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The King of Queens - The Complete Fifth Season


TITLE: THE KING OF QUEENS - THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: June 20, 2006 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
Color/2002-2003
MSRP: $39.95
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 25
Running Time: Approx 550 minutes
Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0
Closed Captioned
Special Features: None


Introduction:

371 days after the season four release, season five of The King of Queens is finally on DVD. I understand that the faster they release the show the faster they run out of seasons to release, but a year between releases is a bit much…anyway, season five is finally out. Let’s join Kevin James as Doug Heffernan, everyone’s favorite IPS delivery person, his wife Carrie (Leah Remini), Carrie’s dad Arthur, as well as the various other friends of the family.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

I love this season. The season starts with the episode “Arthur, Spooner.” Carrie has been put in charge of overseeing a group of people at the office who will be organizing and distributing legal documents for one of her firm’s biggest clients – the thing is they have to work the night shift. Doug isn’t happy at first, as that means even less time together with Carrie (and who wouldn’t want to spend as much time with her as possible?). He initially takes advantage of Carrie being gone as a chance to do what he wants – eat in bed, not brush his teeth, etc., - but soon gets a bit lonely. And soon he discovers that Arthur makes a decent companion to keep him company, interestingly enough. In the episode “Flame Resistant,” Dough and Carrie run into Doug’s high school girlfriend Margie. Carrie then gets jealous that Doug’s mother would rather spend time with Margie rather than her.

As far as guest stars go, the “24” fans in the audience should take note – as with a strangely high number of shows I’ve reviewed lately, Mary Lynn Rajskub – Chloe – is in the season premiere, Arthur, Spooner. The second episode, “Window Pain”, sees Marcia Cross of Desperate Housewives fame, guest star. She would later reappear in “Golden Moldy.” Voice actor, Sportswriter, Sports talk personality, Supervising Producer of the show, I could keep going all day with the descriptive titles Nick Bakay guests (voice only) in episode 4, “Kirbed Enthusiasm”, as well as in a different role in “Golden Moldy”. Many of you probably best know Nick as the voice of Salem on Sabrina the Teenage Witch. In “Mammary Lane”, we get treated to the recurring character of Denise – who would show up again in “Cowardly Lyin'”, “Clothes Encounter”, and Dog Shelter. Jenny O’ Hara (“My Sister Sam”, “The Facts of Life”) reprises HER recurring role of Doug’s mother Janet in the episodes “Flame Resistant”, “Flash Photography”, “Mentalo Case”, and “Dog Shelter”. Dave Foley, whose 4th season of NewsRadio I just reviewed, is in the episode Jung Frankenstein. Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”) reprises his role of…himself…in “Attention Deficit” as well as the season finale “Bed Spread”. Anne Meara, Jerry Stiller’s real-life wife, plays Spence‘s mother who Arthur (Stiller) actually sleeps with in the episode. She would return in “Dog Shelter”. The late Charles Rocket, probably best known for his stint on Saturday Night Live, plays Steve in the episode Steve Moscow.


Packaging:

While a low of newer sets, and even some continuing sets at other publishers, have switched to slim cases for their releases, Sony continues to stick with Digipak for King of Queens. While I think Digipaks are slightly more trouble to get into than just sliding out a certain slim case and opening it, I applaud Sony for at least having the consistency to stick with the same packaging style. The front cover has Doug hugging Carrie, who is in turn kissing Doug. Meanwhile, Arthur is grinning and appears hunched over just beyond Doug’s back. They’re in front of the usual animated Queens backdrop used for most packaging efforts for the show. The back cover has the usual description text. Pictures of Carrie and Arthur are on the bottom and middle left, while a larger picture of Doug takes up the majority of the bottom right and middle. This is in front of a zoomed out version of the aforementioned Queens shot. Set technical/copyright/etc info is in front of a solid blue background.

