Angel Season 5 DVD Set
Feature: The last shreds of the Joss Whedon universe have come to
an end. Buffy ended back in 2003, it was like a bad trick or joke that
some thought the next season would start and there the gang would all be
again. Nope, did not happen. Happily one of the most fun and interesting
characters “SPIKE” Played by James Marsters would be finding his way
over to the Angel TV show. Maybe to put a little jolt in the Angel
ratings and save the show. By this point rumblings of the dark cloak of
canceling had already been spreading like some death demon that not even
Angel and friends could do battle against and hope to win. Plus one for
DVD’s, because even though the show did get cancelled, with the DVD
collection on the shelf we can rewatch some of our favorite episodes.
During the five season run Angel ran the full roller coaster of ups and
downs, like any complex TV show would, but Angel just seemed to lack the
teeth to live up to such a wildly popular show like “Buffy The Vampire
Slayer.” With some of the better story arcs coming after the
announcement of the pending cancellation of Angel.
As all the fans and casual followers of the show recall our heroes ended
season four with Angel and company taking over the law firm of Wolfram
and Hart. Yup the one and the same firm that was more than a thorn in
the side of Angel throughout earlier season shows. Now in Season five
Angel is now the CEO, Fred is the head of the science department, Lorne
everyone’s favorite green demon is the head of handling up the
entertainment oriented clients. Pretty much everyone finds a little
niche in the belly of the beast that is Wolfram and Hart. Gunn and
Wesley find their parts also, with Gunn turning into a rather unwitting
pawn in the things to come, Matter of fact there are more plots and sub
plots and agendas flying around than an old X-Men comic.
But seriously, how many other people wonder why they even keep trusting
Wesley? How many times does he have to betray everyone before he would
be ousted? Apparently forever because he is in the thick of things and
one of the most volatile characters in the whole season… even counting
Speaking of which, the return of Spike after being fried like a dead
chicken at the end of Buffy is perhaps one of the better things that
happen for the show Angel. The tension between the characters Angel and
Spike and the very long history they have is cause for much amusing and
some times even tense character interaction between these two vampires
If you have followed the show at all you may recall a certain Shanshu
prophecy which talks about a vampire with a soul stopping the coming
apocalypse. But what’s this? Two vampires and both have souls. This
creates enough doubt that viewers now wonder who in fact will be
redeemed…will it actually be Angel or Spike?
One of the most interesting things is to watch actors play different
roles within the same series; it’s interesting because they seem to have
even more fun playing someone with a different slant. This has always
been evident with David Boreanaz got to let his teeth grow a bit longer
and play Angelus with a total abandon that showed he was having fun.
This time around and the last part of Season five Amy Acker (Fred) gets
to do the same as she sheds away from Fred and becomes some kind of
ancient demon god. Acker gets to show a small portion of her range
giving a hint of what could have been if Angel would have made it past
As it is the final show for Angel season five brings it all to a head,
but does not deliver any kind of final closure. Rather we are left
hanging high and dry as the final scene rolls and credits are fast to
follow and the thought echoing in our head is simply “What the heck?!”
Shake your fist at the screen and wonder why Joss Whedon decided to
punish the fans with such an ending. But take heart, Angel season five
is worth the ending frustration to just hear Spike call Angel a “Wee
puppet man.” In the episode Smile Time.
The DVD sets attributes are as follows;
Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
Studio: Fox Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2005
Run Time: 990
Available subtitles: English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish
(Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
22 episodes on six discs
Selected audio commentary by Joss Whedon, David Boreanaz, Alexis
Denisof, Amy Acker, Sarah Thompson, Christian Kane, Juliet Landau, Adam
Baldwin, Skip Schoolnik, David Fury, Steven S. DeKnight, Jeffrey Bell,
Brent Fletcher, Elizabeth Craft, and Sarah Fain
"Angel: The Final Season" overview with cast and crew interviews
Featurettes: Hey Kids! It's Smile Time, Angel 100, Angel: Choreography
of a Stunt, To Live and Die in L.A.: The Best of Angel, Halos & Horns:
Recurring Villainy, Angel Unbound: The Gag Reels
Video: This transfer has some beautiful images and it comes
across very well in the 1.78:1 anamorphic wide screen, your best viewing
is going to be a high def television or flat panel computer monitor with
a really good video card. An older television just did not do the DVDs
justice at all.
Audio: The sound on the other hand is perhaps the better of all
five seasons. The Dolby Digital 2.0 surround sound really ads a heavy
punch to many of the episodes. Actor dialogue comes across very clear
and crisp and the subwoofer comes into play quite pleasingly at the
All 22 episodes of Angel season five are found here on six disks.
• "Just Rewards"
• "Hell Bound"
• "Life of the Party"
• "The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco"
• "Harm's Way"
• "Soul Purpose"
• "You're Welcome"
• "Why We Fight"
• "Smile Time"
• "A Hole in the World"
• "Time Bomb"
• "The Girl in Question"
• "Power Play"
• "Not Fade Away"
When you watch it all, you will sit there and sigh, what a ride….
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