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Rescue Me: Season 5, Vol. 1 (2009)

Denis Leary , Adam Ferrara , Constantine Makris , John Fortenberry  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Denis Leary, Adam Ferrara, Michael Lombardi, Steven Pasquale, Andrea Roth
  • Directors: Constantine Makris, John Fortenberry, Ken Girotti, Peter Markle, Peter Tolan
  • Writers: Denis Leary, Danielle Giovanniello
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 451 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002E9FMOE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,392 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rescue Me: Season 5, Vol. 1" on IMDb

Special Features

Deleted Scenes
Walking Thru Fire: Surviving Season 5
Danny Does Danger: The Stunts of Rescue Me
Gag Reel
Sons of Anarchy

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Product Description

The men of 62 Truck are back for a fifth season in Denis Leary and Peter Tolan’s series. Tommy Gavin is grappling with the death of his father as the season opens, along with the new man in Janet’s life (guest star Michael J. Fox). The crew devises a business plan to open a bar, which turns into a lucrative venture, but also a temptation to Tommy, who continues to struggle with sobriety. Sean faces a heath issue with no easy solution, while Needles struggles to garner respect and maintain control of the firehouse. Meanwhile, Sheila attempts to purge herself of Tommy and allows Damian to pursue a future as a firefighter. Conspiracy theories about 9/11 ruffle more than a few feathers, brought on by the arrival of an intriguing foreigner. Under the shadow of a haunting past, the crew continues to look to the future and realize that salvation often lies where you least expect it.

For those disappointed in season 4 (as series cocreator Peter Tolan candidly admits in a season retrospective included as a bonus feature), season 5 should rekindle your passion for Rescue Me. The backbone of these first 11 episodes is the introduction of a French journalist (Karina Lombard), who is writing a book in anticipation of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Her interviews with the firefighters as well as family members of those who perished in the attack (Callie Thorne's Sheila is a particular standout) have the same force as those in the classic M*A*S*H episode "The Interview." Tommy Gavin's year-long sobriety is put to the ultimate test when he is rocked by news footage that seems to show that his cousin Jimmy did not die in the first tower, as everyone believed. It forces Tommy (an Emmy-worthy Dennis Leary) to confront what happened that day and how he did--and did not--respond. "Are you haunted, Tommy?" the journalist asks. That's an understatement; he falls off the wagon and his ghosts return. Tommy is further put through the wringer by his wildly dysfunctional family, including his estranged wife Janet (Andrea Roth), who is now seeing a belligerent, wheelchair-bound alcoholic and pill popper (Michael J. Fox in his Emmy-winning performance); his oldest daughter Colleen (Natalie Distler), who is secretly seeing Black Shawn (Larenz Tate) and unnerves him with her precocious sexual prowess; and his younger daughter Katy (Olivia Crociccia), now attending an elite private school, where she has created a new identity for herself (and her parents). Among the other developments that will resonate throughout the season are the firefighters purchasing a bar; Franco (Daniel Sunjata) embarking on a boxing career; the return of Candy, who bilked and deserted Lou (John Scurti) back in season 2; and Sean's (Steven Pasquale) back pain, which is initially treated as comic relief, but takes a more devastating turn. Rescue Me can turn on a dime between "deep thought and personal wisdom" and crude, base humor. Its fatalistic sensibility and close-knit camaraderie is akin to Howard Hawks's Only Angels Have Wings. As for Tommy, who is described as "a great fireman, selfish, spiteful, hit-the-nail-on-the-head kind of guy," he tries desperately to keep it all together. After he beats his Section Eight, Deputy Chief Feinberg (Jerry Adler) warns him about stepping out of line in the future. "Since it's you, it could happen at any time," he states. Tommy seems to have the luck of the Irish. How his luck holds out is a matter for the conclusion of season 5. --Donald Liebenson

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58 of 67 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why only eleven episodes? Oh yeah...GREED. August 29, 2009
Rescue Me is a great show - the ensemble cast is excellent, there's a great combination of comedy and drama and although some situations dabble in the absurd, there are also serious issues that are dealt with in a mature and adult light. I have no problems with the show, it's a 5 star program.

But I do have a problem with GREED.

This season started late so they could run all 23 episodes during consecutive weeks. The last episode is airing in three days - the same day this set is being released - but has obviously been in the can along with the other 21 for several weeks if not months. SO WHY SPLIT THIS SEASON INTO TWO PARTS??


FIFTY DOLLAR LIST PRICE for eleven episodes?? Assuming Volume 2 does the same for the final 11, that's ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS for a season! Now we all know there will be discounts (as I type this Amazon is selling it for $32) but that's still OVER SIXTY DOLLARS to get the fifth season.

I understand that past seasons contained 13 episodes and this one is 22. But would it really have been that much more expensive to add two discs and bump the price a little...instead of creating separate packaging - and passing THAT cost along - and gouging Us? The very people who support the show by purchasing something they already watched faithfully?

