GREY’S ANATOMY: SEASON THREE
Without a doubt, GREY’S ANATOMY is one of the most popular medical dramas on television. With its mixture of soap opera, romance, biting humor and medicine, GREY’S ANATOMY is the perfect combination to cure what ails the average TV viewer looking for some quality entertainment. Sure, during season three the series made headlines for all the wrong reasons and some of the storylines were frustrating, but GREY’S ANATOMY still held on to its devoted fan base, while showing it has legs to stand on against a TV titan on another network.
While the title of the series is a play on words, the basic premise of GREY’S ANATOMY is concerned with the private and professional lives of the staff of Seattle Grace Hospital in Seattle, Washington, The series primary character is Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), whose name is part of the series title. There is plenty of soap opera in Meredith’s relationship with Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), who after beginning a relationship with Meredith, attempted a reconciliation with his estranged wife Dr. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh who has since been spun off onto her own series). Meredith has a close friendship with Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), who has her own soap opera going, thanks to her dysfunctional romantic entanglements with Dr. Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington). Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens (Katherine Heigl) has also had her share or romantic ups & downs, not to mention allowing her passion for her patients to get the best of her on more than one occasion. The cast of GREY’S ANATOMY also features Justin Chambers as Dr. Alex Karev, T.R. Knight as Dr. George O'Malley, Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey, James Pickens Jr. as Dr. Richard Webber, Sara Ramirez as Dr. Callie Torres and Eric Dane as Dr. Mark Sloan.
GREY’S ANATOMY ($60) comes to DVD in a seven-disc set that features the following twenty-five episodes that were aired during its third year: Time Has Come Today, I Am A Tree, Sometimes A Fantasy, What I Am, Oh, The Guilt, Let The Angels Commit, Where The Boys Are, Staring At The Sun, From A Whisper To A Scream, Don't Stand So Close To Me, Six Days (Part 1), Six Days (Part 2), Great Expectations, Wishin' And Hopin', Walk On Water, Drowning On Dry Land, Some Kind Of Miracle, Scars And Souvenirs, My Favorite Mistake, Time After Time, Desire, The Other Side Of This Life Part 1, The Other Side Of This Life Part 2, Testing 1-2-3 and Didn't We Almost Have It All?.
Buena Vista Home Entertainment has made all twenty-five episodes from GREY’S ANATOMY: SEASON THREE available on DVD in a 1.78:1 wide screen presentation that features the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays. The episodes are really great looking on DVD, easily besting an SD broadcast, but HD still has the edge. Sharpness and detail are pretty much first rate for a television production. Colors appear nicely saturated, plus the flesh tones are quite appealing. Blacks are accurate, while the whites are crisp and stable. Contrast is good for a television show, but nothing extraordinary. The episodes generally appear very clean; with blemishes and grain remaining pretty much non-existent. Digital compression artifacts remain under the radar.
All of the episodes that constitute GREY’S ANATOMY: SEASON THREE come with Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtracks. The soundtracks are precise and really well rendered because of the 5.1 encoding, but most of the time, GREY’S ANATOMY is a dialogue driven drama, so the sound mixes never push the envelope. There are some channel separations, but the outlying channels rarely offers anything beyond ambient sounds and musical fill. Fidelity is good for a television production; the music sounds fine and sound effects are fairly convincing. Dialogue is crisp and always easy to understand. No other language tracks have been included on the DVD, but English, French and Spanish subtitles are provided.
Music underscores the basic interactive menus, which allow one access to the standard episode selection and set up features, as well as some nice extra features. Running Audio Commentaries have been include on Time Has Come Today, Wishin' And Hopin' & Desire. The following episodes are also offered in extended versions that are longer than the original broadcast versions: Time Has Come Today, Where The Boys Are, Great Expectations and Wishin' And Hopin'. Other extras include Making Rounds With Patrick Dempsey (ten minutes), One On One With Ellen Pompeo (eight minutes), Prescription For Success: Jane Doe Unmasked (eight minutes), Good Medicine (nine minutes of favorite scenes), eleven Deleted Scenes and a Blooper Reel.
GREY’S ANATOMY is solid entertainment made better by a quality commercial free presentation on DVD. If you are a fan, GREY’S ANATOMY: SEASON THREE is the perfect prescription.
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