guessing, but I know they are going to have a very interesting journey. Callie is having a child after wanting one for so long, but the viewers are split as to where they want the story to go. There’s a lesbian community that roots for ‘Calzona’, but then there are people that just don’t understand why anybody would stick around when you’re ex-partner went off and got pregnant with somebody else. It’s such a rich storyline and there are so many places we can go with it. Assuming the baby is born and everything is fine with the child, I think it’s really interesting to think about what could happen to these people, so I’m really excited to play the story out. This storyline is making a lot of people talk, and that’s a good thing. We’re creating civic dialogue on the show, which I think is always helpful.

 

How has the show affected your life away from work?

SARA: I’ll let you into a secret: I’ve become a total hypochondriac since working on Grey’s Anatomy. My mind continually gets over-run with possible illnesses. I go to the doctor all the time if I think something is wrong, but that’s a positive thing. I’m blessed that I have medical insurance that allows me to do that.

 

Have you had any bizarre hospital experience since you started work on Grey’s Anatomy?

SARA: Let me tell you a funny story about the time I had to have some tests done and [Grey’s Anatomy creator] Shonda Rhimes came along with me to the hospital. I thought I had a problem with my small intestine and the doctors trying to figure out what was wrong with me when Shonda realized there was an intern learning the ropes during my consultation. I was completely clueless because I was in a lot of pain, but Shonda was standing over them saying, “Is this guy training? No way. He’s not training on our watch. He’s out of here.” She got him kicked out and they had to bring in a different doctor!

 

Did it feel weird to be lying in hospital after working all day on the hospital set of Grey’s Anatomy?

SARA: I guess it was a little strange, although it wasn’t as strange as the time I had to fly over to the east coast every weekend to go to hospital. I went through a tough time in my life a couple of years ago when a friend of mine was diagnosed with liver cancer. He died within six weeks, and during that time I was shooting in Los Angeles but flying over to New York to see him as much as I could. I would be working in the ICU on the show and then I’d fly to New York and visit him in a real ICU – and it felt like I was walking right back onto the set. I’d take off my gloves at work in Los Angeles, but then put them on again for real in New York.

 

That must have been a tough experience to go through…

SARA: It was extremely difficult to be on the set of Grey’s Anatomy after my friend passed away. I was constantly reminded of the situation. However, I discovered how up-to-date we were with the machines on the show because they were exactly like the machines in the New York ICU. It took a long time to get over it, but I’m feeling much better now. I can talk about it much easier now. It’s good to remember him in this way.

 

Grey’s Anatomy the Complete Seventh Season is available on DVD on Sept. 13th.

Photo credit: ABC/BOB D’AMICO

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 02 – Sara Ramirez

September 21, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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With the release of “Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Fifth Season – More Moments” on DVD, J!-ENT will feature an interview with the cast of “Grey’s Antomy” who talk about their experience shooting the fifth season and their favorite moments.  Our second interview feature is with Sara Ramirez who plays the role of Dr. Callie Torres.  The article is by Dennis A. Amith.

Click here to download our PDF interview with Sara Ramirez

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