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Six Feet Under - The Complete Fifth Season (2006)

Frances Conroy , Peter Krause  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Frances Conroy, Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Lauren Ambrose, Mathew St. Patrick
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 780 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E6EK42
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,156 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Six Feet Under - The Complete Fifth Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 12 episodes on five discs, including the 75-minute series finale
  • Commentary on six episodes by the writers and directors (including creator and episode director Alan Ball on the series finale "Everybody's Waiting")
  • "Six Feet Under: 2001-2005": two 30-minute retrospectives
  • "Life and Loss: The Impact of Six Feet Under" featurette
  • Episodic previews
  • Episodic recaps

Editorial Reviews

So much anticipation pools up around the concluding episode of this concluding season that you might be tempted to head straight for said finale, titled "Everyone's Waiting" (and it's so rich you'll find yourself drawn to repeated viewings). But if you can avoid that impulse, it's worth following the full build-up of one crisis after another to get the real payoff. On an episode-by-episode basis, Six Feet Under's fifth season has a decidedly uneven quality, shifting in tone far more drastically, say, than the intensely dark season 4. Character traits that have already been developed at length begin to seem annoyingly repetitious--Nate's (Peter Krause) self-centered frustration and furious lashings out, Billy's (Jeremy Sisto) resurgent psychosis--like leitmotifs run amuck. But this season also benefits from the knowledge we've developed, over the years, of the Fisher family and their loved ones, so that what they end up facing has a real emotional wallop, sometimes jump-starting the drama just where it seems to be in danger of churning itself into circles.

It's hardly a spoiler to mention that 6fu's final season, though bookended by the promise of new beginnings (a wedding in episode 1 to a departure for new prospects in the 12th episode), centers around loss and a pivotal death. The scripts contain more than an occasional sense of inconsequential filler, while some of the recurring thematics seem forced (we see David continue to cope with the scars from his abduction in the previous episode via over-obvious imagery of facing his "inner demons"). Other issues receive especially compelling treatment, above all Brenda's (Rachel Griffiths) desire to have a child and David and Keith's (Mathew St. Patrick) choice to adopt. But the real strength of this season lies in several gripping performances. Ruth (Frances Conroy) touches off a complex series of reactions, simultaneously sympathetic and judgmental, transcending the tendency to appear as a neurotic caricature. The super-talented Lauren Ambrose brings off Claire's emerging self-awareness and maturity with moving touches (she's also got some of the funniest moments as she takes on a stint as a temp in scenes that call to mind the hysterics of The Office). Griffiths' Brenda for her part undergoes a parallel maturing process. And as George's daughter Maggie, Tina Holmes adds a welcome tone of contrast.

6fu, of course, has always been about the paradoxes of finality. But anyone who has developed an attachment to the show's unique tone and creative sensibility will have a tough time saying goodbye. Alan Ball outdoes himself with his script (and direction) for the finale, "Everyone's Waiting," seeding it with echoes from the pilot episode that will enchant aficionados. And the famous fast-forward visions coursing through Claire's imagination as she heads down the highway give the perfect seal to this set of characters. Extras include especially insightful commentaries, including Ball on the finale, retrospectives, and a mini-feature on 6fu's cultural impact. It's safe to say that the show leaves some pretty unforgettable impressions in its wake. --Thomas May

Product Description

One of TV's most acclaimed drama series, the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning Six Feet Under, concludes its groundbreaking, five season run. Each of the main characters will come to embrace the cycle of life - birth, death, and re-birth - in ways that are both unique and interconnected. Everything. Everyone. Everywhere. Ends.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary
Episodic Previews
Episodic Recaps
Audio Commentary:Six audio commentaries with the cast, crew, and creator
Featurette:Six Feet Under: 2001-2005, two 30-minute retrospectives Life and Loss: The Impact of Six Feet Under, a featurette

Customer Reviews

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119 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 6FU, RIP February 20, 2006
WARNING: If you haven't watched Season 5 yet, be VERY CAREFUL - some of your fellow Amazonians have peppered their reviews with spoilers, such as the (otherwise excellent) review by Lawrance M. Bernabo. I will avoid spoilers here.

The 5th and final season of 6FU lets us spend 12 more hours with our friends Nate, David, Ruth, Claire, Brenda, and Keith. Season 5 includes more of the great drama, great acting, and dark, off-beat humor that 6FU fans love so much.

Season 5 begins where Season 4 left off: Nate and Brenda have decided to get married and have a baby. As any 6FU fan could guess, neither of these events will go smoothly, nor will the decision to marry make their relationship suddenly problem-free.

Keith and David want children and are exploring adoption as well as hiring a surrogate. One way or another, they will become successful in this endeavor, but will find that a child does not solve all their problems, but rather poses new challenges to each of them and their relationship with each other (just as in real life).

Toward the end of Season 4, Claire was starting to realize but not really accept that she might never be a great artist, and we saw her go down a spiral into depression and excessive drug use. In Season 5, she starts to get a grip. Having dropped out of art school, she gets a common office job through a temp agency, where she is totally out of her element - her coworkers vote Republican, use Splenda in their Mochaccinos, and hang out at chain restaurants like Chilis and Olive Garden. This storyline results in interesting experiences and personal growth for Claire, and maybe a new relationship with someone she never would have expected to fall in love with.

