TITLE: THE BIG BANG THEORY - THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON COMBO PACK - BLU-RAY + DVD + ULTRAVIOLET
DVD Release Date: September 11, 2012 (Warner Bros. Home Video)
Color / 2011-12
MSRP: $54.97 for this combo pack
Packaging: Keep Case with Outer Box
Number of Discs: 2 (Blu-ray) / 3 (DVD)
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: approx. 498 minutes
Running Time of Features: approx. minutes
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Deutsch, Española - Castellano (Blu-ray); English and Portuguese (DVD)
Subtitles and Captioning: English, French, Deustch, Española - Castellano, and Española - Latino (Blu-ray); English, French, Espanola, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai (DVD)
Special Features: “The Big Bang Theory @ 100,” “The Big Bang Theory’s Laws of Reflection,” “Professors of Production” and Gag Reel
The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Fifth Season is coming to Blu-ray Disc, DVD and UltraViolet from Warner Home Video! Regarding the opposite sex, they're on a steep learning curve. In every other sense, they're geniuses. Join physicists Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) as they ponder black holes, chemical deviations, girls, and other mysteries of the universe in all 24 phenomenally funny episodes of Season Five. With Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Leonard's relationship in uncharted terrain, Sheldon, Howard (Simon Helberg), and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) discover that the feminine mystique is something that cannot be easily graphed or calculated. As they muddle through relationship "bugs" and romance re-launches, they also discover it's nothing a good roll of the D&D dice or a paintball tournament can't solve. The sitcoms airs in original episodes on CBS (Thursdays 8|7c) and in repeats in off-network syndication on both cable (TBS) and broadcast (Fox Television Stations and more).
Created by Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men) and Bill Prady (Dharma & Greg), who executive produce along with Lee Aronshon (Two and a Half Men), the series stars Johnny Galecki as Leonard, Jim Parsons as Sheldon, Kaley Cuoco as Penny, Simon Helberg as Howard, Kunal Nayyar as Raj, Melissa Rauch as Bernadette, and Mayim Bialik as Amy Fowler.
In this season, Penny and Leonard's relationship is relaunched in full "beta test" mode, while Sheldon, Howard, and Raj discover the feminine mystique is something that cannot be easily graphed or calculated. As Sheldon makes begrudging amendments to his "Relationship Agreement" with his "friend-who-happens-to-be-a-girl," Amy Farrah Fowler, Raj contemplates an arranged marriage, and Howard is all-systems-go for both his NASA launch and wedding to the spirited Bernadette. Some memorable episodes for season five include the season premiere “The Skank Reflex Analysis,” where Penny must deal with the aftermath of her night with Raj and how it affects her friendship with the guys, while Sheldon names himself captain of the paintball team and tries to assert his leadership. In “The Infestation Hypothesis,” Sheldon insists Penny rid her apartment of a piece of "found" furniture and tries to use Amy as a go between, while Leonard and Priya try to make their long distance relationship with spicy video chats. In “The Good Guy Fluctuation,” Leonard is tempted to stray on Priya when a cute girl comes on to him at the comic book store, while the guys pull a Halloween prank on Sheldon and he vows revenge. In “The Ornithophobia Diffusion,” Leonard and Penny decide to spend a night out just being friends, while Sheldon freaks out when a bird haunts the apartment.
In “The Recombination Hypothesis,” out of the blue, Leonard invites Penny out on a date and they struggle with what it means. “In “The Beta Test Initiation,” Leonard proposes that he and Penny treat their dating like software development and report "bugs" to each other, while Raj gets a new phone, and falls in love with the AI contained within. In “The Friendship Contraction,” Leonard finally tires of Sheldon's thankless demands on him and breaks the friendship agreement, while Howard and Raj brainstorm a way to make the other NASA astronauts pick a cool nickname for Howard. In “The Hawking Excitation,” Howard takes advantage of Sheldon's obsession to meet visiting professor Stephen Hawking by putting him through the ringer. On the episode “The Stag Convergence,” Howard's bachelor party results in Bernadette learning some things about Howard's past that makes her reconsider marrying him. On the season finale, “The Countdown Reflection,” Bernadette decides she wants to be married to Howard before his mission to space and the gang scrambles to get it done.
