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  • Actors: David Boreanaz, James Marsters, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards, Andy Hallett
  • Writers: David Greenwalt, Joss Whedon
  • Producers: James A. Contner
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Feb. 2005
  • Run Time: 911 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006IWQK8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,282 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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All 22 episodes from Season 5 of the popular 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' spin-off. In 'Conviction', Angel (David Boreanaz) is forced to stand in the way of a criminal going to jail after he threatens to release a chemical warfare virus that could detroy the whole of California. 'Just Rewards' sees Angel trying to stop a Necromancer from peddling fresh corpses to demons for disguises. In 'Unleashed', Angel is just too late to save a young woman, Nina (Jenny Mollen), from being bitten by a werewolf, but manages to save her life. In 'Hell Bound', a damned soul, Pavayne (Simon Templeman) is throwing loose spirits from Wolfram and Hart into Hell to avoid going there himself. 'Life of the Party' sees Lorne (Andy Hallett) losing sleep over the big Hallowe'en party he's been planning for the last month. 'The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco' sees the return of Tezcatcatl, an ancient Aztec warrior who takes the heart of a hero every 50 years to sustain his own existence. In 'Lineage', Wesley (Alexis Denisof) is surprised by a visit from his father, Roger Wyndham-Price (Roy Dotrice). In 'Destiny', a mysterious package arrives at Wolfram and Hart that recorporealises Spike, and the gang learn that the existence of two living ensouled vampire heroes is causing chaos in the world. 'Harm's Way' sees Harmony (Mercedes McNab) getting in trouble after she wakes up to find a dead vampire-bite victim in her bed, and no recollection of the events of the night before. In 'Soul Purpose', Angel is having nightmares about Spike taking over as vampire champion. 'Damage' sees Dana (Navi Rawat), a mental patient since the age of 10, escape from her psychiatric ward and begin a psychotic killing spree. In 'You're Welcome', Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter) awakens from her coma and helps Angel get back on track, reinstilling his confidence and reminding him that he does want to be a hero. In 'Why We Fight', a mysterious man from Angel's past, Lawson (Eyal Podell) arrives at Wolfram and Hart and takes the gang hostage. 'Smile Time' sees Angel attempting to put a stop to a popular children's show that is hypnotising children and stealing their life forces. In 'A Hole in the World', Fred (Amy Acker) becomes infected with a parastitic demon after opening a package containing an ancient sarcophagus and breathing in its dust. 'Shells' sees the demon Illyria fighting on undaunted, having taken over Fred's body and soul completely. In 'Underneath', Angel, Spike and Gunn (J. August Richards) track Lindsay (Christian Kane) down in a bizarre suburban setting, trying to elicit information about the ultimate plans of the Senior Partners. 'Origin' sees Angel refusing to help the parents of a boy possessed with supernatural abilities after realising that the boy is his own son, Connor (Vincent Kartheiser). In 'Time Bomb', Illyria's powers are weakening and her ability to jump through time is becoming erratic. In 'The Girl in Question', Angel and Spike travel to Rome with the intention of rescuing Buffy from their old nemesis The Immortal. 'Power Play' sees Angel appearing to develop an allegiance with an evil secret demon society, The Circle of the Black Thorn. Finally, in 'Not Fade Away', Angel and the gang prepare to bring down the evil Circle of the Black Thorn.


Lives were upended--and some co-opted--in the fifth and final season of Angel, as the denizens of Angel Investigations found themselves taking on one of their scariest endeavors ever: corporate life. After making a literal deal with the devil (or something distinctly devil-like), Angel (David Boreanaz) moved his team from their crumbling hotel to the high-rise digs of law-firm-from-hell Wolfram & Hart, his reasoning being they could better fight the forces of evil from the inside, and with more resources to boot. Clever maneuvering or easy rationalization? A few members of Angel's team accused him of selling out (as did a number of viewers), but as with most of the show's previous four seasons, Angel somehow took a dubious premise and mined it for gold. And with one core cast member gone (Charisma Carpenter, whose Cordelia was immersed in a deep coma), it seemed as if the show, from within and without, would suddenly fall apart--that is, until Angel's longtime nemesis Spike (James Marsters) showed up, fresh from his sacrificial roasting at the series finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Let the vampire games begin!

With Buffy off the air, fans flocked to Angel's last season to get their fix of Joss Whedon's "Buffyverse" in any form they could, and the addition of Spike was a shrewd one, albeit not enough to keep the show from getting canceled. And for the first half of the season, the creative forces behind the show seemed to be toying ruthlessly with the audience. Spike was around, but not entirely corporeal; Angel himself became sullen and withdrawn; and most horrifically, sweetheart scientist Fred (Amy Acker) and former watcher Wesley (Alexis Denisof) underwent traumas that would test even the most devoted viewer. However, just when you'd be about to throw in the towel, things started changing for the better--Spike became a permanent fixture (both in the flesh and on the show), Angel's secret motives were revealed, and the introduction of demon warrior Illyria, who proved to be the show's answer to Buffy's sardonic demon-made-human Anya, was a welcome breath of fresh air. Creatively, Angel also came up with some of its best episodes, including "Smile Time" (where Angel is turned into a puppet – really!) and "You're Welcome" (the show's 100th episode, which marked the bittersweet return of Carpenter's Cordelia). The ending of the series was deliberately ambiguous, and not everyone made it through alive, but in going out kicking, it was a proper sendoff for a show that always fought the good fight. --Mark Englehart

