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The A-Team - Season Five


TITLE: THE A-TEAM - SEASON FIVE


Info:

DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006 (Universal Home Video)
Color/1986-87
MSRP: $49.98
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 13
Running Time: approx. 10 hours and 22 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 11 minutes
Audio: English
Subtitles: English SDH; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: “Rumors of Soldiers of Fortune”


Introduction:

I love it when the final season DVD set comes together! Mr. T and the rest of the team are back for one final time again with more great adventures in the fifth and final season of The A-Team on DVD from Universal Home Video. With a new more hip ‘80s opening theme! All 13 action-packed episodes of the final season are all here as B.A. (Mr. T), Hannibal (George Peppard), Face (Dirk Benedict), and Murdock (Dwight Schultz) confront their greatest challenges yet when the mysterious General Stockwell (Robert Vaughn) joins them to battle bad guys that include hit-men, hijackers, and mercenary monks. Also joining the cast this season is Frankie “Dishpan” Santana (Eddie Velez).


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The last season only had 13 episodes. The first three episodes was a 3-part episode that originally aired in three straight weeks, known as the Court Martial episode. This episode certainly changed the look and feel of The A-Team. Some didn’t mind the change, some hated it. See for yourself. So, the memorable episodes include three three-part Court Martial episode: “Dishpan Man,” where they are blackmailed by retired General Stockwell, who kidnaps Hannibal and threatens to have him prosecuted if the A-Team fails to secure the release of hostages held on a plane in Spain; “Trial by Fire,” where The A-Team's court martial begins where they are accused for the death of Colonel Samuel Morrison and robbing the National Bank of Hanoi, strangely Murdock isn't accused of being part of the A-Team; and “Firing Line,” where General Stockwell interferes with the plans of Murdock and Frankie to free the rest of the A-Team before the Army can execute them by a firing squad. Other notable episodes this season: “The Say U.N.C.L.E. Affair,” where Stockwell is kidnapped by his former partner who has "gone bad" and the A-Team has 18 hours to find him or forever lose any chances of securing a pardon - something they all still hope for; “Point of No Return,” in which Stockwell refuses to allow the A-Team to go after Hannibal when he fails to check in while on a solo mission in hostile territory of Hong Kong but the rest of the Team goes anyway; and the final episode “Without Reservations,” where Frankie and Face visit Murdock (strangely completely sane) at his job in a restaurant, and all three become hostages of mobsters out to kill a patron, the US Attorney General, Hannibal and B.A. have to save the others, but things heat up when Face is shot and needs immediate medical attention.

Memorable guests for this season include Lance LeGault as Col. Decker (“Trial by Fire”), Joe Namath (“Quarterback Sneak”), and Rosalind Chao (“Point of No Return”).


Packaging:

Like the last three sets, we got a box with three slim cases. I personally think this is great packaging and better than the digipak from season one. The box art has a shot of the new cast with Stockwell, B.A., Face, Murdock, Hannibal and Frankie. The logo and season five mention is beneath the picture, in an army green. The top has the saying “The Final Season.” The back of the box has a synopsis of the show and the set itself, with a box indicating the extras. There are photos as well of all six main characters this season and also the van. The set has a color scheme of army green and black. The three slim cases have the same cover as the box art. The back of all three cases has episode info for each disc. Episode title and a brief synopsis are provided in an A-Team style font! When we open the cases, we get the discs, but surrounding that is just plain white color. They should have done something better than that. The discs are single sided this time! Each disc has the A-Team logo and season five mention in army green and black. One other note: There is also an enclosed insert when you open the first case for other Great TV DVDs from Universal, like Munsters and Columbo.

Disc one has episodes 1-4 and the bonus feature. Disc two has episodes 5-9 and Disc three has episodes 10-13.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu screen is similar to the first four sets. For disc one only, they have trailers that automatically play. You can fast forward or skip the chapter at any time, though. In case you want to watch, you’ll see previews for Magnum P.I. Season 5, Knight Rider Season 4 and A-Team Season 5; Simon & Simon DVD; SNL; and Murder She Wrote DVDs. The menu screen starts with bullets shooting at the A-Team logo, and then various clips from episodes are playing with the catchy new theme song in the background. The options for this set are: Play All, Episode Index, Bonus Material, Subtitles, and Sneak Peeks. Sneak Peeks is only on disc one and has different DVD trailers than the ones that auto play before disc one. Trailers such as The Office, The Munsters and Sleuth TV. Yes, “Bonus Materials” is on each disc, though the bonus material is all on disc 1. When selecting Episode Index for The A-Team, you get to a screen of episodes, with a screenshot from the episode. When selecting the episode it automatically goes to the episode. When you select Subtitles, you can turn on closed captioning or have subtitles in English SDH.


Video and Audio Quality:

Like the previous sets, the video is again marvelously crystal clear. The audio again is in mono, but it sounds good, especially when that NEW opening theme is playing! There are no brief episode highlights this season it seems. I guess there wasn’t any originally. Each episode is about 47-49 minutes or so, counting the opening & closing credits. There are chapters on this set as well. There are about 4 chapters or so. Like the last set, no mentions on the box this time about music missing.

Here are the episode runtimes:

Disc one
1. “Dishpan Man” 48:05
2. “Trial by Fire” 47:37
3. “Firing Line” 48:35
4. “Quarterback Sneak” 48:20

Disc two
5. “The Theory of Revolution” 46:48
6. “The Say U.N.C.L.E. Affair” 47:28
7. “Alive at Five” 47:50
8. “Family Reunion” 48:19
9. “Point of No Return” 47:21

Disc three
10. “The Crystal Skull” 47:25
11. “The Spy Who Mugged Me” 48:28
12. “The Grey Team” 47:05
13. “Without Reservations” 47:32


Special Features:

Season one had no bonus material. Season two was slightly better, with the Knight Rider season two episode. But for season three there was nothing; not even sneak peeks were placed! Season four saw a bonus episode from season five titled “Point of No Return.” This season we have an actual interview! On disc one we get an all-new interview with Stephen J. Cannell titled “Rumors of Soldiers of Fortune.” It runs 10:49 and he shares his stories about creating the series, and its iconic characters, behind-the-scenes moments and working with the unforgettable cast. He talks about how A-Team got started...he wanted to do a show about Stingrays first.


Final Comments:

Overall, I think the set is worth the buy, especially if you have the first four seasons. The episodes are completely unedited. It took Universal only six months to get us this final season after delivering us the fourth season in April. The episodes on this set are not as good as the previous seasons but it was great to have the great Robert Vaughn join the cast. Finally we got a REAL extra dealing with the show. Not a generic ‘80s featurette or “bonus” episodes, but a real interview with the series creator. The A-Team airs on TV Land every day at 2PM and Mr. T has a new show on TV Land called “I Pity the Fool,” airing Wednesdays at 10PM. Watch that, it is funny. You will be a fool (like Mr. T says) if you don’t buy this set!


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

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 2/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 10/16/06

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