Notable guest stars for this season include Christine Baranski, Kevin Sussman, Wil Wheaton, Laure Metcalf, Carol Ann Susi, Brent Spiner, Aarti Mann, Brian George, Alice Amter, Josh Brener, John Ross Bowie, Mike Massimino, Joshua Malina, Vernee Watson, Stephen Hawking, and Leonard Nimoy.
The Blu-ray has episodes 1-13 on disc one, while the DVD has episodes 1-8 on disc one. The Blu-ray has episodes 14-24 on disc two, while the DVD has episodes 9-16 on disc two. The DVD has a third disc, with episodes 17-24. Here are the runtimes of each episode:
1. The Skank Reflex Analysis" (21:26)
2. "The Infestation Hypothesis" (19:43)
3. "The Pulled Groin Extrapolation" (20:05)
4. "The Wiggly Finger Catalyst" (20:03)
5. "The Russian Rocket Reaction" (21:28)
6. "The Rhinitis Revelation" (21:24)
7. "The Good Guy Fluctuation" (19:51)
8. “The Isolation Permutation" (21:04)
9. "The Ornithophobia Diffusion" (21:21)
10. "The Flaming Spittoon Acquisition" (20:35)
11. "The Shiny Trinket Maneuver” (19:37)
12. "The Killer Robot Instability" (20:44)
13. "The Recombination Hypothesis" (21:20)
14. "The Beta Test Initiation" (20:29)
15. "The Friendship Contraction" (20:28)
16. "The Vacation Solution" (21:29)
17. "The Rothman Disintegration" (21:15)
18. "The Werewolf Transformation" (20:57)
19. "The Weekend Vortex" (20:20)
20. "The Transporter Malfunction" (21:30)
21. "The Hawking Excitation" (19:19)
22. "The Stag Convergence" (21:32)
23. "The Launch Acceleration" (21:27)
24. "The Countdown Reflection" (21:22)
The packaging has a short outer box that holds a short case, like most Blu-ray sets, and this is similar previous Blu-ray releases for this show. Both the box and case has the same artwork for the cover and the back. The cover art is primarily in purple on the front cover with the cast in super hero poses. The show logo is in the middle of the cover art, with The Complete Fifth Season on top. The back has details on the series and set, along with special features and technical details. We also have a nice quote on top from the New York Post and about six episodic photos from the season.
When we open the case, we see an episode listing booklet on the left panel. The insert has the same cover art as the thin outer box and case. The episodes are listed by disc, and have the episode number, title, writers, story by, director, original airdate and of course a short synopsis of the episode. We have a DVD section and a Blu-ray section. The booklet insert doesn’t have lots of photos this time, as we only have one on the last page where the credits are. We also have another insert where we have our code to watch and instant stream the episodes on UltraViolet and an ad for the series on TBS. As for the disc placement, there are two little blue disc holder in the middle. The holder is like a book, meaning you can flip it back and forth. The front side holds a disc and the back side holds a disc. First, we have the first disc of the Blu-ray and the second Blu-ray disc is on the first plastic holder. The second plastic holder has discs one and two from the DVD and the third DVD disc is on the right panel itself. Disc artwork is in the same vein as the packaging, purple smoke background with the cast in super hero poses. For the Blu-ray discs, disc one has a photo of Penny, Sheldon and Leonard and holds episodes 1-13. Disc two has a photo of Howard, Bernadette, Amy and Raj and holds episodes 14-24. As for the DVD, disc one has a photo of Sheldon, Leonard and Penny and holds episodes 1-8. Disc two has a photo of Howard and Raj and holds episodes 9-16, and disc three has a photo of Amy & Bernadette and holds episodes 17-24.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menu screen is similar in vein to the packaging and such. It has the smoky purple background, with the same cast photo from the cover art. The catchy theme song from The Barenaked Ladies is playing in the background. Both the DVD and Blu-ray versions have all of this so far. On to the Main Menu, the options on the DVD are Play, Episodes, Languages, and Features. Features option is on discs two and three only, more on that later in this review. Languages option gives us the options to have subtitles in English, French, Espanol, Portuguese, Chinese or Thai. The audio is available in English and also Portuguese. The episodes option is very simple; it lists the episode number and title once again. So again, a simple but efficient menu, it just needed a bit of a change on each disc.
