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Entourage – The Complete 5th Season (HBO DVD)


Picture: B-     Sound: B     Extras: C     Episodes: B



Well the gang is back for a 5th go-around and not much has changed.  Sex, alcohol, and attitudes are still overflowing; but that is not to say that the series is not fresh.  Vincent Chase and his crew are still on the quest for money and power; having fun the whole time along the way.  Entourage (though maybe not as eloquently written) is like the Odyssey; one big journey where the end and goal is not certain, but it is there to strive for.


While Vincent digs himself into and climbs out of hole after hole, his friends are there by his side to add to the chaos.  The gang seems to be caricatures of their original positions, but it is fun nevertheless.  Like the saying goes; if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it; and this formula works.  From power-trip to power-trip each episode is amazingly well done and this star studded, cameo filled season seems to get it all right once again.  The series remains well written and intelligently satirical; all while not taking itself too seriously.  The characters may have egos, but the series certainly does not.  If you despise Hollywood and the Stars than this show probably would not float you boat; but for the rest of us who indulge in Entertainment Weekly, US, and the other guilty areas celebri-tainment this show just works all too well.


Vincent has a series of ups and downs throughout the 5 seasons of Entourage as he does his best to cling to fame.  His seemingly numerous rises and falls from stardom keeps the series fresh and breathes new life into a concept that could have easily died after two seasons.  While each character may be a bit goofy; giving them the opportunity to branch out with more intricate stories helps them to develop more depth.


It is truly surprising how entertaining this series remains after 5 seasons.  All 12 episodes are well performed, well written, and have a solid rewatchable quality.  This journey into Hollywood debauchery gets a standing ovation for its ability to use of all the most wrong things about Hollywood in the best way.  Long live Aquaman!


The technical features on this newest DVD set fall in line with the previous seasons.  The picture is once again presented in a clean anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 Widescreen that has solid colors and an overall crisp image.  Even with the mostly sharp image, it is about time this series got a Blu-ray upgrade as throughout the season there are instances where the lighting is off and distorts the image; giving it a murky quality that degrades the clarity.  The sound is a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound that gets the job done, but is not overly impressive.  What is impressive is the series’ ability to emphasize a solid soundtrack at the most opportune moments; enhancing the viewing experience and making even the most lackluster song seem to be a masterpiece.


The extras include a Celebrity Factor featurette that is short but has the cast and crew discussing the celebrity cameos for this season; nice, but nothing super special.  There are three commentary tracks this season that were mildly entertaining and informative; though the dead silence that occurs throughout in these (all too few) tracks is equally annoying.


Great show and I hope it can last a few more seasons.



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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