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Big Love: The Complete Fifth Season

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  • Actors: Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny, Ginnifer Goodwin, Amanda Seyfried
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: HBO
  • Release Date: Dec 6 2011
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B003L77GLA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,895 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Big Love: The Complete Fifth Season (DVD)


There are doses of both good and bad news accompanying this release of the 10 episodes comprising the fifth season of the HBO series Big Love. The bad news is that the fifth season is also the last hurrah for a show that's rarely been anything less than entertaining. But the good news is that cocreators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer and their cast and crew are bowing out with one of their strongest outings; at the very least, this season is consistently better than the somewhat haphazard one that preceded it. It's also the least amusing and most serious, as family patriarch Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton), his three wives (Jeanne Tripplehorn as Barb, Chloë Sevigny as Nicki, and Ginnifer Goodwin as Margene), their kids, and even their friends and business associates face their sternest trials yet. Much of that is self-inflicted by the idealistic and stubborn Bill, who, having previously won a seat in the Utah state senate, has decided not only to reveal that his is a family of polygamists (or, as they put it, observers of "the principle of plural marriage") but also to fight a very uphill battle for public acceptance of them and their kind. The consequences are many: since Bill neglected to reveal that little lifestyle tidbit before, many of those who voted for him, including employees at his Home Plus store, feel betrayed; he may be impeached as soon as he takes office; his kids are bullied; the mainstream Mormon church (a.k.a. the LDS, or Latter Day Saints) actively shuns the Henricksons; and archenemy Alby Grant (Matt Ross), Nicki's brother and heir apparent to the late, evil prophet Roman Grant, has revenge on his agenda. Meanwhile, Marge loses her gig pitching products on TV, Barb considers joining a reform sect that opposes polygamy, and Nicki, never a very appealing character in the first place ("spiteful, jealous, and mean" is her own description), becomes nastier than ever. Add to that the specter of jail time for a crime Bill didn't even know he committed, and you're looking at a tower of tribulation that's too tall not to fall.

As always, there is a lot going on here, and while each episode can theoretically stand on its own, newcomers to the series may have a tough time keeping up, at least at first. But it's worth the effort. Big Love is beautifully written, acted (others in the outstanding cast include veterans Bruce Dern, Mary Kay Place, Grace Zabriskie, and Ellen Burstyn), and realized. It will be missed. --Sam Graham

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Concluded the series, tied up loose ends. But it felt forced and unconvincing, without the humour and realism of the first couple of seasons.
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I really liked it. You wonder how this complicated story is going to end but it ends satisfactorily.
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It has the best ending I have ever seen on a series, bar none.
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Loved it and very well portrayed and true to life.
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HASH(0xa1f32a8c) out of 5 stars Big Love for Big Love March 22 2011
By ChaCha - Published on Amazon.com
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In a very a parallel way, Sister Wives, a current reality show about a polygamous family presents us with a family who choose to live their lives in the open. Unlike the Hendrickson's however, the patriarch of the family did not run for public office nor have a business that depends on public support.

This final season of Big Love was much better than the cartoonish and improbable episodes from Season 4. It takes a very dramatic turn towards the reality of their lives and there is no longer anything remotely humorous except dead on issues that can no longer be run away from. It's mostly about Senator Bill Hendrickson's refusal to put his religion in the closet. While he has noble intentions, the political, financial and emotional toll it takes on his family is overwhelming. This is also the season of self realization for all three wives, no longer able to do just what's best for their family but to meet their own individual spiritual, emotional and intellectual growth that can no longer be suppressed.

