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Headsup: Hawaii Five-0: The Sixth Season on DVD


Ah, Hawaii. Glowing sand, sparkling waves… sounds pretty nice right about now, doesn’t it?  In Season 6 of Hawaii Five-0, however, the people and situations Steve McGarrett and his task force come up against are anything but nice– including the mob, a Russian spy, an indestructible suit of armor, and a cannibal (just to name a few).  In addition to the main cast of Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Masi Oka, Chi McBride, and Jorge Garcia, guest stars of the season include Carol Burnett, Michel Pfeiffer, Sung Kang, Duane “Dog” Chapman, George Kee Cheung, Londyn Silzer, and Ziggy Marley.

Out now from CBS Home Entertainment is a DVD set that includes all twenty-five episodes from the sixth season as well as a fairly wide variety of bonus features. Behind-the-scenes extras include “Aloha Action” (which examines the stunt work from season 6), “Pirates & the Palace” (which discusses the production process for Episode 1), “Shorelines” (comments from some of the cast and producers on major plot points of the season and how they relate to the broader picture for the show), “Behind the Scenes with Alex O’Loughlin” (where the starring actor takes viewers on a tour of the filming lot), and “Casting Five-0” (a discussion of the guest star casting process along with some of their auditions).  Additional bonus features include commentaries on Episode 1 and Episode 19 with input from producers Peter Tassler and Peter Lenkov along with Chi McBride (Captain Grover), deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, and a music video of “One More Day.”

CBS All Access and Netflix subscribers can view the entire season for free (it is not on Amazon Prime or Hulu Plus).  As far as pay-to-view options, Amazon and iTunes both offer HD episodes for $2.99 or the whole season for $29.99.  With twenty-five episodes, the whole season option divides out to $1.20 per episode (less than half the cost of purchasing them individually).  The DVD set, however, is currently the same price on Amazon as getting the season as a digital purchase, plus it includes all the bonus features discussed above (the only bonus feature that comes with the digital option on Amazon and iTunes is a 4-minute fan Q&A with Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan).  So unless you really don’t want to have the hard copy on your shelf for some reason, you’ll definitely get the most bang for your buck with the DVD set.