it’s another great season for “The Good Wife” raising the bar, no pun intended, with its storytelling, character developments from everyone though Julianna Margulies the most, and the departure of one character which shocked fans but was well done.
“The Good Wife”: The Fifth Season
Paramount | NR – 949 min. – $64.99 | August 19, 2014
Season Five of “The Good Wife” marks a new start for Alicia Florrick (JULIANNE MARGULIES) as she and Cary (MARK CZUCHRY) join forces to launch their own law firm. As they sever ties with Lockhart/Gardner, tensions escalate and explode as the new rivals go into attack mode – battling each other both in and out of court. Alicia’s relationship with Will (JOSH CHARLES) seems irrevocably damaged as he contends with her professional and personal betrayal. Diane (CHRISTINE BARANSKI), who was posed for a judgeship, has her nomination revoked after firing Alicia and returns to the firm. Kalinda’s (ARCHIE PANJABI) relationships with Alicia and Cary are also tested, as she remains loyal to Lockhart/Gardner. Meanwhile, newly elected Governor Peter Florrick (CHRIS NOTH) and his Chief of Staff Eli (ALAN CUMMING) face new corruption issues as the Ethics Commission investigates possible voter fraud during Peter’s gubernatorial campaign. Alicia’s new venture leads her to volatile showdowns, altering every major relationship she’s cultivated.
- Everything is Ending
- The Bit Bucket
- A Precious Commodity
- Outside the Bubble
- Hitting the Fan
- The Next Day
- The Next Week
- The Next Month
- The Decision Tree
- Goliath and David
- We, the Juries
- Parallel Construction, Bitches
- A Few Words
- Dramatics, Your Honor
- The Last Call
- A Material World
- All Tapped Out
- Tying the Knot
- The Deep Web
- The One Percent
- A Weird Year
SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.0/5
The 6-disc set comes in a standard DVD case into a side-sliding slip cover.
New Season, New Alicia (3:17) examines the growth and change for the main character in this fifth season.
Deleted Scenes (7:15) on ‘Everything is Ending’ and ‘The Bit Bucket’
Deleted Scenes (2:44) on ‘The Next Day,’ ‘The Next Week,’ and ‘The Next Month’
Music Video (3:22) for a song called “Thicky Trick”
Deleted Scenes (3:34) on ‘Whack-a-Mole’ and ‘The Decision Tree’
Requiem for a Friend: Inside Episode 515 (53:27) is split into 3 parts and looks at the shocking episode with the departure of one of the main characters.
Deleted Scenes (7:29) on ‘Parallel Construction, Bitches,’ ‘A Few Words,’ and ‘Dramatics, Your Honor’
Deleted Scenes (7:28) on ‘The Last Call’ and ‘All Tapped Out’
Gag Reel (3:44) contains the jolly line flubs featured throughout the season.
Deleted Scenes (6:03) on ‘The Deep Web,’ ‘The One Percent,’ and ‘The Weird Year’
VIDEO – 4.5/5 | AUDIO – 4.25/5
“The Good Wife”: The Fifth Season is presented with an anamorphic widescreen transfer which showcases the series bright colors and well balanced skin tones making for a pleasant looking picture closely matching its original televised airings.
Each episode includes a standard Dolby Digital 5.1 track (and stereo as well) which allows dialogue levels to sound clear while the other channels are reserved for the soft score and occasional ambient noises.
OVERALL – 4.0/5
Overall, it’s another great season for “The Good Wife” raising the bar, no pun intended, with its storytelling, character developments from everyone though Julianna Margulies the most, and the departure of one character which shocked fans but was well done. The DVD released by Paramount has good video and audio transfers while the bonus material is OK with one featurette being the highlight and well worth checking out.