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!
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?
“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.
“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)
“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!
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
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!
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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
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):
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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”.
“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.
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.
“Grey’s Anatomy – Complete Sixth Season” includes the following special features:
- 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.
- 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”.
- 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.
“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!
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.