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Big Love: Season 5 (2011)

Bill Paxton , Jeanne Tripplehorn  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny, Ginnifer Goodwin
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • 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: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003L77GLA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,558 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Big Love: Season 5" on IMDb

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- Inside the Episode
-"Big Love: End of Days"

Editorial Reviews

There are doses of both good and bad news accompanying this release of the 10 episodes comprising the fifth season of the HBO series Big Love. The bad news is that the fifth season is also the last hurrah for a show that's rarely been anything less than entertaining. But the good news is that cocreators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer and their cast and crew are bowing out with one of their strongest outings; at the very least, this season is consistently better than the somewhat haphazard one that preceded it. It's also the least amusing and most serious, as family patriarch Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton), his three wives (Jeanne Tripplehorn as Barb, Chloë Sevigny as Nicki, and Ginnifer Goodwin as Margene), their kids, and even their friends and business associates face their sternest trials yet. Much of that is self-inflicted by the idealistic and stubborn Bill, who, having previously won a seat in the Utah state senate, has decided not only to reveal that his is a family of polygamists (or, as they put it, observers of "the principle of plural marriage") but also to fight a very uphill battle for public acceptance of them and their kind. The consequences are many: since Bill neglected to reveal that little lifestyle tidbit before, many of those who voted for him, including employees at his Home Plus store, feel betrayed; he may be impeached as soon as he takes office; his kids are bullied; the mainstream Mormon church (a.k.a. the LDS, or Latter Day Saints) actively shuns the Henricksons; and archenemy Alby Grant (Matt Ross), Nicki's brother and heir apparent to the late, evil prophet Roman Grant, has revenge on his agenda. Meanwhile, Marge loses her gig pitching products on TV, Barb considers joining a reform sect that opposes polygamy, and Nicki, never a very appealing character in the first place ("spiteful, jealous, and mean" is her own description), becomes nastier than ever. Add to that the specter of jail time for a crime Bill didn't even know he committed, and you're looking at a tower of tribulation that's too tall not to fall.

As always, there is a lot going on here, and while each episode can theoretically stand on its own, newcomers to the series may have a tough time keeping up, at least at first. But it's worth the effort. Big Love is beautifully written, acted (others in the outstanding cast include veterans Bruce Dern, Mary Kay Place, Grace Zabriskie, and Ellen Burstyn), and realized. It will be missed. --Sam Graham

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On election night, new state senator Bill Henrickson shook Utah to its core by announcing he was a polygamist. Now, instead of being embraced for their honesty, the Henrickson family is engulfed by hostility from neighbors, Home Plus employees, casino partners, students at their kids’ schools and even fellow polygamists hoping to keep their personal lives private. Meanwhile, at Juniper Creek, Alby Grant returns from a self-imposed desert exile with revenge on his mind. Can the Henricksons survive this flood of ill-will?

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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Love for Big Love March 22, 2011
By ChaCha
In a very a parallel way, Sister Wives, a current reality show about a polygamous family presents us with a family who choose to live their lives in the open. Unlike the Hendrickson's however, the patriarch of the family did not run for public office nor have a business that depends on public support.

This final season of Big Love was much better than the cartoonish and improbable episodes from Season 4. It takes a very dramatic turn towards the reality of their lives and there is no longer anything remotely humorous except dead on issues that can no longer be run away from. It's mostly about Senator Bill Hendrickson's refusal to put his religion in the closet. While he has noble intentions, the political, financial and emotional toll it takes on his family is overwhelming. This is also the season of self realization for all three wives, no longer able to do just what's best for their family but to meet their own individual spiritual, emotional and intellectual growth that can no longer be suppressed.

