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“Dawson’s Creek: The Complete 5th Season“
Reviewed by: Wayne A. Klein
Genre: Drama
Video: 1.33:1 Full screen
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0
Languages English
Subtitles English, Portuguese, Spanish
Length 986 minutes
Rating NR
Release Date 5/3/05
Studio Columbia-Tristar Home Entertainment
Commentary: None
Documentaries: None
Featurettes: None
Filmography/Biography: None
Interviews: None
Trailers/TV Spots: Trailers
Alternate/Deleted Scenes: None
Music Video: None
Other: None
Cast and Crew: James Van Der Beek,Joshua Jackson,Michelle Williams,Katie Holmes
Written By: Jeffrey Stepakoff, Nicole Ranadive
Produced By: Kevin Williamson
Directed By: Robert Duncan McNeill, Bethany Rooney
Music: Jan Arden (Theme for season 5)
The Review:

The kids of “Dawson’s Creek” have grown up and are all attending college in other cities. Dawson attends film school in Los Angeles while most of his friends end up in Boston. This, ultimately, convinces him to go to Boston to be with his friend. This was the next to last season for the series and fatigue had already begun to creep into the storylines. While the location change initially invigorated the series, “Dawson’s Creek” quickly lost much of its momentum during season five. ---

Image and Sound: With six episodes per disc, there’s considerable compression issues in many scenes. There’s also quite a bit of dirt noticeable in some of the episodes as well. While the image quality isn’t horrible packing 6 episodes per single sided disc doesn’t make sense in this day. The Dolby Digital Surround format gets some nice use here although the rear speakers are primarily devoted to sound effects while the main speakers were primarily devoted to the music (with dialog in the center speaker). The dialog is crisp and clear. A caution to fans of the original series; much of the music here has been replaced due to licensing issues and some scenes were trimmed for the same reason.
The Extras:

Bare bones perfectly describes the extras for this set. We do get trailers for some upcoming Columbia-Tristar releases including “Bewitched” and “The Partridge Family” . ---

Commentary: No commentary tracks for any of the episodes included here which is a bit disappointing.
Final Words: Columbia has opted to go with a bare bones approach for the fifth season of “Dawson’s Creek”. While the sound is fine, the image quality is so-so due to the amount of episodes per single sided disc. Additionally, at least one episode has been trimmed for music licensing reasons and many songs replaced for the DVD boxed set. We get no extras (I wouldn’t call promo trailers extras) to speak of nor do we get any commentary tracks. After the deluxe treatment accorded “The Partridge Family” and other Columbia-Tristar titles, I’m a bit surprised and disappointed that this set doesn’t offer more for fans of the series.


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