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The Wire - The Complete Fifth Season
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Overview - The fifth and final season of THE WIRE excavates yet another layer of city life: the media. As budget cutbacks for both the police and the press threaten their public missions, they also gives rise to corruption. Show creator David Simon (a former Baltimore reporter himself) interweaves the story of a young journalist faking stories for the Baltimore Sun with that of Detective McNulty (Dominic West), who concocts a serial killer in order to funnel funds to an underground investigation of drug dealer Marlo Stanfield (Jamie Hector).  Read more...

 
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Overview

The fifth and final season of THE WIRE excavates yet another layer of city life: the media. As budget cutbacks for both the police and the press threaten their public missions, they also gives rise to corruption. Show creator David Simon (a former Baltimore reporter himself) interweaves the story of a young journalist faking stories for the Baltimore Sun with that of Detective McNulty (Dominic West), who concocts a serial killer in order to funnel funds to an underground investigation of drug dealer Marlo Stanfield (Jamie Hector). As always, the show's superb cast of characters--including a late appearance by stickup artist Omar Little (Michael K. Williams)--and sharply drawn institutions influence each other in ways that lay bare the determining forces of society; few television shows would attempt it, and fewer still would succeed. As THE WIRE comes to a close, some loose ends are tied up while others are left dangling. It's a testament to the show that it honors life's lack of resolution rather than the tidy, and ultimately dishonest, wrap-ups of most cop shows.

Cast List

Jamie Hector - American Actor, THE FAST LIFE (2003)
Michael K. Williams - Actor, TV series The Wire
Wendell Pierce - ACTOR
Lance Reddick - Star, BAD CITY (2006)
Clark Johnson - Actor/"Final Round"
Michelle Paress - Actress
Sonja Sohn - Actress, SLAM
Clarke Peters - Actor
Andre Royo - Actor, TV series The Wire
Dominic West - Actor, 28 DAYS, THE WIRE, CHICAGO (2002)
David Simon - Author, HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET
Ed Burns - Co-creator of THE WIRE
Steve Earle - Blues Guitarist
Frankie R. Faison - American Supporting Actor
Frankie Faison - American Supporting Actor
Aiden Gillen - Actor
John Doman

 
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    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 630
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929015368
  • Genre: Television: HBO
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: October 2014

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Reviews:
5 stars out of 5 -- "Creating a microcosm of a broken nation, THE WIRE remained, to the very last fade-out montage, as messy and often painful as life itself. Believe the hype: this is a masterpiece..." - 10/01/2008 Empire, p.178


"The Baltimore-set show remains among the most completely accomplished and uncompromisingly ambitious dramas of recent years." - 10/01/2008 Sight and Sound, p.98

 
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