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ER - The Complete Twelfth Season - medical drama DVD / television series DVD review
ER - THE COMPLETE TWELFTH SEASON Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 4 stars
Actors: Noah Wyle, Maura Tierney, Mekhi Phifer, Goran Visnjic, Sherry Stringfield, Ming-Na
Creator: Michael Crichton   Distributor: Warner Home Video
DVD release: 12 January 2010   Runtime: 1012 minutes
(6 discs)
Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Features: Aspect ratio 1.78:1, Audio tracks (Dolby AC-3 Surround - English), Subtitles (English for the Hearing Impaired, French, Chinese, Portugese), 22 episodes, Outpatient Outtakes (unaired scenes)

When ER premiered on NBC in 1994, it was well-written, well-acted, cutting-edge television. The top-notch cast, topical storylines, and realistic inside look at what goes on in an emergency room in a big city struck a chord, riveting the viewing audience. But more than just getting the medical terminology correct and having shows that depicted the real-life problems American families were facing, the show made its fans make a personal investment in the characters.

Dr. Doug Ross (George Clooney), Dr. Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards), Dr. John Carter (Noah Wyle), Dr. Peter Benton (Eriq La Salle), Nurse Carol Hathaway (Juliana Margulies), and on, and on, and on. It was a quick exit for Clooney, and other actors left hoping the show would catapult their own careers. But as Clooney and Marguiles left, other characters came on board, like Abby Lockhart (Maura Tierney) and Dr. Luka Kovac (Goran Visnjic), later on Mekhi Phifer, and the last few seasons John Stamos.

It was the conclusion of the Mark Greene storyline that brought an end of the show for me. His battle with a brain tumor and his struggle to connect with his teenaged daughter before he died put a nice bow on a great show. I probably tuned into a few episodes here and there, but I think that shows like CSI became my new must-see TV. That's not to say that ER lost its quality, just that almost all the favorites/originals were gone.

After years of tuning out, it was around this time (the twelfth season) that I started to watch episodes again, and not too long after I was back onboard. This season continues on with Dr.Carter in Africa. Mehki Phifer's character, Dr. Gregory Pratt, is also enveloped in that storyline as he goes to Darfur to assist him. John Leguizamo joins the cast for a season as brash, talkative Dr. Victor Clemente. Michael Gallant (Sharif Atkins) comes back from Iraq. Along with all that are the usual gun-shot-wounds and accident victims that you'd expect from the show.

This six-disc set contains all twenty-two episodes that aired and clocks in at nine hundred and seventy-five minutes. There isn't much as far as bonus material is concerned, but this is still a compelling and interesting season filled with good storylines and fine acting.
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