Cover Art and Menus: 6/10
As with most DVD releases of televisions shows, the covers and menus leave a bit to be desired. Scrubs: The Complete Seventh Season is no different. You have your obligatory shot of the entire cast on the cover, so that nobody gets upset about not getting equal billing. The cover is just so generic that it hurts, but this is the way of the television series DVD release, so at least it is kind of expected.
The menu is actually pretty neat. It is a digital version of the Coffee Bucks shop from the show, and you sit down and check out a lap top, which presents the different options as if you were surfing the web. Interestingly enough, the website that is shown is a “rate your doctor” type of page, which was pretty funny. The menu is not brilliant, but it is clever, and a nice change of pace.
- My Making Of II “My Princess” – The final episode of season seven is entitle “My Princess,” and is a cheeky take off on the Princess Bride movie. This feature is a 17 minutes long behind the scenes look at the episode. The episode includes a large amount of costume and set design, and green screen work, and this short shows some of the time and effort that went into making the season finale. The episode itself is directed by Zach Braff, who is responsible for directing several of the season seven episodes.
- One On One With Ken Jenkins –Ken Jenkins is kind of the grandpa of Scrubs. He plays chief of medicine Bob Kelso, who is another of the wonderful ensemble characters of Scrubs. Jenkins is interviewed and asked a bunch of questions that he answers in a lighthearted fashion. My guess is that the other season DVD’s have included other characters in one on one scenarios, which is a neat idea if they have given each actor a chance to get interviewed. I am not positive that I am correct on that, but I certainly hope so.
- Alternate Lines – The alternate lines extra showcases scenes that were shot with a separate bit of dialogue. they are shown with the original scene, so that a comparison can be made, and they often seem to illustrate some of the lines that the actors improvised. Very similar to the Deleted scenes, and they check in at almost 20 minutes long.
- Deleted Scenes –This was my favorite extra that was included. the deleted scenes run about 15 minutes, and include several scenes where Dr. Cox is going off on various individuals. (Did I mention I find his character hysterical?) In any event, the deleted scenes are shown where they would have been inserted, and they really are fun to watch. I especially enjoyed the shout out to M.C. Hammer, because personally you can never have enough M.C. Hammer.
- Bloopers – This extra checks in at a very short 3 minutes, and is just a collection of bloopers form the outtakes. They are funny, as most blooper reels are, but it is very, very short.
- Audio Commentaries – Each of the shows gets its own commentary. There are writers, actors, directors, and even an odd costume designer included in the commentaries. They are pretty decent overall, but I can’t imagine most people sitting down for each one, episode after episode.
The Show: 8/10
I have to admit that I don’t think I had ever sat through an entire episode of Scrubs before getting this DVD release. Therefore I am coming into the show at an insanely late stage, with very little feeling for the show or the characters. I really did not know what to expect, but I found myself really enjoying the show. Scrubs: the Complete Seventh Seasonis a two-disk set, with the episodes divided between disk 1 and 2. The characters all work at the Sacred Heart hospital, and the humor is funny and over the top. Scrubs is a bit ridiculous, but I found that the gags were really well done, and a nice throw back to the old style of situation comedies. This is not House or ER, and the characters are able to stretch gags to the point where they are funny and absurd.
Scrubs is about the interaction between main character J.D. (Zach Braff) and the rest of the Sacred Heart workers. J.D.’s best friend is Chris Turk (Donald Faison), who is a surgeon at the hospital, and when the two of them are together, they act as goofy as high school kids. In reality, Turk is married to nurse Carla Espinoza (Judy Reyes) and has a daughter, and actual real responsibilities that he somewhat us able to cope with when not with J.D. For J.D. however, things are not so straight forward, and the theme that he needs to grow up is omnipresent throughout the seventh season DVD.
The characters are really what makes Scrubs work so well. Elliot Reid (Sarah Chalke) is the semi love interest for J.D., and the constant will they/won’t they hook up questions run through the episodes. The two doctors each have their own problems, as Elliot calls off her engagment to another physician at the hospital, who not so affectionately gets grossed out every time she gets close.
Dr. Perry Cox (John C. McGinley) is absolutely hilarious as one of the more senior physicians at the hospital. He is constantly bossing others around, and his distaste for J.D. and a nurse that squeaks as she talks is palpable. Cox is truly fun to watch, and gets some amazing one liners.
There are so many individual characters that really add to the Scrubs experience, and like I stated before, the true heart of the show seems to lie in the characters themselves. Scrubs is silly and quick, and I really enjoyed it. I don’t really watch a lot of television anymore, and rarely do I see any type of 30 minutes comedies, and Scrubs reminded me of the shows that I used to watch. I guess I kind of miss the good 30 minutes mind breaks, like Wings or Seinfeld, where nothing really was too serious, and the laughs were plentiful. I can’t wait now to get the rest of the seasons and see what I missed out on.
Audio & Video: 6/10
The audio and video for Scrubs is pretty mediocre. Of course this is a DVD of television shows, so I guess I can’t really expect too much. The video is presented in 1.33:1, and is optimized for standard 4:3 televisions. It isn’t that the video is not clear, it is just that it is not the best I have ever seen. It works, which for a television show on DVD is fine.
The audio is presented in 5.1 Surround Sound, but for just about all f the episodes I didn’t even notice any surround sound at all. The levels were otherwise clear and the dialogue was good, but again, not much to write about.
It is hard to value a television series DVD release. I personally find watching shows on DVD is the best way to enjoy them, as there are no commercials, an I can watch episode after episode, without having to wait week to week so get my next “fix.” I guess you could Tivo or DVR each episode, and wait until the end of the season to watch all of your shows in a row, for free, but buying the DVD is another option. I really enjoyed season seven of Scrubs, and I can honestly say that I will more than likely go seek out the earlier seasons. If you are new to Scrubs, I would advise watching the television show a few times to make sure that the DVD is right for you, but if you like the show already, then the DVD is a great way to catch all the episodes on your own schedule, without any commercial hassle.
Overall Score 7/10