Like many, I sure am sorry this wonderful series has concluded. I can only hope and pray that one day, maybe we'll see Big Love, the Movie (which I'd much rather see than another Sex in the City installment). Big Love you will truly be missed!
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1d35bf4) out of 5 stars Faith in the Here & Now Feb. 5 2012
By Stink Eye - Published on Amazon.com
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As an atheist I have been thoroughly captivated by this show because of its authentic struggle with fundamentalism and faith. While my own faith is firmly planted in the here and now and has evolved from a Catholic upbringing into one that sees most organized religions as manipulative, superstitious, patriarchal, and hypocritical, "Big Love" struggles with all of these considerations, but digs more deeply into the nature of faith beyond the here and now and surprisingly finds the true relevance of faith in the here and now. (Spoiler) When Paxon's character, Bill Henrickson, finds his own church built upon the principles of pluralistic marriage apart from the cult pedophilia that had characterized the elders set adrift in the Juniper Creek Compound, his gathering sermon recognizes that faith does not rain from above but emerges from our connections with family and friends. This is such a tremendous revelation for him. In this final scene, souls are repaired, covenants are remembered, and a vision of a once forward-looking church reveals itself. While I abhor the idea of polygamy, taking a wider view of history and a view of woman as healers (which is not impossible for an atheist), maybe it takes many wives to tame the irrational, aggressive beasts that are most men. This may be too generous and too slight, such is the dichotomy of the genders blessed and cursed by compassion and cruelty. When Barbara, Bill's wife, assumes the Priesthood and gives Bill his final blessing, his new understanding of faith is sanctified by virtue of the connection he makes with his equal. Nickki and Marj look on as "Sister" wives and in this capacity they humble themselves to wifehood, to the blessing itself, and the connection that has been made between two people who struggled with shifting concepts of church and faith. This humility prepares them for the earthly tolerance it will take to do what they have to do to make their families whole again. Marj connects to the world and Nickki connects to Marj and self-forgiveness, and they both insist on this in the here and now. It is no accident that the series is bookended by The Beach Boys "God Only Knows." This nearly perfect song with its breathtaking melody and invocation--"God only knows where I'd be without you"--begins with young Carl Wilson's vocal. Innocent and dewy-eyed, it opens the first season and characterizes the unraveling of what was possible with the tenets of a blind, wild-hearted faith. When Natalie Maines reprises "God Only Knows" in the finale, the husk of her voice, its wearied experience and certainty eclipse the doubt of Carl Wilson's--her drummer punctuating the verses until a certainty arrives in the famous circle of voices that ends this song and answers: We'd all be quite nowhere without each other. Such a beautiful series.
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HASH(0xa200209c) out of 5 stars Hooked Again on an HBO Series! March 11 2012
By The Original Vince Carter - Published on Amazon.com
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I said I wasn't going to do it, but it happened again with Big Love. I enjoyed the ride, but a tradition that began with the Sopranos, HBO writers don't end a series well. Final episodes seem to just "push us off a cliff" and it's just over! The final season of Big Love got to be a bit overwhelming with the story lines, but still riveting. Yet, on the final episode, instead of giving us a 90min conclusion to some intense stories, they crammed everything into the same time frame as the series format and just abruptly stopped each story line, cold! Oh well, I enjoyed ride, just the same!
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1d4106c) out of 5 stars What I Loved Most About Big Love Dec 15 2012
By M. Conlon - Published on Amazon.com
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1. Alby Grant - Best Bad Guy Ever. Matt Ross is now tied with Ralph Fiennes, with his performance in Shindler's List, for the Best Bad Guy Performance Ever.

2. Favorite Scene - There were so many it's like choosing amongst your children, but one that stands out for me is during one of Louis and Frank's bird smuggling escapades. The two of them are sleeping in the back seat of the car, their mouths hanging wide open. Jodeen gets a wonderful gleam in her eyes and proceeds to get out of the car, open the trunk and release the birds. Mareille Enos brought a quiet, enigmatic lusciousness to Kathy and Jodeen Marquart. Jodeen doesn't say more than a few words during the entirety of the series, but Ms. Enos instills her with a beautiful stillness and inner life.

3. Opening Credits Sequence - Loved the Beach Boys one for Seasons One through Three. Also loved the Engineers one for Seasons Four and Five. The Sequence used for Seasons One through Three is emblematic of what Bill and his wives believe will happen to them in the afterlife. They are connected now and in eternity. But they are skating on thin ice. By Season Four they are starting to drift apart, being pulled in different directions. Though they strive mightily to connect, it is becoming more and more difficult. Home, by the Engineers, was haunting.

4. Stellar performances by Harry Dean Stanton as Roman Grant, Bruce Dern as Frank Harlow, Melora Walters as Wanda Henrickson, Grace Zabriskie as Lois Henrickson, Mary Kay Place as Adaleen Grant and Sandy Martin as Selma Green. The leads were all great but these are the performances that stand out for me, in addition to the two mentioned above.

5. The way that the writers never condescended or judged. Though these characters were very different than most of us, they were all, even the bad guys, presented as people who were mostly doing their best, though often failing badly. Almost all of them had at least one redeeming moment. Many of them, like Alby, were doomed. Yet they persevered nonetheless. Like the Cohen Brothers and David Lynch, Mark Olsen and Will Scheffer created a beautiful presentation of the deeply weird in the seemingly ordinary.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1f203f0) out of 5 stars Big Love, all seasons Sept. 11 2012
By JJ - Published on Amazon.com
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We found this show to hit the nail right on the head! We are from AZ and grew up with the Morman influence and know of poly families! We found this so inline with real life! We always said if Tom Hanks was involved it would be good. This is one of the best Drama shows on today, or was. The way they ended the show was a surprise for both of us! We knew that Bill was going to get killed, we just did not figure it would be the neighbor across the street. 4 thumbs up.