DVD Review: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - The Complete Fifth Season
Release Date: November 29, 2005
· William L. Petersen
· Marg Helgenberger
· Paul Guilfoyle
· George Eads
· Jorja Fox
· Gary Dourdan
· Eric Szmanda
· Robert David Hall
· Official Site
by Chad Maddux
Published: November 29, 2005
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is the #1 television program in the country for good reason. I first began watching the show during the fourth season. The first full season that I watched was Season Five which is now available on DVD. The 25 episodes that comprise season five aired from September 23, 2004 through May 19, 2005.
The fifth season packs a variety of surprises and changes. During this season, the team is split into two separate teams, one headed by Grissom and the other headed by Willows. Also, Quentin Tarantino directed the two-hour season finale which was the most intense episode thus far in the entire series.
During the season, a man in alien suit turns up dead. The CSIs explore the Vegas sewers. Greg continues to hunt for a replacement so he can work in the field. A woman dies of symptoms of the ebola virus. A swingers party turns deadly. A killer from the past emerges. A teenager is murdered in the penthouse. The CSIs are presented with a major shake-up. A violent holding cell presents a unique challenge for the CSIs. Sherlock Holmes is dead. A wheelchair bound killer is on the loose.
Two women are found buried in tar. The predator and the prey are both dead. A big, big baby is found dead, and his big, big secret is uncovered. A "big" convention leads to an accidental death. A serial killer continues his killing spree. A dead body turns up alive. A hummer is stolen. Captain Brass goes to Hollywood. A mental patient dies in a mental hospital. Catherine gets mixed up with a killer. Two college freshmen turn up dead in the same sleeping bag. A CSI is buried alive.
"A Post Mortem" examines the developments presented in the fifth season. This was the season when the team was split. A new CSI was introduced to add some on-screen chemistry with Grissom. The writers and cast also discussed some more elements of the fifth season that pushed the envelope. At just over 19 minutes long, this featurette is very detailed. "Maintaining the Accuracy" details the research put into the elements of the show to ensure the science is fairly accurate. With around 400 consultants, the writers are able to present the show realistically. The show does take liberties when it comes to time; some of the tests run during the show may take only a few minutes or hours which may actually take many weeks in the real world.
"Tarantino Style" is, of course, about the Quentin Tarantino episode, "Grave Danger." Tarantino does appear in the featurette to provide commentary on his episode. Some of the cast also jump into the discussions, and there are plenty of behind-the-scenes shots that detail the special effects and other visual elements of the episode. The final featurette is split into eight parts, each part detailing a unique forensic challenge presented in this season. The eight parts are Spatter Up, Photo - Realism, Ibis, A Star Shaped Wound, Printing a Bird Feather, Identifying Tire Treads, Giving the Third Degree, and A Ninhydrin Print.
In addition to these bonus features, there are nine audio commentary tracks accompanies nine different episodes (see the disc guide below for specifics). Surprisingly, the highlight episode of the season, "Grave Danger," did not have an accompanying audio track.
One item to note which I found a bit peculiar is in regards to the two "Grave Danger" episodes. Many times, episodes are re-arranged when they are finally aired so episode numbers may air out of order. However, the box lists the two volumes of this episode as episodes 523 and 525, respectively. An online resource lists them as 523 and 524, respectively. Anyone who has seen this particular episode is well aware that it could never have been designed to air with an entirely different episode in the middle. (The episode labeled as episode 524, "Iced," has no relation to the "Grave Danger" episode.) Two conclusions can be drawn from this: the episodes were entirely re-written and combined, or there's a typo on the box.
Also available for purchase: Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3 | Season 4
New episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation air Thursdays at 9/8c on CBS.
|Episodes and Bonus Features of Season Three
Viva Las Vegas*
Down the Drain*
What's Eating Gilbert Grissom?
No Humans Involved
Who Shot Sherlock?*
Spark of Life*
4 X 4*
Grave Danger Volume 1
Grave Danger Volume 2
CSI: Season 5 - A Post Mortem (19:05)
The Research of CSI: Maintaining the Accuracy (10:55)
CSI: Tarantino Style (17:33)
CSI: Forensic Procedures on the Scene vs. on the Screen (15:41)
* Episodes denoted with an asterisk feature additional audio commentary tracks.