The Wire - Season 5

The Wire - Season 5

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The Wire - Season 5

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/12/2008
UPC: 0883929015368
Rating: NR
Source: Hbo Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 10:30:00
Sales rank: 21,837

Special Features

Audio Commentary; Featurette

Cast & Crew

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The Wire - Season 5 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
McCarthy92 More than 1 year ago
I just finished the fifth and last season of the Wire, and all I have to say is that I have so many feelings about the greatest show ever. Mostly, I feel sadness because the show has ended, but I do plan on watching Treme and I don't think I can live without the Wire, so I will re-watch the DVDs until they break. This season was great and I felt like it was the season with the biggest novelistic feel to it. I love the parallels shown between the newspaper and the police department. I also loved how many characters were shown following in the foot steps of other characters from prior seasons.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of Television's best series ever! Greatly ignored by the public, received no awards. Wonderful story telling by Simon. You are truly the Man.
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I began watching the Wire in HBO in season 2, the story writing was real and riviting. The actors were incredibly believable. The storyline kept you coming back. The Barnes and Noble deal was too good to pass up. 50% off and buy two get one free, and I needed seasons 3, 4, and 5. awesome
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is an ingredient in the human creative process that recognizes the best of the best...Hence all seasons of The Wire. This series should be required viewing for all. Season Five equals and even surpasses the perfection of this video and literary drama. The characters, good and bad, become part of the viewer. Having just finished The Wire, I'm in a state of grieving for what has ended. I'm in a state of gratitude for above and beyond in the world of TV and DVD viewing. Some series, The Sopranos and 24, may equal The Wire. Nothing yet surpasses it. The story is real and flawless. Casting is perfection. I am humbled by the best of creative genius!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After four unbelievable seasons, with each getting better than the last The Wire, ends on the highest note of any show i've ever seen. Not once in it's ten episode arc does the fifth season let off the perverbial gas peddle. Everything you thought you knew about this ficticious Baltimore comes to a shocking conclusion and gets wonderfully tied together. All the actors are on point with Michael K Williams's Omar, being among the best. If he doesn't at least get a nomination or anything for this season, I declare all awards shows as being discriminatory. New comer to the show, Clark Johnson's, chief editor Gus, is also exceptional. And Johnson directed the series finale. It's great seeing a guy like Clark back on TV. His portrayal of Meldrick Lewis on Homicide was spectacular. By the end of this ten and half hours or so, you will be sitting there wanting to relieve every history making moment of "The Best Show Ever".
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It was a gift that I purchased.

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