TITLE: ROSEANNE - THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON (MILL CREEK)
Release Date: September 4, 2012 (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Packaging: Keepcase with paper sleeves
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 25
Running Time: 585 minutes
Running Time of Features: 36 minutes
Audio: English Stereo
Subtitles and Captioning: Closed-captioned
Special Features: Roseanne Answers the Fans Top Questions; Video Commentary (2 episodes)
The domestic goddess is back... again! Roseanne - The Complete Fifth Season is Mill Creek's re-release of the 1992-1993 season of the classic series. In the fifth season, Roseanne and Jackie become business partners, Darlene decides to go to art school, Dan renovates a house, and one of the kids is about to get married!
Dan's bike shop is going out of business in the two-part episode "Terms of Estrangement," but in the middle of it all, somebody else ends up getting married! The electricity is cut off in "The Dark Ages." Jackie has a new boyfriend in "Mommy Nearest," and meanwhile, an unwanted guest could be moving to Lanford permanently. In "Pretty in Black," the Conners torture Darlene into thinking she is having a Sweet Sixteen party. In "Looking for Loans in All the Wrong Places," Roseanne, Jackie, and Nancy need a fourth business partner... and the person they find is less than ideal. It's another Conner Halloween in "Halloween IV." Roseanne and Jackie learn a secret about Nancy in "Ladies' Choice."
Roseanne takes self-defense classes in "Stand on Your Man." In "Good Girls, Bad Girls," Roseanne reluctantly agrees to let Darlene go to a rock concert... except she doesn't return until the crack of dawn. Fisher is helping DJ in his hockey endeavors in "Of Ice and Men." In "No Place Like Home for the Holidays," a snowstorm tears the family apart at Christmas. Meanwhile, Darlene learns that David has an abusive home life. Dan beats up Fisher after learning that he has been abusing Jackie in "Crime and Punishment," so any guesses as to who ends up in jail? The story continues in "War and Peace." Darlene vandalizes the Lunch Box in "Lanford Daze," and she is definitely going to suffer for it. In "Wait Till Your Father Gets Home," Roseanne and Jackie's father dies... but the mistress shows up for the funeral. In "First Cousin, Twice Removed," Roseanne's cousin rolls into town, and it isn't something Roseanne has been looking forward to.
The Conners take a roadtrip in "Lose a Job, Winnebago." In "It's a Boy," the family is growing a bit when David moves in. Dan and Roseanne are preparing for the 20th wedding anniversary in "It Was Twenty Years Ago Today." Roseanne tries to set her mother up with a friend from the retirement home in "Playing With Matches." In "Promises, Promises," David and Darlene go to a motel room after the prom... will anything happen? The family is close to losing their home in "Glengarry, Glen Rosey." Dan accidentally knocks out Roseanne's tooth in "Tooth or Consequences." The season ends with "Daughters and Strangers," where Roseanne and Dan agree to let Darlene go to art school in Chicago.
Guest stars for the season include Loretta Lynn, Morgan Fairchild, Ed Begley, Jr., Bill Maher, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Joan Collins, Chris Farley, and more.
The episodes appear to be unedited, or at the very least, they are the same episodes that we got from Anchor Bay (many here are about two seconds shorter, but Mill Creek tends to shorten up the fades to black a bit more). Runtimes are as follows:
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" (23:30)
5. "Pretty in Black" (23:31)
6. "Looking For Loans In All The Wrong Places" (23:00)
7. "Halloween IV" (23:29)
8. "Ladies Choice" (23:30)
9. "Stand On Your Man" (23:19)
10. "Good Girls, Bad Girls" (23:29)
11. "Of Ice and Men" (23:00)
12. "No Place Like Home For The Holidays" (23:19)
13. "Crime and Punishment" (23:24)
14. "War and Peace" (23:09)
15. "Lanford Daze" (23:30)
16. "Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home" (23:24)
17. "First Cousin, Twice Removed" (23:24)
17. "First Cousin, Twice Removed" (23:24)
18. "Lose A Job, Winnebago" (23:19)
19. "It's A Boy" (23:24)
20. "It Was Twenty Years Ago Today..." (23:31)
21. "Playing With Matches" (23:29)
22. "Promises, Promises" (23:30)
23. "Glengarry, Glen Rosey" (23:29)
24. "Tooth or Consequences" (23:28)
25. "Daughters and Other Strangers" (22:59)
Ohhh Mill Creek and their black paper sleeves! As usual, they used very nicely designed artwork for the packaging. A photo of Darlene and David is front and center on the cover, along with several family photos surrounding them. On the back, there is a thorough description of the season, a list of special features, and a few episode snapshots. But once you get inside... yes, the black paper sleeves! Each disc has artwork similar to the cover art.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The main menu on this set features the quilt from the couch sliding across the screen, as video clips from the episodes pop up on the patches. The theme song plays in the background. The options on the main menu include Play All, Episode Select, and Special Features. Episode Select takes you to a menu where all of the episodes are listed. Photos from the episodes rotate on the right side of the screen. Chapters are placed throughout each episode.
Video and Audio Quality:
We're talking about Roseanne here, and this show never looked that great in the first place. With that being said, the episodes here look about as good as it gets... although Mill Creek could theoretically cut down on the number of episodes per disc. The stereo audio is fine, but just a little low. And each episode is closed-captioned.
The special features are exactly the same as the ones included on Anchor Bay's release. First up are the video commentaries, straight from Roseanne. You'll find these on "Ladies Choice" (12:42) "Lanford Daze" (18:34). As you can see by the runtimes, these episodes aren't exactly full-length episode commentaries, but it isn't a huge deal. Unlike the Anchor Bay release, you'll actually find these commentaries on the discs containing the actual episodes.
On Disc 3, you'll find "Roseanne Answers the Fans Top 10 Questions" (5:14). Basically, fans ask Roseanne 10 questions and, well, she answers them personally. It is pretty straightforward.
There isn't a lot to add here from the previous release, aside from the fact that this is a great opportunity to own these episodes at a great price. I'm really glad that Mill Creek is doing these re-releases, because I missed out on the Anchor Bay ones, plus we've (so far anyway) been getting unedited episodes this time. And of course, it isn't at all uncommon to find this version on store shelves for $10, sometimes even $5. You can't go wrong with this set.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 3.5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 2/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 10/07/12
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