It’s the twelfth year at Grey Sloan Memorial hospital, where passion and friendship are tested in every episode. Grey’s Anatomy is one of the longest running doctor shows on television and has just been released on DVD. The Nerd Mentality got to sit down with a copy to see if it is a worthy addition to your collection. Do we give it a clean bill of health, or is it sent down to stay with the coroner? Read on to find out!
There are 24 Episodes for Grey’s Anatomy Season Twelve on 6 discs, for a complete run time of 1030 minutes. This release is only available on DVD and comes with a slip cover. The art on the case is replicated on the slip. The package is the width of a regular DVD case, which is beneficial because it is space saving. This has a suggested retail price of $45.99 but you should be able to find it right now for around $30 to $35 at major retailers. Previous seasons can be found new around $15 to $20 each. Twelve seasons is a lot to come into blindly, so it may be more beneficial to make sure you like the show before buying the complete (but ongoing) series.
I think it is easy to describe Grey’s Anatomy as a drama with romance and comedy elements. There have been quite a few hospital procedural television shows out there, so it is difficult sometimes to find and settle into the right niche without duplicating something that other shows have already done. However, since Grey’s Anatomy is now going into season thirteen it is clear that there is an audience for this type of show. This is most likely due to the power of the creative vision of Shonda Rhimes and appeal of lead actress Ellen Pompeo.
There are quite a few character struggles with life and love, plus a whole host of newer side characters that pop up throughout the season. There seems to be something here for a wide audience; struggles with what it means to run a business, problems with home life and how people act outside of work, and even dealing with relationships with someone much younger. Plus there is tragedy that is carried over from the season before, and the ramifications are seen throughout season twelve. Grey’s Anatomy tries hard to balance a view on the hardships in life and the carefree moments. It wants to show the depths of depression against the highs of success in its characterized storytelling.
Personally, I feel that the script or characters are never as interesting, intense or gripping as the show sets out to be. Granted, it is difficult to surprise us since we have seen the likes of M*A*S*H, House, ER, St. Elsewhere, and Chicago Hope. Even strictly as a comedy you have shows like Scrubs or Green Wing that already existed to tickle our funny bone with surgical precision. Plus that is not even mentioning the countless medical films on the silver screen (which incidentally includes the film version of Grey’s Anatomy). It seems we are fascinated by medical drama, whether it be General Hospital or Dr.Kildare, Ben Casey or Medical Center and countless other shows and characters that have captured our collective imaginations for decades. There is certainly enough room in the pantheon of film to have one more successful television show about the medical field and the type of people that work in it.
Audio and Visuals:
It looks like Grey’s Anatomy has been on Blu-ray before, but apparently ABC sees no reason at this point to release the majority of episodes on that format. If you want the show in a physical media format DVD seems to be the only way to do that at this point. With that being said, the audio and picture quality seem to be pretty solid, in alignment with the other modern ABC shows only available on DVD. The audio for the show is mostly dialogue heavy and comes through on Dolby Digital 5.1. The dialogue is clear and what you would expect from a 2016 release. Also included are English, French and Spanish subtitles.
The show is presented in the original 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio in standard definition. The picture quality seems to match the consistency of other modern shows released solely for DVD. There aren’t very many special effects; you are mostly going to see conversations taking place while walking down hallways or in rooms. I think it would be a positive for releases to be made on Blu-ray but that is not an option here. Depending on your tastes that could hinder your approval of this release, or it may not matter at all to you. It is certainly based on personal preference as this does not seem to negatively effect the picture or sound as presented.
This release only has two special features: a blooper reel entitled “In Stitches” and a couple deleted scenes. The run time of these combined doesn’t add up to much, so if you do want the show you should be getting it solely based on the 12th season episodes and not for the special features.
If you already love Grey’s Anatomy then this twelfth season is just more of what you’ve come to love, and you should pick it up for your collection. There are lots of new storylines and characters for you to enjoy in this season. If you are on the fence about this show, I think it is worth it to rent the first season and see how you react to it. The feel and mood of the episodes are fairly consistent, so you should know an episode or two in whether or not this is the show for you.
You can snag yourself a copy of Grey’s Anatomy season 12 here.
Note: This DVD was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process.