Six Feet Under: Complete HBO Season 5 [5 DVD Boxset] £5.99 delivered @ PowerPlay Direct
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Six Feet Under: Complete HBO Season 5 [5 DVD Boxset] £5.99 delivered @ PowerPlay Direct

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Found 1st Jul 2010
Very good price for this, elsewhere: -
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So much anticipation pools up around the concluding episode of this concluding season that you might be tempted to head straight for said finale, titled "Everyone's Waiting" (and it's so rich you'll find yourself drawn to repeated viewings). But if you can avoid that impulse, it's worth following the full build-up of one crisis after another to get the real payoff. On an episode-by-episode basis, Six Feet Under's fifth season has a decidedly uneven quality, shifting in tone far more drastically, say, than the intensely dark season 4. Character traits that have already been developed at length begin to seem annoyingly repetitious--Nate's (Peter Krause) self-centered frustration and furious lashings out, Billy's (Jeremy Sisto) resurgent psychosis--like leitmotifs run amuck. But this season also benefits from the knowledge we've developed, over the years, of the Fisher family and their loved ones, so that what they end up facing has a real emotional wallop, sometimes jump-starting the drama just where it seems to be in danger of churning itself into circles.

It's hardly a spoiler to mention that 6fu's final season, though bookended by the promise of new beginnings (a wedding in episode 1 to a departure for new prospects in the 12th episode), centers around loss and a pivotal death. The scripts contain more than an occasional sense of inconsequential filler, while some of the recurring thematics seem forced (we see David continue to cope with the scars from his abduction in the previous episode via over-obvious imagery of facing his "inner demons"). Other issues receive especially compelling treatment, above all Brenda's (Rachel Griffiths) desire to have a child and David and Keith's (Mathew St. Patrick) choice to adopt. But the real strength of this season lies in several gripping performances. Ruth (Frances Conroy) touches off a complex series of reactions, simultaneously sympathetic and judgmental, transcending the tendency to appear as a neurotic caricature. The super-talented Lauren Ambrose brings off Claire's emerging self-awareness and maturity with moving touches (she's also got some of the funniest moments as she takes on a stint as a temp in scenes that call to mind the hysterics of The Office). Griffiths' Brenda for her part undergoes a parallel maturing process. And as George's daughter Maggie, Tina Holmes adds a welcome tone of contrast.

6fu, of course, has always been about the paradoxes of finality. But anyone who has developed an attachment to the show's unique tone and creative sensibility will have a tough time saying goodbye. Alan Ball outdoes himself with his script (and direction) for the finale, "Everyone's Waiting," seeding it with echoes from the pilot episode that will enchant aficionados. And the famous fast-forward visions coursing through Claire's imagination as she heads down the highway give the perfect seal to this set of characters. Extras include especially insightful commentaries, including Ball on the finale, retrospectives, and a mini-feature on 6fu's cultural impact. It's safe to say that the show leaves some pretty unforgettable impressions in its wake.

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quality US drama if you have not seen it buy it.money well spent imho

Excellent. Ordered it right away. This was such an influential series. I followed the first four seasons, but this season was on a minor channel, very late at night. Once I missed the first couple I decided to wait until it was aired on Channel Four, but it never was. Thanks very much for posting this:thumbsup: - I'm really looking forward to seeing what happened to all those wierd characters.

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Excellent. Ordered it right away. This was such an influential series. I … Excellent. Ordered it right away. This was such an influential series. I followed the first four seasons, but this season was on a minor channel, very late at night. Once I missed the first couple I decided to wait until it was aired on Channel Four, but it never was. Thanks very much for posting this:thumbsup: - I'm really looking forward to seeing what happened to all those wierd characters.



You wont be disappointed, best ending to a series ever.

Brilliant price :thumbsup:

I just looked and it says £49.99. :-(

blast!!! think it's expired.:x

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I just looked and it says £49.99. :-(



Booo that sucks
Guess you missed the boat
Expired

Banned

Damn!

Only just finished watching the whole thing from 1-5 a few days ago , absolutely brilliant . Up there with the Sopranos, 24 and the Wire . Started on something called Breaking Bad this week and its awesome .

I haven't seen this but I'm considering watching it once I'm up to date with Dexter, which stars Michael C Hall from this show. He's a great actor. He married the girl who plays his sister in Dexter and he recently overcame cancer after losing all his hair. Interesting fella!

Damn, missed it

A true gem of a tv series!

Hilarious, addictive, original...ah the list could go on. Easily the best finale I have ever seen with the perfect song :-)

B***ards! Just had an email cancelling my order. Just my luck. Won't be ordering from them again.:x

"Unfortunately, due to a stock error with our systems, this item was incorrectly advertised as being available to purchase. We apologise for this error and have asked our IT Team to look into this so it does not happen in the future."

Received an e-mail earlier telling me there was a problem with my card and the order was cancelled.
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