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The West Wing - The Complete Sixth Season
The West Wing - The Complete Sixth Season
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Avg. Customer Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars(based on 18 reviews)
Sales Rank: 17
Category: DVD

Directors: Paul Mccrane, Jeremy Kagan, Nelson Mccormick (ii), Andrew Bernstein, Jason Ensler, Matia Karrell
Publisher: Warner Home Video
Studio: Warner Home Video
Manufacturer: Warner Home Video
Label: Warner Home Video
Format: Box Set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, Ntsc
Languages: English (Original Language), English (Subtitled), French (Subtitled), Spanish (Subtitled)
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Media: DVD
Running Time: 949 minutes
Number Of Items: 6

UPC: 012569704176
EAN: 0012569704176

Release Date: May 9, 2006  (New: Last 30 Days)
Theatrical Release Date: September 22, 1999
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days

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Editorial Reviews:

During Season Six, the presidential race is on, with Senator Arnold Vinick (Alan Alda) as the Republican frontrunner and a Matthew Santos (Jimmy Smits) vying for the hotly contested Democratic presidential nomination.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary

Customer Reviews:   Read 13 more reviews...

4 out of 5 stars Subtitle YUCK!   May 25, 2006
  1 out of 2 found this review helpful

Since I was overseas for much of this season's run, I have waited patiently for it to come out on DVD. I am sure I will enjoy this season as much as I have the other seasons but I am only 5 minutes in and already under-impressed with the subtitle system. I have always enjoyed watching WW with English subtitles because the dialogue is so fast and rich that I find I miss important information if I don't have the subtext to read. I am VERY unhappy that they do not have English subtitles in this season!!!

4 out of 5 stars The West Wing - 6th season   May 23, 2006
  0 out of 1 found this review helpful

It might not be my favourite show, but I think the actors were excellent. My husband watched it more regularly than me and he loved it (probably it's because of the politics).
This season was pretty fast compares to the previous ones. I think The West Wing is getting more and more interesting!

5 out of 5 stars Brings the funny...and the drama   May 22, 2006
  1 out of 2 found this review helpful

After stumbling a bit, but surviving the fifth season, John Wells, Alex Graves and Chris Misiano trimmed back the writing staff and brought us an intelligent, witty, funny, and genuinely affecting season six. After wrapping up the Gaza/Mideast storyline, the first half of the season explores the Bartlet Administration's response to Leo's absence, C.J.'s promotion, and (in a series of episodes that should have won Martin Sheen an Emmy) a devastating multiple sclerosis attack that nearly topples Bartlet's last China summit.

While all of this is unfolding, the would-be players for both the Democratic and Republican presidential races begin to lay out their cards. Most of it is examined from the perspective of a disillusioned Josh, who is approached by several candidates whom he ultimately decides are unworthy of succeeding Jed Bartlet. Josh's defection from the White House to run a dark horse campaign drives the season's second half, which alternates for a time between White House and campaign trail episodes, before tying things back together in "Drought Conditions," the crown jewel episode of the post-Sorkin era.

The best things about season six are the (re-)injection of witty humor (much of it courtesy of the amazing Kristin Chenowith) and unbridled idealism, both hallmarks of the early (pre-9/11) Sorkin years. Even through the difficulty of the m.s. attack, this season's was a West Wing universe that you won't want to leave.

3 out of 5 stars Final Word from WB on NO Subtitles, Other Info   May 22, 2006
  0 out of 1 found this review helpful

Some information:

Ok, I talked to someone at Warner Bros Legal (not some customer service rep, but someone at the studio itself), and found this out: There are NO English subtitles on this set, and it was NOT a mistake. Warner Bros has just recently decided that for ALL TV and children's fare, they will NO LONGER include English subtitles as they have in the past (theatrical movies on DVD will continue to have English subtitles, but not any TV product or children's shows on DVD anymore -- including the West Wing). I was told this is now corporate policy, and the advertising of there being subtitles in English (both in all sales literature and on the outside of the DVD box itself) was a mistake. If anyone wants a refund because of this (if the place where they bought it from won't give you the refund) you can call WB's customer service line and ask to send it back for a refund. But this is WB's new policy: no English subtitles on any of their TV or children's fare. So that would also include Season 7 when it comes out.

There *ARE* closed captions on this set. For some reason it seems from the posts here that I'm not the only one unable to get them to appear -- but they ARE there. My TV has closed captioning, and when I turn it on ("CC1") I see it on most of the TV channels, as well as from VHS tapes. But I DO NOT see it at all with this DVD set. However I took it over to a friend's house, and on her unit, the closed captioning appears. I don't know why it doesn't on mine. I tried 3 different DVD players (all different manufacturers) and could not get the closed captioning from this set. It's a mystery, but my friend's setup displays it for some strange reason. So while there are no English subtitles on this set, there ARE (I guess) closed captioning -- though you may or may not be able to see it depending on your setup. It's a mystery why I see closed captioning on VHS tapes and off TV, but not from this box set.

As well as the discs being "stacked" atop each other, note that WB sadly decided to put their sticky RFID tags (security prevention Radio Frequency ID tags) on the inner CARDBOARD instead of on the plastic as is most common. So if those stupid things bug you (as they do me) you cannot take them off without ripping the cardboard and artwork from where it's stuck on top of. Such a simple idea just to put them on the plastic parts of the box, and you'd have none of this, but nope, they stick them right on top of the artwork inside.

For me, I'd probably rate this season as 4 stars, except I'm giving it 3 stars because of the way WB handled this set, abandoning subtitles, stacking discs as someone else mentioned, putting the RFID tags on the cardboard so it tears the artwork if you try to remove it, etc.

Almost makes me want to get the UK DVD sets instead of the US ones (all of my players are multi-region), but it's probably not worth the cost. But it's reasons like these why people often get foreign pressings of CDs and DVDs -- because they're often treated much better by the foreign video arms of the studios than the US ones.

Anyway, hope that helps clear up the subtitle thing.

3 out of 5 stars SEX, SCI-FI AND THE ELECTION MECHANICS   May 19, 2006
I liked Season Five better. And Four before that, and... Well, I see de-evolution. Season Five seems now a mish-mash of quickly introducing then-disappearing new people, high melodrama presented in a shrugging manner - BULLETIN! Asteroid plummeting toward earth! Now back to politics as usual, a drumming of conscience wringing, and alot of talk about what we're seeing. Not consistantly crisp, bright, wit-driven as TWW's Camelot days.

Of course, my viewing style maybe wore me down too: The whole season in one marathon night. I kept asking myself 'Didn't I just see/hear this traumatic-yet-not-so-meaningful scene?' And 'Whatever happened to that fiesty little Toby foil?' And 'I wonder what Aron S is doing tonight?'

Contrary to other reviews I thought the season started better and then went down into a bog of explanations and character spins to keep viewers awake. Mostly due to mundane, rather rambling dialogue and preposterous soap-operatics seemingly aimed at paying off continuing characters' progress. Like Charlie graduates, gets lucky (although in a sincere, romantic sense)(lucky too, to jump the line to become a full-blown staffer, although still fetching and toting folders), et soforth.

Overall, the three stars are a gift for the memory of Aron S, and strongly influenced by comparisons to writing elsewhere. Tonight guess I'll go back to Season One for a bracing 20+ hours of WW Camelot.

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