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Ellen - The Complete Season Five



DVD Release Date: November 28, 2006 (A&E Home Video)
MSRP: $49.95
Color / 1997-98
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: approx. 8 hrs, 26 minutes
Running Time of Special Features: 8 minutes and 14 seconds
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English language; No Subtitles; Closed captioned.
Special Features: Outtakes


Critically acclaimed comedienne Ellen DeGeneres is back for the fifth and final season of her popular ABC sitcom, "Ellen." Out and proud, the fifth season follows Ellen as she finally finds love and deals with the realities of her coming out. She's surrounded and supported by her zany and quirky friends, cousin Spence (Jeremy Piven), best friend Paige (Joely Fisher), annoying but well-meaning Audrey (Clea Lewis) and sarcastic Joe (David Anthony Higgins).

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The season had some good episodes, such as "Guys or Dolls" in which Ellen still has feelings -- for men. "All Ellen, All the Time" in which Ellen is a hit on talk radio. "Emma" is the one where Ellen goes to work for Emma Thompson. "Break Up" in which things may be moving too fast for Ellen and Laurie. "Womyn Fest" is the one which Sarah McLachlan guest stars at a female only concert. "It's a Gay, Gay, Gay, Gay, World!" in which Spence wakes up in a world turned upside down. "Vows" is the one which, thanks to her parents, Ellen considers tying the knot. "Hospital" in which Laurie's accident heals old wounds and finally, "Ellen: A Hollywood Tribute", a two-part finale featuring stars galore as they pay tribute to Ellen.

Notable guests this season include cameos by Jennifer Aniston, Woody Harrelson, Phil Donahue, Emma Thompson, Anne Heche, Cindy Crawford, Sarah McLachlan, Kevin McDonald, Angie Dickinson, Louis Gossett, Jr., and many many more in a star studded two part episode, "Ellen: A Hollywood Tribute."


The final cover is purple this go around (Orange in Season 1, Yellow in Season 2, Green in Season 3 and Blue in Season 4). The main design remains virtually the same: a large picture of Ellen from the current season with a smaller cropped photo of the cast below her. The discs are stored inside slip-sleeve (or snap) cases. Each snap case holds one disc, and there are three in all. Each snap-case cover is the exact same as the main art. The discs themselves are purple in color and feature the "Ellen" logo and a list of the episodes on that disc. Disc 1 contains Episodes 1-8. Disc 2 contains Episodes 9-15. Disc 3 contains Episodes 16-22 and the sole bonus feature (outtakes).

Menu Design and Navigation:

Another "simple and basic" menu design, but it is very nice and right to the point. It is the exact same design as the main cover art (only without the rest of the cast). The "Ellen" theme song plays just once over the menu. The selections are "Play All" in which you can play all of the episodes, "Episodes" in which you go to a sub-menu and select the episode you want to watch. Finally, on Disc 3, are "Bonus Features" which takes you to a sub-menu to list the bonus features.

Video and Audio Quality:

Considering the video is actually nearly 10 years old (wow!), it's in great quality, hands down. The video is crisp and clear and good audio which is nothing to be concerned about at all with that. Each episode contains chapter skips and the episodes appear to be unedited, running 21 to 22 minutes in length, which is the normal for sitcoms in 1997 and 1998 (and to the present, although most run 20/21 minutes now).

1- Social Climber (21:08)
2- Guys or Dolls (22:06)
3- Roommates (21:50)
4- Just Coffee (22:07)
5- Gay Yellow Pages (22:09)
6- Public Display of Affection (22:02)
7- G.I. Ellen (22:08)
8- Like a Virgin (21:53)

9- All Ellen, All The Time (21:57)
10- Emma (22:07)
11- Break Up (21:50)
12- The Funeral (22:07)
13- Womyn Fest (21:22)
14- It's a Gay, Gay, Gay, Gay World! (21:37)
15- Escape from L.A. (22:07)

16- Neighbors (21:52)
17- Ellen In Focus (21:57)
18- Vows (22:02)
19- Hospital (22:07)
20- When Ellen Talks, People Listen (21:42)
21- Ellen: A Hollywood Tribute, Part 1 (21:48)
22- Ellen: A Hollywood Tribute, Part 2 (21:34)

Special Features:

In looking back at past special features, Seasons 1 and 2 gave us commentary tracks while Season 3 brought us a gag reel. Season 4 brought us back to commentary, this time with just production. So, Season 5, we get outtakes!

* Outtakes (approx. 8:15 minutes)
Located on Disc 3, this is a series of hilarious outtakes from "Ellen." Not much else to really describe, but I'm thrilled it was included!

Final Comments:

Wow! Talk about speeding up the releases! "Ellen" Season 4 was released only back in September and now it's November and the final, fifth season is coming out -- er, no pun intended--fantastic. I for one have always loved "Ellen", it really is just like a classic sitcom -- quirky characters and fun and silly plots. Ellen herself is just downright hilarious, as evident by her Emmy-winning talk show. Anyway, another solid release by A&E and it brings to close one of my favorite series, "Ellen" so make sure you go out and buy the final season!

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

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

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 11/13/06

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