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Big Love: Season 5 (2011)

Bill Paxton , Jeanne Tripplehorn  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 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: October 21, 2014
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003L77GLA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,508 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Big Love: Season 5" on IMDb

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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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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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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Love for Big Love March 22, 2011
By ChaCha
Format:DVD
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
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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 end....it'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 watching....it 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 What I Loved Most About Big Love December 15, 2012
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1. Alby Grant - Best Bad Guy Ever. Matt Ross is now tied with Ralph Fiennes, with his performance in Shindler's List, for the Best Bad Guy Performance Ever.

2. Favorite Scene - There were so many it's like choosing amongst your children, but one that stands out for me is during one of Louis and Frank's bird smuggling escapades. The two of them are sleeping in the back seat of the car, their mouths hanging wide open. Jodeen gets a wonderful gleam in her eyes and proceeds to get out of the car, open the trunk and release the birds. Mareille Enos brought a quiet, enigmatic lusciousness to Kathy and Jodeen Marquart. Jodeen doesn't say more than a few words during the entirety of the series, but Ms. Enos instills her with a beautiful stillness and inner life.

3. Opening Credits Sequence - Loved the Beach Boys one for Seasons One through Three. Also loved the Engineers one for Seasons Four and Five. The Sequence used for Seasons One through Three is emblematic of what Bill and his wives believe will happen to them in the afterlife. They are connected now and in eternity. But they are skating on thin ice. By Season Four they are starting to drift apart, being pulled in different directions. Though they strive mightily to connect, it is becoming more and more difficult. Home, by the Engineers, was haunting.

4. Stellar performances by Harry Dean Stanton as Roman Grant, Bruce Dern as Frank Harlow, Melora Walters as Wanda Henrickson, Grace Zabriskie as Lois Henrickson, Mary Kay Place as Adaleen Grant and Sandy Martin as Selma Green. The leads were all great but these are the performances that stand out for me, in addition to the two mentioned above.

5. The way that the writers never condescended or judged.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alt lifestyles. Alt religion.
Perspective counts.
Published 19 hours ago by David Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars I like it. And it's interesting
I like it . And it's interesting.
Published 2 days ago by maryna
4.0 out of 5 stars I do like the acting
I do like the acting. Bill Paxton's character has become not likable. The season is also not so believable. The acting is still good but storyline melodramatic.
Published 3 days ago by LEOSMOM
5.0 out of 5 stars Filled by Faith. Big Love Conquers All!
This is one of the best shows about faith and what it means to be a family. Going to assume just about no one watching this show is an actual real-life polygamist, but no matter... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Clark
1.0 out of 5 stars After 3 seasons of fun, series jumps into dark waters of depression in...
After 3 seasons of fun, season 4 took a turn toward seemingly endless selfish bad choices made by polygamist Bill Hendrickson which always created stressful fallout to his family... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Empty Nester Marsha
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved every episode
Published 5 days ago by patricia mathews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very entertaining
Published 5 days ago by mafutagirl38
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great show
Published 5 days ago by Blue Duck
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and insightful
Suck a here at series. I've really enjoyed all five seasons
Published 6 days ago by Sunflowers
3.0 out of 5 stars Fizzled!
Painful to watch. Show started out well, but writers and actors let us down this final year.
Published 6 days ago by Land of enchantment
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