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The Wire: The Complete Fifth Season [4 Discs] [DVD]

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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (26 out of 27)

    Special Features


    • Audio Commentary
    • Featurette

    Synopsis


    For the fifth and final season of this groundbreaking urban drama, series creator David Simon returns to his old stomping grounds at the Baltimore Sun, where he worked for many years as a crime reporter, to examine the media's role in modern society. This fictionalized version of what was once a newspaper of record is experiencing tough economic times, precipitating layoffs and a hollow mantra from management to "do more with less." These marching orders are met with derision by Gus Haynes (Clark Johnson), an old-school City Desk editor who encourages eager young journalists such as Alma Gutierrez (Michelle Paress) to hone their craft. The cutbacks at the Sun mirror those at City Hall, where Mayor Carcetti (Aidan Gillen) -- who's too busy angling for a gubernatorial run and convicting corrupt politico Clay Davis (Isiah Whitlock Jr.) to care-slashes the police budget to save money. But the decimation of the department's morale and matériel is too much for Jimmy McNulty (Dominic West). The maverick detective, who is not only back in Homicide but regressing to his tomcatting ways, fabricates a grisly crime that catches the eye of self-serving Sun reporter Scott Templeton (Tom McCarthy). And although his sensational articles about a rampaging serial killer are met with skepticism by Haynes, they're championed by his prize-hungry bosses. McNulty's scheme doesn't sit well with his partner Bunk (Wendell Pierce), but is embraced by Det. Freamon (Clarke Peters) if the means justify the restoration of funding to pursue drug lord Marlo Stanfield (Jamie Hector). Free of law-enforcement scrutiny, Marlo shields himself with onetime Barksdale attorney Maurice Levy (Michael Kostroff) on a quest to rule the entire city's drug trade, and tempts fate by luring stickup artist Omar (Michael K. Williams) back to town to settle an old score. Meanwhile, former addict Bubbles (Andre Royo) struggles to stay clean, but finds it hard to face his demons at Narcotics Anonymous meetings. ~ Joe Friedrich

    Cast & Crew


    • Dominic West - Det. Jimmy McNulty
    • Sonja Sohn - Det. Shakima Greggs
    • Wendell Pierce - Det. William `Bunk' Moreland
    • Lance Reddick - Lt. Cedric Daniels
    • Clarke Peters - Det. Lester Freamon




    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 27 reviews

    96%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Ignore Other Review

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      MDug

      Really, I just wanted to write this review to counter the only other one - which is apparently a review by someone who meant to watch Season 5 (as that is the final season, and the season a major character dies). As someone who loves the show, this season is on par with the others, which puts it in the elite of television. It includes a very well thought out, and thought provoking look at the school system for inner cities. If you have not taken the time to start with the first season, this show is well worth the look, just give it three episodes and you will be hooked. I say three episodes, because the initial introduction can be a bit overwhelming due to the large number of important characters.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Sets the bar for what TV should be

      Posted
      StringerBell

      This is one of the best shows ever to be broadcast on tv. I know that is saying a lot, however this show was so well written, acted, filmed, etc., that it is hard not to say that. Yes, it is true that the first few episodes of the first season seem long and drawn out at first but if u stick with it you will not be disappointed. You find yourself falling in love with these characters, routing for the bad guys a lot of the time. This is not your typical cops and robbers law enforcement drama. in fact, this show far exceeds any cop drama ever created. Start from season 1 and keep watching, you will eventually get hooked and you will not regret it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Wire, no more to say!

      Posted
      QT1234
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      The last season. It is the weakest of them I have to say, but a weak season of The Wire is leagues better than about anything on tv now that is for sure. The smartest and one of the best shows ever made. The final season looks at the newspaper and its relationship to the drug trade in the city.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Show!

      Posted
      robbstark
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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Got this on sale on Best Buy .com after reading such high reviews for the show and it was worth it. HBO show so you know it has a good chance of being good right off the bat. Only five seasons so it's worth the time for sure.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A must have for inner-city real life drama!

      Posted
      Skipper54
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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Very good acting from some well known stars and from the new and upcoming thespians. As breath-taking as the Sopranos, but with flavor of Bmore. I will buy all the other seasons, no doubt!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Disappointing

      Posted
      ACab

      For some reason important scenes are left out from the show, including the death of a major character. It is bulls#*&. It was a great finish to a great show, but the DVD does not capture the quality of the show or the last season.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Show

      Posted
      Lina
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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      One of the best shows I've seen in years. This is a must watch for everyone. You will love and hate some of the characters at the same time. I can't believe it took me so long to watch!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best of a series

      Posted
      Skipper
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      The last season of a great inner city look at crime,poverty,racism, in Baltimore and any other city in America.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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