As a House fan, I was anxious to receive the latest in the House DVD series. Season 6 starts with the powerful 2-hour episode in which House has committed himself to a psychiatric hospital. This episode is one of the best pieces I have ever seen on television. Powerful performances by Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of the Broadway hit "In The Heights"), Andre Braugher ("Men of a Certain Age"), and the rest of the phenomenal cast, are haunting and true to life. This is the only episode where the regular House cast members are not present, except for a brief scene where Robert Sean Leonard appears.
In this episode, Hugh Laurie's acting range is displayed from the typical House behavior, to an almost breathtaking passion, to the inner torment of the character. And, for the first time, the glimmer of hope. He meets his match in Dr. Nolan (Braugher).
The rest of the season shows how House uses, and eventually distorts, the insights he gains from his admission to the hospital. The season, to me, becomes more bogged down with relationships than medical drama. Of course it ends with the ambiguous "will they or won't they?" in the relationship between House and Cuddy.
This DVD also hypes "A New Short Featuring Hugh Laurie." SPOILER ALERT: I was disappointed to see that it is a wordless improv of Laurie as House when he first enters the hospital. In and of itself, the piece is good, again showcasing Laurie's talents, but is not anything "New" outside of the House context. It was shot at the end of Season 5, and was intended to give the writers some insight as to how to approach Season 6.
On Disc One, however, is a marvelous behind the scenes documentary on the making of the first episode. I truly enjoyed this bonus feature.
Still, for any fan of House, MD, this DVD will add to your video library.