Cast: Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, Joelle Carter
Release Date: Now Available On Blu-ray™ & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 10/10
U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is a modern day 19th century-style lawman, enforcing his brand of justice in a way that puts a target on his back with criminals and places him at odds with his bosses in the Marshal service. That conflict results in a reassignment for Givens to the U.S. District covering the town where he grew up. He is an anachronism – a tough, soft spoken gentleman who finds his quarry fascinating, but never gives an inch. Dig under his placid skin and you’ll find an angry man who grew up hard in rural Kentucky, with an outlaw father, who knows a lot more about who he doesn’t want to be than who he really is.
The fifth season of ‘Justified’ brings things to a new level of intensity and mayhem, as even before the official announcement that the sixth season would be the show’s last, it was starting to become quite apparent that things were heading towards an end game. By the end of the fifth season there is no question of the matter whatsoever. While I won’t go into details regarding how this season wraps out of courtesy for those who might not yet have finished or seen the season in its entirety, I will simply say that a lot of elements that imply the end of the road nearing are certainly presented.
This season also ups the ante on the action as well as the body count as things start to build to a boiling point on all ends, with Rayan and his fellow Marshall’s in more heat than ever before, to Boyd surrounded by enemies on all sides and Eva in prison with no release currently in sight. As if that wasn’t enough already, a whole group of new Crowe’s from Florida appear, led by the dangerous and motivated Daryl Crowe Jr. (portrayed by Michael Rapaport) whose arrival in town results in a whole new mass of trouble on all ends, both legit and criminal. In addition to Michael Rapaport, Season Five also includes guest star roles by Alicia Witt, Mary Steenburgen and more and is definitely not a season to be missed.
The penultimate season of the award winning and just overall fantastic series ‘Justified’ has finally arrived home on Blu-Ray and DVD just in time for fans to relive every intense, emotional and bloody moment of the season before the sixth and final season of the series begins its run on FX beginning Tuesday, January 20th. Fans of the series will definitely want to make sure to pick up a copy of ‘Justified: The Complete Fifth Season’ on Blu-Ray. The Blu-Ray release provides stunning high definition video and audio presentations which are easily the best video and audio experience available for the series and it also includes an impressive collection of bonus content including Behind The Scenes Featurette’s, Deleted Scenes and a whole lot more (detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below) making this an absolute must own for fellow fans of this truly marvelous piece of Television.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Justified: 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 presentation looks phenomenal as always, Sony once again delivering very impressive high definition video presentations on all of the seasons episodes, easily on par with the previous four Blu-Ray season releases of the series. The color is sharp, the picture smooth and detailed, with no noticeable faults could be found within on my end; far superior to the initial HD broadcasts of the episodes when aired. Fans should once again be more than pleased with the solid video quality on this Blu-Ray release of Season Five.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 13 Season Five episodes. These lossless soundtracks are incredibly solid overall and bring a real discrete crispness you just can’t compare to with the lossy soundtracks available on DVD and with the initial Television airing of the episodes. All five channels are often taken advantage of during the more action oriented sequences and everything sounds incredibly solid as a whole, the dialogue easily discernible at all times and never rendered inaudible by other activity, even during the more frenetic moments. As with the video presentation, these DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtracks are top notch and should leave the fans very satisfied.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Justified: The Complete Fifth Season’ includes a number of entertaining and worthwhile bonus goodies. The Blu-Ray release includes Commentaries and Deleted Scenes on a number of episodes, as well as ‘The Big House: Prison Set Tour’ which takes you for a detailed visit inside the prison set used for the season. Also included are a number of enjoyable and informative featurette’s for the series ranging anywhere from approximately 5 minutes to 30 minutes or more. The numerous featurette’s include: ‘Season of the Crowe: Making Season Five’; ‘Getting the Shot’; ‘The Coolest Guy in the Room: A Tribute to Elmore Leonard’; ‘King Lear’; ‘Raylan Givens: Two Roads Diverge’ and ‘Writer’s Diary: A Week of Starvation.’ Also included is ‘The Onion Eulogizes Elmore Leonard’ which features Patton Oswalt doing a hilarious and very Onion style tribute to Leonard, as well as ‘The Wall of Death: Season Five Body Count.’
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Disc Rating: 10/10
Own ‘Justified: The Complete Fifth Season’ today on Blu-ray™ & DVD from FX & Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.