The 22 episodes were a complete season. The marketing is a complete sham.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Leary Still Enraged & Aflame August 15, 2009
Denis Leary's enflamed New York city firefighter Tommy Gavin is back. I find Tommy Gavin an interesting character but at times it is frustrating that nothing of Denis Leary the stand-up comic with the zingers at the ready and the educated man (MFA from Emerson college) shows through. I suppose this shows Leary's commitment to Gavin as a character.

Perhaps more than any other factor, what shows in this season is Gavin as a substance abuser, an alcoholic. He is in AA and he is out of AA. He fights with the priest constantly about their problems with alcohol. The other firemen open a bar and he gets involved with it and drinking there. His girlfriend allows him to drink but his wife does not. An unrecognizable Michael J. Fox does a brilliant job of playing Gavin's wife's new boyfriend who is wheelchair bound. He and Gavin briefly bond as maimed characters on just about every level, including substance abuse. It's hard to upstage Leary but Fox manages it. I was sad that Fox did not become a permanent character on the series but I suppose he was not interested in doing tv long term. Maybe they can bring him back next season for a few episodes as well since he was not killed off.

Gavin the firefighter is also on considerable display in this season. Perhaps his inability to conquer his inner demons is what makes him courage personified with rescuing people in burning buildings. He can even cope with burned bodies which other firemen can't face without becoming ill.

The least satisfying aspect of this series is Gavin's continuing problems with his girlfriend and his wife and the other few women who briefly alight in his life. I can't stand either the wife or the girlfriend as characters and would be happy if somehow they were eliminated from this series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it February 25, 2010
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Not worth two seperate volumes much less two separate charges just cause they added a few more episodes this season, this from a person whose bought all the previous seasons cause i can't watch the show at it's regular airing...Do yourself a favor and rent or borrow season 5 from a friend......
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced...but still The Best Show On Television! September 2, 2009
Just watched the final episode of season 5 last night and looked here for availability of the dvd (s). I own seasons 1-4, having bought 3 seasons right here through Amazon. Total paid for 4 seasons was around $110.00, or roughly $2 per episode with 52 shows in the 1st four seasons. I see the Discounted price at $32 for 1/2 of the season and conclude quickly that the price has risen 50% (11 episodes for $32) compared to the previous years but... the shows' popularity and consistent Top Shelf writing are hard to argue with. It's still The Best Show On Television (and the only one I refuse to miss) Maybe wait till Xmas for a better packaged deal but I know the faithful will find a way to add season 5 to their library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best season yet so far.. September 30, 2009
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GF and I are hooked on this show. We are about 6 episodes into this season and its the best yet. Finally some characters clearing the air and stating things we have been waiting for! Unless this season that we are viewing takes a serious nose dive, we both agree this could be the best writing the series has done yet. Leary admitted in an interview that Season 4 wasn't the best, he's making up for it IMO.

Buy used,I always wait a few weeks and buy a factory sealed copy for much less on Amazon!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rescue Me: Season 5: vol. 1 October 3, 2009
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Dennis and the boys are back in excellent form. Michael J. Fox is fantastic--a whole new persona for him. He does very well playing a bitter jerk. I think Leary is one of the most under
rated actors--he can make me cry and howl with laughter with how tormented he is. I have come to like Shelia a lot more than his wife who tends to get on my nerves. His uncle and cousin, the defrocked priest are also among my favorites. The scripts are sharp, almost painful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by blackdragon
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful show
Excellent series, Was sad to see the series end anyone who is in the fire service or knows someone that is. It's well worth watching each and every season. Read more
Published 6 months ago by foothill grandma
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series!
I only watched it because I'm a fan of Dennis Leary. This series is definitely worth watching. Lots of memorable moments!
Published 10 months ago by greg tanner
5.0 out of 5 stars Movies
My husband wanted this and know we own the whole series! He loves them and we will watch them more than once!!!
Published 13 months ago by Carol A. Sowa
5.0 out of 5 stars Tommy's downward spiral
Tommy is back on the bottle, Katie is in a boarding school because she is fed up with her parents, Geraghty has cancer, and the arrival of his mom and brother is comedy gold. Read more
Published on April 21, 2012 by Viva
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD SHOW BUT I THINK...........
While this is one of the best series on the morbid invention called the television. This series is starting to age a bit. Read more
Published on October 11, 2010 by Leonidas
5.0 out of 5 stars Season 5 - back on form
Season 5 of Rescue Me ranks right up there with the earlier seasons. Great comedic and dramatic writing and the actors are at their peak in this series. Read more
Published on April 17, 2010 by MondoRamos
5.0 out of 5 stars leary the man
My favorite show of all time just keeps getting beter. Deniss Leary is what makes this show so good. Also lenny Clark gets more scenes this season so you know its got to be good.
Published on April 14, 2010 by David C. Batarseh
4.0 out of 5 stars The show is still great...
While I was getting worried that Rescue me was getting a little long in the tooth around season 4, those fears were alleviated by season 5.1. Read more
Published on March 2, 2010 by M. Herzog
1.0 out of 5 stars Half a Season
I am absolutely NOT paying the same price for HALF a season as the cost for a full season!! I have the previous 4 seasons and will not be purchasing season 5 until it is all in... Read more
Published on February 13, 2010 by Dave
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