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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty damn good.
Chuck as a TV show has had a tough time, carried only by it's devoted fans to season renewal, and it's budget scuppered by poor ratings. It's nothing short of impressive that it made it this far, and the series certainly found a perfect time to end.
Following season 4 - the worst in the series, particularly the directionless second half - Chuck 5 shines. The writing...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Great show. Terrible DVD.
Be warned, the quality of this DVD is absolutely atrocious. The picture is compressed to the point where it is a complete distraction. Details are completely lost in a blur of ugly compression artifacts. I have to wonder if the people who made this DVD even took a look at it. If they did then they should be ashamed of themselves for releasing it in this state. I really...
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty damn good., 21 Jun 2012
This review is from: Chuck - Season 5 [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
Chuck as a TV show has had a tough time, carried only by it's devoted fans to season renewal, and it's budget scuppered by poor ratings. It's nothing short of impressive that it made it this far, and the series certainly found a perfect time to end.
Following season 4 - the worst in the series, particularly the directionless second half - Chuck 5 shines. The writing is exceptional; there's tons of character development, and the series packs a much harder emotional punch than any of the others, as well as establishing a real sense of fear and jeopordy at times. It's not quite as funny as it has been previously, but it doesn't necessarily need to be, as it often enters into pretty dark and violent territory (there are still a good few laugh-out-loud moments however). This series' biggest problem comes in it's insistence to tie up plot strands far too quickly - what can go from being a huge threat to the world at the beginning of one episode is often thwarted somewhat effortlessly by the end - sometimes resulting in the disappearance of tension just a little too quickly. This is a small flaw however, in a thrilling season that is otherwise consistently perfectly cast (Yvonne Strahovski is particularly fantastic), exceptionally written, and had me in floods of tears in numerous occasions towards the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The freelance married spy life, 6 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Chuck - Season 5 [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
The fifth and final season of spy/comedy/action drama Chuck comes to DVD. All thirteen episodes are spread across three dvds, in one box set.

This season was never shown on British tv, thanks to 'scheduling conflicts', so for many fans of the show it will be your only chance to see it.

This season is also not a good jumping on point for new viewers, thanks to the amount of back story the show has built up by now. So you should start with Chuck: Season 1 [DVD] [2008] instead.

Regular viewers, read on.

At the end of season four, Chuck and friends had to face up to certain changes. No longer working for the CIA they had to become freelance spies, running their own company called Carmichael Industries. Chuck also has to cope with the fact that Morgan now has the intersect.

As they strive to make a go of their new lives, juggling the spy business with regular business, danger awaits. Because it soon becomes clear that someone is out to get them. There's also the ever present thought of settling down and concentrating entirely on the married life. Will they ever be able to say 'one last mission?'

As with the last few seasons, the show has to balance the budget judiciously, and certain of the semi regulars will go an episode or more without appearing. But you will be used to that by now so it's not a problem.

Chuck had, in the past, many moments when it looked as if it would have to wrap itself up as it wouldn't get renewed, but on this occasion they knew from the start it would be the end. Which actually helps because it does allow the season a sense of direction. Things do unfold at a relatively sedate pace, but it is always going somewhere.

It does move all the characters along to the point where it wants their stories to end, and manages to do some good character development for a lot of them in the process.

The first seven episodes do form a mini arc of their own. Which is very well structed. There are occasions in this run when it feels that the balance has gone a bit too far towards spy action at the expense of comedy, but that's only a minor complaint.

Episodes eight and nine are more stand alone, with villains of the week and character development. These do start to feel a tiny bit tired. And eight does waste a guest appearance from a former tv star of the 70's.

However it all really kicks into gear with the last four, which feature an excellent villain and a really good level of threat.

At the heart of it all, as ever, is the wonderful love story between chuck and sarah. Any show that can make you care for the main characters has done it's job, and Chuck certainly does that.

The finale does succeed in bringing everything to a close and giving some wonderful moments for fans to cheer. One thing is left slightly open ended, so how you react to that will be a matter of opinion. But it's a great finale, as it's a perfect wrap for a show that was a great character story with lots of fun and laughs on the way.

The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:

Languages: English.

Subtitles: English, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish.

There are a fair few extras, spread across the discs.

Disc one has a deleted scene from episode five, which can be accessed via the extras or episode menu.

There's also a ten minute long feature on the fans of the show and how it was kept going. Which is mostly cast members getting emotional on the subject. But it's good viewing.

And there's the full versions of two different commercials for the Buy More, which you will see bits of in the episodes.

Disc two has three more deleted scenes accessed in the same way as on disc one.

Plus a seven minute long feature on the music used in the show.

Disc three brings a few more deleted scenes. And a couple of cast and crew commentaries. All accessed in the same way as above.

There's an extended version of the final episode, which runs ten minutes longer than the regular one. So watch this rather than that for the full experience.

Other featurettes:

The final episode. All about the end of filming. A seven minute long interesting look at how shows are filmed.
The beginnings: Six minutes about the creation of the show.
Through the years: ten minutes of convention footage from down the years and how the cast and things have changed over time.
The future: six minutes of cast and crew predicting what would come next for their characters.
A five minute long gag reel. Which has some good moments.
Goodbye, Buy More. The Buy More set being taken down. Filmed in timelapse photography so it only lasts a couple of minutes.

