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Alias - The Complete Fifth Season (2001)

Jennifer Garner , Ron Rifkin  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (322 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Touchstone
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 724 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (322 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H5V8D6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,410 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Alias - The Complete Fifth Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Behind the scenes at the 100th episode
  • The Legend of Rambaldi
  • The New Recruit: On Set With Rachel Nichols
  • The music of Alias
  • Bloopers
  • Deleted scenes
  • Commentary with creators and cast on select episodes

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Alias was a show that constantly reinvented itself. And its fifth and final season was no exception, as the creative team behind the espionage show worked to pull together the labyrinthine plot elements that had existed over the years, as well as tailor the show around the pregnancy of star Jennifer Garner. The results were somewhat tinged with melancholy as everything was wrapped up, but also had a maturity and respect for its characters--which is not to say that Alias lacked in action. In fact, the season started out with a literal bang, as a truck slammed into the car carrying Sydney Bristow (Garner) and her co-worker and lover Michael Vaughn (Michael Vartan), right after Vaughn had made a mind-blowing revelation to Sydney. What followed was a mind-trippingly enticing blend of fake identities, false fronts, blind alleys, and new characters with dubious intentions, with the importance of the enigmatic Rambaldi device hanging over it all. Just another day at the office for Alias, you say? Not this time--for long-time fans of the shows, the true natures of all characters would finally be revealed, and Sydney would at long last discover the powers of the dreaded Rambaldi device, as well as who was behind the machinations to obtain it for world domination.

What Alias did best was mix its outlandish plotlines with accessible characters who were more than just pieces on an espionage game board. The final season did have a few false starts, as it juggled the departure (and reappearance) of established characters and the introduction of new ones, but by the time it had reached its 100th episode, "There's Only One Sydney Bristow," battle lines were drawn as the core characters hurtled toward the show's conclusion. Not to be too cryptic, but the less you know the better, as part of the fun is puzzling out who's doing what to whom; suffice it to say that the ever-capable Garner, along with Victor Garber and Ron Rifkin as the dueling father figures in her life, laid a groundwork of personal drama that held the show together amidst all the shootouts, tech gadgets and costume changes. While (literally) everyone from Sydney's past made an appearance in the show's 100th episode (including an outstanding turn by Bradley Cooper as Syd's erstwhile friend Will), there were a couple great additions too: Rachel Nichols made a fetching Syd-in-training while Amy Acker, who played the daffy good-girl Fred on Angel, was a menacing and captivating adversary. We will answer one question for die-hard Alias fans: Yes, Lena Olin does return as the lethal Irina Derevko. Sorry, we're sworn from saying anything more. --Mark Englehart

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ALIAS: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON

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126 of 142 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually 4 1/2 Stars July 30, 2006
Format:DVD
The Final Season / The Last Stand

By the time the fifth season of `Alias' came onto the airwaves, the fans knew something was up: Jennifer Garner had suddenly become a box-office actress (and a soon-to-be mother), J.J. Abrams had his hands full with `Lost' and `Mission Impossible 3,' and the series was finally starting to show signs of its age (which included a rather large dip in the ratings), and it came to no surprise really when Abrams and Garner jointly announced that the show would not return pass its May Finale.

Despite the fact that the show now had an expiration date (and the episode order was cut from 23 to 17), Garner and company seemed to get really into these last episodes, giving them everything they had and actually brought the quality back to the early years. Early in the season the regular cast went through a large overhale, getting rid of two older characters and bringing in four fresh-faced rookies... And with the new cast (and the storyline of Sidney growing up and becoming a mother) brought some much needed new blood into the series.

