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The Sopranos: Complete HBO Season 5 [DVD] [2005]

James Gandolfini , Edie Falco    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Robert Iler
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: English, French, Dutch, Arabic, Finnish, Hebrew, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Jun 2005
  • Run Time: 780 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00081MWUW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,252 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Facing an indeterminate sentence of weeks/months/years until new episodes, Sopranos fans are advised to take the fifth; season, that is. At this point, superlatives don't do The Sopranos justice, but justice was at last served to this benchmark series. For the first time, The Sopranos rubbed out The West Wing to take home its first Emmy for Outstanding Dramatic Series. Michael Imperioli and Drea de Matteo also earned Best Supporting Actor and Actress honors for some of their finest hours as Christopher and Adriana. From the moment a wayward bear lumbers into the Sopranos' yard in the season opener, it is clear that The Sopranos is in anything but a "stagmire." The series benefits from an infusion of new blood, the so-called "Class of 2004," imprisoned "family" members freshly released from jail. Most notable among these is Tony's cousin, Tony Blundetto (Steve Buscemi, who directed the pivotal season 3 episode "Pine Barrens"), who initially wants to go straight, but proves himself to be something of a "free agent," setting up a climactic stand-off between Tony and New York boss Johnny Sack.

These 13 mostly riveting episodes unfold with a page-turning intensity with many rich subplots. Estranged couple Tony and Carmela (the incomparable James Gandolfini and Edie Falco) work toward a reconciliation (greased by Tony's purchase of a $600,000 piece of property for Carmela to develop). The Feds lean harder on an increasingly stressed-out and distraught Adriana to "snitch" with inevitable results. This season's hot-button episode is "The Test Dream," in which Tony is visited by some of the series' dear, and not-so-dearly, departed in a harrowing nightmare. With this set, fans can enjoy marathon viewings of an especially satisfying season, but considering the long wait ahead for season 6, best to take Tony's advice to his son, who, at one point, gulps down a champagne toast. "Slow down," Tony says. "You're supposed to savor it." --Donald Liebenson, Amazon.com

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James Gandolfini Sopranos - Complete Series 5


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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Listen, everything's all right ..." 18 April 2006
Format:DVD
While series 5 of the Spotranos suffers slightly by comparison with some of its illustrious predecessors, the series builds to a great climax in the last 3 episodes. I agree with one or two of the criticisms by other reviewers, and the first three or four episodes are slower and apparently less consequential than many earlier episiodes, but the final four episodes of the series (especially the penultimate installment) make compelling viewing.

The problem that series 4 and 5 of the Sopranos have had is how to keep things fresh- after all, this is a series that has churned out 60-odd episodes of about 45 minutes each, all with Hollywood-standard production values. The biggest flaw is a felling of 'here we go again' when older characters (Vito, Little Paulie and Bobby for example) are promoted or given more prominence and new characters (Phil Leotardo, Tony Blundetto) are introduced. For the first half of the series, Tony Blundetto appears to be filling the shoes left by Ralph and Richie Aprile before that, but Steve Buscemi's excellent, understated acting gives the character added depth and significance.

The last part of the series effectively drums home the message that the Sopranos has been reiterating for years - no matter how cosy and cuddly these characters may appear, they are ruthless murderers and no matter how much they talk about family and honour, they are as motivated by greed and self interest as any petty thieves, points perhaps obscured in even the greatest Mafia movies.

My big hope is that the fact that the show now has a very limited shelf-life (20-odd more episodes) might give season 6 and the following specials a natural dramatic impetus.

Biggest disappointment in season 5 - not enough Junior!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars belter 30 Sep 2007
By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Sopranos,for me was interrupted after season 4,by 24,a friend lent me season one of that and i had to see everything,so now that has finished,i have bought season 5 of sopranos and i am delighted to say that this season is again gold,pure gold.
Season 5 is in many ways the most comfortable of series',very much at ease with itself,its almost as if everyone knows what they are about now and the show could literally write itself.This series is too be fair a wordy series,plenty of dialouge and less action than before but no less great for it though,when the blood flows,it flows violently but there is alot to be learnt by the scenes which stretch into vast conversation and can be deemed insightful and bring the story crashing down.
That being said,of course,this means that many found this series dull and numb,but i implore you to be patient with this,new characters come and go here in style,and steve buscemi is great as Tonys cousin who wants to go straight after his release from jail.
There are gentle twists and turns and once again,the show doesnt fall into the cliffhanger episode mode,further proof of the shows confidence in itself.
VItal,yes,stunning,yes,am i looking forward to series 6 now,you better believe it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could have ended here 1 April 2008
Format:DVD
Season 5 is outstanding. It would have made a great ending to the entire series if it ended with the season 5 final scene - all we had was a long shot of Tony Soprano running through a snowy field avoiding the Feds after they arrested his colleague.

Anyhoo, in this season it is without question Gandolfini's finest hour. He gives a performance which portrays not only the ruthlessness and thuggery of Tony Soprano but also the maturity, thoughtfulness, humour and depth of a caring husband/ father.

Tony manages to bed quite a few women. Anyone remember his attempt with Dr Melfi "Thinking of you, Your Prince of Tide". Tony manages to flirt endlessly with Carmella, Adrianna, Adrianna's FBI friend, and a countless number of others.

Steve Buscemi (Tony Blundera) is a revelation. Christopher manages to lose the plot again, but then pulls his socks up. AJ gets his face super-glued to carpet (Insert Wood) and Meadow is studying the Law.

Season 5 will receive no humanitarian awards, though, this is brutal gangsterism and intimidation of innocents, after all. 10/10.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb television 14 Nov 2008
By Steven Brown TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I didn't bother watching the Sopranos when it was first on TV, but someone gave me the first series as a gift, and I've been working my way through them since.

Series 5 is actually one of my favourites. I was quite baffled to come on here and find several one star reviews, complaining about various things like the lack of sense of humour.

The show is definitely dark, but there is plenty of amusing parts. For example, Janice (not one of my favourite characters) turning over a new leaf after going to anger management classes, and Tony's subsequent baiting of her.

There is some great drama, and some very unexpected moments. Can't wait to get Series 6!

In summary - top quality TV, and a must buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Run, Tony, run! 17 Oct 2012
By Zoonie TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
We finished watching series 5 last night. The image of Tony in the snow running across the fields to escape the Feds is one that will stay with me. The mystery is why do I care about this man? He is a menace to society, to women, even to his kith and kin. My loyalty to him and my deep interest in him must be because he is so well-written and acted. He is a Shakesperian character, multi-layered, complex. I hate violence normally, but if you go to a Shakespeare play, it is to enjoy the characters not to see the bodies pile up (and old Shakespeare likes to pile them up!)

The whole of series 5 is top class, but the final two episodes of the series were especially enjoyable.
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Season Five began the arc that culminated in the final episodes of the series and feature some great memorable scenes and performances. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Hevingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment
Came very late to this great series but enjoying it all the same. Well worth seeing if you missed it first time round.
Published 4 months ago by SJRlyme
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sopranos: Season 5
I feel inadequate to rate a USA TV series which has won so many plaudits. It is first rate entertainment !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
I came late into viewing the Sopranos, but that gave me the advantage of being able to watch a complete season in 2 days ! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. J. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars bada bing !
if your a fan you will already have seen it if not then just sit back and relax and enjoy the world of tony soprano and his families just sheer brilliant tv drama.
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