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The Fifth Season
Running Time: 1399 minutes
Starring: Jason Priestly, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Luke Perry, Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling, Mark David Espinoza, Tiffany-Amber Thiessen, Carol Potter and James Eckhouse
Retail Price: $59.99
Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Stereo, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Portuguese Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Episode Selection, Chapter Stops (6 per episode), Eight-Disc Set
Released: July 29th, 2008
The fifth season of "Beverly Hills 90210" is presented in 1.33:1 full screen, just as it aired on Fox back in the day. Like the past seasons, fans of the series will probably be disappointed that these episodes haven't been cleaned up. The episodes look incredibly soft, and are pretty grainy. There is a little bit of noise, too. Color saturation is underwhelming, detail is lacking and fleshtones are a bit pale. At best, these are pretty mediocre transfers.
The fifth season also features English Dolby Stereo tracks. There's not a lot to say here. Dialogue is clear and easy to hear, and fidelity is high. The iconic theme music and background songs sounds fine on the tracks, and sound effects - while not making a huge footprint - usually have a very small amount of zip to them, but that's about it. Of course, these tracks are limited, and are a product of their times.
English closed captions are also included, as well as subtitles in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Right before the much-anticipated spin-off debuts on the CW, you can now revisit the original's fifth season on DVD. No supplements on this season, plus average presentations of the episodes make this release that should only be purchased by die-hard fans of the series.