In the form of a plot this final year focus's mainly on Syndey Bristow growing up and learning about all the responsibility's that come with life. She was thrown a heavy and heart-wrenching curve in the first season, and throughout the entire season she feels the repercussions from it, realizing that she is not invincible, she isn't as young as she used to be, and that her actions affect more people than just herself.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
By AliMama
Format:DVD
As an addicted Alias fan, I can say that I have watched every episode of all five seasons (some numerous times), and I do not find some of the incongruities in season five that others have commented on. For example, how can any of us forget Sydney's tirade to Vaughan in the beginning of season 3, when she tells him that if he had been the one that had "died", she would have waited and believed? From that moment on, anything that happened to Vaughan (such as his supposed death in season 5)or Sydney could not be considered out of reach for this show. I mourned for Sydney's loss of Vaughan like anyone else, but I was not disappointed for the way it was handled. Michael Vartan could not be replaced in this show any more than John Ritter could be replaced in "Eight Rules". Yes, I found that Rachel Nichols and Balthazar Getty added little to the show, but that wasn't their fault. They were treading in shoes that could not be filled by other characters. I LOVED the SPYGRANDPA Jack moments, such as when watching his baby granddaughter (and in his usual deadpan)saying "Apparently I'm funny". David Anders "Sark" was underused in season 5 but was fabulous when he was used. He showed a glimmer of humanity after his tryst with a certain agent. Loved that! Through all the twists and turns, Alias always stayed true to the family dynamics, (skewed as they were in this show). If the show had revealed Irina or Sloane different than the way they ended up, those would have been incongruous plot twists. I absolutely recommend season 5, all seasons of Alias are by far the best of the best shows on television. You must watch them all, in order preferably! Thanks to all of you involved in Alias for providing great, high quality entertainment!
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58 of 67 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not The Real Alias December 30, 2006
Format:DVD
If you are considering purchasing the 5th Season, you're probably just trying to complete your Alias collection, right? So if that's the case, please do, but if not, you may want to reconsider. Alias is one of my all time favorite T.V. series, and during the first two seasons, it was arguably the best show on television. But, with season 5 we have to put it in context of the circumstances going on outside of the show: Jennifer Garner (Sydney) was dating Michael Vartan (Vaughan), and after breaking up, she married Ben Affleck-- and became pregnant with Affleck's child. This was devastating for Alias Season 5. Firstly, because of this Vartan (Michael Vaughan) the crucial co-star left the show...some reports had it that Affleck didn't want him working with Jennifer- but who knows the real story, perhaps it was too difficult working with his ex-Jennifer while she was pregnant with another's child-- it wasn't as if he left the show to go do another project. Secondly, the action scenes for Sydney Bristow's character were severely limited due to Jennifer's fully pregnant figure, causing another crucial aspect of the show to vanish as well. Thirdly, Greg Grunberg, who plays Agent Weiss, left the show to pursue another opportunity and was written off, and Ken Olin, the primary Director for many of the classic Alias episodes directs only the first episode of Season 5, his last one-- most likely to kick the season off on a good note at least. Add to this mess the fact that creator of Alias and core spirit of the great first two seasons, J.J. Abrams, was preoccupied with his new projects Lost and MI:3, and you have the essential causes of what happened to Alias in Season 5, which is a complete unravelling of the great show. Read more ›
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Published 6 days ago by Ken Kolbenschlag
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Came on time and exactly as I wanted!
Published 25 days ago by Conor Jacobson
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Published 1 month ago by SIERRA
2.0 out of 5 stars Why so expensive for less episodes?
This isn't really a review. I haven't seen Season 5 since it was on in 2005-6. I was wondering why a 4 disc season costs more than seasons 3 & 4, which have 6 discs. Read more
Published 1 month ago by P. Gharett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Seller
Excellent Quality and Service !
Published 1 month ago by R. D. L.C
5.0 out of 5 stars Jennifer Garner - what else is there to say?
Wish they made series this good now.
Published 1 month ago by Will Blackstone
5.0 out of 5 stars Alas, Alias is over ... for now?
Whew! There really is life after the fun of doing an entire series of television programming. And from all indications, that life after ... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Timothy Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars This whole TV show is incredible! If you have ...
This whole TV show is incredible! If you have watched one season, you will want to keep watching until it ends (yes it is that good)! :)
Published 2 months ago by Steven Hoerger
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS SHOW!!!
I am so glad I finally purchased the complete Alias series. Great characters & storylines. Family, friends, enemies, finding love, coming into your own person, dealing with the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by ~DearlyLoved~
5.0 out of 5 stars I have to rave
I have to rave about the Alias TV series. I watched every episode and love Jennifer as a beautiful quality actress. Great supporting cast. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Liz-ard
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My copy didn't have a booklet, even though there is a pocket for one. last minute cost cutting?
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