West Wing - The Complete Fifth Season
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The West Wing - The Complete Fifth Season

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Cast: Martin Sheen, Bradley Whitford

     
 

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Series creator Aaron Sorkin and longtime director Thomas Schlamme bowed out after Season 4, leaving network executives and viewers somewhat apprehensive about the future of this highly regarded series. And, indeed, many West Wing fans claim that the show lost its way during this year. But the 2003-4 run suffers only by comparison to the earlier ones; there are many great episodes among those collected in this box set. The season opener picks up with the daughter of President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen) in the hands of kidnappers, compelling the distraught chief executive to relinquish the presidency to Speaker Walken (John Goodman) in the absence of a vice president. The hard-nosed Republican successor subsequently launches an attack on Qumar, and Bartlet is humbled by the disclosure that he authorized the assassination of a Qumari terrorist. Reportedly, Goodman's character was to have played a more prominent role in Season 5, but Zoey Bartlet is quickly rescued and Josiah reclaims the Oval Office when the crisis passes. Viewers wanted him there, not a boorish, brazen pol like Walken. New blood is injected into the show when Gary Cole joins the cast as newly sworn-in VP "Bingo Bob" Russell, who's hardly a hit with the staff. Our favorite episode of the year is the penultimate one, "Gaza," in which staffer Donna Moss (Janel Moloney), while on a fact-finding mission in that dangerous strip of land, learns firsthand why the Israelis and Palestinians are so bitter toward each other -- just before she's seriously injured in a car bombing. While it's true that The West Wing was never quite the same after Sorkin and Schlamme left, the show continued to provide thoughtful and provocative entertainment, as is amply demonstrated by the 24 episodes collected herein.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/06/2005
UPC:
0012569712768
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
15:46:00
Sales rank:
1,181

Special Features

Closed Caption; 2 documentaries: In POTUS We Trust - presidential profile of Josiah Bartlet and his portrayer Martin Sheen; Gaza: Anatomy of an Episode; Commentary on 3 key episodes; Unaired scenes on 3 episodes; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (episodes only)

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The West Wing: The Complete Fifth Season, Disc 1
1. "Come On In, Leo" [4:37]
2. What If? [8:03]
3. Running the Story [9:27]
4. Presidential [8:33]
5. Two Speeches [10:52]
6. End Credits [:38]
1. Through the Roof [3:55]
2. Bombing Qumar [8:40]
3. Republican Agenda [9:47]
4. 24 Hours [7:34]
5. The Lord Giveth [11:39]
6. End Credits [:38]
1. Message: Action [4:04]
2. Breathe and Walk [10:28]
3. Not Candidates [10:29]
4. VPs on Parade [8:23]
5. Bingo Bob; the Fourth [9:22]
6. End Credits [:38]
1. Lost in Translation [5:08]
2. Complicated [8:16]
3. Asking for Freedom [5:40]
4. Piano-Bench Conference [10:54]
5. State of Sadness [12:28]
6. End Credits [:38]
Disc #2 -- The West Wing: The Complete Fifth Season, Disc 2
1. Jobs [5:25]
2. On Message [9:42]
3. No Free Lunch [7:48]
4. Correcting Amy [9:42]
5. Senator's Ploy [9:49]
6. End Credits [:39]
1. Twister [4:24]
2. Leo's Woodshed [7:50]
3. AWOL [8:43]
4. Josh vs. the Dome [10:47]
5. Needed: Leadership [10:34]
6. End Credits [:37]
1. Mr. Chief Justice [4:55]
2. Delicate Situations [8:14]
3. Lifetime Appointment [8:57]
4. Sent by the President [8:24]
5. Impasse [11:55]
6. End Credits [:37]
1. Running on Empty [3:51]
2. Political Poker [9:50]
3. Desperate Measures [10:07]
4. March to the Hill [9:38]
5. One on One [9:00]
6. End Credits [:37]
Disc #3 -- The West Wing: The Complete Fifth Season, Disc 3
1. First Family Holiday [5:25]
2. The AG [4:52]
3. Lose-Lose Issue [8:28]
4. Father of Daughters [8:50]
5. Moral Questions [15:10]
6. End Credits [:37]
1. Riyadh Situation [3:15]
2. Short Straw [10:57]
3. Ex-Presidents [8:42]
4. Ex-Presidents 2 [10:40]
5. Lassiter Letter [8:28]
6. End Credits [:37]
1. Slap! [3:14]
2. Charlie's Card [8:34]
3. Stingy With Pardons [10:40]
4. Candidates for Commutation [11:07]
5. The Burden [8:44]
6. End Credits [:37]
1. Wake-Up Call [3:57]
2. Third Rail [9:26]
3. 42:2 [9:00]
4. Donna: Staff Spy [10:38]
5. Crossing the Divide [9:53]
6. End Credits [:37]
Disc #4 -- The West Wing: The Complete Fifth Season, Disc 4
1. Double Flash [3:05]
2. The Nightmare [9:05]
3. Mars or Bust [7:26]
4. B-2s in the Air [11:02]
5. Mutual Assured Destruction [11:27]
6. End Credits [:37]
1. "We're Hit!" [5:51]
2. Chicken Suit; Halo Drop [7:06]
3. Vietnam [7:41]
4. Tall Lady vs. Taylor [8:46]
5. The Rescued [13:08]
6. End Credits [:37]
1. C.J. Blindsided [4:54]
2. No Room [9:07]
3. Bras and a Book [6:30]
4. The Hoynes Article [7:42]
5. Private Conversations [13:53]
6. End Credits [:37]
1. Target: Ellie Bartlet [3:41]
2. Muppets [8:18]
3. Traditional Values Alliance [11:06]
4. Ellie at the Center [10:27]
5. Opposition Research; Big Bird [8:44]
6. End Credits [:37]
Disc #5 -- The West Wing: The Complete Fifth Season, Disc 5
1. Names, Names, Names [4:55]
2. Red Herrings [8:42]
3. On the Short List [8:39]
4. Lang for Mulready [7:07]
5. Extraordinary Dissent [12:08]
6. End Credits [:37]
1. Behind the Podium [3:53]
2. Starting With Ike [11:04]
3. Shaw Island [9:41]
4. Another Casey Creek? [7:37]
5. Apprehended [9:42]
6. End Credits [:37]
1. Free Trade [5:14]
2. 17,000 Pink Slips [7:40]
3. Donna-Josh Rift [10:19]
4. Josh Didn't Know [10:32]
5. Short Run, Long Run [9:13]
6. End Credits [:37]
1. Crash [5:43]
2. Toby vs. Will [7:11]
3. Rinses, Rancor and Plague [10:31]
4. Sartre [9:00]
5. Only a Drill? [10:18]
6. End Credits [:38]
Disc #6 -- The West Wing: The Complete Fifth Season, Disc 6
1. Erez Checkpoint [4:13]
2. E-mail From Donna [7:36]
3. Silence... and Orders [9:05]
4. Staff Opinions [12:01]
5. Admiral's Wife [9:12]
6. End Credits [:37]
1. "My Fellow Americans..." [5:30]
2. Options [9:00]
3. Escalation [8:09]
4. Bratwurst Diplomacy [11:08]
5. Pitching Peace [8:51]
6. End Credits [:37]

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