Those in love with Felicia Day and the wacky web world of her series "The Guild" should be thrilled with the arrival of Season Five on an official DVD. While I understand there was some displeasure with the sound and image quality of the recent DVD-R (a disc pressed on-demand when someone orders the product), I'm pleased to report no such technical issues with the official release available commercially on March 13. So as the product pages can sometimes get mixed up on this site, make sure you are opting for the pre-packaged and mass produced version (from Flatiron Films/New Video) and you shouldn't have any problems whatsoever. If you are shopping for Season Five of "The Guild," I'll assume that you are already familiar with the premise of the show. But let's just say that things are a bit different for our cast of misfits with these twelve episodes. This year, the action takes to the road as our crew head to a big gaming convention.
With this substantial change in format and the expansion of "The Guild" universe, this season might be its most divisive yet. I know a few people who didn't love the show veering away from the basics and becoming increasingly chaotic, but most (in my circle) were well on board for the season's absurd delights. The show has always effectively skewered the geek culture of gaming, so it only seems like a natural progression to take it to the next logical step. Day, as always, is an absolute delight but Jeff Lewis, Vincent Caso, Amy Okuda, Sandeep Parikh, and Robin Thorsen round out a diverse supporting cast that is absolutely committed to the madness. Add niche guest stars such as Nathan Fillion, Wil Wheaton, Doug Jones, and Erin Gray and Season Five really plays to its strengths.
As "The Guild" is a web based series, the twelve episodes on this disc only run about an hour and 40 minutes. The Extras boast some decent features: Double Trouble, How to Build A Con, and Steampunk Verite. There is also a short gag reel and an audio commentary featuring much of the primary cast. Also included are requisite cast interview and a behind-the-scenes table read. If you're a big fan, it's some nice bonus footage. At the end of the day, I'm not sure that Season Five represented my favorite, but I liked the chances that it took and it's still darn funny. KGHarris, 3/12.