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Everybody Loves Raymond - The Complete Fifth Season



Release Date: December 6, 2005 (HBO Home Video)
MSRP: $44.98
Number of Discs: 5
Number of Episodes: 25
Running Time: 750 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 124 minutes
Audio: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Special Features:
*Three audio commentaries with Phil Rosenthal, Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, and writer Tom Caltabiano.
*Deleted Scenes


Everybody Loves Raymond is about a rather crazy extended family in Long Island. Starring Ray, a successful sportswriter, and husband of Debra (played by Patricia Heaton). The couple consistently deals with their young kids - a 6 year-old daughter and twin sons, as well as Ray's brother, Robert (Brad Garrett), and parents Frank (Peter Boyle) and Marie (Doris Roberts), who are always coming over at unexpected times or otherwise meddling in their business. And they are all back for the fifth season on DVD!

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

There’s one specific season 5 episode I want to direct your attention towards: Episodes 1 and 2 (on the DVD in its full-length 40+ minute form, Italy). The Simpsons….er…Barones are going to Italy! This isn’t necessarily *my* favorite point in the series, but one of few “vacation” stunts the show attempted is always worth a look. There are only two guest stars to note in the fifth season of the show, Katherine Helmond (“Who’s the Boss?” & “Soap) and Robert Culp (“Greatest American Hero”), appearing as Debra’s parents in episodes 9 (Fighting In-Laws), and 23 (Separation).


Packaging for Raymond season five is identical to the previous seasons’ packaging in every way except the photos used and the dominant color used for the box/disc/menu art...­ this time purple. Still a cast picture on top of the front cover, with a larger shot of Ray smiling in the bottom corner. Reverse cover has another cast picture, and yet another different shot of Ray in the bottom right. Inside, the five PURPLE DVDs are arranged with discs one and two seen when opening the set. Unfolding the set further reveals a disc index, and the other three discs. Disc one has episodes 1-5, disc two has episodes 6-10, disc three has episodes 11-15, disc four has episodes 16-20 and disc five has episodes 21-25. As always, the extended pieces of plastic on the disc holders that help seal the case are fragile. If you drop the case with any degree of force, the plastic connectors WILL break -­ be careful. Did I mention that the packaging was purple? By the way, for anyone who seems to feel like the above is familiar, I offer this point of contention: As long as they recycle menus, should I not recycle reviews? How can one write about essentially the same thing a new and different way every time?

Menu Design and Navigation:

Just like every past Raymond set before, the main menu ­ definitely going with the purple color scheme - features a series of scrolling video clips playing (with audio), over the main theme. Menus are, like the previous season’s set, and like most DVDs today, in 16:9 ­ matching the aspect ratio of the episodes themselves. Option selection in the menus is still just a simple text menu below the playing clips. The Special Features, Episode Selection, and Language menus each feature a row of cast pictures with one particular picture in the foreground. With there being several menu pages per disc, and a total of ‘five’ discs, it's just an impossibility to list ALL the pictures and clips used in the set. They did change a couple of tiny things, graphically. As said before, Menus are purple this time, to match the overall release art for the season ­ also purple, and the pictures were again swapped out for pictures from this season. Really, nothing else besides the colors and photos have changed.

Video and Audio Quality:

Yet another 16:9 season, which is nice! As runtimes are never an issue with Raymond sets, I won’t list the runtimes for all the episodes, but for what it’s worth, all episodes except the Italy episode run in the low-to-mid 22’s, normal for a 00-01 episode. Italy runs roughly 45 minutes, also normal. Chapter stops occur at fade-to-blacks. Video is superb, as is audio. I genuinely cannot find any defects in either.

Special Features:

Commentary on Italy: Commentary by Ray and Phil. Ray says hey first, for those keeping track. Genesis for episode is that Ray (Romano) was asked after Season 1 where he was going on vacation. He said the Jersey Shore. Phil suggested Europe...Ray shrugs it off. For the rest of the story, listen to the commentary. Runs 44:37

Commentary on Young Girl: Commentary by Ray, Phil, and writer Tom Caltabiano. This is yet another usage of the word "genesis." How Tom came to work at ELR is discussed, as is the formation of the idea for this episode, and all the other usual Raymond commentary bits. Runs 22:30

Commentary on The Canister: Ray, Phil, and...Patricia Heaton! This episode is a real, uh, caper (their words, not mine). This is more or less a plot-driven farce. 22:34

Runtime of Commentary: 89:11
Deleted Scenes:
3) Wallpaper. 1 for 0:21
4) Meant to Be. 2 for 3:39
6) The Author. 1 for 1:55
9) Fighting In-Laws. 1 for 0:42
11) Christmas Present. 1 for 0:34
13) Super Bowl. 1 for 0:41
15) Silent Partners. 2 for 2:53
16) Fairies. 1 for 1:30
17) Stefania Arrives. 2 for 2:22
18) Humm Vac. 1 for 2:17
19) The Canister. 2 for 2:44
23) Separation. 1 for 1:31

Total Deleted Scenes Runtime: Approx 19.5 Minutes
Blooper Reel: 14:40

Total Special Features Runtime: approx 124 Minutes

Final Comments:

I give up. If they haven’t listened after the FIFTH season, they’re not going to take advice about including extra material outside the standard bloopers/deleted scenes. It’s a shame, there’s more out there if they’re willing to look. Otherwise, it’s a nice set. At this point, if you’re buying Ray S5, you’ve probably already gotten Ray 1-4, or are in the process or doing so. This is yet another good season of the show, but it’s definitely not a starting point for someone who hasn’t seen the show. If you’re new to the show, go and pick up somewhere in the first three seasons. It’s a good set though, and there’s no reason not to get it barring a dislike of the show.

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: 4/5
Overall: 4.5/5

Seth Thrasher Seal of Approval

-- Reviewed by Seth Thrasher on 11/28/05

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