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Once Upon A Time: The Complete Fifth Season [DVD]

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    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (230 out of 234)

    Special Features


    • Audio commentaries
    • Deleted scenes
    • Merida in Storybrook-spirited, independent Merida comes to life in Once Upon A Time. go behind the scenes with actor Amy Manson and learn what it takes to step into the role, how she identifies with her character, and why Merida, Mulan and Ruby work so perfectly together.
    • Once celebrated one hundred
    • Tales from the underword: a knight with Cruella-at the end of the season, Cruella De Vil was left behind in the underworld, her fate unknown...until now. return to the underworld to discover what happens when the fur-loving queen of darkness meets an all-new character.
    • The fairest bloopers of them all

    Cast & Crew


    • Ginnifer Goodwin - Snow White/Mary Margaret
    • Jennifer Morrison - Emma Swan
    • Robert Carlyle - Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold
    • Lana Parrilla - Evil Queen/Regina
    • Jared S. Gilmore - Henry Mills




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    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 234 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Seems you brought a hook to a sword fight

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      kenn
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      As much as I do enjoy fairytales, I don’t think I would have ever expected to be as hooked on Once Upon a Time as I am. This show continues to entertain me. Each episodes flies by all too quickly, and I can’t wait to find out what will happen next to the characters I love. That continued for season 5. If you are new to the show, I don’t recommend you start here. This is one of the many serialized shows on TV these days, and to fully appreciate all that happens in season 5, you need the background on the characters and their relationships. They are complicated, which is frankly one of the things I love most about the show. As with the previous two seasons, this season really breaks down into two arcs. In the fall, we get one story with a resolution and a cliffhanger that sets up the spring episodes. Even better, all these episodes aired on back to back Sunday nights with only one or two breaks in the scheduling, allowing the viewers to truly get lost in the story since we know that there will be more next week. This season opens moments after season 4 ended. Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison), who originally came to town as the fairytale character’s savior from a curse, has turned to darkness. Very specifically, she has become The Dark One after this ancient darkness left Mr. Gold, aka Rumpelstiltskin, (Robert Carlyle). She is struggling with the power, however, trying to keep from succumbing to the evil, and her family and friends are going to help her. They think they can defeat the darkness once and for all by going to Camelot. However, when they return home weeks later, no one has any memory of what happened during their time away and Emma has embraced being the Dark One. The back half of the season find the gang heading down to Hades to try to rescue one of their own and bring him back to Storybrooke. While down there, they meet many people, friend and foe, who have unfinished business. Can they help these people move on? Or will they get trapped down there by Hades (Greg Germann) instead? Regina (Lana Parrilla) tries to help Emma avoid becoming evil while dealing with the weird relationship between herself, Robin Hood (Sean Maguire), and her half-sister Zelena (Rebecca Mader), aka the Wicked Witch of the West. David (Josh Dallas) develops a bromance with King Arthur (guest star Liam Garrigan) much to the dismay of his wife Mary Margaret, aka Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin). Gold, meanwhile, tries to deal with being human again, and it’s not an easy transition for him and his wife Belle (Emilie de Ravin). And Henry (Jared S. Gilmore) develops his first serious crush. We also get to meet Merida (guest star Amy Manson) and get an update on Ruby (Meghan Ory) and Mulan (Jamie Chung) as well as return to Oz before the season is over. Why this show continues to enthrall me is the way they build the characters. These are complex people who have grown and changed as the seasons have gone along. When this show is working well, we have a story, but that story is showing us things about the characters and allowing them to be better developed. It’s again why I will tell you to watch the show from the beginning. It’s well worth it. Not to mention that our time in Hades allows us to see quite a few people again. The second half of the season opened with the 100th episode of the show, and the writers did a fantastic job of using that to bring back some characters we loved (or loved to hate). Plus the flashback that episode filled in a gap in the storyline from the season 1 flashbacks. Not that I would have complained if we’d never gotten that answer, but I was thrilled to see them address it. Yes, we still get flashbacks in each episode. Sometimes, they focus on the new characters, like Merida or King Arthur. Sometimes, they tell us a bit more about our main characters. And sometimes, they fill in the missing time for the characters from their time in Camelot. (And yes, I was ready to roll my eyes at the characters having their memories erased again when the characters did it for me. I had to laugh at that.) While quite obviously I love the characters, I’m not trying to take away from the plot at all. Each episode is jam packed with storylines, twists, and surprises, and they are over all too quickly. The writers are still doing a great job of telling a story that is compelling and entertaining. The fact that they have created such rich characters to play with only makes it better. Of course, I’m giving the actors their share of the credit for the rich characters. They take the material the writers give them and bring it to life perfectly. This is clearly as case where the actors and writers are on the same page, and the result for us is magical. The only thing I didn’t care for in this season was a much publicized lesbian storyline. Honestly, the show didn’t need it. But, at least in this season, it was kept to one episode, so it is easy to ignore it and enjoy the rest of the brilliance that is this season. There are 23 episodes in season 5, and they are all included in this set in their native wide screen and full surround. Extras include a look at bringing Merida to life for the show, the fate of a minor supporting character left up in the air at the end of the season (I’m being vague on purpose), a look at the 100th episode, and the usual audio commentaries, gag reel, and deleted scenes. The final two hours set up the upcoming season, and I am excited about the possibilities with what they’ve done. Not only do I think it will be fascinating from a plot standpoint, but the potential for theme and character development are brilliant. I can’t wait to see what they do with it all. So if you aren’t up to date on this wonderful show, you’ve got time to catch up. And if you are already a fan of Once Upon a Time, you’ll be glad to you picked up season 5 so you can revisit these characters any time you want.

