Rescue Me: Season Five, Volume One (2009)

Genre(s): Drama
Sony || NR - 451 minutes - $49.95 || September 1, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-09-07


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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): Peter Tolan & Denis Leary (created by)
Cast: Denis Leary


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: None

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.::THE FILM::.

Let me get something clear to you right off the bat, since it wasnít absolutely known to me at the start. This review of ďRescue MeĒ Season Five Volume One is only for the first eleven episodes of the fifth season, not the entire season. I didnít realize this until after the eleventh episode ended on a crappy note that it wasnít the full season (yeah Iím slow sometimes, sue me). Iím sure the rest of the season is soon to follow in the upcoming months, but until then you are stuck watching re-runs on television or just waiting. That being said, and my rant out of the way, letís dive into the realm of firefighters, bars, and a fight nearly every episode about love.

Now since Iím a complete ďnewbieĒ as the not cool kids say to the show, forgive me if I get anything wrong about it. Iím completely new to whatís going on, and since there arenít any real recaps of the episodes I could find from previous seasons Iím only going on what I found from watching them. So if you donít like it, go on the message board here and complain about how I donít know anything about the show since I started from the fifth season (volume one).

Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary) is a firefighter who is currently attending a funeral as the season opens. I assume that itís one of his friends from the firefighters he works with, as Iím not too sure since itís not really explained that well nor is it brought up again as the season progresses. Tommy isnít the best with the women, as his ex-wife Janet (Andrea Roth) is sleeping around with other men, one of whom is Dwight (Michael J. Fox). Tommy stumbles over there one day and the two try to bond, but Tommy basically cusses him out and gives him the cold shoulder.

He and Janet fight about Dwight and dating, but neither really cares that much and Tommy leaves. Thatís the relationship that happens between most of his exís I guess, as throughout the season he does sleep with a few different girls, each of which he seems to care less and less about.

Some of his friends, including Mike (Mike Lombardi), Sean (Steven Pasquale) and others decide to buy a bar in the neighborhood. Elsewhere in the land of Tommy, a friend of his is dating one of his exís from past seasons, but is too afraid to tell Tommy for fear of dying. Plus Tommy finds out about his daughter (whoís a teenager) and the whole sexual experience that happens at that age, so that dilutes his life even more. Thatís pretty much every episode in a pinch, oh and they fight fires from time to time.

I donít know why, but after drudging through all eleven episodes, I can honestly say that I would have liked the show better had I started from the very beginning. I am someone who just canít get into a show (especially one five seasons in) unless I watch it from the start, and since this is a show with multiple storylines I was lost throughout the season. The acting on the other hand is top-notch, as Leary is hilarious as Tommy, and Ferrara as Chief Nelson is comical as well. The jokes played on the firefighters on themselves are funny too, but despite the amount of laughter found I couldnít get into a serious show like this as much as I wanted to.

So hereís the deal, Iím sure all you fans of the show will hate me for saying this, but I honestly and strongly suggest starting from Season One and working your way up to the current season. I plan to rent the other seasons at some point and re-watch Season Five to see if my opinion of it changes. But as it stands now, by itself Season Five Volume One just isnít that strong, and since it contains only eleven episodes and ends on a lame note, I canít recommend this based on the show itself unless you are a dire fan of it.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

DISC ONE

Deleted Scenes (3 minutes): We get three deleted scenes that didnít make it into the episodes mainly because they arenít funny and donít add anything to the story. Skip.

DISC TWO

Deleted Scenes (4 minutes): Two deleted scenes are all the extras youíll find on this disc, and much like the first disc these can be skipped as well.

DISC THREE

Surviving Season 5 (30 minutes): The cast and crew talk about the difficulties of this season (well, eleven episodes anyways) and some of the shooting predicaments that were had. It runs far too long for me to find enjoyable, but Iím sure fans will watch it all the way through.

Danny Does Danger (8 minutes): Some of the action shots from the eleven episodes are shown and how they were done. This is sort of a ďbehind the scenesĒ feature of the technical aspects, which I always find fun, so be sure to check it out.

Deleted Scenes (4 minutes): Two more deleted scenes close out the tiresome effort of these things, and much like the first two, can be skipped and acted like they donít exist.

Gag Reel (5 minutes): The cast screws up lines throughout the season. Itís mildly amusing to hear the cast flub their marks, so watch it if you need a quick chuckle.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

I must say that the DVD is a complete improvement over the show on its original network. Detail is very well done, as characters look how they should throughout the show. Thereís just enough detail here without it being over the line, but a few scenes did show a bit of what I just described. Contrast was decent although there were a few nighttime scenes that suffer from too much grain in them. On the other spectrum though, I did notice some noise in a few episodes that caused me to ding the score a bit. Otherwise though, this is a great transfer and an excellent job.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track accompanying the show wonít be winning any awards in excellence for being loud and obnoxious but it does hold its own in compared to other television shows Iíve watched recently. Dialogue itself is loud, and when the cast spoke I could understand clearly without having to fiddle with the volume throughout the show. The explosion and action sequences, of which there is a handful, do sound wonderful. The problem lies with the lack of surround use, although I donít really think it would benefit this show much as though it is primarily front-heavy. All in all, this is still an excellent audio track and one that some shows should take note of.



.::OVERALL::.

The first half of ďRescue MeĒ Season Five Volume One isnít a bad first half, but as someone whoís never seen one episode beforehand I canít really recommend starting the show here. The fact thereís only eleven episodes and it abruptly stops at a bad episode will probably dismay you from buying this one now until the second half gets released hopefully soon. The extras are a bore, but the technical package is nice as it sports both above-average audio and video qualities. Iíd personally wait until the second half gets released, then catch up on your days of rescuing.