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Rescue Me: The Complete Fifth Season

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  • Actors: Denis Leary, Michael Lombardi, Adam Ferrara, Andrea Roth, Steven Pasquale
  • Directors: Constantine Makris, John Fortenberry, Ken Girotti, Peter Markle, Peter Tolan
  • Writers: Denis Leary, Danielle Giovanniello
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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 : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: June 1 2010
  • Run Time: 898 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B003CPPY5G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,653 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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The men of 62 Truck are back for the Emmy-nominated fifth season! This season, Denis Leary and the gang deal with death, love, conspiracy theories, alcoholism, cancer and more as they look to the future while under the shadow of a haunting past. Loaded with DVD extras!


For those disappointed in season 4 (as series cocreator Peter Tolan candidly admits in a season retrospective included as a bonus feature), season 5 should rekindle your passion for Rescue Me. The backbone of these first 11 episodes is the introduction of a French journalist (Karina Lombard), who is writing a book in anticipation of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Her interviews with the firefighters as well as family members of those who perished in the attack (Callie Thorne's Sheila is a particular standout) have the same force as those in the classic M*A*S*H episode "The Interview." Tommy Gavin's year-long sobriety is put to the ultimate test when he is rocked by news footage that seems to show that his cousin Jimmy did not die in the first tower, as everyone believed. It forces Tommy (an Emmy-worthy Dennis Leary) to confront what happened that day and how he did--and did not--respond. "Are you haunted, Tommy?" the journalist asks. That's an understatement; he falls off the wagon and his ghosts return. Tommy is further put through the wringer by his wildly dysfunctional family, including his estranged wife Janet (Andrea Roth), who is now seeing a belligerent, wheelchair-bound alcoholic and pill popper (Michael J. Fox in his Emmy-winning performance); his oldest daughter Colleen (Natalie Distler), who is secretly seeing Black Shawn (Larenz Tate) and unnerves him with her precocious sexual prowess; and his younger daughter Katy (Olivia Crociccia), now attending an elite private school, where she has created a new identity for herself (and her parents). Among the other developments that will resonate throughout the season are the firefighters purchasing a bar; Franco (Daniel Sunjata) embarking on a boxing career; the return of Candy, who bilked and deserted Lou (John Scurti) back in season 2; and Sean's (Steven Pasquale) back pain, which is initially treated as comic relief, but takes a more devastating turn. Rescue Me can turn on a dime between "deep thought and personal wisdom" and crude, base humor. Its fatalistic sensibility and close-knit camaraderie is akin to Howard Hawks's Only Angels Have Wings. As for Tommy, who is described as "a great fireman, selfish, spiteful, hit-the-nail-on-the-head kind of guy," he tries desperately to keep it all together. After he beats his Section Eight, Deputy Chief Feinberg (Jerry Adler) warns him about stepping out of line in the future. "Since it's you, it could happen at any time," he states.

The 11 episodes that conclude Rescue Me's smokin' fifth season go from carpe diem to some very bad karma for Tommy. "You seem to do whatever you want and nothing bad ever happens to you," Uncle Teddy (Lenny Clarke) states in the tense final moments of the harrowing and possibly game-changing finale. That's not entirely true. Tommy's family and personal life remain compellingly complicated: he falls off the wagon after a year of sobriety and tries to juggle supposed "no-strings" relationships with the volatile meds-upped Sheila and his estranged wife, Janet (Andrea Roth), who finally issues Tommy an ultimatum. Sparking the season's final episodes is Maura Tierney as "hot older chick" Kelly, who intrigues Tommy after she rushes back into a burning building to retrieve a mysterious suitcase. "We're not a happy-type show," Leary states during a convivial cast-member "family dinner," the most substantial of this three-disc set's special features. But there are some inspired comic set pieces, including one grocery store excursion with Tommy, Lou (John Scurti), and company that descends into chaos. Other comic subplots (Franco taking up boxing and Mike's awful bar band) mercifully fizzle out. There is also some satisfying payback as Lou turns the tables on Candy, his ex-hooker, ex-thief girlfriend from season 2 with whom he is reunited. Rescue Me did not mellow in this fifth season. The banter is as profane as ever ("Too far, dude"), the worldview remains char black (Tommy subverts an intervention by pouring drinks for all), and the show continues to take bold chances. Suffice to say that one doesn't expect a Busby Berkeley musical homage from Rescue Me. As with all good cliffhanger endings, this season's conclusion leaves viewers eager to see what awaits on the other side. --Donald Liebenson

