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The Sopranos: Season 5 (2004)

James Gandolfini , Edie Falco , Tim v. Patten , A. Coulter  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Tony Sirico, Steve van Zandt
  • Directors: Tim v. Patten, A. Coulter, J. Patterson
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, 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: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 780 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007YMVWO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,936 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Sopranos: Season 5" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Five audio commentaries with directors Peter Bogdanovich, Steve Buscemi, Mike Figgis, and Rodrigo Garcia, plus actress Drea de Matteo

Editorial Reviews

Facing an indeterminate sentence of weeks/months/years until new episodes, fans of The Sopranos are advised to take the fifth; season, that is. At this point, superlatives don't do The Sopranos justice, but justice was at last served to this benchmark series.

James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano in a not-so-nice mood
For the first time, The Sopranos rubbed out The West Wing to take home its first Emmy® for Outstanding Dramatic Series. Michael Imperioli and Drea de Matteo also earned Best Supporting Actor and Actress honors for some of their finest hours as Christopher and Adriana. From the moment a wayward bear lumbers into the Sopranos' yard in the season opener, it is clear that The Sopranos is in anything but a "stagmire." The series benefits from an infusion of new blood, the so-called "Class of 2004," imprisoned "family" members freshly released from jail. Most notable among these is Tony's cousin, Tony Blundetto (Steve Buscemi, who directed the pivotal season three episode "Pine Barrens"! ), who initially wants to go straight, but proves himself to be something of a "free agent," setting up a climactic stand-off between Tony and New York boss Johnny Sack.

Carmela and Tony
These 13 mostly riveting episodes unfold with a page-turning intensity with many rich subplots. Estranged couple Tony and Carmela (the incomparable James Gandolfini and Edie Falco) work toward a reconciliation (greased by Tony's purchase of a $600,000 piece of property for Carmela to develop). The Feds lean harder on an increasingly stressed-out and distraught Adriana to "snitch" with inevitable results. This season's hot-button episode is "The Test Dream," in which Tony is visited by some of the series' dear, and not-so-dearly, departed in a harrowing nightmare. With this set, fans can enjoy marathon viewings of an especially satisfying season, but considering the long wait ahead for season six, best to take Tony's advice to his son, who, at one point, gulps down a champagne toast. "Slow down," Tony says. "You're supposed to savor it." --Donald Liebenson

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Product Description

His separation hasn't been working out. His nephew's fiance has become a distraction. His paroled cousin is giving off bad vibes. His business rival is looking for payback. His therapist isn't buying into the "other Tony." It's enough to send any mob boss over the edge. Hell hath no fury like The Sopranos.

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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dramatic. Funny. Memorable. Excellent. June 30, 2005
The death of Carmine, family crime boss of New York, sets up the organizational tug of war that operates through the fifth season. The brutal push and shove between Little Carmine and Johnny Sack provides the dramatic backdrop as tensions mount between the families. Through it all, Tony tries to maintain neutrality but finds himself, as usual, in the thick of things.

On the home front there are several touching and poignant moment between our lovable thug, Tony, and his long-suffering wife, Carmella. Slowly and sweetly, they inch toward each other; each painfully aware of the sensitive issues and the deep divide which separate them. In a grimly amusing scene, Tony may have found Carmella's price.

Without question, this is Gandolfini's finest hour. He gives a performance which portrays not only the ruthlessness and thuggery of Tony Soprano but also the maturity, thoughtfulness, humor and depth of a caring husband father. No humanitarian awards just yet, though, this is brutal gangsterism and intimidation of innocents, after all. Carmella, Christopher, and Adriana also deliver their very best performances to date. Well-deserving of their awards and recognition.

Adriana's episode commentary in bonus features is worth listening to.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sopranos, Season 5: All Due Respect deserved. March 26, 2006
The fifth season of The Sopranos was arguably the best since Season 1, with a few long running subplots from previous seasons resolved and new characters and problems added to mix, often in shockingly dramatic fashion. Here are capsules for each of the episodes in this fantastic season:

Episode 1 - "The Two Tonys" - As per last season's brilliant finale, "Whitecaps", Tony and Carmela are still on the outs. Carmela needs help dealing with AJ's attitude and also with a lumbering bear (metaphor alert) that is fond of their backyard but she refuses to ask Tony for assistance. Tony is working on taking his relationship with Dr. Melfi in a "new direction". Meanwhile, the NJ and NY families are excited that the "Class of '04" is being released from prison - Angelo Garepe and Phil Leotardo to NY and Feech La Manna and later Tony's cousin Tony Blundetto for NJ. Unfortunately, NY boss Carmine Sr. suffers a stroke and dampens the proceedings. A dense and involving first ep that also features a funny subplot between Paulie and Christopher.

