Season One DVD Now Available
Look at it as quality over quantity. Last March, Grey's Anatomy breathed fresh air into the sterile hospital drama format. Now it's breaking the rules again by releasing its Season One DVD set less than a year after its premiere.
Season one technically contained 13 episodes, but four of them weren't aired last summer and were instead added to Season Two. As a result, just the first nine episodes are included on the DVD, along with bonus versions of the pilot and a pair of commentary options:
- Cast members Katherine Heigl (Izzie), T.R. Knight (George) and Sandra Oh (Cristina).
- Creator and Executive Producer Shonda Rhimes, with co-producer Peter Horton.
The cast's commentary is endearingly awkward, natural and unpretentious, which is fitting for a show of this nature. The allure of Grey's Anatomy is its realistic and likable characters, and the fact that its cast members seem to actually like each other broadens its appeal. Perhaps the only downside of the bonus features is that embattled lovebirds Ellen Pompeo (Meredith) and Patrick Dempsey (Derek) are not prominently featured.
It's still worth checking out, whether you are a newly-converted fan looking to catch up, or a full-blown devotee wanting to relive last Spring's initial episodes. A behind-the-scenes glimpse at the show's production is also interesting, with secrets such as the props used for surgery scenes revealed, as well as the trials of writing realistic medical scripts. There are also five unaired scenes from other episodes, and an alternate opening-credits scene.