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Weeds: Season 5 (2009)

Mary-Louise Parker , Elizabeth Perkins  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mary-Louise Parker, Elizabeth Perkins, Kevin Nealon, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • 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: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: January 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002AMVED8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,531 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Weeds: Season 5" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary with writer Jenji Kohan, cast, and crew
  • "History of Weed” Featurette
  • "Yes We Cannabis” Featurette
  • "Crazy Love: A Guide to the Dysfunctional Relationships of WEEDS” Featurette
  • Gag Reel
  • "Little Titles" by Jenji Kohan”
  • "University of Andy Webisodes”
  • "Really Backstage with Kevin Nealon” Featurette

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Product Description

The hemptress returns in the complete fifth season of the Showtime's Original Series, Weeds. When pot-selling soccer mom Nancy Botwin took her homegrown business south of the border, she found the grass wasn't greener on the other side. Now she's pregnant with the child of a powerful politician turned dangerous drug lord; or is she? Doug and Silas are trying to branch out on their own, Andy is looking to score, and Celia attempts to turn the tables on her kidnappers. With enemies out to smoke the Queen of Green, Nancy's sure to find a whole new crop of trouble in an all new season of Weeds; starring Emmy and Golden Globe winner Mary-Louise Parker.

Though "eccentric" is perhaps a given when it comes to describing the comedy-drama Weeds, the series' fifth season seems to test the boundaries of that description with a story arc that pushes the misadventures of suburban pot dealer Nancy Botwin (Golden Globe winner Mary-Louise Parker) into very unusual territory. Having saved her skin in the finale of the previous season by admitting to Mexican drug lord Esteban that she was carrying his child, Nancy spends much of the season attempting to keep her extended brood/employees out of trouble as she extricates from this current pickle. However, said family is barely able to stay afloat without her lopsided guidance; brother-in-law Andy (Justin Kirk) develops feelings for her before falling for her obstetrician (Alanis Morrissette), while eldest offspring Silas (Hunter Parrish) attempts to tackle the legitimate side of pot (a medical marijuana dispensary) with the now hopelessly fogbound Doug (Kevin Nealon). And youngest son Shane (Alexander Gould) continues his spiral into what can only be described as near-lunacy as he dabbles in alcoholism, animal slaughter, masochism, and finally, homicide. Though season 5 reads like the same mix of black comedy and sugar-fizz indie quirk as the previous four, the reality is that the recipe is off here; moments of honest drama and character development have been sacrificed for shock effect, which blunts the solid work done by Parker and her talented castmates (most notably Kirk, Nealon, and Morrissette). In short, the fifth season of Weeds feels rudderless--an uncomfortable position for any veteran show.

The extras on the season 5 set feel equally off-kilter. Commentary tracks are present for 7 of the 13 episodes, most of which are handled by series creator Jenji Kohan, who seems either unable to or uninterested in providing more than perfunctory observations. More informative and entertaining are the tracks with Parrish and Nealon's thoughts on "Van Nuys" and Elizabeth Perkins on "Glue," on which she's joined by her onscreen spouse and daughter, Andy Milder and Allie Grant. Also worth checking out is University of Andy, a series of 12 webisodes featuring dubious life advice from Kirk's character, and Crazy Love, a brief but thoughtful examination of the characters' romantic lives as viewed by the cast and crew. More extraneous is Really Backstage with Kevin Nealon, which is a perfunctory behind-the-scenes glance, while Little Titles offers more enervated commentary from Kohan, this time in regard to the opening titles. A gaggle of bloopers, a promo spot with Nealon parodying Barack Obama's "Yes We Can," and the animated History of Weed are all forgettable. --Paul Gaita

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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet Another High Quality Season September 1, 2009
By Brian
Showtime's series Weeds is one of the best shows on television. Each season is consistently strong- with engaging, inventive stories, complex charecters and wonderful dark comedy. Mary-Louise Parker is absolutely phenomenal as Nancy Botwin, one of the most complex and uncompromising charecters to ever appear on television. Parker is backed by an always reliable supporting cast who bring humor and heart to the at times, very dark proceedings. Weeds' Fifth Season is the slowest one but that does not mean it's bad. It is the most character driven season, we get to see the true colors of these charecters and what they really want, and at times, its not pretty. Nancy continues her downward spiral and drags her youngest son Shane down with her. Silas becomes the emotional center of this extremely dysfunctional family, and at 18 has become the real father figure. Andy strives to get out of Nancy's grasp and start his own life while Celia tries her hardest to be a different person and at times actually tries to BE Nancy. This season is all about coming to terms with the inevitable and face the consequences. There is plenty here to reward long time fans of the show and viewers interested in the psychological make-up of these crazy charecters. The season finale promises to set up more of the themes established in this season. I cant wait to see what happens next. Weeds is still my personal favorite show on TV, layered, funny, deep and always surprising.

