Cast: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder
Release Date: Own It Today On Blu-ray™ Combo & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 10/10
The vampire brothers Damon and Stefan Salvatore, eternal adolescents, having been leading ‘normal’ lives, hiding their bloodthirsty condition, for centuries, moving on before their non-aging is noticed. They are back in the Virginia town where they became vampires. Stefan is noble, denying himself blood to avoid killing, and tries to control his evil brother Damon. Stefan falls in love with schoolgirl Elena, whose best friend is a witch, like her grandma.
Warning: This review contains heavy spoilers from Season Four and some minor spoilers from Season Five!!
‘The Vampire Diaries’ returns with its fifth season, a season which also marks the show reaching its one hundredth episode (season five episode eleven) and it delivers all of the fun, intense and enjoyably evil fun that fans love about the series. The fifth season picks up following the events of the fourth season; Elena is now with Damon and has just enjoyed a truly wonderful summer which is a pretty rare treat these days with all of the chaos occurring in their daily lives.
Meanwhile, Stefan has been trapped under water in a safe and replaced by his doppelganger (or shadow self if you will) Silas although many haven’t seemed to notice this fact. While Stefan struggles to keep his feelings and emotions intact, he starts to question his friends’ feelings for him as time moves on and he remains trapped, having expected them to arrive and free him from this prison yet is instead freed from someone he didn’t expect. Soon he himself is thrust unwittingly into the sadistic games revolving around his family, friends, Silas and elements of Silas’ past that have surfaced. Naturally I’m not going to give too much away, so let’s just say this is merely where things really get started and a whole lot more dastardly and exciting fun expands from there throughout the season as Elena and the rest move onto the next step in their life with college. But wherever they go, danger never seems to be too far away.
The fifth season of the hit series ‘The Vampire Diaries’ arrives home on Blu-Ray and DVD with phenomenal high definition video presentations and impressive lossless multichannel soundtracks on all 22 episodes of the season. In addition to the impressive video and audio presentations, this nice box set contains a number of extras such as unaired/deleted scenes and more (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below) that fans definitely won’t want to miss out on. They will definitely want to make sure and pick up a copy of the Blu-Ray release to add to their collection in order to relive all of the excitement of season five before the series returns with its sixth season on The CW this October.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Fifth Season’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the fifth seasons episodes. The video looks great overall; the colors, shapes, backgrounds and all other aspects look as good as fans could hope, easily far superior to the HD broadcasts in which they were originally aired. Even the numerous fast moving moments on the series all play out smoothly, with no notable faults to be found within from my end on these high definition video presentations.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 22 Season Five episodes. As far as soundtracks created for television, these lossless multichannel audio tracks sound pretty fantastic, frequently taking full advantage of all five channels, often hitting hard with the bass as well, while never causing the dialogue to become inaudible at any point. These are very solid DTS-HD MA soundtracks that really add a lot of fun to the overall experience of the series and they should leave fans and fellow audiophiles alike very satisfied.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Fifth Season’ includes a number of entertaining and informative extras. Included on the release are Unaired (or deleted) Scenes for a number of the episodes; ‘Second Bite: Gag Reel’ and four new featurettes. The featurettes include: ‘2013 Comic-Con Panel’ ‘I Know What You Did… In The Last 100 Episodes’ ‘The Vampire Diaries: To The Other Side’ and ‘A Day In The Afterlife With Kat Graham’. There’s definitely a nice collection of extras here for the fans to enjoy after watching (or re-watching) the season in this stunning Blu-Ray quality.
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