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Six Feet Under: Season Five
Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 108 (May 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Freddy Rodriguez, Matthew St. Patrick, Justina Machado, James Cromwell & Rachel Griffiths

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
There are no supplements on Disc One (although there are some up-front ads), but Disc Two includes commentary on Episode 4 with writer Craig Wright and director Alan Poul. Audio commentaries can also be found on Disc Three's sixth (actor Frances Conroy and writer Jill Soloway) and seventh (writer Bruce Eric Kaplan and director Joshua Marston) episodes, Disc Four's ninth (director Daniel Minahan) and 11th (actors Michael C. Hall and Lauren Ambrose) episodes, as well as on Episode 12 (with Alan Ball) on Disc Five. In addition, Disc Five also includes a two-part 46-minute "Six Feet Under: 2001-2005" featurette, a 28-minute "Life And Loss: The Impact Of Six Feet Under", and a bonus music video from the Six Feet Under: Everything Ends soundtrack. Each disc also has a series index.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): HBO Video
(Catalog Number): 93144
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $99.98
(DVD Type): Five-Disc Set: DVD-9
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 658
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2005
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 03/28/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Rodrigo Garcia, Dan Attias, Jeremy Podeswa, Alan Poul, Daniel Minahan, Mary Harron, Joshua Marston, Matt Shakman, Adam Davidson, Michael Cuesta & Alan Ball
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
For Nate, Ruth, David, and Claire, everyday above ground is a good one at the Fisher & Diaz funeral home. And as they help those along in going Six Feet Under, their own trials and tribulations make for a very entertaining complete fifth season of the acclaimed HBO Series. Season Five includes guest stars Lili Taylor, Catherine O'Hara, Jeremy Sisto, Joanna Cassidy, Patricia Clarkson, and Kathy Bates. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
When evaluating this television series as a whole, the anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVDs offer very pleasing image quality. Sharpness and details are quite satisfying, at times with exceptional texture, although other times appearing slightly smeared. Still, contrast and shadow delineation are well-balanced. Colors are nicely saturated with accurate fleshtones, rich hues, and deep blacks. The picture can have a stylized, slightly desaturated appearance that adds a dreary character that is complementary to the storytelling. Some pixelization and minor edge halos are noticed. (Suzanne Hodges)

Typical of HBO