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  • Actors: Dominic West
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Greek
  • Subtitles: English, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Sept. 2008
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016OZ9Y6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,840 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Wire Season 5 concludes the award-winning TV series with a bang. The bodies are piling up in Homicide, but funds for police work have been diverted to the schools. Meanwhile business is booming on the streets as the war between East and West Baltimore’s drug kings reaches a new intensity. McNulty is drinking again. Bubs is clean again. Omar is back with a vengeance and Carcetti is struggling to make a difference as Mayor. After taking us through the streets, the docks, the corridors of power and the schools, The Wire brings us to the Baltimore media, where the successes and tragedies of all of our favourite characters become ammunition in the battle for circulation figures.

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It’s borderline tragic that one of American television’s finest shows of recent times comes to an end with season five of The Wire. Long-praised for its astonishing mix of character, grit and outstandingly scripted drama, the upside is that the show sure goes out with some style.

As with every season of The Wire, there’s an underlying theme running alongside the exploration of both sides of Baltimore’s drug problem, and this time it’s the media. Fighting cutbacks, yet trying to maintain quality, the staff of The Baltimore Sun prove to be a compelling addition to the mix. On top of that, there’s also Mayor Carcetti’s battles at City Hall with the budget, a stretched police force looking for easy statistics, and fractions among the city’s main drug dealers. Desperate times, ultimately, call for desperate measures, and it turns to McNulty to come up with a plan that threads through each of the city’s factions.

That The Wire has maintained its standards for five straight seasons is surely something to be celebrated all by itself. Yet what’s even more remarkable is the way that it leaves our screens, seemingly forever. No character is safe and nothing is black and white, right up to the quite wonderful final episode. And what a way to go that last instalment proves to be. Giving nothing away, it’s a superb fanfare to a genuinely stunning--and unequalled--piece of television drama. If you’ve not already, you really should find out what all the fuss about. --Simon Brew

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146 of 150 people found the following review helpful By Petrolhead VINE VOICE on 28 April 2008
Format: DVD
This review will NOT spoil your enjoyment, I promise!

If you've watched the first four seasons of The Wire (and there's no point watching this if you haven't) you will know by now what to expect:
a gripping storyline with a new theme which allows David Simon and his team of writers to explore their Baltimore universe from a fresh angle, exposing the goodness in the bad guys and the badness in the good guys.

Except of course, you don't know what to expect at all, because Simon and his team of writers have always been brutally realistic in bumping off very serviceable characters (by the end of Season Four, almost none of the original hoodlums were still at large) and The Wire's storylines unfold unpredictably - previous episodes managed to veer from sickening loss to heart-warming camaraderie without ever losing the various threads of plot. Season Five is no different, either in its unpredictable plotlines or its nail-biting, tear-jerking, awe-inspiring mood swings.

This time, the new theme is the media - or more specifically the Baltimore Sun newspaper, where The Wire's creator David Simon cut his teeth as a reporter. As a reporter myself, I can attest that the depiction of the paper and its staff rings absolutely true. But more significantly, the bosses of the real Baltimore Sun agreed to have the paper feature in The Wire without disguising its name, which is testament to the trust they place in The Wire's writers and to their appreciation of its verisimilitude and integrity.

There's plenty of politics in this season, and as usual most of it is decidedly dodgy: back-handers, back-stabbing and below-the-belt punches.
Barack Obama told a US television magazine that this was his favourite show, so it can't be too wide of the mark.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By T. Lynes on 8 Jun. 2008
Format: DVD
like the other review said i don't want to spoil anything. This final season of the wire focuses once again on the lives of the people involved in Baltimore's drug problems. As well as McNulty and co, and Marlo and his crew, we now have the news press perspective on the war on drugs as it unfolds.
Whats really makes this a great show is all the little details, like a scene you may have remembered from an earlier season, and you did not take much notice of what happened, but then you see something in this season and it all makes sense !!
There are plenty of characters from earlier seasons that show up, and in my opinion it ties everything together nicely. Its hard trying to write anything else without giving anything away !!
Just for anyone mad enough who might think of watching this without watching the first 4 seasons , don't !. Watch them in order and you will be in for some treat, i would love to be able to sit down to the wire for the first time again. So njoy the final season of the finest show on television.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LFP on 22 July 2008
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This is without a doubt the finest piece of television drama that I have ever seen. The sprawling cast of characters is never allowed to get out of control and somehow the numerous plot lines, some of which carry on from previous series, all manage to dovetail. I watched the series out of sequence (3,1,4,5,2) which, surprisingly, worked. Of course you get a little more background detail watching the characters develop if you watch in sequence but the writing is tight enough that you do not need to commit to watching 1-5 straight through.

The series is gritty but not in a brutally sensationalist way - while much of that is down to the subtlety of the plotting there are also stylistic devices used (such as the 'surveillance style' filming as opposed to in your face jump-cuts used in the Shield) to brilliant effect. In addition to that there is balance. There is, amazingly, a small amount of redemption in some of the plots and some dark humor but the over-arching narrative is what it is: an extraordinarily ambitious portrait of modern America, refracted through a view of a deeply troubled city - Baltimore.

This series should have over-reached itself and failed on many levels - consistency, continuation, pretension, interest and more. The fact that it does not is simply extraordinary. The comparisons to 'Russian' novels are apt in that sense.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Just William on 5 Oct. 2008
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And so another televisual odyssey ends. 60 episodes over five seasons and a programme which has been described as more talked about than watched (this is the problem of a series playing on satellite/cable channel FX) - although the DVD box-sets of The Wire are on the best-seller lists here at Amazon. With just 10 episodes in the final series David Simon seems to be trying to 'do more with less', a phrase used several times in the offices of The Baltimore Sun newspaper which features largely. Simon of course worked at that very newspaper for 12 years and so it seems almost obvious that he would chose to focus on the media at some point. What he shows is that interplay between media, politics and policing; the symbiotic relationship these agencies have with each other and how each in turn can be exploited by the other.

McNulty is back. His presence was missed in the last season, so it's good to have him back, but he's in a very worrying place; looking like he could skid off that road again at any time and driven by that passion which can create 'good police' but also perhaps lead him to test the boundaries of what is acceptable (and indeed legal). Carcetti, now installed as mayor, has come face to face with a huge deficit in his budget which leads to massive cutbacks for the police: no overtime and an effective end to the special crimes unit. This leads McNulty to hatch a plan that will give the papers what they want and therefore place pressure on the Mayor to provide funds for police work: a serial killer. Now, I love this programme, but this plot-line had me wrinkling my nose in discomfort.
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