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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Aug. 20 2013
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,919 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Being Human: Season 5 (DVD)

Special Features

* "Alex's Unfinished Business" – Five bonus clips * Exclusive content and deleted scenes * Cast interviews

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Just like the other seasons of the series, there was a good deal of comedy mixed in with the drama. It was really enjoyable.
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Its best and final season. A great way to end the series.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1da5f30) out of 5 stars Going out with a bang May 4 2013
By Aurum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Note that these are my thoughts on season five itself since I've already seen it. The DVD has not been released at the time of this writing, so I can't comment on the DVD extras.

Although I thought Season 4 was a bit rough (understandably, considering it was a character transition period), Season 5 definitely more than makes up for it.

Season five of Being Human recaptures the wonderful balance of humor and drama of season one, with a slight difference-- while Mitchell, George, and Annie seemed to have their own separate storylines that eventually meshed together, Hal, Tom, and Alex's stories are more intertwined from the start. This seems trivial until you see how close friends Hal, Tom, and Alex are in comparison with Mitchell, George, and Annie. Both groups are friends living together, but new trio seem inseparable compared to the original. They're all in it together-- Hal and his struggle with bloodlust and readjusting after 55 years of isolation from the outside world, Tom by his side also trying to live a 'normal' life having been raised as a nomadic, vampire-hunting werewolf, and Alex, who is still trying to come to grips with life as a ghost after her death (which Hal is tangentially related to). In spite of each character's unique condition, their day-to-day struggles still seem familiar with our own.

This season is the first and, unfortunately, only season in which we see these three characters together on their own, with no 'baggage' (characters from episodes before and during the cast transition). It's a pity the show was axed to make room for other experimental shows on BBC 3, since the chemistry between the new trio is phenomenal and they still have a lot of potential with their stories. Though Hal, Tom, and to an extent, Alex's characters have already been established in the previous season, they're given more depth through backstories. You're shown glimpses of their former lives, who they used to be, and how far they've come. Even the secondary characters are very well developed in the episode(s) they're in.

The season arc is enjoyable and the overall pacing of this season is much better compared to season 3 or season 4. The finale is excellent, heartbreaking, and somewhat controversial.

To those who haven't gone past season 3 because of the character change, you owe it to yourselves to make it through season 4 (for background understanding) so you can watch this season. Sure, Mitchell is still missed, but Damien Molony does a fantastic job at playing Hal, whose personality is very different from Mitchell's-- it's clear that the writers did not want a Mitchell 2.0. Once you realize Tom isn't as naive as he appears, you also see that he's incredibly loyal and selfless. He's the heart of the group. Alex is, well, the soul of the group. Her fiery, snarky attitude is almost reminiscent of Amy Pond or Donna Noble from Doctor Who. She has a very active personality, which serves as one of the catalysts for the overall season arc. Hal and Tom's bromance easily rivals George and Mitchell's.

To those who aren't familiar with this show, or have only seen the Syfy remake-- consider giving this a shot. Each season ranges from 6-8 episodes, which means the plot is more condensed than what you'd expect with US shows, so things get a lot darker a lot faster (especially during the 3rd season). It's far more character-driven than the North American version.

Most TV shows tend to overstay their welcome and become stagnant. Cast changes are not usually handled very well. Being Human Season Five demonstrates that this show still has so much life left in it and is an excellent example on how to have an entire cast overhaul without destroying the heart of the show. It's a season (and show) well worth watching.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1da5f84) out of 5 stars Brilliant-you won't be disappointed! April 22 2013
By Janet L. Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This show continues to amaze and evolve. The writing is stellar as always, the actors stunning! I loved the story and really loved the characters. I hate to see this series end...but if it had to end...it couldn't have been done better! Hats off to all involved!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1daa3d8) out of 5 stars All Good Things Must Come To An End: The Boo, The Bite And The Beast Face Their Final Challenge Aug. 12 2013
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
After five supernatural seasons, the British hit "Being Human" concludes its run in dramatic fashion. It doesn't seem that long ago that we were introduced to a trio of best friends kicking it with Mitchell (Aiden Turner), George (Russell Tovey), and Annie (Lenora Crichlow). Having said our tearful goodbyes to all of the principles over the past few season (Crichlow was the last to part at the end of Season Four), the final season appears decidedly different in every regard except one. The fundamental premise of having a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost chasing normalcy and acceptance in the modern world is still a terrifically engaging idea. Through the years, the show has had lightness and humor as well as brutality and tragedy. In fact, that's perhaps its most successful accomplishment. The program could be terribly silly and fun at times, but gut wrenching and disturbing at others. This blend of moods is hard to achieve effectively, but "Being Human" has succeeded as a comedy, a drama, and a thriller. But, as they say, all good things must come to an end.

