Blu-ray Review: Fifth, Final Season of Beloved ‘Chuck’

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CHICAGO – If television shows were deemed a success or failure based on the number of emails, comments, and call-ins to radio shows that were sent on their behalf, NBC’s “Chuck” would be one of the biggest programs of the last two decades. Every time we wrote about it or discussed it on the radio show, people got excited. The show didn’t have many fans, but they were LOYAL and that’s why it stayed on the air much longer than it should have based on pure ratings numbers and that’s why WB has treated fans right through five Blu-ray releases.

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 3.5/5.0
Rating: 3.5/5.0

The fifth and final season of “Chuck” gave the creators and fans a chance to say goodbye. The program itself had trouble finding its identity after the second season, in my opinion, but the strong ensemble still delivered some entertaining goods. And the special features on the Blu-ray (which also features typically-strong transfers from WB) are extensive and impressive. It’s not often one sees a half-season of a low-rated show given commentaries, deleted scenes, and this many special features. Then again, there weren’t many low-rated shows like “Chuck.”

Chuck: The Complete Fifth and Final Season
Chuck: The Complete Fifth and Final Season
Photo credit: WB

Synopsis:
Chuck is back with new missions, a new business — and no Intersect. The stakes are high as Chuck sets out to become a full-fledged spy. But without the CIA as backup, Chuck will have to rely now more than ever on John Casey, Sarah Walker, and a new Intersect — Morgan Guillermo Grimes. Across all 13 episodes of this thrilling final season, Chuck will find that his wits, his friends, and his family are the only backup he needs.

Special Features:
o Sandwiches And Superfans: The Saving Of A Show - A Tribute To The World’s Greatest Fans
o Chuck Versus The Final Episode - An Emotional Visit Behind The Scenes
o Scoring The World Of Chuck - The Mind Behind The Music
o Chuck: The Beginnings - The Flash That Launched a Hit Show
o Chuck: Through The Years - The Journey From Nerd To Spy
o Goodbye, Buy More - Time-Lapse Teardown Of The Set
o Exclusive Buy More Commercials
o Extended Version Of Series Finale
o Chuck: The Future - Cast and Producers’ Predictions
o Commentaries On Final 2 Episodes With Executive Producers and Actors
o Declassified Scenes
o Gag Reel

“Chuck: The Complete Fifth and Final Season” was released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 8, 2012.

HollywoodChicago.com content director Brian Tallerico

By BRIAN TALLERICO
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brian@hollywoodchicago.com

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