The options for the Blu-ray version are Play, Episodes, Audio, Subtitles and Special Features. All of the options are on both discs, like Blu-ray sets always do. For Special Features, both discs have some. Subtitles option gives us the options to have subtitles in English, French, Española - Castellano, Española - Latino, and Portuguese. The Audio option has us choosing between English, Española - Castellano, and Portuguese. And finally the Episodes option, we are given the episode number and title.
Video and Audio Quality:
It’s so nice to see the episodes in Blu-ray! The video and audio are obviously perfect with the Blu-ray release and since the series isn’t old at all, it looks like you would see on CBS HD. Maybe it is even better. We have five chapter stops per episode for the Blu-ray version.
For the DVD version, the video and audio are excellent as well. The series aired in HD on CBS this past season, so why wouldn’t it be excellent? The DVD has the video in widescreen and a nice stereo sounding sound. No complaints from me! Anything less would be a total disappointment for a current show on DVD. Each episode on this set has 5 chapter stops each, so you can jump to scenes faster.
The first special feature is a featurette titled “The Big Bang Theory at 100” (10:02). On this, the cast and producers celebrate the 100th episode and we see footage from the taping and after party! Interviewed on this featurette are Kaley Cuoco, Bill Prady (executive producer), Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki , Simon Helberg, Mayim Bialik, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch, Peter Roth (President of Warner Bros.), Steven Molaro (executive producer), Mark Cendrowski (director), Nina Tassler (President of CBS Entertainment), and Chuck Lorre (creator). Next up we have the featurette “Professors of Production” (14:58). This is a behind-the-scenes look at the various departments that bring the show together each week. Interviewed are all the professors - John Shaffner (production designer), Mark Cendrowski (director), Scott L. London (property master), Stevev V. Silver (director of photography), Faye Woods (hairstylist), and Ann Shea (set decorator), along with Johnny Galecki, Mayim Bialik, Jim Parsons, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch, and Simon Helberg.
We also have “The Big Bang Theory’s Laws of Reflection” (11:35). The entire cast (individually) reflects on their favorite memories from this fifth season. Commenting are Melissa Rauch, Mayim Bialik, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Kaley Cuoco. And finally we have a Gag Reel (8:35). This of course is bloopers and outtakes from this season. See what happens when Kaley Cuoco messes up! This show does test the hilarity hypothesis, doesn’t it?
The show looks so much better in Blu-ray. It’s nice to have the DVD as well, just in case. It’s actually cheaper to get this combo pack then get just the Blu-ray set or just the DVD set. Only real negative is that we don’t have an exclusive special feature for the Blu-ray discs. I always look forward to Blu-ry sets having a little more. This Combo Pack is a good set and I am glad Warner Home Video did it, and I recommend you buying it this way. I think Warner Bros. has done a good job with this set again. The special features quantity went up yet again. There were some episodes I didn’t really care for, but this show is always enjoyable. I think it is the second best comedy in quality on TV behind Modern Family. Go and buy this set before the sixth season premiere on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 8pm on CBS! Hurry before Sheldon says Bazinga! It all started with a big BANG!!
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
Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 3.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by Pavan on 09/12/12
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