The current trio of housemates are now werewolf Tom (Michael Socha), vampire Hal (Damien Molony), and ghost Alex (Kate Bracken). I've been a big fan of Socha since he first appeared as a guest star. I was thrilled when he was promoted to series regular in Season Three although filling Tovey's shoes was nearly impossible. The key was that he didn't even try, he just did something completely different. It's funny to now see him as the veteran in the cast! Both Molony and Bracken made their initial appearances in Season Four. Molony has a quirky presence that can be either funny or scary and Bracken provides the sass. The roommates face some changes from the end of last season. Tom and Hal no longer work in the restaurant industry, they take up employment in the sinister Barry Grand Hotel. The dangers faced in these final six episodes include a new vampire foe with a tentative grasp on reality, a government official (Steven Robertson) charged with making the supernatural obsolete, and a hotel inhabitant (Philip Davis) with evil on his mind. The stakes are really raised for the finale, seemingly the fate of the entire world will rest on the shoulders of our heroes. But might the dangers be too daunting? This time, there may be no escape or salvation.

The DVD release has all 6 episodes over two discs. The Bonus Features Include:
1) Deleted Scenes
2) Cast and Crew Interviews
3) Exclusive Scene: Our Three Heroes Enjoy Being Human
4) Extra Scene: Taking Care
5) Five Bonus Clips: Alex's Unfinished Business

I liked that "Being Human" decided to go out in a memorable fashion. As a funny in-joke, creator Toby Whithouse even makes an appearance as Home Secretary Alistair Firth. Season Five certainly isn't my favorite year of the series (that would be Season Two, especially the George and Nina storyline) but it is a fitful and exciting conclusion. If you've watched the other years, you'll definitely want to see how Whithouse wraps things up. KGHarris, 8/13.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1daa798) out of 5 stars Being Human was so Unique. Well Done BBC June 30 2014
By Mitymom - Published on Amazon.com
Loved the entire series. I watched them unfold on SciFi until the end of season 4. I couldn't imagine a more perfect ending. After watching all of Being Human US and enjoying the ending so very much, but made me sad too because it was the end of another wonderful series, I decided I needed to watch the entire UK series again and tack on season 5 because I was curious how it ended. The first few episodes I wasn't so sure I would like it. I did like Tom, but Hal and Alex were taking their own sweet time warming up. When Hal killed the werewolf in Pie & Prejudice I decided he was not all sissyboy and I could get to like him. I loved the whole hotel theme and by the last show, I was hooked, savoring the last bit and wishing for more, but pleased that season 5 held it's own and wasn't lame final season of an otherwise successful series. Season 5 could conceivably have been its own miniseries and done well. The only things it had in common with the previous 4 seasons was the title, the town/home, and a ghost/wolf/vamp combo. All in all Well done.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1daa354) out of 5 stars Being Human 2.0 and it works! Sept. 4 2014
By Joe Badermderm - Published on Amazon.com
Caught all of the first four seasons on BBC America when they came out and had the 5th season dvr'd and never got around to watching because I wasn't sure I was going to like "Being Human 2.0", Saw it on Amazon and decided to watch a couple of years after it came out and it was not as bad I thought it was going to be. Binged watch the whole series in a day and thought that it had a satisfying conclusion to the series (can't really talk about the ending without spoilers!). Still prefer the original cast and the earlier seasons, but this one was light years better than the American Syfy version that I only made it through a few episodes.
If you were avoiding the final season and considering the fourth season the "last" one, give this a try.