Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Fifth Season (2008)

Genre(s): Drama
Buena Vista || NR - 1032 minutes - $59.99 || September 15, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-09-24


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Shonda Rhimes (created by)
Cast: Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, Justin Chambers, T.R. Knight, Chandra Wilson, Sara Ramirez, Eric Dane


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French

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.::THE FILM::.

I’d like to get this right out in the open before I begin this review: this is not a show for guys. As a guy myself, I can honestly say that this is a complete chick show in every sense of the word. There are so many romantic twists, turns, and people sleeping with other people that I had to write down who was with whom, who hated who, and who loved one another. “Grey’s Anatomy: The Complete Fifth Season” is a confusing, muddled, and overall anticlimactic season that had me scratching my head in disbelief as to how this is one of the best shows on television.

The cast of the hospital is as follows: Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), Dr. Isobel Stevens (Katherine Heigl), Dr. Alex Karev (Justin Chambers), Dr. George O’Malley (T.R. Knight), Dr. Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith), and a host of other characters that would require me to sit here and type out about twenty more names before I even got started with the show. For the sake of clarity, and trying to keep my head on straight, I’ll just be discussing these few main characters for the sake of this review. As far as I know, George is the head doctor of the hospital, as it seems to me that the others tend to look up to him, and in one episode he chastises and threatens Isobel and Alex with a firing for an incident that happened with swapping patients.

It’s obvious from the start of the season that a lot has happened to the doctors at the hospital, since it seems like everyone is sleeping with everyone, or at one point in the show they have. Cristina tries to warn Isobel against dating the guy she’s with, and then Alex warns her, or Meredith warns her, but Isobel hates Meredith because of a past relationship. This is literally how every episode (at least to me) went: One of the doctors is with someone that someone else dated and hates them for it, but makes up in the end due to a surgery that happens. Yes, the show does have its moments about operating on people, and normally the surgery works and the patient is cured. That being said though, it doesn’t always happen in a positive light, as in one episode, an unintentional leaking in the pipes causes ceiling tiles to fall on a patient that is undergoing surgery. The result is ironic, and a little bit too obvious, as the patient had a tumor that the doctors wouldn’t have found without the tiles falling down and nearly killing the staff.

I must say though, that in a positive light, almost nearly every episode had a great cliffhanger that carried onto the next. In the first episode Cristina is fighting with Meredith outside about a guy (yeah, it happens the entire time), she ends up underneath an icicle, that, you should see this coming, impales her lower abdomen. That’s exactly how the first episode ends, with her life hanging in the balance. Then again, it’s obvious she’s going to live since she’s in the rest of the season and a principle character, but it still keeps you interested in what’s going to happen next.

Even after watching the entire season, and mind you I’ve not really seen any of the other seasons but read about them in the tabloids or online, the season finale was a bit of a downer and could be seen coming. The eventual fate of one of the doctors, well, two really, since one is leaving the show and the other’s fate lies in the wind, is quite lame and a bit disconcerting, even for this show. I also didn’t find the plotline about Erica being gay, hooking up with her lover, then going too far and too fast and the eventual happenings that went on there to be that interesting. For a show that’s supposed to be based on the medical genre, not a ton of operating seems to go on here. For all I know, I remember more about the drama and romances that went on more than the actual operating/hospital stuff.

I know for a fact that there will be tons of people who disagree with me, and that “Grey’s Anatomy” is an excellent show and a ratings juggernaut for ABC, but to me it’s just another drama that focuses too much on the romances and not enough on the medical jargon. Then again, maybe some people don’t care about that, but I do.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Tales from the O.R. (19 minutes): In celebration of their 100th episode, the cast take time out to thank the fans who without them the show wouldn’t have made it this far. This also takes a look at the characters involved, and a few behind-the-scene moments involved with this season.

Heaven Sent (10 minutes): A look at one of the characters that returns for this season but I won’t spoil which. His role in the show is examined, as well as what the writers wanted to happen to him (or her maybe?) as the season progressed.

Unaired Scenes (7 minutes): There’s only a handful of scenes here, and nothing that really gives you any sort of humor or background into the episodes.

Outtakes (6 minutes): This is pretty much the same as the unaired scenes, but instead the cast gaffs lines and is equally as unentertaining as the above.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

I must say, while I didn’t enjoy the show itself, it does look pretty dang good on DVD here. Colors are incredibly bright and extravagant, as nearly every episode is near-reference material for DVD quality. The cast looks just how they should in every respect, whether it is flesh tone or contrast-wise, this is a phenomenal transfer. The problem here lies within the fact that a few of the episodes are over-cased with grain and a bit of noise, although not a lot to where it’s noticeable to most viewers. Besides that small issue, this is a great transfer that I hope more television shows take note of on how to do it for a DVD transfer.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track isn’t as astounding as the video quality sadly enough. The track is a bit on the light side, and surround use is rather minimal throughout the seasons. I wearily heard the surrounds going off, and the dialogue was fairly light in retrospect to other television series I’ve watched. My sub was on the entire time, but I couldn’t tell as there are no real action sequences involved with the show except for bits and pieces here and there.



.::OVERALL::.

“Grey’s Anatomy: The Complete Fifth Season” tended to be a bit boring and the drama that happened between the cast wasn’t as interesting enough for me. The ending to the season also could have been seen a mile away (or if you read the gossip columns like I do) and leaves a certain obvious character’s health in the hands of the writers. On the plus side, the technical package is phenomenal for a DVD release, but the special features are fairly weak. I would say that if you missed the fifth season, this is a rental more than a purchase. This is one hospital to visit, but probably only for the weekend.