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Feature 8.3
Video 8.0
Audio 7.9
Special Features 5.0
Audio 8.2
Distributor: Warner
Running Time: 629
Classification:
 M15+
Reviewer: Peter Bourke

8.2


The Closer the Complete Fifth Season

As enthralling as the last season, L.A. Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) returns to take on the world of crime in this heart warming and down to Earth drama series. This 4-disc collection features all 15-episodes from Season 5 and as opposed to some other drama series, this story, both in and out of the detective world is very entertaining. In this season of The Closer, it focuses more on Johnson's personal life where she loses a family member and gains another.

Compared to last season, the stories continue to be of a high calibre and although there are a few changes to the cast such as departure of Gina Ravera as Detective Irene Daniels, there is a new addition to Johnson's family with Brenda's niece (Sosie Bacon) who happens to be Johnson's daughter in the real-world. No wonder the chemistry is so explosive and realistic at the same time. It should also be noted Sedgwick's husband is none other than Kevin Bacon who also directs some of The Closer as well.

The highlights of this season include Captain Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell) who works for internal affairs and when she goes head to head with Johnson, let's just say that it's not pretty. The uneasy chemistry between the both is a treat to watch, especially when Johnson finally gets the upper hand. The series features, comedy, drama and even romance which generally involve some crime such as a "ninja" who is killing women which is a rather dark episode.

Nonetheless, The Closer the Complete Fifth Season is definitely for the fans and even if you have never caught a glimpse of these episodes on TV, each episode is quite accessible and self contained to the newcomer. With some wonderful acting by Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Robert Gossett and Tony Denison, it's series like this which proves that there are still highly quality TV shows to watch.

For Audio and Video, the presentation is first class. Presented in 16:9 widescreen, The Closer boasts bright colours, sharp images and no errors at all. Add in Dolby Digital 5.1 and this is as close as we'll get to movie quality for a TV series. For special features, there are some unaired scenes, a seen at the crime location map which highlight the locales for this series and a gag reel. The special features are a little lacklustre but the gag reel was quite amusing.

In conclusion, The Closer Fifth Season is a great TV drama detective series that comes highly recommended. It's not clichéd but boasts great character development and interesting stories. Bring on season 6 and definitely check this out for the holiday season!






 
 



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