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"Supernatural: The Complete Season Five" {Blu-ray}
Wayne Klein
Studio: Warner Home Video
TV - Series
Release Date:
Special Features:

Commentary track, featurette, deleted scene, gag reel


Sometimes the Devil IS in the details as we discover during the fifth season of "Supernatural" on Blu-ray. At the conclusion of season four Lucifer broke through to our world and the angels' hope of a final battle between Heaven and Hell came one step closer. Sam and Dean Winchester had their plates full as they battled the Four Horsemen of the Apocalpyse in an effort to try and prevent the end of the world. As always the show was entertaining with a number of strong episodes and while season five didn't quite deliver in the way that season four did, it was still a very good season with a number of clever episodes. Highlights include "Changing Channels" where Dean and Sam get plopped into "TV Land" as Dean calls it and "Hammer of the Gods" where all the OTHER gods not mentioned in the Christian Bible meet up because they are ticked off that it's the end of the world and want to do something about it...that something includes kidnapping Dean and Sam. ***

"Supernatural" has always stood apart from other series like it because of its ironic touch in both the writing and directing, as well as the strong performances from series regulars Jard Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver and the marvelous Misha Collins (who became a regular with the fourth season as the angel Castiel). The fifth season of the show suffered from padding especially when compared to the previous one (for example "99 Problems" where a militia group battling demons discovers that they have evil among them has an interesting premise that receives pedestrian execution all around) with a couple of episodes not quite living up to their potential and a sense that the story arc from season four was dragging on a bit too long. Still, the writers/producers Eric Kripke (also the creator of the show), Ben Edlund and Sera Gamble still delivered a series of terrific episodes that were highlights for season five. ***

There were also some fans who were a bit disappointed that the season finale wasn't bigger and bolder but given that the series was working on a TV budget and not a feature film budget along with the fact that the show has always focused on the characters more than the visual effects, I found it satisfying for the most part. ---

Image & Sound:

The Blu-ray for "Supernatural: The Complete Fifth Season" looks marvelous with deep, rich blacks and a nice representation of the washed out colors that are a hallmark of the series. I would imagine that the DVD looks quite nice as well since Warner has always done a nice job of presenting the series in that format as well. The anamorphic widescreen presentation looks consistently sharp throughout with the only flaw I could see is an occasional hint of edge enhancement. ***

The option to skip the opening "Then" recap didn't make it to the menu this time why they forgot to include this as part of the authoring of the disc, I'm not sure of--perhaps they just forgot. A minor flaw but considering that most of the other Blu-rays or DVDs had this option (I'm not sure about the season five DVD), it is a bit annoying but not a deal breaker. ***

Audio sounds great with a solid lossless 5.1 presentation. ---

Special Features:

Although the studio isn't quite as generous with the extras this time around (there's only one commentary track on the fourth episode "The End" and only one deleted scene for the episode "The Real Ghostbusters") we do get a good featurette " Supernatural Apocalypse Survival Guide: Bobby's Exclusive Video Collection" and the "Ghostfacers: The Web Series" as extras here. ---

Final Words:

Overall the fifth season of "Supernatural" (which was originally to be the last season which explains why some characters that we've learned to love over the course of the series were killed. The good news is that it does clean the slate for the sixth season allowing for an entirely new season long story arc that will reverse the dynamics of the first season--i.e., Dean doesn't want to be a hunter as he has settled into a family life for the first time and Sam wants Dean to continue--which will prove interesting)continues to deliver chills, thrills and spills with plenty of humor. The best episodes of season five are as good (and a couple are among the best the series produced)as the best from previous seasons although one gets the sense that this season would have benefited from a smaller number of episodes. Fans will be pleased with the set and I can highly recommend this season as it brings the five year story arc to a close tying all of the elements established in the first episodes of season one together very nicely.

Highly recommended.


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