Episode 2 - "The Rat Pack" - Jack Masserone is suddenly very chatty with Tony, and Tony wonders why. The painting that Masserone gave him may be a psychological giveaway. The FBI is turning the screws to Adriana, who almost gives away her secret at ladies night, but later finds a way to make it useful for her. Carmine Sr. passes away, and his son Carmine Jr. and consiglieri Johnny Sack look to be headed to war; Tony wants no part of it. Everyone rejoices as Tony B is released from prison, but what he wants now that he's out is to go straight. And Tony's not happy about it.

Episode 3 - "Where's Johnny?
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unraveling Into Chaos..Can't Wait for Season 6 April 24, 2005
During a remarkable Season 5, we witness the complete breakdown of relationships among Tony Soprano's two families. We begin with a rudderless and lonely Tony facing his past demons, first with having to live inside the birthplace of all his inner termoil, his mother's house. He then has to confront the his past shortcomings as a member of his business orginizations. Whether it is the demise of a betraying lover, a bloody power struggle in NY, or the humbling return to a loveless marriage, Season 5 has left us with certain knowledge that no relationship on any level has been left intact and that Season 6 will prove to be a scramble to survive.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This season delivers! March 17, 2005
Just another solid hit (season) from the Sopranos! 5th season is just as original as previous seasons! Buscemi makes the show so much fresher as he plays cousin Tony who tries to go straight but ends up going back into the family business. Cousin Tony causes big problems for the boss (Tony Soprano) and he hits a dilemma on choosing his blood or his other family. Very interesting twists and turns here that and the outcomes were totally unexpected. Gandolfini plays his role perfectly with sides of wit, humor and all seriousness. The supporting cast is the best emsembled in television history. Do not miss if you are a Sopranos fan. If you just found about this great show, I recommend you watch all the previous seasons first then watch this.

This is the only show I am eagerly anticipating to return every season and I have no patience for it.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still an Elite Show July 22, 2006
There aren't many television shows in the 50+ years of television history that can be categorized as a "weekly event". A "weekly event" show basically has everyone talking about the episode the next day. In the 1980s, shows such as "Dallas" and "Dynasty" were "weekly events". In the 1990s, "Seinfeld" would take emerge as the show that would become a "weekly event". As Seinfeld wound up, another show would soon take that title into the 21st century - that show being HBO's "The Sopranos". "The Sopranos" would be different in that it was a show that appeared on a premium (pay) cable station and would prove that premium cable stations can produce high quality shows that provide high levels of enjoyment. I'm wasn't someone who subscribed to HBO so I felt on the "outside" on the "talk" that surrounded the episodes of "The Sopranos". However that didn't stop my curiosity about wanting to watch the show. Once I watched "The Sopranos - The Complete First Season", I not only got an appreciation for the show - but I now understood where all of the hype came from on this show. With the exception of a slight tip in the quality of the show during Season 3, the show has maintained both high quality and high entertainment value. This set, "The Sopranos - The Complete Fifth Season" is no exception to why the show among the elite television shows in history.

The show focuses on an organized Italian-American crime family that is based in North Jersey. The main character of the show is Tony Soprano played brilliantly by James Gandolfini. Tony is the head of the fictional DiMeo crime family. On the show, we see Tony try to balance his "work" in the DiMeo crime family with his home life. Tony also suffers from panic attacks and depression and therefore sees a psychiatrist - Dr.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Season
I love the Sopranos and all the seasons are great. I bought them for my husband and he'll love me forever. Thanks.
Published 10 days ago by Elga Acosta-Boccardo
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
I found season 5 was very disappointing. The ending was a big dud. The previous seasons were so good. The writers just went brain dead.
Published 11 days ago by Kathleen A. Brackett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Hoping Tony bangs his shrink this season. That or starts calling her Karen and starts yelling "Karen what did you do?! Karen?!"
Published 22 days ago by KEVIN SANDERS
5.0 out of 5 stars He loves it!
Got ths for my boyfriend and he was very happy. He had been looking for a while for season 5 to no avail. Now he can continue with his series.
Published 1 month ago by Vicki
5.0 out of 5 stars It Never gets Old!
Simply the best HBO series ever produced. The cast is so believable that you begin to feel that these characters exist.
Glad to have it for my library.
Published 2 months ago by Patti L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Another wonderful season. No problems. Glad to add this series to my collection. I did want to add that when I first ordered the actual series The Sopranos Complete Series I had... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Must Love Cats
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful character development
Probably the best show in the last decade. I really enjoy watching this even though I don't approve of the "mob lifestyle". But who cares, its just a show. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ralph
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is a great series. Probably one of the best out there along with Oz, Sex and the City, and Game of Thrones.
Published 3 months ago by phyllis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value
"Hey forget about it"...nice set and packaging....great price.....watching it for the second or third time is even better ...after a time you forget how great the show was.... Read more
Published 3 months ago by James Vitelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show!
I love this series! It is well produced and very interesting. I love mob shows and this is a great one. Read more
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