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Waking the Dead: Season 5

4.2 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00447G2NE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,687 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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"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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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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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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