Like many, I sure am sorry this wonderful series has concluded. I can only hope and pray that one day, maybe we'll see Big Love, the Movie (which I'd much rather see than another Sex in the City installment). Big Love you will truly be missed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Faith in the Here & Now February 5, 2012
As an atheist I have been thoroughly captivated by this show because of its authentic struggle with fundamentalism and faith. While my own faith is firmly planted in the here and now and has evolved from a Catholic upbringing into one that sees most organized religions as manipulative, superstitious, patriarchal, and hypocritical, "Big Love" struggles with all of these considerations, but digs more deeply into the nature of faith beyond the here and now and surprisingly finds the true relevance of faith in the here and now. (Spoiler) When Paxon's character, Bill Henrickson, finds his own church built upon the principles of pluralistic marriage apart from the cult pedophilia that had characterized the elders set adrift in the Juniper Creek Compound, his gathering sermon recognizes that faith does not rain from above but emerges from our connections with family and friends. This is such a tremendous revelation for him. In this final scene, souls are repaired, covenants are remembered, and a vision of a once forward-looking church reveals itself. While I abhor the idea of polygamy, taking a wider view of history and a view of woman as healers (which is not impossible for an atheist), maybe it takes many wives to tame the irrational, aggressive beasts that are most men. This may be too generous and too slight, such is the dichotomy of the genders blessed and cursed by compassion and cruelty. When Barbara, Bill's wife, assumes the Priesthood and gives Bill his final blessing, his new understanding of faith is sanctified by virtue of the connection he makes with his equal. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Season 5 somewhat of a disappointment December 20, 2011
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We have watched this series via Amazon instant video all the way from Season 1 through the season 5 season. We're certainly enjoyed the series....but this final year (season 5) was somewhat of a disappointment. It was very "dark" and while I'm glad we watched it to see how things's not a very satisfying ending season. It's not that I think every TV show needs a happy ending...but there are so many ways the writers could have gone which in my opinion would have been more satisfying and less "dark". While watching season 5 it was like you were forced to carry around a 50 pound cement block while was heavy, dark and ended up with far to many loose ends for our tastes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying Concluding Season to Series March 21, 2011
Polygamy works for our lead character Bill. It also works for his three wives and his children. They consider themselves law abiding, family oriented, god centered people. Thus, Bill wants to come out of the shadows and be accepted for what he is, a polygamist. Thus, this final season is primarily a tragedy on Shakespearean levels because he and his family can never be accepted in this country for what they are. This is because even though they live in the most religiously tolerant nation in the world, which also confers the greatest personal freedoms upon its citizens, that county can never allow polygamy to come out of the shadows because it is against our law.

Utah was permitted to enter the union only if it ended the practice. And it is clear why the country insisted on this: it is a nation of laws and too many legal problems are potentially created by polygamy, especially for a modern society which confers equal rights and responsibilities upon its citizens. This practice worked somewhat in an agricultural society centuries ago. It is too much of an anachronism for a post industrial revolution society which has marched off into the digital revolution. Just look at how little educated his entire family is. How are they going to fit into this modern world? He is very rich through most of the show and it is pretty clear all of these children will NOT be going on to college. I can't recall any of these children ever using a computer of any sort. Are they all going to sell washing machines at the family store?

It never occurs to Bill to ask himself how he can expect his store patrons, his senate colleagues, his neighbors and other acquaintances to feel when they see him and his family prospering although they are flagrantly breaking the law.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I would like to tell the me of one month ago to just stop after season 3.
Published 4 hours ago by Andrew Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 13 hours ago by Julie Blakeley
5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully conceived and written
beautifully conceived and written. Acting is transformative. Allows the viewers to ask ourselves if we are more than tolerant of difference- if we are secure enough to let others... Read more
Published 1 day ago by M. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Watched the entire series!
This series allowed me to glimpse into the Plural marriages & Mormanism. The producer really gave this family a good image. Good show. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Kathleen M Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Just like peeking under a band-aid to see how it's healing
I watched the series all the way through. Honestly, I wanted to quit long ago. It was like looking under a band-aid to see if it had healed yet rather than truly enjoying the... Read more
Published 1 day ago by WordLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 day ago by Robyn Laird
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Started off good. Ended badly.
Published 2 days ago by E. Vegh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved it.
Published 2 days ago by Lois Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Love got Big Love
Absolutely love this entire series. Such fantastic writing and story lines
Published 2 days ago by MP
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
My least favorite of all the seasons but still worth 4 stars to see how it all wraps up!
Published 2 days ago by 1HungryGrl
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