“Rizzoli & Isles” is a fun show that won’t challenge the brain which makes it a nice, relaxing viewing. But beyond the stories, what drives the series, since its inception, the cast it what makes it go headlined by Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander who share amazing (friendly) on-screen chemistry.
“Rizzoli & Isles”
The Complete Fifth Season
Genre(s): Drama, Crime
Warner Home Video | NR – 757 min. – $39.98 | June 2, 2015
THE MOVIE – 3.75/5
I consider “Rizzoli & Isles” to be the equivalent of comfort food. It’s not a series that will challenge you in its mystery plots and after each episode you leave satisfied yet in all probability won’t remember much of what you just watched. However, unlike previous seasons, this one does have an emotional core after the death of Lee Thompson Young who committed suicide halfway through the fourth season but, and rightly, wasn’t touched upon until the season premiere.
The producers and writers did the best they could and allowed each character, and in turn the cast members themselves, to give a proper goodbye to Young’s Detective Barry Frost; it was well done and any fan, however big, will find it emotional. The loss of Young is present throughout the season and thankfully they don’t fully replace him though we do get a new character, and tech analyst, in Nina Holiday (IDARA VICTOR) who is smartly kept in a separate room rather than taking Frost’s desk.
The remainder of the season finds Detective Jane Rizzoli (ANGIE HARMON), Chief Medical Examiner Maura Isles (SASHA ALEXANDER), Detective Vince Korsak (BRUCE MCGILL) and Detective Frankie Rizzoli Jr. (JORDAN BRIDGES) handling a plethora of crimes ranging from the murder of a wealthy woman dying of cancer, a teenage girl being hunted by a contract killer, clearing an innocent man serving time in prison, a county prosecutor possibly being framed for murder and other interesting stories. But beyond the crimes, what makes the show run as well as it does isn’t necessarily the writing nor the stories, though Rizzoli has a dramatic side story, but the chemistry with the ensemble cast and of course in particular, between Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. The pair is absolutely fun together and going on five seasons, it’s the main reason the series continues to thrive.
- A New Day
- Too Good to Be True
- The Best Laid Plans
- Boston Keltic
- Lost & Found
- It Takes a Village
- Phoenix Rising
- If You Can’t Stand the Heat
- Burden of Proof
- Bridge to Tomorrow
- Foot Loose
- In Plain View
- Bite Out of Crime
- Family Matters
The fifth season of “Rizzoli & Isles” isn’t great yet still very entertaining thanks in large part to the ensemble cast, including Lorraine Bracco’s motherly role, and at least a few interesting murder mystery plots.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.75/5
Thankfully Warner keeps matching previous season sets with the 4-discs housed in a standard keep case which side-slides into a matted slip cover. Inside is an episode guide.
Stepping Through the Stunt: ‘The Burden of Proof’ Bridge Sequence (18:08) breaks down how the bridge jump was filmed.
Unaired Scenes are available on ‘Knockout’ and ‘Burden of Proof’.
Gag Reel (3:23)
VIDEO – 4.0/5 | AUDIO – 3.5/5
“Rizzoli & Isles” is presented with a 1.78 anamorphic widescreen transfer and despite the dark nature of the show (i.e. murder), it’s a pleasantly bright show with nice colors and no major instances of artifacting.
The audio is also pleasant enough on the ears. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track offers clear dialogue levels throughout while the more action-oriented scenes provide some depth but it’s nothing amazing though satisfying enough.
OVERALL – 3.5/5
Overall, “Rizzoli & Isles” is a fun show that won’t challenge the brain which makes it a nice, relaxing viewing. But beyond the stories, what drives the series, since its inception, the cast it what makes it go headlined by Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander who share amazing (friendly) on-screen chemistry. The 4-disc DVD release from Warner is rather basic with throwaway features but the video and audio transfers are both relatively well done.