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Dawson's Creek - The Complete Fifth Season (1998)

James Van Der Beek , Katie Holmes , Arlene Sanford , Bethany Rooney  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson, Mary Beth Peil
  • Directors: Arlene Sanford, Bethany Rooney, David Petrarca, Gregory Prange, Harry Winer
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2005
  • Run Time: 986 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007V6IW6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,023 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dawson's Creek - The Complete Fifth Season" on IMDb

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  • 23 episodes on four discs

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It's goodbye to Capeside, hello to Boston in Dawson's Creek's fifth season (a.k.a.: Dawson's Creek: The College Years). While the end of the fourth season sent the five friends their separate ways--Dawson (James Van Der Beek) to USC Film School, Joey (Katie Holmes) to Worthington College, Jen (Michelle Williams) and Jack (Kerr Smith) to Boston Bay College; and Pacey (Joshua Jackson) to the high seas--it doesn't take them long to find themselves together again. That's a good thing, especially when tragedy strikes a family member and threatens to tear the survivors apart.

More than anything, the fifth season seems to be about falling into bad relationships. Jen dates a cute but sleazy musician (Chad Michael Murray, One Tree Hill), Pacey gets a job in a restaurant where he pursues a woman (Lourdes Benedicto) already having an affair with a married man, then fends off a vampish new boss (Sherilyn Fenn, Twin Peaks). Joey is drawn to her handsome English professor (Ken Marino). And Jack joins a frat, becomes a jerk, and starts a devoted relationship with his beer bottle. Dawson meets an eccentric young filmmaker (Jordan Bridges) which in turn leads to a meeting with his favorite Boston film critic (Meredith Salenger). And Joey's new roommate, the annoyance-with-a-heart-of-gold Audrey (Busy Phillipps), becomes the newest major addition to the cast. The irritation factor is high this season, a couple of "Joey is threatened" interludes don't have the punch that they could have, and in the season finale, the inevitable resolution of the show's central relationship doesn't really resolve anything at all. But viewers who have followed the Capeside crew for four seasons will still want to see what happens in the fifth.

The fifth season is the first to have no DVD extras at all, and it continues the music-replacement strategy (which, since the second season has replaced much of the music, and since the third season has replaced Paula Cole's theme song, all due to licensing expenses). In addition to the usual background-music switches, some scenes have been edited (for example, the episode "Highway to Hell" has cut two of the performances on-stage at the Drunk & Dead). Also, the opening credits of "The Long Goodbye" and "Downtown Crossing" had originally used instrumental versions of "I Don't Want to Wait," which had underscored the emotion of those episodes. In the DVD set, those have been replaced by the standard version and an instrumental version, respectively, of "Run Like Mad." --David Horiuchi

Product Description

DAWSON’S CREEK chronicles a close group of friends’ passage from adolescence to adulthood and the hit show’s fifth season sees them making their way out into the world. The journey of cast members JAMES VAN DER BEEK, KATIE HOLMES, MICHELLE WILLIAMS, JOSHUA JACKSON, KERR SMITH and their characters continues, as each faces the challenge of an exciting new chapter in their lives and the realisation that nothing can break the bond between them. Exclusively available on DVD and capturing every episode from the fifth season, this great 6-disc collection is a ‘must-own’ for any fan of this landmark television series.

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89 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than it gets credit for... April 2, 2005
Format:DVD
Ignore the haters, Season Five is one of the series' best. While nothing will touch the freshman year of Seasons One and Two, Season Five benefits from a welcome change of scenery. Capeside was getting tired by the end of Season Three, and Four seemed like the same old conflicts reiterated again. The series needed to breathe, and it found new wind in sending Dawson off to California and the rest of the clan off to Boston.

Throwing the characters into the new realm of post-secondary adds freshness to the series, as the gang is able to experience new and more age-oriented conflicts, like fraternity angst, career-path uncertainty and the perils of being away from home. The series would even stretch itself creatively with the new location change, with an interesting two-parter with Joey and a life-changing situation.

Not only is the change of scenery rife with interesting new experiences, but the actual subject matter of Season Five has much more dramatic weight than the comparatively lackluster Season Four. Dawson does some real soul searching, Pacey copes with the hardships of being a failure, and there is a death with an emotional impact that makes Abby Morgan's farewell in Season Two seems like small stuff.

We also get a new regular, Audrey, "Freaks and Geeks" breakout Busy Phillips, and she adds a feistiness to the series that had been lost after Abby's departure in Season Two. While Audrey's character would become a writing snafu in Season Six (constantly reiterating the same old tired drug/alcohol abuse story), her, Joey and Pacey have some really strong moments in this season.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I don't want to wait for our lives to be over July 4, 2005
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One of the biggest reasons I enjoy television so much is because it allows me to escape the incredible boredom that passes for my life, and for a little while anyway, take in somebody else's problems and live in their lives.

This is certainly the case with Dawson's Creek. I never watched the show when it was on the air until the last few episodes, but I have enjoyed the first four DVD sets and was interested to see how the show changed once the kids left Capeside for college.

