CSI: Miami: The Fifth Season (2006)

Genre(s): Action / Crime / Drama / Mystery
Paramount || NR - 1048 minutes - $64.99 || October 30, 2007
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2007-11-05


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Special Features

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Director: NA
Writer(s): Ann Donahue, Carol Mendelsohn & Anthony E. Zuiker (creators)
Cast: David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez, Khandi Alexander, Rex Linn, Jonathan Togo, Eva La Rue


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Supplemental Material:
  • Rio Grand: CSI Miami Goes to Rio
  • If Looks Could Kill: Special F/X Makeup
  • Turning Up the Heat: The Look of CSI Miami
  • Dressing the Part
  • The Real MDPD with Jonathan Togo


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Stereo)
  • Subtitles: None

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.::THE FILM::.

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“CSI: Miami”, out of the 3 in the franchise, is probably the most soap opera of the bunch, including the acting. As I’ve mentioned in my “CSI: NY” review, the original is my favorite and even though the stories in all three tend to be a like, the settings and characters help distinguish them from each other. “CSI: Miami” doesn’t have the acting levels like “Vegas” or “NY”, but as a guilty pleasure, it works. The producers know what they have which is why they continue to give Caruso and his dry and “witty” one-liners each and every time no matter how laughable it might be.

Season five continues the story arch following the death of Horatio Cane’s (Caruso) new wife who is also the sister of fellow CSI Eric Delko (Rodriguez). The two hunt down her killer, Antonio Riaz, to Rio De Janeiro. The highlight of this episode, aptly titled ‘Rio’ is the fact that it was actually filmed on location rather than on a Hollywood backlot where the series is usually shot (save for some select Miami locations).

Other minor storylines follow Delko fighting for his life in ‘Man Down’ to Wolfe (Togo) and his gambling woes that catch the eye of internal affairs (which recalls the same kind of issue with Warrick in “CSI: Las Vegas”).

The rest of the season follows the “CSI” routine with unusual murders, misdirection of suspects and a little character development to round things out. Setting aside the laughable acting, “CSI: Miami” is a solid show that does its job: to entertain. No, it’s not going to win any awards of any kind, unlike its “Vegas” counterpart which has some solid performances, but like some primetime soaps (“Las Vegas” to name one), it’s fun and keeps my attention.



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Paramount once again puts together a good DVD filled with extras that will entertain the “CSI” fans out there.

First up are a collection of four audio commentaries with various members of the cast and crew. Here are the episodes and commentators: ‘Rio’ with director Sam Hill, writer Sunil Nayar and location manager Brian O’Neill; ‘Death Pool 100’ with Sam Hill, actor Adam Rodriguez and production designer Carey Meyer; ‘Death Eminent’ has actor Jonathan Togo, producer Corey Miller and visual effects supervisor Larry Detwiler; ‘Darkroom’ with actress Eva La Rue and writer John Haynes; and finally ‘Man Down’ features director Karen Gaviola and actor Gonzalo Menendez.

Of the four tracks, the best hands down is ‘Darkroom’. If anyone doesn’t know, this episode is about a serial killer who lures his victims through a photo shoot where he kidnapped and killed several young girls. The idea came about when actress Eva La Rue’s real life sister’s picture was found amongst other pictures taken by a real serial killer. The story is a bit more involving so the track is well worth a listen.

Rio Grand: CSI Miami Goes to Rio (8:08) – This featurette basically just shows the viewer that indeed the season premiere was filmed on location. This also goes into some detail about the skeleton crew they use, choosing locations to take advantage of the locale and some comprises due to security (i.e. use of knives instead of guns).

If Looks Could Kill: Special F/X Makeup (13:00) – An inside look at the makeup on the series with some emphasis on the dead bodies, including a body whose legs had been blown off.

Turning Up the Heat: The Look of CSI Miami (9:00) – This featurette shows how some of the lighting and filtering effects are done on the show to give the look and feel that it really is in Miami.

Dressing the Part (5:42) – The costume designer shows us how each of the characters are dressed and the changes each made from last season. While I don’t mind a costume design featurette being on the disc, these rarely are that interesting.

The Real MDPD (25:00) – Actor Jonathan Togo takes us on a little tour of the real Miami Dade Police Department and the sections that are featured on the show. We get a glimpse at really how sexed up “CSI: Miami” is, first with a look at one of the labs which looks like a high school science classroom. Obviously the show takes liberties with the time and set design, but at least there is some science behind it.



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“CSI: Miami” is presented in anamorphic widescreen like 99.9% of other TV shows on DVD and overall, it looks fine. Looking at it closely, I did notice that some of the brighter colors showed some graininess but it’s not noticeable unless you are really close to the screen.

A Dolby Digital 5.1 track is available which also makes use of the subwoofer and nice score/songs.



.::OVERALL::.

“CSI: Miami” certainly has its own style in looks, writing and acting. Of those in the franchise, it’s probably the most soap opera of the bunch and while at times Caruso’s stoic looks and sunglass prop can be laughable, the show does hold some entertainment value.