Blu-ray Review: Strong Release For Fifth Season of ‘Mad Men’

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CHICAGO – It may feel like the bloom is off the rose a little bit for “Mad Men” as the AMC hit has seen some of its acclaim stolen by other cable hits like “Breaking Bad,” “Homeland,” and “The Walking Dead.” And yet this is still a great show with yet another stellar Blu-ray season release from Lionsgate. Complete with commentaries and interesting special features, this release is in keeping with the stellar first four season releases for this multi-Emmy-Award winner. Blu-ray rating: 4.5/5.0
Rating: 4.5/5.0

For years, I only watched “Mad Men” on Blu-ray since DirecTV didn’t carry AMC in HD and I was simply spoiled. It’s such a beautiful show, with some of the highest production values in the history of TV, why would you watch it in SD? So I’m happy to report that the HD video quality has not suffered. These episodes still look great. And the special features are varied and interesting. I particularly liked a mini-doc on the use of music and original score on the show. These are strong featurettes for what is still one of the best shows on TV.

Mad Men: Season Five was released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 16, 2012
Mad Men: Season Five was released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 16, 2012
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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, social revolution, and a radical world. Lust is back. Adultery is back. Deception is back.

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Special Features:
o Mad Men Say The Darndest Things
o What Shall I Love If Not The Enigma?
o The Party Of The Century
o Scoring Mad Men: Inside A Session
o The Uniform Time Act Of 1966
o Newsweek Magazine Digital Gallery
o Commentaries

“Mad Men: Season Five” stars Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, Jessica Pare, John Slattery, Vincent Kartheiser, and Jared Harris. It was released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 16, 2012. content director Brian Tallerico

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