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What can you say about the best comedy series I have ever watched. From the first episode right to the end of Fifth season. Definitely adult comedy at it's best, it works for me.
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Good, but a bit below enntertaining compared to the previous seasons.I'm glad I've got the series though.Halfway through th 5th season now.Thanks.
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I ordered it cause i like this movie, but movies were all scratched and it said there were brand new! So was pretty mad....
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9aa04a50) out of 5 stars 95 reviews
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ab1acd8) out of 5 stars A backlash is sure to ensue April 14 2010
By John Stratton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This release is going to be a bit upsetting to anyone that bought the two halves of season 5 separately. I'm glad I held off, as the combined halves are selling for the same price as one of the half season sets. I know why they do stuff like this; but I don't know why they don't care about enraging the fans of the show.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aa8a168) out of 5 stars Excellent season June 7 2010
By M. Herzog - Published on Amazon.com
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Before I review the season, I feel the need to let potential buyers know that this season 5 is merely a compilation of the dvd sets for season 5.1 and 5.2. Not just the discs are the same, but the actual packaging for these sets, including the covers are included as well. Essentially this is just a large cover over the two sets previously available. So, if you have the other sets, there's nothing knew. Similarly, if you have 5.1, better stick with getting 5.2 when its on sale (if its still available). However, if you don't have either, this is the way to go, even though it's a slightly clunky packaging.

As to the show, it feels like a return to form in many ways. Not that season 4 was bad, it just felt like the show was starting to show some signs of aging. Season 5 really ups the ante, and makes the show feels fresh again, something difficult for a show five seasons in its run. I was shocked by Michael J. Fox's performance, definitely out of character of his usual role, and rather impressive. He provided a great foil for Dennis's character, and was very fun to watch. I also felt the writing was stronger, giving the characters more interesting stories, and were generally speaking a lot of fun. Overall, I recommend season 5 as a whole and recommend it to fans of the show, especially those who thought season 4 was a little more disappointing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aa9eac8) out of 5 stars Burning Down the House with Denis Leary and Crew Aug. 25 2010
By J. Romeo - Published on Amazon.com
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I came on Rescue Me a bit later than most people. I only started watching last month, but thanks to the miracle that is Netflix I have watched to the end of season five. Now I am asking myself "Why did I wait so long to start watching this show?" The show is definitely one of the more solid shows on television today. It's no surprise that this show is on FX and not one of the big three networks (Four, I guess, if you count Fox). They're tackling issues that most networks, other than cable, wouldn't even touch. The acting is solid all the way through. A lot of the times when a show has a lot of different players one or more of the characters gets left out when it comes to development. However, the writers (Leary being one of them) does a great job fleshing out the characters and making sure that none of them become two-dimensional cut outs. At some points in the show, especially when Tom is talking to his dead friends, the show almost feels like we are seeing a stage production which help to heighten the emotions both the characters and the audience are feeling.

From the beginning credits to the end credits, Rescue Me is a solid show well worth every one's time. It's a shame to learn that the show is being cancelled after next season. Apparently, there are not enough viewers to keep the show going. Again, it's a darn shame, but I can understand why the viewership dropped. A show like Rescue Me requires that the audience become involved with what is happening on screen.You become emotional invested not only in what Tommy is doing, but the other characters as well. Other shows on television require very little from their audience. In fact, most shows cater to the most common denominator of Americans. And sadly to say, those shows are the ones that usually have the high numbers and keep getting renewed season and season.

