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The Vampire Diaries Season 5 DVD Review

The Vampire Diaries Season 5 DVD

If you’re a fan of “The Vampire Diaries,” you’ll want to pick up the fifth season on home video.

In the 22 episode fifth season of the popular CW series “The Vampire Diaries,” fans will get more plots than they can handle. Among the key moments are: Damon and Elena’s romance, Elena and Caroline heading off to college, Stefan being trapped underwater, murders, the villainous Silas, Stefan’s amnesia, Bonnie making a return, the witch Qetsiyah, revelations about Katherine and Nadia, the mysterious Professor Wes, Amara, the Other Side, The Travelers (led by Markos), Enzo (who is part of Damon’s dark past), vampires feeding on vampires, a virus, character deaths, doppelgangers, and ghosts.

Having amassed legions of fans over the years, “The Vampire Diaries” continues to dish out a never ending supply of plot twists, romance, and drama in a soap opera style fashion in its fifth season. So, how does this season fare? As per usual, it is what it is. If you love young adult vampire series, this was made for you. If you’re looking for an intellectual adult vampire series, you’ll want to tune in to something like “The Strain”.

From a writing perspective, ‘Diaries’ is an overstuffed mess. While certainly better than the lackluster spin-off “The Originals,” this series suffers from a convoluted mythology, an overabundance of subplots, and far too many supernatural factions and characters that are treated more like plot points to advance the story. Look, I’m all for a series that never has a dull moment, but this show never lets anything breathe. It’s a show designed for people with short attention spans plain and simple, but to me, it becomes a headache to keep track of everyone and everything as you are constantly being assaulted with magical powers, characters dying and coming back, characters body hopping, etc.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? The series looks fine albeit a bit fuzzy. It should be noted that the fifth season set is also available on Blu-ray.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? I detected no issues with the music, dialogue and sound f/x.

Extras:
* Deleted scenes from episodes 2, 5, 8, 11, 12, 14, and 18.
* 2013 Comic-Con Panel- TV Guide editor Debra Burnbaum hosts this panel that features Kat Graham, Ian Somerhalder, Julie Plec, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Caroline Dries, and Candice Accola.
* A 5 minute gag reel.
* “A Day In The Afterlife With Kat Graham”- A behind-the-scenes look at actress Kat Graham (Bonnie) during a day of work.
* “The Vampire Diaries: To The Other Side And Back”- A featurette about ghostly experiences from cast and crew members as well as the ghostly plotlines from season 5.
* “I Know What You Did…In The Last 100 Episodes”- A 10 minute extra about the 100th episode. The cast and crew also quiz each other on the show.

Overall Thoughts: If you’ve been a loyal fan of “The Vampire Diaries,” I see no reason why you won’t fall head over heels in love with season 5. Also, in case you don’t already know, the sixth season is set to debut October 2, 2014.

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September 17, 2014 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , ,

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