Entourage: The Complete Fifth Season (2008)

Genre(s): Comedy / Drama
HBO || NR - 360 minutes - $39.98 || June 30, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-07-15


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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): Doug Ellin (created by)
Cast: Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Jeremy Piven


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Select Episode Commentaries
  • Featurette


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

The HBO drama-comedy enters its fifth season with ‘Aquaman’ star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) still reeling from the disastrous critical response to Chase’s dream project, a Pablo Escobar biopic, ‘Medellin’.

Now, season five begins as Chase and best bud Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) are living the good life on a remote Mexican beach with sex and drugs, a 24/7 party atmosphere. Back in L.A., E (Kevin Connelly) and Ari (Jeremy Piven) try to resurrect Chase’s career while Drama (Kevin Dillon) continues success on his television show.

Basically, season five focuses on Chase trying to climb back to the top with studio doors slamming on his (and Ari’s) face but he finds a potential project from a couple rookie writers called ‘Smokejumpers’ in which, after some soul searching and changes at the top at a studio, Chase agrees to take the second lead. But the season also sees change for loveless Turtle after a chance encounter in first class where he meets Jamie-Lynn Sigler (playing “herself”) and soon a relationship develops between the two (and in real life as well).

I don’t know how realistic “Entourage” relates the world of Hollywood but it is a stretch that the man who starred the largest grossing movie of all-time could fall that hard, that fast. But despite the lack of realism in that regard, the show is still damn funny when the dramatic elements are set aside. And that’s the only problem I had with season five is how, and in particular how it ended: just tidied things up a bit too much.

In any case, it is interesting that the Vincent Chase character, albeit the glue that keeps the entourage together, has taken a backseat to more interesting characters especially that of Turtle and Drama. They’re funnier and most of all, they’re not as pathetic as Chase (even during the good times). After watching the first few seasons, I have become tired of Chase’s whiney attitude towards the biz and luckily that is addressed this year by none other than Ari (love the guy) and I can only hope season six tones that aspect of Chase down...

My favorite character still is Ari and while some of his actions don’t make a lot of sense and only seem to serve the story rather than the character, he is the main reason I will continue to watch the show. He’s vulgar, straight to the point, flawed and just an all around great character played by a great actor. Hell, if “Entourage” ever ended, I wouldn’t mind seeing a spin-off.

“Entourage” season five isn’t the best and it is awfully short (only 12 episodes) but it’s still funny even when the dramatic parts falter. The show may have lost a little edge over the years, but I’d still recommend anyone to start watching if you haven’t already.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The DVD comes housed in a standard digipak with slip cover on three discs, 4 episodes per disc (matching the complete fourth season set).

Like previous sets, there aren’t that many features, but what is here is certainly better than nothing. First, there is a recap of the previous episode; three episode commentaries on “Tree Trippers”, “Play’n with Fire” and “Return of Queens Blvd” with Creator/Executive Producer Doug Ellin, Producer Ally Musika and Actors Kevin Connelly, Jerry Ferrara and Adrian Grenier (except the season finale which Grenier was not a part of); and a featurette called “The Celebrity Factor” (9:39). The featurette covers the celebrity cameos featured in this season including Stellan Skarsgård, Seth Green, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Bow Wow and Giovanni Ribisi.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“Entourage” is presented with an anamorphic widescreen video that is on par with the HD presentation (colors primarily) and is clean of artifacts. The DVD also comes with a Dolby Digital 5.1 which sounds fine for the medium. French and Spanish Dolby 5.1 tracks are also available along with English, French and Spanish subtitles.



.::OVERALL::.

As much as I love “Entourage”, I do wish the character growth, especially on Vince Chase’s part, would be more rather than sort of gliding along with little development. That being said, the show is one of the few on the air I would consistently watch and still, even five years later, is still funny.