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Waking the Dead: Season 5

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Season Five of Waking the Dead arrives on DVD 1/18! Following the death of DS Mel Silver, the Cold Case Unit is still in shock. The already intense DCI Boyd is clearly rocked by the loss of a valuable team member, and now has a case that questions his own abilities. So it is left to Grace and Spence to try to keep the team stable and integrate the new members of the unit.

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  • Actors: Trevor Eve, Sue Johnston, Will Johnson, Felicite Du Jeu, Tara Fitzgerald
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 690 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00447G2NE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,296 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Le Vieux on March 20, 2010
Format: DVD
Series 5 was broadcast in the UK in 2005. It was subsequently released on DVD in the UK in a Region 2 PAL version. It has not yet been released in the United States in Region 1 NTSC format. YOU MUST HAVE A REGION 2 OR REGION-FREE DVD PLAYER CAPABLE OF CONVERTING PAL SIGNAL TO NTSC TO PLAY THE UK VERSION SOLD HERE.

There are six episodes in Series 5, each episode having been shown in two parts. Each episode is on its own disk. The episodes are as follows:

Towers of Silence
Black Run
Subterraneans
Straw Dog
Undertow
Cold Fusion

This series picks up after the death of DS Mel Silver with the unit still in shock. Boyd is severely shaken by recent events and Grace and Spence must fight to hold the team together.

This series has a different feel from the prior series with Boyd returning to his previous bad temper and the group dynamic seriously threatened. While not up to the quality of the previous series, it is still better than most of the other mystery programs out there.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dobey on August 27, 2011
Format: DVD
This season of the now cancelled tv show
'waking the dead' really got under some peoples skin. It's too bad they couldn't realize what was happening; and that this was one of the bbc's best shows of the 2000-11 seasons from the entire four channel network!
This gritty show really gets dark here and boyd begins to loose it over the loss of mel and frankies defection.
She left and doesn't even talk to him at all. It's like his work family is going under even! The stories are excellent here as usual but like I said some fans couldn't grasp what was happening. I find the complaining about dark episodes reviews very interesting. This show was always VERY DARK! one of tv lands darkest anywhere, it's played straight and gruesome. Which is why it's one of my fave crime shows ever. The dumb bbc just blew it on cancelling this one after 9 series. THe two new actors do a fine job and of course we get to know them slowly and this is the way REAL LIFE is often. The dvd set looks great and it's just sad that we are so many seasons behind on dvd releases as compared to the rest of the world , which has most series already on dvd.
Rip, to this gritty and unsentimental show. One of the best crime shows ever.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robyn M. Smith on July 9, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This DVD is Region 2 - UK - and does require a region-free or multi-region DVD player. This set was purchased out of necessity because I am hooked on this series! I even bought a region-free player so I could watch it. That said, I have seen this series from the beginning through dvd rentals - and with the shocking end to Season 4, I was very happy to find Season 5 available through purchase because it is not available through rental! I've also purchased Seasons 6 and 7, while 8 is due out soon.

What I enjoy about the series: interesting characters and relationships, complicated plots, no simple and neat resolutions, not focused on flashy technical forensics, some dry humor thrown in. Very satisfying entertainment.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue VINE VOICE on January 12, 2013
Format: DVD
"Waking the Dead Season 5"is, to be sure, another entry in the once acclaimed British mystery television series that ran from 2000-2007, when, sadly, it was axed by the BBC in favor of `newer, more innovative crime dramas.' It played for some time on BBCAmerica on my side of the pond, where I made its acquaintance. Series 5 consists of three disks, each approximately four hours, with two episodes, in two parts apiece, for about twelve hours of product. And, thank you BBC, it's got subtitles, as all its actors tend to murmur.

The series had been strongly -cast and -written ---by Barbara Machin, a woman, yay! A police procedural/crime drama that follows Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd and his cold-case unit, consisting of scientists and a psychologist, as well as detectives, at the London Metropolitan Police. The squad utilizes the latest advances in forensic science, psychological profiling of the unknown criminal perpetrators and other modern investigative techniques to crack unsolved murders. Upon even initial viewing, its differences from similar-sounding American TV series showed themselves to be great. The show has been violent, intricate and suspenseful, with intricate and complex plots. The cop shop is anything but new and shiny, and poorly lit compared to American series that all seem to have been filmed on a sunny Southern California set. The actors aren't new and shiny, either. Trevor Eve, ( Heat of the Sun Boxed Set ) who plays Boyd, began his career as beefcake. But he's older now, and showing how thoughtfully he's aged. Still very watchable. He's backed, in the cop shop, by Sue Johnston as Dr. Grace Foley; and Wil Johnson, as DI Spencer Jordan.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mac gordon on February 1, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I preordered Waking the Dead 5, having been extrememly impressed with the previous 4 series. I particularly enjoyed the ensemble nature of this 'team'. They melded so well. I found the stories intricate, and sometimes challenging. I had to pay careful attention to detail. A pleasant change to so many 'by the numbers' detective series!

The shocking death of Sgt. Mel Silver at the conclusion of Series 4 made me wonder how well the series would hold up with a cast change.

Unfortunately, not only was Sgt. Mel Silver missing from Series 5, but also ME 'Frankie'. I feel this left too much for the remaining actors to carry successfully. The first story Towers of Silence, took us into the now popular world of mysterious muslims. In an attempt to create a 'noirish' look, many of the scenes were so dark as to be almost unwatchable.

The new detective would only last for one episode. Never to be heard from again. The new ME 'Felix' seems decent enough, though not as dynamic as Frankie.

Series 5 is certainly not up to the standard of the previous four series. I think, if you haven't seen Waking the Dead, and started with Series 5, you might find it enjoyable. But, I don't recommend it for 'hardcore' fans.

I do wonder at the wisdom of attempting to continue a series, with the loss of two of five key characters.
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