All of these are fun and have the fun family feeling that the cast gave the show. So fans will enjoy them also.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Farewell Chuck, 7 Feb 2013
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Mr. R. W. Graham (Lincoln, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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Chuck, or as i like to call the show Mission Ridiculous, is a show that to be quite frank shouldn't have worked at all. Sounding on paper like a carbon copy of series Jake 2.0 the show about an ordinary guy who winds up with a computer in his head and becoming a spy was always on the verge of being cancelled but miraculously survived thanks to the show's dedicated fans and some of the best product placement advertising you will ever see thanks to a deal with fast food chain Subway and of course some superb writing and great cast and characters. The show also had as guest stars some of the biggest names in scifi including Bruce Boxleitner, Scott Bakula, Lou Ferringo, Brandon Routh, Linda Hamilton and a former James Bond, Timothy Dalton plus Chevy Chase and the fifth and final season includes Mark Hammill, Carrie Anne Moss and Ben Browder. Picking up where season 4 left off with no apologies if you are new to the show and aware that it's the last season therefore dedicated to wrapping things up for the fans, the show sees Chuck's best friend Morgan now as the Intersect with the computer in his head that lets him access all kinds of top secret information and turns him into a fearless spy leading up to a great heartwarming finale with terrific character moments. This show will be missed but a miracle it got this far.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EPIC MUST WATCH SERIES, 2 Mar 2012
This review is from: Chuck - Season 5 [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
Sad to see chuck go so thank god we get to buy all of the seasons to keep us going
season 5 was a great ending to the epic series and cant wait to add the dvd to my chuck collections
MUST WATCH SERIES
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect nerd fix :D, 2 Feb 2014
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Love this series!!!! The end took me by surprise but otherwise my nerd fix was fufilled :-) I love chuck <3 xx
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite show!, 31 Dec 2013
This review is from: Chuck - Season 5 [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
This is by far the best TV series I have watched, it includes everything such as action, comedy and great acting. This program has so much twists and turns throughout, although some things are predictable most aren't. In my opinion the series could have ended in a better way after five amazing seasons. Overall I would recommend season 5 and the rest of the series as they are all a perfect buy and are great value for money!
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Series, 30 Jan 2012
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Jared Greenall (Herts & Essex, UK) - See all my reviews
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This has been an amazing series from beginning to end! This final season has been the most amazing one yet, and what a way to end it! Really can't wait till this is released to watch it all over again and enjoy this amazing show once again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A divisive ending, but a lot of fun to be had on the way, 22 Mar 2013
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A. Whitehead "Werthead" (Colchester, Essex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Chuck - Season 5 [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
Chuck Bartowski no longer possesses the Intersect, but has still matured into a confident and capable secret agent. As he mentors the new Intersect, he also has to deal with the fact he and his team are now independent contractors with bills to pay and rival companies to compete with. When, yet again, a dangerous agent comes after the Intersect, Chuck has to call upon his resources and training to stop them.

Chuck has always been a curious show, a geek comedy with dramatic and romantic overtones whose tone has often spun on a dime. The show has always done a good job of managing these different tones and styles, keeping everything grounded though Zachary Levi's earnest-but-sympathetic performance as the title character. In the fifth season, the show experiences several additional such tonal shifts, as Chuck is betrayed by his best friend (but it turns out not to be his fault) and, most surprisingly, has his life almost ruined in the final few episodes of the series. For a show that's always been quite warm-hearted and entertainingly cheesy, the surprisingly bleak tone of the final few episodes comes as a bit of a shock.

The season - renewed purely to be wrapped up - only consists of thirteen episodes and it appears there may have been budgetary restrictions in place: our previous season villains were played by well-known actors such as Chevy Chase and Timothy Dalton. This year we get Angus Macfadyen, a very solid Scottish actor best-known for his supporting role in Braveheart (as Robert the Bruce). He does a good job, but lacks the geek-cred his predecessors brought with them. Even more problematic is the fact that he only appears in the last few episodes of the season with little build-up and his character is never really explored in much depth (in contrast to Dalton's hammy-but-complex Volkoff).

The truncated run causes issues throughout the season. Storylines that would have been given whole episodes to develop in the second through fourth seasons are here disposed off way too quickly. An entertaining on-going subplot involving Carrie-Ann Moss as a rival contractor (and potential romantic interest for Casey) has enormous potential, but kind of peters out with no real climax or pay-off. Most frustratingly, there is relatively very little action in the Buy More. Big Mike, Lester and Jeff barely get any lines in some episodes, although a late-season subplot that sees Lester and a reformed and sober Jeff finally discovering what's going under their feet does help reduce this problem a little.

Most surprising is a divisive late-season storyline involving amnesia. Given the tone of the show, I was confidently expecting some last-minute solution or cure would be found. Instead, we get a highly inconclusive ending. It's not quite The Sopranos, but the series ending without ever answering the central question poised by the last couple of episodes is an unexpected and possibly even brave choice. Whether it's the right choice is one that fans will be arguing about for years to come (or unless the much-rumoured Chuck movie gets off the ground). For myself, Chuck has always been first and foremost an escapist and fun show, not a gritty drama like the new BSG or something from HBO. Ending the show in this manner feels out of character for the series, and a little bit of pointless torture for our main characters who really deserved more of a happy ending.

That aside, the final season of Chuck (***½) is entertaining, well-acted and often quite funny. The shortened episode order means some storylines aren't developed very well, and the ending will be divisive, but certainly the season is worth watching for established fans. In particular, the way Chuck's character develops across the five seasons, going from nerd to an intelligent, resourceful agent (exemplified by the shots of Chuck on the DVD spines, which cleverly show this development) does pay off very well here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars last in series, 17 Feb 2013
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shame it was last in the series but is still as funny, and exciting as ever and perhaps one day, a film might be made!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chuck is great, 16 Feb 2013
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Chuck is excellent. Season 5 is maybe weaker, still the whole series is great. DVDs for Season 5 have good picture quality. But, extended cut of final episode, extra features, final episodes have comments by actors and authors, bunch of interviews and so on, give us little more from Chuck, now that Chuck is completed.
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