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House, M.D.: Season 5

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Hugh Laurie returns to his Golden Globe®-winning and Primetime Emmy® Award-nominated role as Dr. Gregory House in House: Season Five! House pushes new boundaries in medicine while dealing with emotional chaos as personal and professional boundaries blur in all 24 episodes from the compelling fifth season. Featuring guest appearances by Primetime Emmy® Award winner Željko Ivanek (Damages), Mos Def (The Italian Job) and Carl Reiner (Ocean's Thirteen), House is the Primetime Emmy® Award-winning series that critics rave is “…a terrific show with an A-list cast and first-rate writing…” (Michael Starr, New York Post).


House begins its fifth season on a somber note. With his girlfriend, Amber, dead, Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) finds his friendship with the cantankerous Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) to be more strained than ever and temporarily leaves the hospital where they work. He eventually returns, which is a good thing, because Wilson is the closest thing House has to a moral compass. The writers of this drama do an admirable job of inserting elements of well-placed comedy into the often-intense vignettes. Otherwise, House wouldn't be such a likable character. In fact, without the humor, he can often be downright despicable, especially to those he supposedly likes the most. Viewers learn that his lack of bedside manner (in and out of the hospital) probably was passed down from his father (R. Lee Ermey, who makes a brief appearance).

All 24 episodes--which originally aired during the 2008-2009 television season--are included in this five-disc boxed set. A few of the episodes are tainted by a soap opera vibe, particularly the ones concentrating on the romance between Dr. Eric Foreman (Omar Epps) and Dr. Remy ""Thirteen"" Hadley (Olivia Wilde). Based on the first four seasons, Foreman's behavior seems way off. While love can change a man, it doesn't seem likely that Foreman would change this much--not even for someone as compelling as Thirteen. But House's boss, Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein), has a juicy story line involving her quest to have a family. The struggles she goes through to adopt a baby depict how challenging it can be for women--even those who excel at everything else--to have it all. But her story line also shows that she is more resilient than she gives herself credit for. For all its medical jargon and scenes set in the operating room, House really is about relationships more than anything else. That's why when another character tragically dies this season, viewers take the loss to heart. --Jae-Ha Kim

Special Features

Disc 3:
  • House Meets a Milestone: The 100th Episode

  • Disc 4:
  • Locked In Commentary with Writer/Producer David Foster and Writers/Executive Producers Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner

  • Disc 5:
  • Keeping It Real: Accuracy in Writing
  • Dr. Mom: Cuddy's Storyline
  • Anatomy of a Teaser
  • House Guests: Casting the Show

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jennifer Morrison
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: Spanish
    • 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: 5
    • Rated:
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
    • Run Time: 1062 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B0024FAD8I
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,222 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "House, M.D.: Season 5" on IMDb

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    By Nathan A. Olson on April 12, 2009
    Format: DVD
    House MD season five is not like seasons 1-3. The last two seasons have been different; a new cast has come into the fold, and Cameron and Chase have become guest stars at best. But, the show is called House, and despite what others will say, this is one of the best (if not the best) seasons of House. Sure, it has had a few relationships. But, why wouldn't it? This show is not just starting. It's been on for five seasons. It's been known from the very beginning that House and Cuddy have chemistry, and finally they are seeing where it leads. I say finally because it was inevitable.
    Such phrases as "jump the shark" or "a broken House" are floating around, but do not believe them. Adamant fans of the show know that House has always been a show to take chances and hope the viewers come along for the ride. All this show has continued to do is take chances, and hope the viewers come along. Such as "Last Resort" in which the hospital is taken hostage, or "Locked In" where most of the perspective is in a blur and from the patient's point of view, or the latest "Simple Explanation" which may possibly be the best episode House has ever produced. Some say House is broken because it isn't what it used to be. And no, it isn't what it used to be. In many ways it's better.
    This season has been about self exploration, and House's drive to change. This season has been about growth in our favorite damaged Doc. I write this review with the season not yet being done. There are still four episodes to go, but I can easily say that this show is still as amazing (if not even more so) than before. Do yourself a favor... buy season five of House... you will not be disappointed.
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    I have been watching the series for 6 months on USA channel. Although, as a physician, I know that the presentation is totally ficticious from a real medical standpoint, this series is very entertaining. It is impossible for someone to destroy their liver in two hours, and to need (and receive) a heart transplant within one day. It is impossible for a physician to treat a patient with whole body radiation without knowing a real diagnosis. However, this series presents medical syndromes, and other very rare disease possibilities, causing even the most astute phyisician to do a double take as to what is involved with the syndrome they present. This is a seriously sensationalistic medical presentation, but still very entertaining...even to the most discerning of physicians. Please do not take the sense of urgency seriously. However, understand that this is a good emotional representation of what physicians go through in trying to make a serious diagnosis, and a diagnosis in difficult diseases can be extremely difficult. It is obvious that "House" is a modern day version of Arthur Conan Doyle's "Sherlock Holmes", but "Sherlock Holmes" was patterned after Dr. Joseph Bell, a famous physician in Europe in the time of Doyle.

    "Dr. Bell observed the way a person moved. The walk of a sailor varied vastly from that of a solider. If he identified a person as a sailor he would look for any tattoos that might assist him in knowing where their travels had taken them. He trained himself to listen for small differences in his patient's accents to help him identify where they were from. Bell studied the hands of his patients because calluses or other marks could help him determine their occupation." The Chronicles of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    So, "House" takes this full circle. Very entertaining and worth the time, just to refresh rare syndromes and their symptons and the character interactions are also fun.
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    Hugh Laurie and company returned for a fifth season of "House", the medical mystery series about that cranky doctor and his medical colleagues. And while season five of "House" was a very good one, I felt it wasn't as good as the previous four seasons.

    There's still lots to like in season five of "House". Of course the main reason why this show still works is because of Hugh Laurie. He still makes this character watchable in every area. He's cranky, crabby, and very funny. The supporting cast has been terrific from the start and everyone delivered the goods in season five. Especially Lisa Edelstein, who plays House's boss Dr. Lisa Cuddy. She's been good the previous four seasons, but I felt she really came out on her own in season five. This character, who's been yearning to become a mother, finally got the chance to explore the adventures of single motherhood by adopting a baby. Plus there was the possibility of House and Cuddy getting together for more than just medicine. Whenever she was on screen, Edelstein was superb every time, and she should get an Emmy nomination this season for the terrific job she did (she probably won't, knowing how stupid the Emmy voters tend to be year after year). Also very good in season five, Robert Sean Leonard, who once again plays Dr. Wilson, Dr. House's only true friend. The early episodes when Dr. Wilson was grieving over the death of his girlfriend Amber (the young medical student who tried to get on House's new team in season four but failed) which led to his resignation at the hospital were handled very well, and it gave Leonard some of his best acting on the show. Like Edelstein, he's been unwisely ignored by Emmy voters as well, and he'll probably be ignored again this season.
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