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Dallas - The Complete Fifth Season



DVD Release Date: August 1, 2006 (Warner Home Video)
MSRP: $39.98
Number of discs: 5 (double sided)
Number of episodes: 26
Running Time: 1283 minutes
Total Runtime of Special Features: approx. 10:04 minutes
Languages and Subtitles: English; English, French & Spanish Subtitles (on episodes only); Closed Captioned
Special Features: A Living Landmark: A Tour of the Real Southfork Ranch


Another season, another explosive set of episodes. DALLAS was the hugely popular nighttime soap that ran on CBS from 1978 through 1991 is back on DVD in this 5 disc box set. The fifth season of the series stars, in alphabetical order, Barbara Bel Geddes, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, Larry Hagman, Susan Howard, Steve Kanaly, Ken Kercheval, Victoria Principal and Charlene Tilton.

This year, the Ewings face divorce, a custody battle, an adoption with a twist, financial ruin, murder, kidnapping and a couple of suicide attempts! It's just another day at Southfork!

Episodes Included / Notable Guest Stars:

Major milestone episodes this season to watch are: "Showdown at San Angelo" in which JR uses Miss Ellie as a pawn to steal John Ross away from Sue Ellen. "The Split" in which Jock's division of Ewing Oil shares puts Miss Ellie in command. "Starting Over" in which Bobby brings Kristen's infant son to Southfork. "Head of the Family" is the one in which JR loses control after Jock's death while Bobby deceives Pam over Christopher's paternity. "Blackmail" is the one in which Roger holds Lucy captive. "Acceptance" in which Miss Ellie accepts Jock's death while Cliff hits rock bottom when he finds himself fired, broke and alone. And "Goodbye Cliff Barnes", the 5th season finale, in which Cliff Barnes lies in a hospital bed, hovering between life and death.

Recurring stars this season include Jared Martin as Dusty Farlow, Leigh J. McCloskey as Mitch Cooper, Audrey Landers as Afton Cooper, Howard Keel as Clayton Farlow, Priscilla Pointer as Rebecca Wentworth, Deborah Renard as Sly Lovegreen, and Steve Forrest as Ben Stivers.

Guest stars include Ted Shackelford (Gary Ewing), Barbara Babcock, Barry Corbin, Morgan Brittany and more.


The main cover is burgundy (or maroon) in color and features spliced shots of Charlene Tilton, Larry Hagman and Linda Gray over the Dallas skyline at night. The back of the box features a few photos along with a description of this season.

I am happy to say there are changes! Gone is the flip fold case that Warner Brothers used for Seasons 1-4. Now we have slip sleeve cases! Three slip-sleeve cases hold the five discs on this set. Each case lists the episodes, a description and an original airdate of the episode, along with a few photos from the episodes on each case. It's a welcome change!

The discs themselves are still two-sided, which means no fancy disc art. Disc 1/Side A contains episodes 1-3. Disc 1/Side B contains episodes 4-6. Disc 2/Side A contains episodes 7-9. Disc 2/Side B contains episodes 10-12. Disc 3/Side A contains episodes 13-15. Disc 3/Side B contains episodes 16-18. Disc 4/Side A contains episodes 19-21. Disc 4/Side B contains episodes 22-24. And Disc 5/Side A contains episodes 25-26 and the special feature.

Menu Design and Navigation:

The main menu remains the same as the first four season sets. It features a similar design to the box art. The Dallas theme song loops over the menu. The selections are "Play" which is a Play All option. "Episodes" in which you go to another menu to select the episode you want to watch and "Languages" in which you choose Spoken Languages (which is English) and Subtitles (French or Spanish).

Video and Audio Quality:

The video quality is very good, only a little fuzz every now and then. The color isn't the greatest, but overall, it's quite good. The audio is fine, nothing to be worried about. Chapter skips are available and each episode is uncut in length, averaging about 49 minutes per episode (about 6 minutes more than current dramas run in length, minus commercials).

Episode Run-Times:

Disc 1 / Side A:
1. "Missing Heir" (49:14)
2. "Gone, But Not Forgotten" (49:20)
3. "Showdown at San Angelo" (49:19)

Disc 1 / Side B:
4. "Little Boy Lost" (49:19)
5. "The Sweet Smell of Revenge" (49:15)
6. "The Big Shut Down" (49:21)

Disc 2 / Side A:
7. "Blocked" (49:17)
8. "The Split" (49:22)
9. "Five Dollars a Barrel" (49:27)

Disc 2 / Side B:
10. "Starting Over" (49:24)
11. "Waterloo at Southfork" (49:18)
12. "Barbecue Two" (49:22)

Disc 3 / Side A:
13. "The Search" (49:20)
14. "Denial" (49:25)
15. "Head of the Family" (49:15)

Disc 3 / Side B:
16. "The Phoenix" (49:22)
17. "My Father, My Son" (49:21)
18. "Anniversary" (49:22)

Disc 4 / Side A:
19. "Adoption" (49:22)
20. "The Maelstrom" (49:26)
21. "The Prodigal" (49:20)

Disc 4 / Side B:
22. "Vengeance" (49:21)
23. "Blackmail" (49:25)
24. "The Investigation" (49:22)

Disc 5 / Side A:
25. "Acceptance" (49:21)
26. "Goodbye, Cliff Barnes" (49:19)

Special Feature: "A Living Landmark: A Tour of the Real Southfork Ranch"

Special Features:

* "A Living Landmark: A Tour of the Real Southfork Ranch" (approx. 10:04)

More or less what it says: a tour of the real Southfork. A host, Sally Peavy, explains the history of ownership of the ranch as well as taking us on a tour of the bedrooms, the living room, the kitchen, the grounds and the Dallas museum, located on the land.

Final Comments:

Warner Brothers did another great job. I really like the fact that they stopped using the flip-fold case and moved to slip sleeve. The set is now more compact. The tour of Southfork was a great bonus feature, although I really wish they'd start doing commentary again! I really miss it, especially for such crucial episodes. Other than that, I think it'd be fun to see old CBS promos of the series. But, it's a great set, the episodes are uncut and that's mostly what matters! I can't wait until Season 6! Just 9 more seasons to go until the end!

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

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 3/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 07/31/06

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