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Merlin Complete BBC Series 5 [DVD]
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The epic fifth and final series of Merlin sees Camelot at the height of its golden age. With Queen Guinevere and the Knights of the Round Table at his side, Arthur has never felt stronger.
But even as Camelot flowers, the seeds of her destruction are being sown... As the forces of darkness gather, only Merlin stands between Arthur and a fate that has been written since the dawn of time...
Three years on from where Series Four ended, Morgana is more powerful than ever and is still hell bent on destroying Arthur and claiming the Throne of Camelot as her own. Old friends and new enemies threaten to switch sides as we see the return of Mordred (Alexander Vlahos), Princess Mithian (Janet Montgomery), Queen Annis (Lindsay Duncan) and even the deceased King Uther (Anthony Head).
With a stellar guest cast including John Shrapnel (Waking the Dead, Gladiator), Peter Guinness (Silent Witness, Sleepy Hollow) and the return of Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot, Gangs of New York), as well as superb action sequences and stunning CGI effects, the fifth series of MERLIN is the greatest ever.
Special Bonus Features
SPECIAL BONUS FEATURES
MAKING OF MERLIN SERIES 5 DOCUMENTARY
CAST & CREW AUDIO COMMENTARIES
SUPERFAN VIDEO GALLERY
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This being the final series of Merlin, expectations were high. As a lover of Merlin since it first began, I'm disappointed to say that it didn't quite reach those expectations.
There were some wonderful, stand out episodes, such as 'The Deathsong of Uther Pendragon,' 'The Dark Tower,' and, in particular, 'The Diamond of the Day, part 1.'
However, since the announcement that series 5 would be the last series, what we were all looking forward to was the magic reveal, and sadly, this didn't come until the very last episode. What we got in the meantime were many unecessary 'filler' episodes where the plot didn't move forward, which was very frustrating as we knew that we only had limited time left.
Part 1 of the finale is, hands down, the best episode of Merlin, ever, for me. It sets the stage for an outstanding last episode, which is a horrific let down. The ending is most clearly not what,(from the state of the show's Facebook page,)fans were looking for, and I wasn't too pleased either. For 5 seasons, we're told that Arthur and Merlin will create Albion together, but we're left not even knowing if magic is accepted in Camelot. Surely that was the whole point? And Arthur is meant to die as an old man, having ruled for years with Merlin at his side. However, whilst annoying, this is not what ruined the ending for me. The writers have never stuck to legend, so it's hardly fair to expect them to start now.
No, what ruined Merlin's finale was how rushed it was. It's almost as though they decided they weren't going to make a series 6 and then realised they had a lot of ends to tie up and not much time to do it in. Morgana's death, Mordred and Arthur's 'battle,' Gwaine's out of character stupid assasination attempt- all were rushed.Read more ›
This vital magical feature was implicit in the final scene where we see Merlin in the present day strolling along a road next to the Isle of Avalon, illustrating that the greatest sorcerer of all time, along with King Arthur, is alive and well. Could he be on his way to meet Arthur with the intention of saving Albion from the perils of our present age? If so, then the story has ended not in loss and defeat, as some commentators are saying, but in a triumph far exceeding that which can be conceived of by mere mortals. Merlin has been a great series, and is highly recommended to anyone who loves not only "swords and sorcery", but stories with a meaning on more than one level.
The series also did not shy from the cruel ironies that make the legend so tragic. Most of Camelot's problems stemmed from Uther's blinkered rule, fatally some of those prejudices inherited by his otherwise enlightened son. Also there was Merlin's lasting anguish. Always he knew Mordred and Morgana would cause Arthur's death, but he could not bring himself to kill either when he had the chance. His hope was to delay for as long as possible the inevitable. A heavy burden indeed.
Everything was thus in place for eventual tragedy, episodes increasingly scary (which is why shown later in the evening).
In this final season there is as ever much to applaud. As well as the two leads, so many impress - Angel Coulby rising to extra challenges as Queen Guinevere, Katie McGrath better than ever the more wicked that Morgana becomes. Happily Richard Wilson as Gaius is around to the end, his scenes with Merlin a particular pleasure. Interestingly Mordred is depicted more sympathetically than usual, he keen to succeed in Arthur's court, but set off course by fellow Druid Cara.
Add great special effects, colourful villains, fine dragon, magnificent castle, knights in heroic mould (their striking red cloaks apparently a nuisance when filming), and a stirring final battle - Merlin dramatically to emerge as depicted in legends, complete with well directed thunderbolts. What more could one wish!
Actually for a better last episode.Read more ›
After a three year gap, the storyline suddenly gets a lot darker with series 5, a darkness is looming ahead as we suddenly get a lot closer to the legends of King Arthur. The reappearance of Mordred (Alex Vlahos) seems to be leading to a bad end as well, which Merlin is trying hard to avoid. How Arthur rules is brought into question, and how Merlin protects him becomes a focus. There are some very hard questions being asked the destinies of all three, are they avoidable at all? And finally, the character and relationship development is simply fanstastic. Gwen has grown into a new role, which she suits perfectly, Mordred makes huge changes in a very short spaces of time (perhaps too short), Arthur and Merlin are both forced to grow into their every increasing roles in Camelot, but it is their friendship which makes the whole of Merlin such a pleasure to watch. The last episode has been described as 'A platonic love story between two men' (although some people don't think it's so platonic!).
The box set has every episode, as well as commentary on commentary from the cast and directors on about eight of them. I love watching these, as they really give an insight into how they filmed, what it was like for the actors and what it's all meant to mean for us. The bloopers are as funny as usual, and the deleted scenes a great addition, although they do keave you wondering why some of them were left out!
I would reccomend this to everyone, although I would be tempted to wait until the price has dropped a little.
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I ordered this as a gift for a member of my family. I had high hopes for the product as I seen the amazing quality of the other box-sets. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robyn Bangert