Scrubs-Season 7 (2001)

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Released 3-Dec-2008

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio & Animation
Audio Commentary-11 eps
Featurette-Making Of
Interviews-Cast
Deleted Scenes
Alternative Version
Outtakes
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 242
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Adam Bernstein
Zach Braff
Marc Buckland
Henry Chan
Studio
Distributor

Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
Starring Zach Braff
Sarah Chalke
Donald Faison
Neil Flynn
Ken Jenkins
John C. McGinley
Judy Reyes
Robert Maschio
Aloma Wright
Christa Miller
Sam Lloyd
Johnny Kastl
Case ?
RPI $49.95 Music Tim Bright
Chad Fisher
Chris Link


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Italian
Swedish
Norwegian
Danish
Finnish
Portuguese
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     American sitcoms are churned out with great regularity but few really do something different and interesting. Scrubs is an exception to this as it is one of the funniest shows of the last 10 years or so. It is probably only bettered in recent times by Modern Family (amongst US productions). As well as being very funny, Scrubs is also quite different with a wackiness and offbeat sensibility and some very human and emotional scenes thrown in to make for quite an impressive mix of humour, drama and fantasy. The show ran for 9 seasons in total (starting in 2001) and this review is for the 2 disc collection for Season 7. This set has less than the normal amount of episodes as the show was affected by the writers’ strike in 2007/8. This also resulted in the episodes being shown in an odd order with a major character being written out in one episode, followed by him appearing in the next. This set includes the 11 episodes of the season with 7 on the first disc and 4 on the second.

     There are lots of great elements to this show but the most important are the characters and the cast who play them. The show focuses on three doctors who start as interns and develop their experience over the seasons. They are Turk (Donald Faison), J.D. (Zach Braff) and Elliott (Sarah Chalke). The more senior doctors are the sarcastic Perry Cox (John C. McGinley) and the quite evil Bob Kelso (Ken Jenkins). Other regulars include Turk's girlfriend, Carla (Judy Reyes), the crazy and unnamed Janitor (Neil Flynn), the hospital's lawyer Ted (Sam Lloyd) and the stupid and exhibitionist surgeon Todd (Robert Maschio). Season 7, despite its brevity, is another funny season of the show and sees some changes for the main cast including the end of some relationships, the tentative restart of others, babies being born and careers at the hospital finishing.

     Recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is decent but no more. The feature is presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio for this season.

     The picture was reasonably clear and sharp but was affected by some MPEG artefacts and quite grainy backgrounds in some scenes. The shadow detail was good. The colour is a bit dull and lifeless. There were no other artefacts.

     There are subtitles in English & other languages which were clear and easy to read.

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Audio

     The audio quality is good. This disc contains an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack encoded at 448 Kb/s and the same in French, Spanish, German & Italian.

     Dialogue was reasonably clear and easy to hear but the subtitles were certainly useful. The surround speakers were mostly used for music especially the theme during the opening credits. The subwoofer was used mostly for music support.

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Extras

Menu

     The menu was very fiddly and the text was too small and hidden amongst lots of other stuff, making the menu hard to use.

Audio Commentaries

     All episodes include a commentary mostly from the writing staff. The commentaries are mostly quite jokey, while also including some interesting information. They occasionally tend more towards smart-ass territory. There is also discussion of the strike which affected the season. In detail the commentaries are by:

  1. Writers Neil Goldman, Garrett Donovan & Aseem Batra
  2. Writer Bill Callahan and Producer Randall Winston
  3. Neil Flynn, Sam Lloyd & Hilary Hech
  4. Alona Wright & Dave Tennant
  5. Zach Braff
  6. Crew Danny Rose, Jesse Schiller & Jared Weistener
  7. Producer Randall Winston & Liz Newman
  8. Writer Angela Nissel & Director Michael McDonald
  9. Writer Aseem Batra & Director Rick Blue
  10. Writer Andy Schwartz & Devin Mulhoney
  11. Writer Mark Stegemann & Costumer Cary Bennett

My Making of II : My Princess (17:46)

     Making of for the Princess Bride tribute episode, including interviews, table read, improvisation, creating the costumes & hair styling.

One-on-One with Ken Jenkins (7:28)

     Interview with the actor who plays Bob Kelso. He thinks he is more amusing than he really is.

Deleted Scenes (13:58)

     Includes original version of scenes and the deleted versions. Mildly amusing.

Alternate Lines (15:38)

     Improvised versions of one liners in the show; 3 or 4 different takes. Generally unfunny.

Bloopers (2:50)

     Mostly unfunny onset giggling.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Region 1 release of this series is the same.

Summary

     A quality but truncated season of an excellent sitcom.

     The video quality is decent. The audio quality is good. The extras are good.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Thursday, March 24, 2011
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