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The West Wing: The Complete Fifth Season


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  • Actors: Dul Hill, Allison Janney, Joshua Malina, Richard Schiff, Martin Sheen
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, 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: 6
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Dec 6 2005
  • Run Time: 946 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BB1MIM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,464 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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West Wing: The Complete Fifth Season (DVD)

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Two administrative changes rocked The West Wing's fifth season. Offscreen, the ship of state steered a tad off-course with the departure of series creator Aaron Sorkin and director Thomas Schalmme. Onscreen, President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen) relinquished the power of his office to Speaker of the House Glenallen Walken (John Goodman) in the wake of his daughter's kidnapping. In the season opener, "7a WF 83429," Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford) wonders if this wasn't a mistake. What if the citizenry prefer Walken to Bartlet, he ponders. What if Walken comes off more presidential? Is he kidding? Sheen's Bartlet is the president of Hollywood's dreams, and the stuff of Rush Limbaugh's nightmares. (In a character profile included as one of the bonus features on this six-disc set, Bartlet is described as an amalgam of John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton!). Not to worry, though, Bartlet is back in the Oval Office by the end of the season's second episode, "The Dogs of War." The next order of business: choosing a vice president to replace the disgraced John Hoynes. Enter Gary Cole as "Bongo Bob" Russell, who, as the season unfolds, will confound misperceptions of him. Hoynes himself (Tim Matheson) returns in "Full Disclosure," in which the former vice president dishes dirt on Bartlet and chief of staff Leo McGrarry (the late John Spencer) in advance of a tell-all book. Formidable and usually unflappable press secretary C. J. has an intensely personal reason to spearhead damage control and thwart Hoynes' publishing plans.

Allison Janney, as C. J. earned The West Wing's sole Emmy this season. One of her showcase hours is "Access," a format-breaking episode presented as a Frontline-type "day-in-the-life" documentary. Other memorable episodes that helped to right The West Wing's course include "The Supremes," featuring Glenn Close as a Supreme Court nominee; the battle-of-wills episode, "Shutdown"; "Gaza," in which Donna (Janel Moloney) is severely wounded during a fact-finding mission to the Middle East; and "Memorial Day," a flashback episode that echoes "Bartlet for America" from season 3, and which ends the season on a strong note, and almost make viewers forget the Sesame Street Muppet cameos in the episode, "Eppu Si Muove." Almost. --Donald Liebenson

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jillly Bean on April 20 2011
Format: DVD
Thsi was the first season without Aaron Sorkin and it shows. The pace is a lot slower the dialogue rather dull and the story lines not at all engrossing. A side benefit is no commercials so that helped keep ones interest where the original didn't most of the time. If ytu are a fan of the West Wing it is worth buying this 5th season for comparison particularly if you are going to get Seasons 6 and 7!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pierre Aubin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Aug. 18 2010
Format: DVD
I've watched the entire West Wing 7 seasons 3 times. I have never seen any TV series with such high quality of writing, acting, directing, and delivery.
The series is a riveting political document drama, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys watching movies with educated stories and superb acting.
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I was quite happy to see the price of this set combined with all the seasons was about 60% of the complete series set price, now for the bad part, they are double sided disks for season 1-3 making it near impossible to store in a cd wallet or load into a dvd changer, the case they come in did not handle the shipping as most of the disks for all seasons were knocked loose, some of them even looked like they had been stepped on there were so many creases on the spine. I am going to say without putting them in my dvd player that some of them are too damaged from bouncing around against the hard plastic leaving scratches on the disk. seasons 4 and 5 had great packaging like a book and were not double sided disks, season 6 and 7 also not single sided and the case loads 2 disks per leaf of the insert.
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By Jim Steele on April 4 2012
Format: DVD
The difference between the first four seasons and the last three is the difference between poetry and prose. The dialogue is not nearly as brilliantly witty, nor as movingly heartfelt. The 5th season in particular features a distinctly tired, sour,and mean-spirited tone. For all that, pretty decent prose, and you still care about what happens to the characters and where they will end up. And still better written than most of its contemporaries.
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Personally this season its not one of my favorite, probably because cute "Sam Seaborne" - Rob Lowe isn't in the show anymore, not that that is the only reason to watch the show...
The story lines are getting so what the same, and the president is getting older and he's MS is now taking it's toll on he's body and his ability it work.
Still I love this show, and love the acting and the drama of it. It's very fast pace.
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