Blu-ray Review: Mad Men (Season Five)

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Don Draper and the rest of the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce gang are back. Now it’s 1966 and things are changing, whether they want them to or not.

Season five of Mad Men changes things up, sure, but at the same time, it really is just more of the same. At least that’s they way I felt about it. But I’m not the biggest fan of the show in the first place. Everything about the show says that I should like it. The acting is great, well mostly great, the dialog is witty, the costumes are fantastic, all-in-all it’s a very well produced show. But even with all that great stuff, it just doesn’t draw me in. It doesn’t make me care about what happens to any of these characters.

I realize I’m very alone in these thoughts. The show is obviously very popular and not only made it five seasons, but is launching into a sixth. But even in not liking Mad Men, I can recognize that it is a good show, it’s just not a show for me.

I guess I could say this might be the best season of the show thus far as it’s the first season to almost make me interested in what’s going on. So if you’re a fan of the show, I can only imagine how exciting this season was.

If you are a fan of the show, this is surely a set you’re going to want to pick up, I mean you’ve probably already bought the first four seasons, why stop now? But if you haven’t been won over by the show yet, then this season most likely isn’t going to change your mind.


This show is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. If nothing else this is a gorgeous show and on Blu-ray these episodes look amazing.

Commentary: Various cast and crew provide commentaries for all the episodes. These are mildly entertaining. Mad Men Say The Darndest Things: (16 min.) A look at the oh so clever dialog on the show. What Shall I Love If Not The Enigma?: (17 min.) A very pretentious look at one poster for season 5 and how Giorgio de Chirico inspired it. The Party Of The Century: (23 min.) An interesting look at a big fancy party that Truman Capote through in 1966. Scoring Mad Men: (48 min.) Two featurettes that look at the score for the show. The Uniform Time Act of 1966: (5 min.) An interesting text history of how Daylight Savings happened. Newsweek Magazine Digital Gallery: Take a look at all the covers for 1966.

Yeah, Mad Men is a great show, but it’s not a show for me. If you love this show, then you know you’re going to love this season. If you don’t love the show, then don’t bother.

AMC and Lionsgate present Mad Men (Season Five). Created by: Matthew Weiner. Starring: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones and Christina Hendricks. Running time: 585 minutes on 3 discs. Not Rated. Released: October 16, 2012. Available at

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