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The Fifth Season
Running Time: 721 minutes
Starring: Meredith Baxter Birney, Michael Gross, Michael J. Fox, Justine Bateman, Tina Yothers
Written by: Gary David Goldberg, Ruth Bennett, Susan Borowitz, Marc Lawrence, Michael Russnow, Alan Uger, Michael J. Weithorn
Directed by: Will Mackenzie, Tony Mordente, Lee Shallat, Sam Weisman
Retail Price: $39.98
Features: Gag Reel
Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Mono, English Closed Captions, Chapters (4 Chapters per episode), Four-Disc Set
Released: March 10th, 2009
The fifth season of "Family Ties" and is presented in 1.33:1 full screen, just as it aired back in the good old days. The videotaped series looks pretty solid, if a bit on the soft side (still). Fleshtones are decent, as is detail. Color saturation is pretty bold without hints of smearing, but the colors aren't incredibly "poppy." Still, there is some noise and artifacts to be had. Overall though, the episodes look pretty good.
"Family Ties" features English mono tracks on all the episodes. Like past seasons, everything is direct and straightforward and sound as they aired on television. The dialogue, theme song, laugh track and sound effects are audible and come in crystal clear. Fidelity is pretty high too, and in general, everything sounds fine without any defects to report.
English closed captions are available through your television.
A cornerstone of 1980s sitcoms, "Family Ties" is still a pretty enjoyable show over two decades later. This fifth season doesn't feature any extras, but the presentations - like in past seasons on DVD - get the job done. Fans of the Keatons should consider checking them out for the fifth time.