Suit up for the hilarious Season Five of How I Met Your Mother, the outrageous, Emmy-nominated hit starring Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel, Alyson Hanigan, Josh Radnor and Cobie Smulders! The show's funniest season to date is loaded with hook-ups, break-ups, and the return of Slapsgiving - not to mention the hottest guest stars imaginable, including Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, Amanda Peet and Rachel Bilson. On the dating front, Barney and Robin take their relationship to the next level - before calling it off - and Ted meets the roommate of his future wife in this uproarious, modern-day love story told in reverse.
The rest of the gang uncovers Barney and Robin's clandestine romance in "Definitions." Ted realizes his blind date is the same girl he had a blind date with seven years prior, and they use the opportunity to try to learn what they do wrong on first dates in "Double Date." Robin thinks Barney is cheating on her, but learns he's actually getting "Robin 101" classes from Ted in "Robin 101." When a girl comes home with Ted from MacLaren's, but merely sleeps and leaves, Barney breaks the news that he's been used for a place to crash in "The Sexless Innkeeper." Facing deportation, Robin decides to become a U.S. citizen, but she can't seem to let go of her Canadian heritage in "Duel Citizenship." Kenny Rogers provides the voice of the Kindly Book Narrator. Barney convinces Marshall to stand up to Lily's desire he wash all dirty dishes immediately, getting them into a major fight in "Bagpipes." Ted and Marshall turn to Lily to break up a clearly miserable Barney and Robin after their own plan fails in "Bagpipes." Alan Thicke appears as himself. Barney dusts off his "playbook" to help him back into the dating scene following his breakup with Robin, incensing Lily in the process in "The Playbook."
On Thanksgiving, Barney's on high alert after a slap that must be used by sundown is bequeathed to Ted and Robin by Marshall in "Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap." Chris Elliott guest stars as Mickey Aldrin and Bill Fagerbakke returns as Marvin Eriksen, Sr.. Ted's neighbor Maggie (Joanna Garcia), that he's wanted to date for years, has finally broken up with her boyfriend, putting her back on the market in "The Window." The gang tries to kick the smoking habit in "Last Cigarette Ever." Barney chooses between wearing suits and sleeping with a sexy bartender in "Girls vs. Suits." Stacy Keibler guest stars as Karina, Rachel Bilson plays Cindy and Tim Gunn appears as himself. When Marshall's co-worker Jenkins (Amanda Peet) kisses him, he can't get Lily to believe it happened in "Jenkins." Depressed over their own lousy weeks—Marshall and Lily were outed as toothrush sharers, Ted mistook a student's name for a gag, and a guy won't call Robin for a second date—the rest of the gang cheer Barney on towards a "perfect week": seven girls in seven days with no rejections in "The Perfect Week." Jim Nantz and Nick Swisher appear as themselves. Marshall and Lily set up Ted with one of Barney's discards from his Super Bowl plea for phone calls as a Valentine's Day date in "Rabbit or Duck." The rest of the gang hopes to make Ted realize he's being strung along by a girl named Tiffany (Carrie Underwood), remembering their own similar situations in the process.
Robin consults a self-help guru to help resolve her anger towards Barney and his behavior during their break-up in "Of Course." Jennifer Lopez appears as Anita. Lily's furious when Ted brings a date to her birthday dinner, and a review of her photo album shows all the girls Ted's brought to events because he thought they were "the one" in "Say Cheese." Marshall's mugging leads to Lily thinking a gun will solve her safety worries—and to him trying to come up with a way to stop her in "Zoo or False." Ted's repulsed by how erotically his mother's fiancé talks about her, and their wedding spurs him to take drastic action in "Home Wreckers." A weekend away having to sleep in twin beds makes Marshall and Lily realize they might help their home life in "Twin Beds." Crashing a snobby high-society party allows Ted to show off how pretentiously intellectual he can be, while Marshall and Lily's baby talk and Robin being off with Don leaves Barney worrying for the future of the gang in "Robots vs. Wrestlers." Peter Bogdanovich, Will Shortz and Arianna Huffington appear as themselves. Ted, while awaiting the inevitable discovery of what emotional baggage his new girlfriend surely carries, discovers the movie he's taken her to see is based on his relationship with Stella—but with him as the bad guy in "The Wedding Bride." Judy Greer guest stars as Royce, Chris Kattan appears as Jed and Malin Ackerman plays Movie Stella. Lily and Marshall seem to keep seeing Barney's doppelgänger, their agreed upon sign to try to get pregnant in "Doppelgangers." Episode summaries courtesy of TV.com .
