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The Shield: The Complete Fifth Season

Michael Chiklis , Walton Goggins , Michael Chiklis , D.J. Caruso    Unrated   DVD
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As the Strike Team battles racial tensions in the city, friction inside the Barn escalates with the arrival of Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh (Forest Whitaker), a dogged Internal Affairs cop obsessed with taking down Vic Mackey, squeezing Vic's ex-wife, Corrine, to do it. In the midst of this chaos, Dutch and Claudette's work relationship grows strained, Danny refuses to reveal the of her baby and Julien struggles with a new attractive, rookie partner.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Received Nov. 2 2013
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Wel received. it it perfect, Very happy, many thanks to your ... I just love it again many thanks to you
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have! March 31 2007
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This season of the shield is the most intense, and emotionally binding of the series so far. The show pulls you in and won't let go untill you hit the end. After watching these action packed episodes I was so impressed by the quality I will be desperatly waiting for the next season. This show delivers episode after episode of great drama, and should not be passed up
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's a mistake here March 11 2008
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The 5th season of the shield was released last year. While the season was excellent (in my opinion) the vendor (in this case Amazon.ca) has made a mistake. I purchased this from Amazon last year so I do not see how it can be released for the first time on March 25th. I believe they are referring to season 6 which I am sure will also be well worth your viewing time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Watching, but better by chronological order June 30 2007
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The shield season 5 is a great season, but unfortunately for the un-initiated not one that is easy to pick-up. The season is more of a tribute to their fans and the setup to the show's concluding season. I strongly reccomend watching the earlier seasons first.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shattering... Dec 8 2006
By Patrick G. Varine - Published on Amazon.com
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...is about the only way to describe the way the first part of season five of 'The Shield' ends. It's the hallmark of a truly terrific series that events from its very first episode (like, the first episode of season ONE) form the basis of the entire fifth season.

Detective Vic Mackey's original sin -- to keep it hushed for those not in the know -- comes back to haunt the entire Strike Team in the fifth season, while strings from seasons past (The Incident with Aceveda, Mackey and Danny's tryst, etc., etc.) are all pulled taut to make the entire season tense with ugly possibilities, the ugliest of which comes at the end.

Forest Whitaker is a commanding presence as Internal Affairs Lieutenant John Kavannaugh, a seemingly-dedicated member of the rat squad who SHOULD be perceived as the hero in this piece. But of course, we've all come to love Vic Mackey so much that we're actually rooting for Kavannaugh to fail (again, another impressive accomplishment for a series in which the hero is actually a less-evil villain). Kavannaugh's merciless pursuit of Mackey, along with a too-eager-to-deal-for-the-truth attitude that leads him to bargain with season four übervillain Antwon Mitchell, spells tragedy for a lot of characters.

For someone like me, who is familiar with 'The Shield's entire run, this was an immensely satisfying, if painful, season. It brought in elements from seasons past, with a firm eye toward the (uncertain) future.

Killer scenes: 1) Kavannaugh's undercover 'sting' on the Strike team, 2) Kavannaugh being reduced to animalistic rage after making a crucial mistake, 3) Kavannaugh interrogating Mackey's wife (like I said, Forest Whitaker is a helluva presence), and 4) Mackey's late-season interactions with Antwon Mitchell (Anthony Anderson still gets maaaad props for being possibly the scariest L.A. gangbanger since Tookie Williams).

Start at the beginning, but once you do, you'll be fiendishly anxious to get to season five.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What goes around comes around Dec 16 2006
By SouthGenie - Published on Amazon.com
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Sometimes TV shows let you down after they've built up the tension, that is not the case here. Everything that came before in the Shield series built up to the events of this season. All the characters start to reap what they've sown for the past 4 years and it doesn't disappoint, although it will twist your heart.

In real life, Forest Whitaker's Kavanaugh would be My Hero, because I know the Strike Team members deserve what's coming to them, but as a Shield and ST fan I mostly don't want them to get it now. One minute they're behind, the next minute ahead, but Kavanaugh is a pit bull who won't let go so the tug of war goes back and forth the whole season. The storylines for the rest of the cast weren't as meaty this year but still complemented the season and built on their history as well. The shoe was on the other foot for Julian who was training officer for bumbling newcomer Tina, while Billings is an inept acting Captain. Catherine Dent was pregnant so Danny was too, but you'll have to wait until the last show to meet the father. Terry's death haunts both Vic and Aceveda again, while Claudette finally gets her due. Ally Walker was a notable guest star in an episode that had her working with Jay Karnes' character Dutch which was kind of cute because Ally Walker starred as Samantha Waters for 3 seasons on "Profiler" and Dutch tries to be "the great serial killer profiler" as Claudette once put it. (Although Walker's character on The Shield was neither cop nor FBI agent.) Jay Karnes' Dutch did have an interesting twist when he decides to take a cue from a pimp in his approach towards newcomer Tina. His is one character who has many unexplored dimensions; he has the psyche of a serial killer who has chosen to be a good person instead, and if I could bend Ryan's ear I would do my best to get him to explore that more frequently.

The line up of extras and commentaries looks pretty good on this set. It's disappointing when there are big plot points and there's either no commentary for that show or if there is one the key actors/writers involved in that show aren't involved in its commentary, such as the show "Cut Throat" during season 4 when Shane goes to Vic for help and Vic goes to meet him alone even though he knows Shane agreed to kill him for Antwon. Neither Chiklis nor Goggins was involved in the "Cut Throat" commentary. I see that Walt Goggins, Kenny Johnson, and Shawn Ryan are slated to do the commentary on the last show of the season: "Postpartum." Ryan is very good at leading the commentaries but it's too bad Adam Fierro isn't involved in it since he was that show's writer. Still, that one should be interesting, and personally I think it's the first thing I'll watch when I get this set.