Removing the holder of the discs finds us with a picture of Doug, hands extended, with Arthur and Carrie over each shoulder at the bottom, with a giant King of Queens 5th Season logo taking up a large majority of the space. This is in front of a white background. Reverse is a large picture of Carrie in front of an orange background. Opening the Digipak gives us two more pictures, Doug and Arthur, plus Carrie and Doug. For what it’s worth, the left-most edge of the previous back cover picture carries over into the rightmost edge of this picture. Opening the Digipak one step further finally brings us to the discs. Each panel is a different color, with an absolutely huge, but faded out against the color, King of Queens logo behind it. The first panel is yellow, the second orange, and the third blue. In front of each colored picture is a cast member/character. Doug/Kevin is in front of the yellow panel, Carrie/Leah is in front of the orange panel, and Arthur/Jerry is in front of the blue panel. Here’s where the art gets cool – the discs are actually identical to the section of panel art they’re in front of (just with added copyright micro text going around the outside edge). Which means that disc 1 is yellow, and has the head of Doug/Kevin James, etc. etc.


Menu Design and Navigation:

For the effort that was displaying in making the packaging look nice – Sony always does a good job with this show’s packaging – the menus leave something to be desired – though at least they’re functional. Disc 1: The King of Queens logo is to the left, with Carrie standing below it. To the right, Doug is facing the camera. This is in front of a sky blue background. There are two additional pictures of the two ghosted into the background behind them. Episode selection has a raised, lighter blue strip in which the episode title and a small photo from that episode are featured. On the first selection page is Arthur, while Carrie is on the second page. Disc 2: Doug switches from his IPS uniform to casual clothes, while the picture of Carrie gets larger, and she switches poses. Episode selection similar to before, but Arthur changes clothes and poses, while Doug, in IPS uniform, is on the second page. Disc 3: Doug is carrying Carrie on the main menu. On the episode selection menu, Doug and Carrie are hugging, sort of– with Doug’s face planted firmly into the side of her face on page 1. Page 2 has Doug, in IPS uniform, facing the camera.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video is nice. There’s a very small of grain – just a very small amount. For a standard definition show from a few years ago, this isn’t problematic. The audio is nice and loud, without being overwhelming. Laughs, sounds dialogue, etc are all well balanced. This is a fairly nice 2.0 set. If you want to find a minor flaw in the video or audio you can, but the average consumer is not going to notice anything. Chapter stops occur at each scene.

Disc 1:
Arthur, Spooner: 22:29
Window Pain: 22:29
Holy Mackerel: 21:34
Kirbed Enthusiasm: 22:29
Mammary Lane: 22:05
Business Affairs 22:32
Flame Resistant 22:28
Flash Photography: 22:14

Disc 2:
Connect Four: 21:40
Loaner Car: 22:02
Mentalo Case: 22:28
Jung Frankenstein: 22:30
Attention Deficit: 22:22
Prints Charming: 21:59
Animal Attraction: 22:13
Golden Moldy: 22:24
S’Poor House: 22:29

Disc 3:
Steve Moscow: 22:02
Cowardly Lyin’: 22:29
Driving Reign: 22:13
Clothes Encounter: 21:14
Queens’bro Bridge: 21:33
Dog Shelter: 21:59
Taste Buds: 20:29*
Bed Spread: 22:29

* - I’m worried about the runtime on some of the 21:xx episodes, but especially on the 20:29 episode, Taste Buds, but these days that is probably normal.


Special Features:

No features again. Commentary would be nice. Bloopers are probably around, too.


Final Comments:

This was a fairly run of the mill release that showed elements of being well done. The menus weren’t just a recycled press picture, so that was good. And the packaging was once again nicely done. I wish Sony would put some type of actually tangible special feature on shows like King of Queens. There has to be lots of material that could have been used on this and the other previous releases. Blooper reels, deleted scenes, even commentaries. Something. Still, it’s a fairly nice set. RECOMMENDED.


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

Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 3/5
Special Features: 0/5
Final Score: 4/5

-- Reviewed by Seth Thrasher on 06/24/06

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