All of the episodes have running times of 20-21 minutes. There were a number of songs that were replaced on the Seasons 1-2 releases, but it seems like it was less of an issue on Season 3-4. Season 5 didn't have as many songs used as the previous seasons, so hopefully it won't be a major problem. See this thread for a list of the music used on the original CBS broadcasts. Here is the breakdown by disc, including the exact runtimes:
Double Date (21:38)
Robin 101 (21:37)
The Sexless Innkeeper (21:23)
Duel Citizenship (21:36)
The Rough Patch (21:37)
The Playbook (21:22)
Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap (21:33)
Last Cigarette Ever (21:26)
The Window (21:36)
Girls vs. Suits (21:36)
The Perfect Week (21:36)
Rabbit or Duck (21:23)
Of Course (21:31)
Say Cheese (21:36)
Zoo or False (21:34)
Home Wreckers (21:33)
Twin Beds (21:36)
Robots vs. Wrestlers (21:36)
The Wedding Bride (20:59)
The 3-disc set contains all 24 episodes from the fifth season (2009-10). This release is titled "The Suited Up Edition." The packaging is similar to the fourth season release. It comes in a clear plastic Amaray movie-style case. The cast is in featured in top hats and Ted is holding a yellow umbrella, with the sky and clouds in the background. A photo of the cast dancing on the street is on the back of the case, as well as four smaller photos from the episodes, including one of guest star Carrie Underwood. A synopsis of the set, a listing of the special features and the DVD specs are provided. Inside the case, the episode titles and special features are listed by disc. Various items that are referenced in the show are in the background, including cigarettes, The Playbook, bagpipes and a pig. Unfortunately, episode summaries aren't provided anywhere and there is no episode booklet included.
The discs have the show logo in yellow and have a clouds background like the rest of the packaging. Disc 1 has a top hat and holds episodes 1-8. Disc 2 has a yellow umbrella nad holds episodes 9-16. Disc 3 has a bow tie and rounds out the set with episodes 17-24. A sheet that promotes How I Met Your Mother in syndication 5 times a week and best-selling author Barney Stinson's latest book, The Playbook: Suit up. Score chicks. Be awesome. (due out Ocotber 5th).
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus are colorful and easy to navigate. They open with a series of video clips in rotating boxes, while some instrumental music (including a remixed portion of the theme) is played in the background. The menu loops after about 55 seconds. Each disc has
a different cue and set of video clips. Options are available for "Episode Selection," "Lanaguage Selection," and "Special Features." A colored dot is next to the option you highlight that a different color upon your selection. The Episode Selection features a different cue and has the episode titles listed vertically in white. A Play All button is available here. Various photos of the cast are on each disc. You can choose the language and audio and turn on the subtitles on the Language Selection menu. These menus feature various photos of the cast on each disc. The Special Features menu have more photos of the cast that vary by disc and has the same music as the Language Selection menu. Chapter stops are placed at the appropriate places.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video and audio quality is excellent, as usual. The episodes are presented in their original widescreen 1.78:1 format and in their broadcast order. With these episodes just airing last season, they look great. How I Met Your Mother is shot with four cameras and no studio audience (although they did film "Hooked" in front of members of the Television Critics Association). This allows them to use many different sets and to edit together many different scenes. The episodes are designed to look like mini-movies. With minimal outdoor scenes, the lighting is important on the sets. The episodes always look well lit to set the mood and have excellent camera work. For the closing logo enthusiasts, there is the Carter * Bays - Muttnik stamp logo, followed by one for 20th Century Fox.