I don't think that had I watched from the very first episode the show would have stayed on the air. However, I could have told a couple of people how great the show was and in turn, if those people watched the show, they could have turned other people on to it. It's a snowball affect. Weirder things have happened. Look at Family Guy.

The only problem that I have with the show are the female characters.There is not one stable female in the whole show. Not a single one. Sheila is straight off her rocker. If anyone is a candidate for therapy it's Janet. Then they all blame Tommy Gavin (Leary) for what's going on. For example, Sheila and Janet both wanted to have sex with Tommy, no strings attached. However, when Tommy tries to get a little more serious with Janet she says no and that it won't happen. A scene later she's telling him to decide if he wants to be with her or Sheila. Wow, talk about bipolar. Sheila is just as guilty as Janet in the "Let's be crazy and blame everything on Tommy" category. Nothing that they say or do jibes with what has gone on in the show. Sheila says that he is a horrible, self-centered person, but it's Janet that drugged him on more that one occasion ( I still want to know if he is every going to find out about that).Heck, not even the children are balanced. The only female character that is somewhat balanced was Uncle Teddy's wife, but the writers killed her off. I wonder what kind of relationship the writers have had with women in the past that they now write all women as screwed-up, crazy, and mentally unhinged. I haven't seen season six yet, but I hope he kicks all the women in his life to the curb.

Until, season six stand back 200 feet.
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HASH(0x9aa0821c) out of 5 stars Rescue Me 05--On Demand Video--Leary Still Enraged & Aflame Aug. 18 2009
By carol irvin - Published on Amazon.com
I am recommending all of season 5 of this series, not just one episode.

Denis Leary's enflamed New York city firefighter Tommy Gavin is back. I find Tommy Gavin an interesting character but at times it is frustrating that nothing of Denis Leary the stand-up comic with the zingers at the ready and the educated man (MFA from Emerson college) shows through. I suppose this shows Leary's commitment to Gavin as a character.

Perhaps more than any other factor, what shows in this season is Gavin as a substance abuser, an alcoholic. He is in AA and he is out of AA. He fights with the priest constantly about their problems with alcohol. The other firemen open a bar and he gets involved with it and drinking there. His girlfriend allows him to drink but his wife does not. An unrecognizable Michael J. Fox does a brilliant job of playing Gavin's wife's new boyfriend who is wheelchair bound. He and Gavin briefly bond as maimed characters on just about every level, including substance abuse. It's hard to upstage Leary but Fox manages it. I was sad that Fox did not become a permanent character on the series but I suppose he was not interested in doing tv long term. Maybe they can bring him back next season for a few episodes as well since he was not killed off.

Gavin the firefighter is also on considerable display in this season. Perhaps his inability to conquer his inner demons is what makes him courage personified with rescuing people in burning buildings. He can even cope with burned bodies which other firemen can't face without becoming ill.

The least satisfying aspect of this series is Gavin's continuing problems with his girlfriend and his wife and the other few women who briefly alight in his life. I can't stand either the wife or the girlfriend as characters and would be happy if somehow they were eliminated from this series. I wish they would bring back Tatum O'Neal more, Gavin's sister. At least she was a female character with whom we could sustain interest.

Of the other firefighters, Sean is the most interesting one in this season because he gets cancer (probably from 9/11 exposure) but must get surgery on the sly because he wants to remain in the fire department as a fighting fireman. We also discover that Sean can SING in some very imaginative dream sequences while he is unconscious. Kenny wants to marry a prostitute and the Chief is married to a promiscuous woman he brought over from Russia. This seems very strange to me and I have no idea if this bears any relationship to what choices real firefighters would make as to women to marry. That they are able to convince themselves that they can reform these women is black comedy.
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HASH(0x9a9f7fd8) out of 5 stars I'd give it 5 stars but... March 10 2014
By Keith R Swenson - Published on Amazon.com
I love the show, but now that I am in the middle of season 5, Amazon Prime has taken this series off of it free streaming list if series? Not sure why, but its discouraging and now I cant finish the season or series.