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The Wire: Complete Season 5 Box Set (4 Discs) (HBO)

Released on 22 September 2008

Featuring: Dominic West, John Doman & Wendell Pierce

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years & over

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In chronicling a multi-generational family business dealing illegal drugs and the efforts of the Baltimore police to curb their trade, this series draws parallels between these organizations and the men and women on either side of the battle. Drawing similarities between those people who society champion as respectable and law-abiding and those dismissed as thugs, this series sets out to change this viewpoint by showing how criminogenic and unrespectable the articulate, political and respected can be, especially in American political-economic life, and how innocent and decent those from poor, poverty-wracked slums can be. The distinctions between the corporate world and organised crime are shown to have very little relevance.

Episodes Comprise:

1. More With Less
2. Unconfirmed Reports
3. Not For Attribution
4. Transitions
5. Reaction Quotes
6. The Dickensian Aspect
7. Took
8. Clarifications
9. Late Editions
10. -30-
  • Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By purchasing this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age and over.

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 The Press

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The final part in David Simon's Baltimore Saga, this is perhaps the most compelling season of the collection. Just as the other series focussed on one particular thread of Baltimore's network; The Dealers; The Docks; A New Generation; The School System; this season takes on the perspective of the media, and how the press reflects the crime on the streets. The performances are (as always) stand-out, with McNulty and Freeman really blurring the lines with what is acceptable police procedure.
The street thugs and hoods are compelling, and the season offers a myriad of twists and turns to round off the best crime series ever made. Echoes of past plotlines, and glimpses of new ones allow the viewer once again to become totally absorbed in Baltimore, and i will be not be alone when i say that the final episode feels like the end of an era (albeit a bloody and gritty one), and the melancholy final montage makes you realise that you no longer have any stones left untruned in Baltimore. A great series, and a superb season. The only word to describe it's end, would be to use Clay Davis' token phrase, "Sh-eee-iiii.........."

 C'mon, the box are getting worse!

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Series is GREAT, but the boxes of the series keep getting worse.
The format is different again and the fouth one already had a mediocre picture on the front.
The first two were quite good, third not so good but at least same format...and now look at this.
Oh man, the nerd in me is cutting his wrists :D

 Take that Wire!!!

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No Dutch subtitles? That's 3 out of 5 for you then! Let's see you recover from that! Ha!

 The Wire Recovers 5 stars baby

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Even though there are probably no Dutch subtitles this shouldn't put you off. This is the best TV series for years and I've never watched with Dutch subs on - ever. I can't even say that I would ever want to watch with Dutch subs on. Pre order and be happy and if you have to learn the Queens English.

 A Fitting Conclusion to a Truly Great Drama Series

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As with previous years this new season of The Wire sees a shift in focus and this time around it is the role of the press. To be completely honest this new focus is never quite as interesting as the look at the school system from Season Four but the brilliant writing and superb performances continue to make The Wire unmissable viewing throughout these final ten episodes. By the time it reaches its fitting conclusion most viewers will realise they are seeing the end of something special.

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ActorsDominic West, John Doman, Wendell Pierce, Lance Reddick, Deirdre Lovejoy, Sonja Sohn, Domenick Lombardozzi, Seth Gilliam & Clarke Peters
Certificate18 years and over
ScreenFullscreen 4:3
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Additional LanguagesFrench
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired ; English ; French ; Dutch ; Danish ; Greek ; Finnish ; Hungarian ; Norwegian ; Portuguese ; Swedish
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.