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Disappointing Season of OUAT

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      NYCMovieLuv
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      I love this show, but overall last season was a mess (at least the first half of the season). The writers were unable to completely utilize the idea of Emma as the next Dark One. Additionally, the Arthurian saga was a great idea and the story line could have been wonderful, but it was completely mishandled. Arthur was presented as a simplistic, inept, selfish loser. The second half of the season in the Underworld is better. I was surprised that the fifth season wasn't as fabulous as the first four seasons: they went above and beyond my expectations in the first four. I don't know, maybe the writers are just running out of steam. So far, the sixth season is much better than the fifth. Recommended for fans of the show anyway. Different important story lines are introduced and also wrapped up.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best TV Show

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      Daniel
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      I absolutely love Once Upon a Time. The series has a wholesome and good-natured theme. Its filled with fantasy, and mysticism. The characters have depth, and use logic when faced with choices. They act in good heart, and take into consideration consequences. The story is very well written, and it constantly surprises you with twists and trickery. The only downside to the series, is you are not capable of joining it at any given point, one must follow it from beginning to end. I personally feel this is a strong point of the series though, and not so much of a downside, as this brings unimaginable depth, and richness to a story.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Once Upon A Fifth Season

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      Deanabear
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      This fifth season of Once Upon A Time finds Emma in a battle between good magic and evil. Her magical abilities have opened up a path to the dark side of power. Her quest to conquer being taken over by it and becoming the Dark Swan takes her along with Hook and the others to Camelot with hope that Merlin can help her. However, King Arthur is under the evil influence of Zelena and Hook is the one who needs saving with the help of Rumple to escape from Hades. Merida becomes a part of crew here as well. Good adventure in this season!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An exciting and amazing series.

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      Pyramids
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      I think that "Once Upon A Time: The Complete Fifth Season" was one of the greatest series of all-time and it was also one of my favorite series of all-time. I really enjoyed all of the action, mystery, drama, suspense, horror, fantasy and sci-fi that has kept this series very entertaining and enjoyable. I also think that "Once Upon A Time: The Complete Fifth Season" had a really great and amazing cast, plots and personal storylines as well.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Dark Swan season

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      usafvet4t
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      This is my wife's favorite show...but I must admit, she has me watching it with her as well and I enjoy the story arc within it. This season was a bit darker (pun intended) as it evolves around Emma Swan becoming "the dark one". Will she be as villainous as Mr. Gold? Will she ever be freed of the curse? What will happen to all the Storybrooke characters? One will find out in this entertaining season. Worth picking up for fans of the show.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      An enjoyable continuation of the series

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      Wolf21
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      I enjoyed this continuation of the series, which as you know is about rewriting classic (mostly Disney) tales. In this section, we get how Emma Swan goes bad (becomes the Dark Swan) and how her family deals with it, and eventually brings her back. Personally I like how they re-introduce some characters which I thought they were done with, like Red. (No I won't spoil it, just watch it.)

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Getting back to basics

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      Shay
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      After last seasons adventure with additional characters, this season brought it back to the core group again and their dynamic, although there are story-lines for other characters too. This season marks a return to what made this show so great. Writing and acting are spot on (with the exception of one episode). This season, expect the unexpected. Overall, excellent show and excellent season.

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