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King of the Hill - The Complete Fifth Season


TITLE: KING OF THE HILL - THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005 (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)
Color
MSRP: $39.98
Number of Discs: 3 (two double-sided, one single-sided)
Number of Episodes: 20
Running Time: 480 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: N/A
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English and Spanish subtitles and audio; closed-captioned
Special Features: None


Introduction:

Man, I tell you what, man, there is another season of King of the Hill on DVD, man, you better get it, man, I tell you what, man. For those that don't speak Boomhauer, all that means is that it is time for another season (the fifth season) of King of the Hill on DVD! Just in time for the holiday season, The Complete Fifth Season of the underrated animated Fox show is coming to DVD! It is full of hours of chicken-fried comedy at a great price.

King of the Hill is one of those shows that have remained pretty consistent throughout the seasons, and the fifth season was no exception. BUT, it seems like the fifth season has a greater share than many other seasons of great episodes. We have everything from Hank deciding who to vote for in the 2000 election to Bill letting a bum live in his house to Hank mooning Ann Richards to Bobby becoming "kidney boy" at the high school. And there is plenty more in between.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The first season begins with "The Perils of Polling," an election episode where Hank decides that he can't possibly vote for George W. Bush because he has a loose handshake. Puberty hits Joseph all of a sudden (and Carl Reiner has a guest voice role) in "I Don't Want to Wait For Our Lives to be Over, I Want to Know Right Now, Will it Be… Sorry. Do Do Doo Do Do, Do Do Doo Do Do, Do Do Doo Do Do, Doo…" Brendan Fraser, Terry Bradshaw, James Brown, and Howie Long can all be heard in "Peggy Makes the Big Leagues." Cotton loses his home in "When Cotton Comes Marching Home." John Ritter has a voice role as the music teacher in "What Makes Bobby Run?" Bill decides to gain attention by setting up "Santa's Village" at his house for the holidays—and for a long time AFTER Christmas is over—in "'Twas the Nut Before Christmas."

Over on Disc 2, Ed Asner has a guest role in "Yankee Hankie," where Hank finds out that he is—GASP—a foreigner, born in New York City! Former Texas governor Ann Richards falls in love with Bill after he moons her in "Hank and the Great Glass Elevator." Snoop Dogg and Renee Zellweger have guest roles when Hank allows a prostitute to live in the Hill home in "Ho Yeah!" Owen Wilson has a guest role in "Luanne, Version 2.0," where Luanne becomes a virgin again. When it is discovered that Bobby is allergic to Ladybird, Hank decides to build a deluxe doghouse—but NOT for Ladybird—in "Hank's Choice."

Finally, over on Disc 3, Robert Stack has a guest role in "The Trouble with Gribbles," where Dale has to make Nancy believe she is ugly so that he can sue the tobacco company to get her a facelift. Hank is experiencing back pain when riding his lawnmower, but discovers the reason for his back pain is the fact that his butt is deteriorating in "Hank's Back Story." The fifth season ends with "Kidney Boy and Hampster Girl: A Love Story," where Bobby pretends to be a high school student after a security guard at the school believes he is a high school student. No Doubt guest stars in this episode.


Packaging:

I really like the artwork that was used for the packaging this time; it has such a "Texas" feel to it. The outer box features a picture (or more appropriately, "drawing") of Hank, Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer with their cowboy hats and beers in their hand. The packaging style is the same as what was used for the past two seasons—slim cases. I really like the artwork on the slim cases this time; it has various pictures of Hank, Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer riding their lawnmowers off into the sunset, a very "Texan" image. On the back of each slim case, there are episode titles and descriptions for each episode on that disc, along with the original air date.

The first two discs are double-sided, and episodes 1-4 are on Disc 1/Side A, episodes 5-8 are on Disc 1/Side B, episodes 9-12 are on Disc 2/Side A, and episodes 13-16 are on Disc 2/Side B. Disc Three is single-sided and contains episodes 17-20. Since Disc 3 is single-sided, it also happens to have disc art—the guys riding their lawnmowers (they sure love their lawnmowers).


Menu Design and Navigation:

The main menus on this set are pretty nice… when you load the disc, you have a main menu with options of Play All, Episode Selection, and Languages. These options are on the bottom of the screen, and on the top part, short clips from each episode on that disc (or specifically that side of the particular disc on the first two discs) play. Play All is self-explanatory, as is Languages (a very basic menu where you can switch to Spanish audio, and select from English or Spanish subtitles). Episode Selection is still a problem with this set in my opinion. Basically, there is a list of episodes on the menu, but when you have highlighted an episode, a description of the episode comes up. This sounds nice, but if you have a slow DVD player (and I do…), it causes a delay while you wait for these descriptions to load. The descriptions can be found on the digipaks, I don't really see a need to have them here as well. On the Episode Selection menus, there is some image from an episode of the show from the fifth season (but not necessarily an episode on that disc). Scene selection does not exist, but there are plenty of chapters placed throughout the episodes.

Disc 1/Side A has a short (30 second) promo when you first load the disc advertising the current season of King of the Hill on Fox, which can easily by bypassed by using the Next button on the remote.


Video and Audio Quality:

I SERIOUSLY can't find much to nitpick about here. The video has a TINY bit of debris on it, but it isn't too bad. The audio is great, very loud and clear, presented in Dolby Digital Surround Sound. The episodes are all closed-captioned, and even further, there are subtitles in both English and Spanish. And even further, there is Spanish audio available, which is of great quality, just like the English track. The episodes all seem to be unedited, running at 23:30 each.


Special Features:

Nothing—sorry! Although not even CLOSE to a "special feature," there is a printed "trivia" thing on the back of the digipak for Disc 3 where you match the quote with who said it, but it is about as challenging as those trivia games that you find on the back of the Fruity Pebbles box…


Final Comments:

For under $30 (on Amazon.com), I suppose this is a decent set, but it would be nice to have at least SOME special features. The first two seasons had special features and kind of decent ones at that—where have they gone for the later seasons?? If you are a fan of the show, you'll definitely want this set—it is basically flawless other than the lack of special features. And by the way, for all of you King of the Hill fans out there, the sixth season will be coming soon—an insert in the DVD set says spring 2006. Considering that the current season is reportedly the final season for the show, it seems likely that the entire series should be released by the end of 2007. If you've never watched the show, you should, it is a pretty good show and not nearly as 'immature" than most other primetime cartoons—perhaps you can watch a rerun on FX or in syndication, or a new one on Fox, and if you like it, you can buy this DVD set or one of the other seasons. So get on out there and buy it. Yeeeeeeeee hawwwww!


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 11/14/2005

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