Ruth's storylines mainly involve George.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything. Everyone. Everywhere. Ends. March 29, 2006
By E. Kim
The final chapter of the critical acclaimed HBO series about life and death. Following the Fisher family's lives as they deal with the constant reminder of death, SFU has changed television in every aspect from production to plot. The season five boxset's featurettes are the best among the five seasons. I recommend a viewing after watching the season. It's a great overview of the whole series and a great closure for fans. The first featurette is in two parts, both lasting 30 min a piece and takes a look at SFU's many elements with interviews with cast and crew members. The second deals with the impact of the show with many interesting interviews with real life funeral home directors. After viewing the featurettes, I felt like watching the whole season again. As always the comentaries were both informative and intriguing. The packaging was also very appealing and matched well with the other boxsets.

New viewers: Watch season one first. If you don't enjoy the pilot, odds are you will not enjoy the series at all. If you enjoyed the feature film American Beauty you will probably love Six Feet Under. The creator Alan Ball also wrote American Beauty and both share similar styles and themes. SFU is a dark comedy with very dramatic elements, and while many have tackled this mix of genres before, no one has ever done it with such profound humanity and beauty. Nothing on television, before or after, has yet to match the intimacy and brilliance of SFU.

Casual Viewers: As far as the overall season, it is probably not the best in comparision to some of the earlier seasons. But more than anything, the fifth season brings an intense and enlightening closure to a series that has impacted the way we look at a television show.
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59 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sadly it is gone March 21, 2006
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The most brilliant show of television history was Six Feet Under. This season ends the way that such a high-brow should and with dignity. The show only ended because Alan Ball is now wanting to make films and win some more well-deserved Oscars. I will not ruin the ending but the last episode is monumental and life-altering! Buy this season and watch all the others. [...]. Thank you.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gone but not forgotten . . . March 31, 2006
By SFU fan
One could argue (as many of the reviewers here do) the merits of season x over season y, but to me the entire opus is one grand experiment in superb writing and acting using the western world's denial of death as a jumping-off point. The attention to detail of the writers is amazing--the commentary about the care taken over EVERYTHING is fascinating. My overriding question, though, is why the show is so overwhelmingly addictive. I don't have cable, so I watched SFU on DVD starting with season one several months ago. I watched from beginning to the end of season four in about three weeks. I couldn't stop. I watched all of season five between Tuesday night of the day the disks were released and the following Thursday afternoon. I would LOVE to own them all. This is powerful stuff.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Final 7 Minutes July 8, 2006
I just watched the finale on DVD last night, and could barely hold back tears during the final 7 minutes starting when Nate whispered into Claire's ear: "You can't take a picture of this. It's already gone.", then Claire was driving away and we see the rest of everyone's lives while Sia's "Breathe Me" plays.

Never thought SFU will have this effect on me since I always felt the characters were a little "drama queen", and the whole thing about "talking to dead people" is kind of freaky. But the ending was something I was NOT ready for. Even if it's just for these last few minutes, you should watch the complete 5th season. Have never seen a more brilliant ending for a TV series. Those 7 minutes made movie/TV history.

There's only 1 flaw with the ending: Who in their righ mind would buy a new car before moving to NYC?

But I am glad that Claire did. If she boarded a plane, the ending would be nowhere near as powerful. Especially during the last moment when the road flattens out and Claire's car heading alone into the desert: the fleeting of happiness and the people we care VS. the inevitable loneliness of our journey through life.

Damn, they should put a warning label on the DVD about the devastating effect of these last minutes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The greatest final season to any TV show. Blown away by how they tied it up and left us wanting more.
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Awesome TV SERIES unmasking controversial topics, when they actually mirror contemporary reality. Context plays and exposes possible psycho-pathologies vs. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Karla J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
I saw this series when it aired on HBO years ago. It is one of my favorites. Glad I purchased it.
Published 17 days ago by Robin
5.0 out of 5 stars Live Life to the Fullest
ABOUT: Life circles around a highly dysfunctional and tragically unlucky family who own and operate a funeral home. Michael C. Hall (Dexter) stars. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Couch Potato Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST SEASON, Best Series....
Actually, this is a late review. I must say, season 5 had a TOUGH 4 seasons to follow and improve on. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tampaguy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
The final season of Six Feet Under is perfect. You can't watch the first four seasons without finishing it up or you'll feel like you robbed yourself. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Hubbard-Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best TV series to exist...
Six Feet Under is an amazing series. From start to finish. I recommend it to everyone. However... season 5..stock up on tissues. Read more
Published 1 month ago by karmapolice
5.0 out of 5 stars Best show ever
Original premise and opening scenes, Great acting, great writing, off the wall humor, incredible drama, twisted characters, I could go on and on about how amazing yhis show is. Read more
Published 3 months ago by William L Ashworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Season Ever!!
I got hooked on Six Feet Under several months ago because I like Dexter, and am a fan of Parenthood. This series is amazing. Once I started I couldn't quit! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer S. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Finale
The best finale of any series I've seen, including Breaking Bad, Dexter, etc. I could watch it over and over and probably will.
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