TITLE: ROSEANNE - THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON
DVD Release Date: September 12, 2006 (Anchor Bay Home Entertainment)
Color / 1992-93
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 25
Running Time: 575 minutes
Special Features Running Time: approx. 5 minutes (not
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; No
subtitles; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: Roseanne answers the Top 10
questions by her fans; video commentaries with
Season Five -- one of the greatest seasons yet -- of
ROSEANNE aired on ABC from 1992-93. The half hour
sitcom stars Roseanne Arnold, who won an Emmy for this
season, stars as Roseanne Connor, who this season
opens up the Lanford Lunch Box. John Goodman plays her
temperamental but loving husband Dan, who this season
loses his bike shop and goes back into dry-walling.
Laurie Metcalf, who also won an Emmy for this season,
stars as Jackie Harris, Roseanne's sister, who this
season falls for a much younger man and goes into
business with Roseanne. Lecy Goranson portrays Becky
Connor-Healy, who at the start of the season marries
her long-time boyfriend Mark in an act of rebellion.
Sara Gilbert stars as Darlene Connor, the middle
child, who this season celebrates her sixteenth
birthday. And Michael Fishman stars as DJ Connor, the
youngest child, who plays off everyone with his
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
Some memorable episodes include: "Terms of
Estrangement" Parts 1 and 2 in which Becky marries
Mark and moves away and Dan loses the bike shop.
"Mommy Nearest" in which Bev gives Roseanne and Jackie
$10,000 and announces she is moving to Lanford.
"Pretty In Black" in which Roseanne throws Darlene a
Sweet 16 party. "Halloween IV" in which the ghosts of
Halloween's past, present and future visit a depressed
Roseanne. "Ladie's Choice" is the one in which Nancy
comes out as a lesbian. "Stand by Your Man" in which
Arnie returns to town to find out Nancy's gay. "Good
Girls, Bad Girls" in which Darlene's new friend Molly
strands her in a parking lot at a concert. "Crime and
Punishment" and "War and Peace", a 2 part episode in
which Dan lands in jail after beating up Jackie's
boyfriend, Fisher, who beat up on her. "Daughters and
Other Strangers" is the one in which, in the Season 5
finale, Roseanne and Dan decide on letting Darlene go
to school in Chicago.
Memorable guest stars this season include Tom Arnold
("Arnie"), Sandra Bernhard ("Nancy"), Estelle Parsons
("Bev"), Glenn Quinn ("Mark"), Johnny Galecki
("David"), Martin Mull ("Leon), Natalie West
("Crystal), Danielle Harris ("Molly"), Matt Roth
("Fisher"), Wings Hauser ("Ty Tilden"), Morgan Fairchild ("Marla"), Loretta Lynn,
Bill Maher, Shelly Winters, Ed Begley Jr., Blake
Clark, Red Buttons, Sally Kirkland, Tim Curry, Joseph
Gordon-Levitt and Joan Collins.
As usual, the box is exactly the same as the past four
releases. It's green in color and has rays (like the
sun). A large cutout of Dan and Roseanne is on the
cover (and again; it doesn't appear to be a Season 5
picture). Although, there is an insert with the box
that showcases all five seasons of Roseanne (along
with 3rd Rock from The Sun and Grounded For Life) and
the coloring for Season 5 is ORANGE and features a
totally different picture (which looks to be from
Season 5). It's strange. It's even stranger when you
read the menu design section. The set is slip sleeve.
The first case holds Discs 1 and 2. Disc One contains
episodes 1-6 and features a picture of Roseanne. Disc
2 contains episodes 7-12 and features a picture of
Dan. The second case holds Discs 3 and 4. Disc 4
contains episodes 13-19 and features a picture of
Jackie while Disc 4 contains episodes 20-25 as well as
all of the bonus features available on the set and
features a picture of the family, minus Jackie.
Menu Design and Navigation:
So you read my packaging description; here's what's
strange about the menu. The menu typically resembles
the box art (the colors, picture) but in this case,
the menu color is ORANGE, when it should be Green. So
either Anchor Bay was going to go with Orange, and
went with Green, or there's a different copy in
stores. It's confusing. Not too big of a deal, but
since I'm not crazy about the green color OR the fuzzy
cover picture, it's a bit annoying. I digress. The
menu features a "Play All" option and an "Episodes"
selection, which lists the episodes and you select the
one you want. When you select an episode it takes you
to a sub-menu that allows you to play the episode, or
select the language or subtitles, or optional
commentary. On Disc 4 there is an "Extras" selection
which lists the bonus features. The main menu has the
theme looping in the background.
Video and Audio Quality:
Each season the video quality seems to be getting
better and better. All of the episodes are in great
condition with bright and vibrant colors. The audio is
fine as well, so nothing to be concerned with there.
There are chapter skips available and each episode
runs around 23 minutes.
1- Terms of Estrangement, Part 1 (23:31)
2- Terms of Estrangement, Part 2 (23:31)
3- The Dark Ages (23:30)
4- Mommy Nearest (23:32)
5- Pretty in Black (23:31)
6- Looking For Loans In All The Wrong Places (23:00)
7- Halloween IV (23:32)
8- Ladie's Choice (23:31)
9- Stand On Your Man (23:21)
10 - Good Girls, Bad Girls (23:31)
11 - Of Ice and Men (23:01)
12 - No Place Like Home For The Holidays (23:21)
13- Crime and Punishment, Part 1 (23:26)
14- War and Peace, Part 2 (23:11)
15- Lanford Daze (23:32)
16- Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home (23:26)
17- First Cousin, Twice Removed (23:26)
18- Lose A Job, Winnebago (23:21)
19- It's A Boy (23:26)
20- It Was Twenty Years Ago Today... (23:33)
21- Playing With Matches (23:31)
22- Promises, Promises (23:32)
23- Glengarry, Glen Rosey (23:31)
24- Tooth or Consequences (23:30)
25- Daughters and Other Strangers (23:01)
- "Commentary by Roseanne"
Once again there is commentary by Roseanne on the
following episodes "Ladie's Choice" and "Lanford
* On a side note, for the video commentary (on those
episodes), you need to go on Disc 4, select "Extras"
and then select the episodes that way.
- "Roseanne Answers the Fans Top 10 Questions"
(approx. 5 minutes)
This is a nice little interview with Roseanne in which
-- as it says -- she answers her fans top 10
questions. I'd tell you them but ... I won't, so go
out and buy the set!
As usual, Anchor Bay does a great job with this set.
The commentary as always is fantastic and for those
who read my reviews know that I love commentary. The
only strange part about the set is the different cover
art (orange vs. green). I'm sure we'll have an answer
about it for all of you soon. Other than that,
everything about the set is great. So ... go out and
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 3.5/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 09/28/06
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