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Wings
The Fifth Season

review by Zach B.

 

 

Starring: Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard, Thomas Haden Church, David Schramm, Rebecca Schull, Tony Shalhoub, Farrah Forke

Running Time: 451 minutes

 

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $39.99

Features: None

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Stereo, Chapter Selection (4 chapters per episode), Four-Disc Set

Released: November 6th, 2007

 

 

All the episodes of the fifth season are presented in 1.33:1 full screen, just as they aired. As you'd expect, no real effort was given in making these episodes look pristine. With that said, everything is slightly above average: colors are fine but a bit washed out, fleshtones are a bit too white and detail is merely okay. The episodes also look pretty grainy, and the prints used for these transfers have some dirt and assorted debris on them. Noise is also a factor that comes up. These episodes look their age, and as a result, there's nothing special here.

 

Every episode in this set is presented in English stereo, and they are remarkably straightforward. Nothing really stands out or is discrete, and everything just blends together and just right: you have your dialogue (which is clear and easy to hear), musical cues, sound effects (namely from the physical comedy) and the laugh track. Fidelity is pretty high though, and I didn't notice any distortion or sound irregularities. These stereo tracks are all fine - and given the nature of the show, I doubt a roomier mix would have brought more to the proceedings.

English closed captions through your TV are included, too.

 

Nothing at all, unless you count a younger and blonder Thomas Haden Church being featured on the box art.

 

I still think "Wings" is an underrated sitcom, and was more than "Cheers" at an airport (some of you must agree, given how long the show aired). Like previous seasons, this release is bare bones: no supplements, and the presentations of the episodes are adaquete at best. As long as you know what you're getting into before plunking down the cash, then the fifth season of "Wings" on DVD might be a flight worth taking.