Blu-ray Review “Mad Men: Season Five”

Starring: Jon Hamm, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Aaron Staton, Christina Hendricks
Director: Matthew Weiner
Rated: Unrated
Studio: Lionsgate
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Run Time: 611 minutes

Season: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 4 out of 5 stars

I have watched “Mad Men” on and off since the first season. Season five is probably the best of the most recent seasons. It comes packed with all the drama, lust, deception and…of course adultery. Jon Hamm is brillant in this series but I am not a big fan of the emotionless January Jones. Of course Christina Hendricks has here favorable traits as well. The series also shows no signs of slowing down since it just received seventeen nominations for the 2012 Emmy Awards Ceremony.  This should keep you busy till season six returns in mid 2013.

Official Synopsis: Season Five of MAD MEN, four-time Emmy® winner for Outstanding Drama Series and winner of three consecutive Golden Globes®, plunges into the seductive and intriguing world of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Jon Hamm and the rest of the award-winning cast continue to mesmerize as they adapt to changing times and social revolution. Lust is back. Adultery is back. Deception is back. MAD MEN is back.

Lionsgate has delivered a nice three-disc Blu-ray set, which presents all thirteen episodes from season five.  They are presented in its original 1.78:1 broadcast aspect ratio with 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio tracks.  The video also looks clear and sharp. From watching this show on television where the picture is only 720p and worse if you Tivo it, it is a real upgrade and makes the period just look so much sharper.

The special features are very impressive as well. There is an amazing 26 commentary tracks with Matthew Weiner and the cast and crew. “Mad Men Say the Darndest Things” look at the best one-liners from the series. “The Uniform Time Act of 1966” is a pictorial timeline that explores the history of Daylight Savings Time. “What Shall I Love If Not the Enigma?” is a look into the life and work of metaphysical artist Giorgio de Chirico. “The Party of the Century” features author Deborah Davis and legendary bandleader Peter Duchin, as we get a glimpse inside Truman Capote’s infamous Black & White Masquerade Ball. “Scoring Mad Men: Inside a Session” is a feature on composer David Carbonarra, orchestrator Geoff Stradling and sound engineer Jim Hill as they hit the recording studio. “Newsweek Magazine Digital Gallery” is collection of Newsweek Magazine covers with news stories from around the world in 1966.


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