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By angelus_xviii on 28 Nov. 2004
Format: DVD
It's always been difficult to decide whether Buffy or Angel was the better show, until now. Set in new surroundings, Wolfram & Hart, Angel got a fresh new look for it's final and best season.
The 4th season was evidence of the show getting a bit stale and this move was a breath of fresh air. The season has some excellent continuous storylines, but also some great individual episodes. Smile Time, You're Welcome and Harm's Way are great examples of these. Every charcter had episodes devoted just to them, with references going back to the beginning in some cases. The story arcs are great too. Adjusting to life in the largest, oldest and not forgetting most evil law firm in the world provides a great plot for the 1st half with some memorable and hilarious moments, the reintroductions of Spike and Harmony being an excellent choice. The 2nd half then moves into more serious plots that don't just revolve around individuals, but the company as a whole. The introduction of Illyria halfway through was a bold but great move and the build up to the final battle with the Senior Partners is addictive viewing, quite literally. I watched the whole series in the space of 25 hours. Never has a show had such a moving ending. It leaves you feeling very satisfied while at the same time wanting more. You get closure on all the characters that matter, from Cordelia all the way through to Lindsey. The progress in the relationships between Fred & Wes and Connor & Angel are especially moving.
The final few episodes manage to create a sense of finality at the same time as having a familiar sense of continuity. It has stuck to the theme of all the seasons - you have to fight on and although the war may never end, you can always make a difference in the world. This will not let any Angel fans down.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Goodwin on 23 Feb. 2005
Format: DVD
Wow, this DVD set has the best featurettes I've seen on any Angel series. Right from the art work to the commentaries this is a feast of salty goodness for any Angel fan. Commentaries by Joss Whedon, Skip Schoolnik, David Fury, Steven S. Deknight, David Boreanaz, Juliet Landau, Christian Kane, Brent Fletcher, Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Sarah Thompson, Adam Baldwin, Jeffrey Bell and wonderful insights into the show that I'd never have known without it. The show production values come shinning through to reveal just what Warner Brothers through away when they cancelled Angel.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By angst_critic on 5 Jan. 2005
Format: DVD
I have to admit, when I bought this series I had my doubts. I had heard a lot of negative viewpoints on the season, and the absence of Cordelia did not look appealing.
However, when I finally watched it, I was completely amazed. Angel went out with a bang, not a whimper, and kept it's premise until the very end. There's plenty of stand-alone episodes, which makes a refreshing change to the interesting although heavy arcs of the last 3 seasons, and a focus on character development. Everyone changes in this season, whether it's Lorne, Gunn, Fred or Connor (please note that despite being a chief Connor hater, this season convinced me that the character could be incredibly likeable). Angel's loyalties are kept ambiguous right from the very end, as he dives deeper and deeper into Wolfram & Hart. There are plenty of new characters to pique your interest, as well as the return of Buffy favourites (most obviously, Spike). For those interested in what happens to the Scooby gang after Chosen, there is even a little valuable info on their whereabouts!
To cut it short, this is a worthy last season to a surprise hit show. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, you'll cover your eyes during the gory bits, but most importantly, it will reward you 8 years of watching the Buffyverse unfold.
A must buy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. J. Thorpe VINE VOICE on 28 Mar. 2005
Format: DVD
I was sad to hear of the end of this great series. It deserved to run for at least another 2 seasons after this.
That said they ended it with style in their last season, even when told it would be ending at the start of filming.
We still have all the great characters who are flung into a new situation, working for and running the evil corporation they have for so long thought against. It is interesting to see how they react to getting power and the way it changes them.
As well as the old characters we have the addition of an old favourite from Buffy, Spike. His relationship with angel is truly something to enjoy. It is great seeing how they get on each others nerves and it adds spark to the series.
As per usual in any Angel or Buffy the series has plenty of action, drama and comedy. As a show where comedy is not the main part of it it still had my laughing at times harder than any comedy might. The 'muppet' episode goes down as one of the funniest episodes I have ever seen.
It ends on a cliff hanger, leaving us hoping they will make more, or tv movies or even a theatre movie. But at the same time you are left satisfied.
If you want to buy a DVD television series to watch you can do no better than any Buffy or Angel DVD's.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Customer VINE VOICE on 18 Dec. 2006
Format: DVD
Angel's fifth season was its final and greatest season; building on four years worth of history the episodes were able to reach new levels and enabled the writers to add vast depth to their already wonderfully realised characters. It does start off at a somewhat unsteady pace; it would seem that the writers were approaching this season with caution as they were close to being cancelled the year before.

As a condition of being renewed for a fifth season Angel suffered large budget cuts and a return to a more 'stand alone episode' formula. Although this was never going to benefit the show, the writers pulled out all the proverbial stops to make this one of the most emotionally explosive and exciting seasons ever! Had this not been the last season I wonder whether Joss Whedon would have had the heart to kill off certain characters; not that I'm complaining. This season hit all the right buttons, in a way no other one did, in fact it is probably better than most, if not all, Buffy the Vampire Slayer seasons and I don't say that lightly! As well as saying goodbye to a number of well loved characters this season, a number of them make a return including; Andrew (geek from Buffy), a much better drawn Connor who is entirely less annoying and dear Cordelia, among a few others.

The season opens with `Conviction', as the gang were handed over the keys to Wolfram and Hart at the end of season 4, this episode was based upon them settling in to their new home and the season sees them progressively getting to grips with their situation. (This leads to many moral quandaries and Angel (quite often) killing his clients!) Despite the slow start, the early episodes are not without merit but when compared with the second part of the season they are evidently nowhere near as good.
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