The West Wing Season 5 DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 8.0
Video 9.0
Audio 10.0
Special Features   0.0
Total 6.0
Distributor: Warner
Running Time:
906 minutes
Classification:
 PG
Reviewer:
Mike Bourke

6.0


The West Wing Season 5

I have to admit that I've been a fan of the West Wing since Season 2 (for some reason I don't recall, I missed the first season completely). Television that doesn't dumb itself down for the audiance is rare; this series is made believable by letting intelligent characters act as though they were intelligent, and trusting the audiance to keep up. That the show ran for 7 seasons shows that enough people could. At the show's height, more people preferred Jed Bartlett (Martin Sheen) as President than the real incumbant of the time.

By the end of season 4, President Bartlett and his team had managed a stunning election victory despite admitting the the President had MS, a terrorist plot to blow up the Golden Gate Bridge had been foiled by the assassination of a high-ranking minister from a foreign (and supposedly friendly) government, the Vice President had been forced to resign following a sex scandal, the President's daughter had been kidnapped (forcing Bartlett to stand down and hand authority to the opposition party), and Pin-up cast member Rob Lowe had played his last scene on the series. All that and more have to be dealt with in the course of these 24 episodes. The departure of Lowe was a major blow for the series, but in some ways it enhanced the credibility of the cast as the producers brought in an actor who was less pin-up and more geeky to replace him. Nothing against Lowe (who I hadn't rated very highly as an actor prior to the West Wing) but the geek had more credibility.

I would have loved to give this boxed set a ten out ten rating, I really would. There was nothing wrong with the pictures or sound (except that they weren't in widescreen, which doesn't bother me especially). There were no extras, and that has to cost at least a point or two. But what really annoyed me and has lowered the rating tremendously was that 3 of the 6 disks simply would not play, no matter what I did (and I tried every trick I could think of). Disk 2 would show the Warners Home Video credit - and stop. Disk 3 wouldn't even get that far, my player wouldn't even acknowledge that it was a DVD. Disk 4 had similar problems. Disks 1, 5, and 6 worked perfectly. This raises serious questions about the quality control of the manufacturing, and would have seriously annoyed me had I been purchasing the set, as I would not have gotten half of what I was paying for.

I hope that anyone who buys this package has better luck, as anyone who enjoy well-written political drama should have it in their collection. It says something that I intend to continue trying to find some combination of techniques that will let me access the failed disks long after this review is posted. If they had presented no problems, I would probably have given this package an 8 or 9 out of ten...

Episode List:
 
  • 7A WF 83429
     
  • The Dogs of War
     
  • Jefferson Lives
     
  • Han
     
  • Constituency of One
     
  • Disaster Relief
     
  • Separation of Powers
     
  • Shutdown
     
  • Abu el Banat
     
  • The Stormy Present
     
  • The Benign Prerogative
     
  • Slow News Day
     
  • The Warfare of Genghis Khan
     
  • An Khe
     
  • Full Disclosure
     
  • Eppur Si Muove
     
  • The Supremes
     
  • Access
     
  • Talking Points
     
  • No Exit
     
  • Gaza
     
  • Memorial Day





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