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Waking the Dead: Season 5 (2011)

Trevor Eve , Sue Johnston  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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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 (Stereo)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00447G2NE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,670 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rip for a fantastic series. August 27, 2011
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This Season Jumps the Shark January 12, 2013
"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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Series That Has Run Its Course February 1, 2011
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Waking the Dead 5 June 4, 2011
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After watching seasons 1-4 I was anxious to view season 5. The turn in the series is palpable, dark and frankly I didn't like it.
Boyd was always on the edge with me, now he's gone over it. He insists the team keep him constantly in the loop and he doesn't have respect enough for them to do the same. He is becoming increasing untrustworthy and more controling while he himself seems to be reeling with bad judgment. If he were my boss I'd put in for a transfer.
For me there doesn't seem to be enough evidence in his favor for me to stay with him and give him the benefit of the doubt. I did that in seasons 1 through 4.
I understand that the series is still alive and well in Britain, but I don't think I'll be too anxsious to purchase season 6.
And...I also miss Frankie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very enjoyable
Published 2 months ago by m
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Walking the dead is NOT The Walking Dead
Published 3 months ago by Sewwhat
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT WRITING & ACTING!!!
Published 8 months ago by kathie
1.0 out of 5 stars Crappy delivery
Good series, but they are,liars as to when they will deliver. Took me a coons age to get it. Won't do this again...
Published 11 months ago by William Choate
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty & Mesmerizing British Cold Case Series
If you like gritty British police procedurals, this series is stellar. The plots are complex and satisfying - each show is in two parts so there is ample time to develop depth and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by L. M. Keefer
5.0 out of 5 stars See my review of Season Seven - still going strong.
We purchased another DVD player(all region) so we could continue with this series. Great stories, not formulas and outstanding character actors make the show a real winner.
Published 23 months ago by Hometown Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Need the last three series
I am hooked on this series, not only for the cold case mysteries themselves but for the personalities of the team members and the complexities of British society that they unearth. Read more
Published on February 27, 2012 by K. Sandness
3.0 out of 5 stars Boyd is out there
Season 5 is finally on region 1 dvd. I have always enjoyed this show. Season 5 however was not up to their usual standards. Read more
Published on March 5, 2011 by micki 2
3.0 out of 5 stars Boyd and Grace Jump the Shark
The basic plots and photography are good, but I agree with the reviewer who said the series has run its course. Read more
Published on February 26, 2011 by L. S. Reed
1.0 out of 5 stars Towers of Silence - beyond idiocy
This thing is way beyond idiotic and it seems like the new average for the series after 3 pretty decent seasons.
Published on February 25, 2011 by Does Not Matter
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