The Closer: The Complete Fifth Season (2009)

Genre(s): Crime / Drama
Warner Brothers || NR - 646 minutes - $39.98 || June 29, 2010
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2010-07-08


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Michael M. Robin (created by)
Cast: Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett, G.W. Bailey, Jon Tenney, Anthony John Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Unaired Scenes
  • Seen at the Crime Location Map Featurettes
  • Gag Reel


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

With network television series becoming repetitious and quite frankly a tad boring at times, cable networks have seemingly picked up the slack... and viewers. USA has a couple hits with “Burn Notice”, “Psych”, “White Collar” and “Royal Pains”, FX has “Justified”, “Rescue Me” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and TNT features “Leverage”, “Hawthorne” and, of course, “The Closer” which is going on six seasons this July.

The fifth season – like the previous two that I’ve watched – is pretty much the same with a couple wrinkles thrown in as it focuses on Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson (KYRA SEDGWICK) and her team on the Priority Homicide Division within the LAPD: Sergeant David Gabriel (COREY REYNOLDS), Detective Lieutenant Provenza (G.W. Bailey), Lieutenant Flynn (ANTHONY JOHN DENISON), Lieutenant Mike Tao (MICHAEL PAUL CHAN) and Detective Julio Sanchez (RAYMOND CRUZ). The unit is overseen by Assistant Chief Will Pope (J.K. SIMMONS).

The unit is in charge of handling major murder cases in which Chief Johnson and the team must put together the pieces of the puzzle to find the suspect and get him or her to confess, which is Brenda’s specialty... when bureaucratic red tape doesn’t get in her way.

At the end of season four, Brenda has married beau FBI Agent Fritz Hoard (JON TENNEY), deals with the loss of a loved one of the feline kind and faces off against Captain Sharon Raydor (MARY MCDONNELL) who works at the Forced Investigation Division, probing officer involved shootings and possible corruption and on several occasions, gets underneath Brenda’s skin like no one other has been able to do. Meanwhile, on the home front, Brenda gets a visit from her niece (SOFIE BACON – Sedgwick’s real life daughter) who comes to live with her and Fritz for a short time.

The fifth season of “The Closer” is more or less like the others with a few variations thrown in to both the characters and storylines with Brenda at the center as the writers try and throw any obstacle (or person/suspect) in her way as possible. Thing is, from what I’ve sampled throughout the years (and watching the entire fourth season), it’s all still very entertaining and it’s one of the better series currently on television and certainly better than what the other standard networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC) have to offer... for the most part.

However, what makes the show work is because of Kyra Sedgwick, plain and simple. While yes the supporting cast is great and the chemistry they have with one another is some of the best banter you will see in a current television show, it would be nothing without her and it shows given the yearly Emmy nominations she receives. On the other hand, without the supporting cast, who knows how well the series could work.

In any case, this fifth season shows no sign of slowing down and the stories are as interesting as ever and if the writers can keep it fresh, who knows how long it can keep going, no doubt it could be a similar situation as “Monk” where series star Sedgwick may decide to hang it up and I can’t see the producers trying to replace her either.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The four-disc set comes housed in a single-wide DVD case inside a standard cardboard slip cover.

Police Files: Unaired Scenes (7:40) – There are various number of scenes from 5 different episodes, some with multiple deleted scenes. The scenes aren’t anything extraordinary and were obviously excised due to time constraints. These are presented in non-anamorphic widescreen.

Seen at the Crime (TRT: 62:09) are cool featurettes where you get to go to the places where certain scenes were shot with comments from the crew on the crime scenes and the stories behind them. In this case, there are 15 scenes (one for each episode); unfortunately there is no play all option for some odd reason...

Last up is a standard Gag Reel (5:51).



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“The Closer” is presented in anamorphic widescreen and its original 1.78 aspect ratio. The picture looks good overall with some nice colors while black levels were decent enough as well. Having not watched the show on TNT HD, I can’t comment on how they compare, but for a DVD release, I was impressed.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track meanwhile gets the job done where dialogue levels were loud enough, sound effects like gunfire provide a little depth and the music comes across each channel nicely enough.



.::OVERALL::.

Season five of “The Closer” isn’t anything particularly special but there are a few memorable episodes and the performances by everyone from the lead actress to the supporting roles are all still top notch as they were from day one. The DVD doesn’t offer a whole lot but if you can nab this in the sub $25 range, it’s certainly worth the cost.