This show has been Emmy snubbed like you won't believe, although the Golden Globes have treated them a little better. Walt Goggins and Benito Martinez have each had several performances that deserved Emmy nominations, if not the award. Chiklis deserves more than one Emmy for his performance on this show while Glenn Close, who I consider to be a bench-mark actress, should have won for her role. Jay Karnes has had performances that should not only have been nominated but should have won the Emmy, not to mention Forest Whitaker's tremendous performance as Kavanaugh. My suspicion is that the show is a little hard core for the Emmy panels and that it's hard to accept a show that presents but doesn't automatically punish bad behavior, including racism. My only complaint with this show is the shortness of its seasons. I'll miss it when it's gone.
36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unrelenting, intelligent writing Feb. 3 2007
By Joe King - Published on Amazon.com
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This season is going in my DVD collection instantly.

One of the aspects I began noticing while watching this season was how the writers are showing us in each consecutive season how captians and people with authority handle Vic, and what it will actually take to get him.

When Aceveda was running the barn, he wanted to bring Vic down because Vic was a bad cop, but also because he wanted to help himself. That also meant he didn't mind helping himself to Vic's methods (used Vic) when it suited him. He couldn't get the job done, because he lacked personal integrity.

Rawlings had the integrity, but she believed in a second chance for all. She would have eventually got Vic, but unfortunately, her integrity got her canned while Vic's second chance clock was winding down.

Billings? Forget about it, he just wants cruise control for himself. Kavanaugh is a bull dog who wont stop, and will use any means necessary, even if it means he has to break certain moral codes. But he is not in charge of Vic directly, so it resorts to a battle of wits in season 5, and it was very exciting. Looks like it will ramp up even more in season 6. But .. can Kavanaugh bring down Vic the wrong way? I don't know. Vic is too smart. Anything Kavanaugh does "wrong", is an opportunity for Vic to use that against him. Kavanaugh almost has to sacrifice his own career to take Vic down ... and is he willing to do that? Is he willing to do MORE than that?

Enter Claudette. We know her. She has fierce integrity, and she is directly in charge of Vic now. I think she is way beyond giving him a second chance. Vic could be in trouble. How will Claudette react the first time she considers using the wrong kind of shortcut and knows Vic is the guy to get it done? Will she give in or hold on to her integrity? And if she doesn't, what will that force Dutch into doing? He, after all ... is assigned to get to the bottom of events this season (and ultimately the first season). WooHoo!

It is this kind of ever changing dynamic betwee a bad cop and the captain that makes this show so great for me year after year. The writers don't just stick with the original formula.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Drama A Great Show Has Ever Seen Jan. 16 2007
By Tuckman Pencey - Published on Amazon.com
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If I had to choose one word for this season of The Shield it would be gutwrenching. If they gave me another, it would be compelling. As someone else stated Forest Whitaker was nothing short of ROBBED by both the Golden Globes (though he did win best actor for Scotland) by not being recognized for his performance as John Kavanagh, which was nothing short of brilliant. Someone said that The Wire is perfection fo a cop drama, I disagree. Though I am a huge fan of The Wire, The Shield is a different type of show. The Wire emcompasses many different points of view, culturally speaking, while The Shield is strictly a COP drama and as far as cop dramas are concerned this is tops.

As someone else stated though, try and start with season 1, you won't be disappointed.

I'd also like to make clear that I am not knocking The Wire as it truly is an amazing show but the brilliance in The Wire is much different than that found in The Shield

BUY THIS
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5.0 out of 5 stars Its unfair that this is shown so late at night, because it causes insomnia! Dec 3 2006
By Smartass - Published on Amazon.com
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Coming off a very positive, insanely character developed season, this season doesnt disapoint one bit. Because of the Barn's former captain's (played briliantly by Glen Close) request, IAD has come to watch over Vic Mackey's strike team. IAD Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh comes to LA, obsessed with nailing Vic with not only some small crimes hes done in the past, but also the murder of Detective Terry Crowly.

First off, let me sat Forest Whitaker got ROBBED at the emmys. He should have been a shoe-in, but apparently he escaped the votes to even get nominated. Easily some of the best acting Ive seen from a television show, and not just from Whitaker, or ever Chiklis, but from almost everyone in the cast.

Clearly the best show on televion, in my opinion, has gotten 10 times better with this latest season. With each coming year, I always say they cant top the previous season (hell, Im even saying it about this season!), but they seem to shock me every time.

The final 2 episodes may be the best of the entire SERIES. I swear, I sat there after the second to last episode, and didnt know what to do. I had work early in the morning, but I couldnt get to sleep. I actually got up from bed, and went down to watch that episode's encore presentation because from the end of that episode, I couldnt think of anything else. And I dont even want to get started on the heartbreaking final episode because I dont want to ruin anything, but that ending has left my jaw perminently dropped for months now. I really have no idea where they are going to take it from here.

Warning: Do not start to watch these episodes on DVD anytime close to night because you will be up till 1 or 2 in the morning watching them (no kidding, Ive done it a few times)

All I can say is, if you havent started watching this show yet, DO NOT start in this season. Start from the beginning, trust me you'll want to start there.

extras include:
-Commentarys on EVERY episode, except episode 6, "Rap Payback"
-Season six prequel
-Featurettes on "delivering the baby", "the shield panel", and "IAD"
-Scott Brazil tribute (an award winning director of the shield and many other shows, who died last April)
-Music Video
-Promos
-25 deleted scenes
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