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  • Actors: Jon Hamm, Vincent Kartheiser, Elisabeth Moss, John Slattery, Aaron Staton
  • Format: AC-3, NTSC, Subtitled, Color, Blu-ray, Box set, Closed-captioned, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Studio: Lionsgate Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Oct. 16 2012
  • Run Time: 611 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B008Y4924Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,255 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Mad Men is back. Season Five of MAD MEN, four-time Emmy® winner for Outstanding Drama Series and winner of three consecutive Golden Globes®, plunges into the seductive and intriguing world of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Jon Hamm and the rest of the award-winning cast continue to mesmerize as they adapt to changing times, social revolution, and a radical world. Lust is back. Adultery is back. Deception is back.

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At the end of the eighth episode in this Mad Men season-five set (with 13 episodes, plus bonus material, on four discs), Don Draper (Jon Hamm) sits listening to "Tomorrow Never Knows," one of the more sacred items in the Beatles' catalogue. Licensing an original Beatles recording isn't just expensive, it's almost impossible, so the mere fact that it's there is a testament to this show's popularity and acclaim. It also speaks to creator Matthew Weiner and his team's uncanny skill at weaving together multiple storylines while also immersing viewers in the time and place they happen; this season it's the seminal years of 1966 and '67, when folks started smoking joints instead of cigarettes, dropping acid instead of sipping scotch, and seeing their casual racism and misogyny begin to give way, albeit stubbornly, to more enlightened views.

Of course, Mad Men is mostly about the characters who work at the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce advertising agency, as well as those in their orbit. Don, who remains the most compelling character and is still at the center of this universe, has a hot young wife, Megan (Jessica Paré), who seems to have tamed his wandering eye for now; but although she shows a genuine flair for the ad game, she still wants to be an actress. Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser), who's grown from an obnoxious little twerp into a marginally less obnoxious, slightly older twerp, has issues at work, at home… and outside the home. Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), a likable sort trying to keep her head above water in a world dominated by arrogant, entitled men, makes some serious life changes. Roger Sterling (John Slattery), still a cad and still cracking wise ("Listen honey," he tells a prostitute, "I'm not going to bore you with compliments"), enters into a most unexpected affair. Joan (Christina Hendricks) deals once and for all with her soldier husband. And Lane Pryce (Jared Harris)… well, suffice to say that it's not a good year for SCDP's money man.

As always, the show's production values--art direction, sets, clothes, music--are brilliant and spot on. So is the writing, especially the dialogue ("You're a grimy little pimp," Lane says to Pete, knocking him silly in a fist fight). The writers also manage to seamlessly interpolate current events like the Richard Speck and Charles Whitman murder sprees, England's victory in the World Cup, and author Truman Capote's Black and White Ball (the subject of a separate bonus feature, as is the Uniform Time Act of 1966, which formalized daylight savings). The best show on TV? That's arguable, but there are very few worthy competitors. --Sam Graham

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By NeuroSplicer HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on Nov. 24 2012
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When things get bad, we tend to look to the past. And the bleaker the future looks, the further back we search for comfort. As the new millennium keeps disappointing us, TV shows set on the 50's and the 60's (once a rarity) keep growing in numbers. Many have tried and failed. MAD MEN tried and closed the deal. And have been doing so for 5 seasons now.

Meet Don Draper (Jon Ham), a Madison Avenue water-walker (and based on real life ad-man, George Lois). He is an enigma wrapped in a mystery. He is brilliant and secretive. He wants to keep walking the tight rope with no safety net. And definitely no contract. He is a chain-smoking, hard liqueur guzzling, womanizing alpha male. He is a loving father of three, married to a picture-perfect ex model. He has it all. And yet he cannot find peace. Because he learned early on that the world is always yawning at your heels, eager to yank everything you love away.

From bursting with joie-de-vivre Roger Sterling (hilarious John Slattery) and ever scheming Pete Cambell (baby-faced Vincent Kartheiser) to the gorgeous women (such as barbie January Jones and refined Jessica Paré as his first and second wife, respectively), the cast is one perfect pick after another. And the writing is brilliant, reproducing the tastes and smells and nuisances of the era around Camelot, while drawing you in to the personal stories of characters polished yet inevitably flawed.

The 50's and the 60's were before my time so it is not nostalgia that makes me love the show. Yes, I find the era mesmerizing and (probably undeservingly) less complicated. If nothing else, though, back then they knew how to dress. Women looked feminine and men looked manly.
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... or as the first 4 times I should say. The writing is not as good as in previous seasons. As usual, it is slow, but kind of getting nowhere. The last episodes are a bit better, but the final one is weak.
Being French Canadian, I am kind of upset with Megan's mother character. This actress can speak french but it is obvious that she is not a french speaking person. For a serie so obsessed with details, it is disappointing to see such faux pas.
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I enjoyed the fifth season as much as the previous ones. Don Draper has the apartment I wanted him to have the previous year, but it makes sense that he has it now with his marriage to Meghan, contrasting with Betty's gothic monstrosity. The production remains top notch - great scripts, wardrobe, hair, makeup, music. The storyline for Betty was brief but wonderful and I hope to see more of Betty in season 6. Was happy about Joan's storyline. Lane's departure, while sad, brings it back to the original cast and gives Joan more clout and responsibility. We see Don on "love leave" and uninterested in his job and making things intolerable for Peggy until he later regains his fire and interest in his job. His pitch for the Dow Chemical account was masterful. The final scenes of Don walking away and Meghan appearing smaller in the background and then being approached in the bar with that Don Draper enigmatic look in the final shot makes you yearn for the next season.
Regarding the DVD's, I have all of them. Someone on this site mentioned a cheaper packaging for this season so I ordered it from the U.S. site. The case opens up nicely as in previous years with a beautiful photo of the cast. Inside are small inserts - Canadian Club drink recipes and a colour cast photo. The first DVD begins with someone from Canadian Club showing you how to make the two drinks. I can't tell if this is on the Canadian DVD release but if you like the nicer packaging, then I recommend ordering it on the Amazon U.S. site.
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Mad Men addict. A must have. I own all 5 seasons now, and what I love the most about the series, other than my love-hate relationship with Don Draper is watching my childhood history throughout the series - meaning, all the societal and social mores and how they were, and how they evolved and changed throughout the 60s. I was born in 59, so to see all the furniture, telephones on the kitchen wall, birth of products that I grew up with is fascinating. Also, to watch the series address moments in history like the death of JFK, Martin Luther King, and Bobbie Kennedy, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Volkswagen Beetles, Jaguar, and on and on...iconic events and things that really were a part of shaping our lives as we know them even now. Great series. Great characters. I'll be sad when it's over. But that's okay, I'll have them all on DVD to watch for a further guilty pleasure later on:)
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Mad Men is an awesome series and because it is set in the late fifties, early sixties it brings back a lot of memories of simpler times. There are very similar ads for the real products that they mention, that I can remember from my childhood.
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Mad Men: The Complete Fifth Season

I have been eagerly awaiting the DVD release of the fifth season of Mad Men, it's one of my favorite dramas. I like most people wasn't not too happy that they made us wait so long for this season, however I am glad it's finally out!

DVD release -- One of the things I have really liked about the Mad Men series, has been their unique and wonderful packaging of the DVD season. I was curious to see what they would come up with for this season.

Well, quite disappointed to say that it looks like a rush job, cheap basic DVD case with the 4 discs inside. Not sure why they went the cheap route, I liked what they did with the previous seasons.
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