This Season Five DVD set includes the episodes:
- Wonderful, Wonderful
- Machetes Up Top
- Su-Su-Sucio
- Super Lucky Happy
- Van Nuys
- A Modest Proposal
- Where the Sidewalk Ends
- A Distinctive Horn
- Suck 'n' Spit
- Perro Insano
- Ducks and Tigers
- Glue
- All About My Mom
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33 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the Weed? Not in this show... September 1, 2009
Elizabeth Perkins (as Celia Hodes) is quickly taking over the lead role in Weeds while Mary-Louise Parker's Nancy character is becoming trite and quite frankly, annoying. You almost wish that Nancy Botwin would get killed off so that the show could drop all of the accumulated baggage of five seasons and start over fresh.

Season Five is the "Baby Season," where we watch Nancy Botwin struggle to have her new baby, support her family and keep herself alive all at the same time. Unfortunately the show quickly devolves into a generic drama that could be found on any number of network television stations. This season truly feels like the weed and drug trade are thrown in simply in order to keep the name of the show "Weeds," and I believe it was the drug dynamic that made this show as interesting as it was in the first place. While Nancy is off playing Mrs. Mexican Mafia, Silas and Doug partner up in order to attempt a legal Medicinal Marijuana storefront while Celia (after escaping from her daughter's kidnapping plot) attempts to capture the same success that Nancy had in seasons 1 and 2 by becoming the neighborhood "connection."

There are two bright spots in this season and they came out of left field for me: Shane and Dr. Audra Kitson (Alanis Morissette). Andy is still Andy - fantasizing about Nancy, hoping to replace Judah, but never quite living up to her expectations. He attempts to have a new relationship with Nancy's "on the side" ObGyn played remarkably well by Alanis Morissette. While you could pretty much cut and paste Andy's character from all the other seasons of Weeds, Morissette actually plays an interesting and quirky counterpart who attempts to make Andy "grow up" in order to have a real relationship with her.

Shane meanwhile, becomes broken.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Downward spiral February 12, 2010
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Each season sees the characters especially the hemptress falling further into the darkness. The series is losing some of the funnier scenes of the earlier series - I still recall the laugh out loud lines created by the idea of a hybrid Prius being a perfect gang banger car because you could sneak up on the victims rather than using a flashy a gas-driven Escalade. It will be interesting to see how the writers pull back from the Mexican drug king pin and make Mary Louise Parker's character more likable. Weeds is still worth watching but it makes the viewer a voyeur at a train wreck.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Skewed humor November 5, 2010
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I suggest if you like this show or have just discovered it buy the set of 1st 5 seasons. Well drawn characters, actors very appropriate for their roles. This show is pervertedly funny. Comedy equivalent to Seinfield. Good dvd's with no technical glitches.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Down Hill but Still Fun January 28, 2010
By Trick 9
Short as ever (only 12 episodes) and more implausible by the moment, the show still manages to produce some decent laughs, but has been nothing like the high ;) it started on. Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) and Doug Wilson (Kevin Nealon) continue to be the main reason to watch. The youngest son, Andy, is becoming more interesting though.

Overall, this is a Netflix or other rental. The money to purchase these DVDs can give you a whole month of new stuff, rather than just a few nights of Weeds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible DVD quality November 22, 2011
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It's a good season in terms of program content, but the quality of the DVD's is inexcusable. I returned the first set because the episodes on disk two were completely unwatchable. If the disk would load at all, it would only play the first half of the first episode, then it would freeze. It would load the first episode, and sometimes you could fast forward through this episode to get to subsequent episodes, but it would play about 5 seconds of them (blurred and skipping) before it froze and stopped. I tried playing this disk on 3 different DVD players, and all were varying shades of intolerable. So, I returned the disks, got a replacement and it was the same, the second disk was useless. Both sets were new, never opened. There are only 3 disks, so one third of them are worthless straight out of the package. Returned for refund. Will not order again.
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