The audio is presented in a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround track. The volume is at
a good level and the dialogue is easy to understand. They don't use a "canned" laugh track.
The scenes are shot without a studio audience. Then they are edited together and shown
to an audience for their responses. Closed captioning is available for all of the episodes.
Subtitles are offered in English for the deaf and hard of hearing, Spanish, French and Mandarin. Special Features are not rated or closed
The How I Met Your Mother DVD releases always have quite a few special features. Season Five is no exception. This time we have 3 cast & crew audio commentaries (down from 4 last season), bloopers, 3 music videos, The Making of the "Super Date" video, an extended version of "The Wedding Bride" trailer, a behind the scenes of the 100th episode featurette and a series recap video. Here is the breakdown by disc:
Commentary on "Duel Citizenship" with Cobie Smulders and Writer Chuck Tatham - Cobie and Chuck are both originally from Canada. They talk about the idea for the episode, Kenny Rogers as the narrator, curling, a deleted scene, Tim Horton's and other Canadian and production trivia. Cobie was very cute in the Vancouver Canucks jersey, my favorite hockey team.
Commentary on "Girls vs. Suits" with Co-Creator Craig Thomas, Director Pam Fryman and Neil Patrick Harris - This was the 100th episode of the series. They talk about guest star Rachel Bilson, Stacy Keibler, rehearsing the musical number, and other fun facts about the episode.
Commentary on "The Perfect Week" with Writer Craig Gerard, Writer Matt Zinman and Co-Producer Joe Kelly - They talk about guest star Jim Nantz, their history on the show, guest star Nick Swisher, and other trivia facts about the episode.
Bloopers (8:56) - Some excellent quality bloopers from the fifth season. A musical montage of bloopers is included for the last 2 minutes. You can tell the cast has a great time working together.
Music Videos (7:02)
Super Date (2:25) - from the episode Of Course
Nothing Suits Me Like A Suit (3:05) - from the Girls vs. Suits 100th episode
Best Night Ever (1:38) - Marshall featuring Nuno Bettencourt
Making of Super Date (2:28) - Some behind the scenes footage of the making of the video.
Wedding Bride Trailer - Extended Version (2:06) - Malin Ackerman, Chris Kattan and Jason Lewis are featured in this extended trailer.
Behind the Scenes of the 100th Episode (8:37) - This featurette is on the making of the 100th episode.
It's divided into several sections: How I Almost Met Your Mother, How I Met Tim Gunn, and How I Met a Musical. Lots of behind the scenes footage is shown and there are short interviews with the cast and crew. They show part of the table read, the cast singing in a recording studio, Barney's scene with Tim Gunn, and the choreography of the music video with Zach Woodlee.
Series Recap (2:41) - A music video with various clips from seasons 1-5. Very well done and edited together. A credit is given for special thanks to Tally Deushane for her song "Daughter's Lament."
It's hard to believe that the show has completed five seasons already. They filmed their 100th episode this season. That's quite an accomplishment these days. Fewer shows are making it to that milestone. They struggled a bit in the ratings the first couple of seasons and were in danger of being canceled, but CBS had faith in it and the show has developed into a solid hit. They have a huge syndication deal now and the show can be seen on Lifetime, WGN America, and in local markets.
Season five wasn't quite as strong as the earlier seasons, but they still had a number of memorable moments and notable guest stars. The show remains fresh and funny and I like how they reference past episodes and events. This release is another good one, with the usual amount and variety of special features. It's a little disappointing that there are fewer audio commentaries than on previous seasons. Unfortunately, it appears they won't be releasing the fifth season on Blu-ray like they did for the fourth season. I guess the sales were just not there for Blu-ray releases at this time. They should definitely re-release the first season in the proper widescreen format at some point. Will season six finally be when we learn who the mother is? Tune in on Monday nights at 8PM ET/PT on CBS.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 3.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by Todd Fuller
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