Rent The Wire: Series 5 (2008)

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10h 22min
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Synopsis:
Read Between the Lines. In a city that can no longer even recognize its problems, much less begin to solve them, police detectives attempt to bring in one last, worthy case against a violent crew of narcotics traffickers. And when bureaucratic poverty and infighting threatens that case, one detective will risk everything, creating a fraud that will eventually entangle the city newspaper, which is weakened by declines in circulation and advertising. With journalism itself so vulnerable and desperate, an unscrupulous, ambitious reporter will ride the story wherever it goes - or wherever he wants it to go.
From the streets to the port to the schools and the halls of government, The Wire has chronicled the tribulations of a post-industrial American city. Now, in its final season, the drama directs its last question to the media and its consumers: If anything in The Wire's depiction of urban America was genuine or important then what is it, exactly, that occupies our attentions? What are the stories we embrace? And what are the stories we ignore? And why?
Actors:
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Directors:
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Producers:
Karen L. Thorson
Creators:
David Simon
Writers:
David Simon, Ed Burns, William F. Zorzi, Chris Collins, Paul Attanasio, Dennis Lehane, George Pelecanos
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
TV Crimes, TV Dramas
BBFC:
Release Date:
22/09/2008
Run Time:
622 minutes
Languages:
English, French
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Greek, Hungarian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • "The Wire: The Last Word" a documentary exploring the role of the media
  • "The Wire Odyssey" a retrospective of the first four seasons
  • Six audio commentaries with creator David Simon, cast and crew
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following episodes:
1. More With Less
2. Unconfirmed Reports
3. Not For Attribution
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following episodes:
4. Transitions
5. Reaction Quotes
6. The Dickensian Aspect
Disc 3:
This disc includes the following episodes:
7. Took
8. Clarifications
9. Late Editions
Disc 4:
This disc includes the following episodes:
10. -30-
Special Features:
- The Wire: The Last Word
- The Wire: The Wire Odyssey
BBFC:
Release Date:
01/06/2015
Run Time:
628 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish, English, French, German, Latin American Spanish
Subtitles:
Castillian, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Four behind-the-scenes documentaries
  • 22 audio commentaries with cast and crew
  • Three prequels that explore life before The Wire
  • Paley Center for Media event: The Wire Reunion
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following episodes:
1. More with Less
2. Unconfirmed Reports
3. Not for Attribution
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following episodes:
4. Transitions
5. React Quotes
6. The Dickensian Aspect
Disc 3:
This disc includes the following episodes:
7. Took
8. Clarifications
9. Late Editions
Disc 4:
This disc includes the following episodes:
10. -30-

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Reviews (1) of The Wire: Series 5

The best drama series ever made, and I'll fight anyone who says otherwise! - The Wire: Series 5 review by Sortilege

Spoiler Alert
24/10/2008

What to say about The Wire that hasn't been already said? To mention the Shakespearean sweep of the plotting, the wonderfully intimate detail of the characterisation, the political content that never preaches or tells the usual lies?

Having recently seen the last episode, I want to say how I will miss all the characters, how small details of previous story arcs keep returning to me like a friend's life story. The drama is so very gripping that you hardly notice how well it is shot, and the fact that it has taken four years for Simon and Burns to win an Emmy at least for the writing, is a testament to the paucity of critical judgement of those who run the tv awards.

If you've never seen it, do yourself a favour and start with the first episode. You will find it concerns a group of small, almost closed worlds, set in Baltimore Maryland. The police, the gangs, the docks and fading labour unions, the politicians at City Hall, the schools, and finally the media through an examination of how the news is made at the Baltimore Sun. I envy those who have never seen it and have this treat to come, but we've bought the lot and will be starting from series 1 again soon.

Enjoy!

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

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