As season five begins, we find Dawson at film school in California, Joey at Worthington College in Boston and Jack and Jen close by at Boston Bay College. Pacey, fresh off his summer working on a yacht, is living in a boat in Boston Harbor and as the season begins, only Jen knows he is there.

Things change quickly for everyone as the season gets under way. Dawson realizes that he misses being with Joey and decides he wants to move to Boston to be near her. But the sudden death of his father changes everything, pushing him away from Joey and eventually into a relationship with Jen. Jack quickly joins a fraternity and his brothers soon begin to take priority over school and his high school friends. Pacey realizes that he has a talent for cooking when he gets a job in a restaurant and Joey finds herself attracted to her professor.

James Van Der Beek is again solid as Dawson, though you have a hard time, as in years past, believing that he is the age that he is. The dialogue throughout the series has always been over the top, which is really what makes the show what it is. His emotion at the death of his father, and his need to be there for his mother is heart wrenching at times. He finally confronts his feelings by going to a therapist to sort out his feelings.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great season of DC February 26, 2005
By Cassie
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I know there are many disappointed fans out there when it comes to the decline of momentum in the fifth season, but I really loved this season. We have already seen all of Capeside and its inhabitants at this point. We already know the in depth history of each and every one of the main characters. We have already seen the same people thrown into the same situations again and again (Not saying that I didn't love every minute of it). It is just nice to see how they react to a new environment and new people. Also, the fifth season has some of the most heartbreaking storylines of the entire series, including the episode where Mitch dies and the one where Joey gets mugged. For anyone questioning whether or not to buy the disc set, let me just tell you that the previous four were well worth it for me. I do have to say that I was a bit disappointed by the change in music. I understand why certain songs had to be changed, but it just isn't quite the same when you see the opening credits come on and you don't hear "I don't want to wait" by Paula Cole along with it. I would certainly pay a little more for the set if it had at least that one song included.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ~*~* The Scoop on the Music in Season Five ~* June 16, 2005
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~* Ok Fans Listen Up ~*

I did some researching on the music manipulation in Season Five. My findings might be really interesting for the True Fans :)

Personally, I don't like change ~ i would have preferred all the original songs intact ... alas ... due to Liscensing $$$ issues this is not possible and i suspect Season Six will fall victim to the same Musical Problems.

The list is actually quite long .. i didn't even realize how much was really altered!

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"Dawson's Creek: The Complete Fifth Season

As has been the case with releases of earlier seasons, the Season 5 DVD set contains replacement songs from what was heard during the actual broadcast airings.

Two of the scenes with Katie Holmes singing with the band in episode #517 ("Jessie's Girl" and "I Ran") have been deleted from the episode. This was due to licensing issues.

In episode #511, Busy Phillips' rendition of "Son Of A Preacher Man" is replaced with an audio track of her song "Bad Times" which was seen/heard in the Season 6 episode #612.

The original theme song "I Don't Want To Wait" (Paula Cole) will be replaced with "Run Like Mad" by Jann Arden. "Run Like Mad" was the song heard during the opening credits of the original Season 1 international airings.

The special opening credits music created by DC composer Adam Fields heard in episode #504 (Mitch's death) was replaced with the DVD release theme song.

The special theme song created by DC music composer Adam Fields for episode #515 will remain as originally aired.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good season
Published 1 month ago by Leah
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great show even if some is a little far-fetched.
Published 1 month ago by Cam Hoffmann
4.0 out of 5 stars Beyond high school
I rather enjoyed this season where the main characters are out of high school and starting to live their lives. But this is Dawson's Creek so things are never so easy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Favorite.
Dawson's Creek is an all time favorite of mine. I make it a routine to re-watch each season at least once a year. Read more
Published 6 months ago by xoMzMelissaxo
1.0 out of 5 stars No solid relationships in season 5.
Overall, this season stunk. There's nothing but craziness going on. I think the writers didn't know what they were doing. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tony R., Peterson
1.0 out of 5 stars This season doesn't make any sesnse
I cannot believe any fan of this show would rate this season highly. I have a serious question to pose. Have the writers of season 5 seen the previous 2 seasons of this show? Read more
Published 7 months ago by alexlucy
5.0 out of 5 stars Dawson is Awesome!!
Favorite show of all time!! Watched all 6 seasons over Christmas Break. It is a must see. Love my Amazon!!
Published 7 months ago by Dee Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicted
I could not quit watching them. I spent hours and hours at a time watching one after the other. I worked nights when they were on before so all of it was new to me.
Published 7 months ago by Dot
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh. So-So, But Still Got Hooked While on Maternity Leave
Finally watched this show, Season 1-5, thanks to being home on extended maternity leave. The only reason I kept watching was because of the love-triangle aspect between Joey &... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bellachica
5.0 out of 5 stars like this teen/adult stuff
Great series. Nutty, fun banter. Tear jerking at times is well done. I got hooked & wished the series didn't end. Read more
Published 13 months ago by brian carmichael
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