The Big Bang Theory

Season Five

 

The Big Bang Theory : Season Five

Created by Chuck Lorre & Bill Prady

Written by Chuck Lorre & Bill Prady, Steven Molaro

Theme music by Barenaked Ladies

Cinematography by Steven V. Silver

Production design by John Shaffner

Edited by Peter Chakos

Produced by Chuck Lorre & Bill Prady, Steven Molaro & Faye Oshima Belyeu

Directed by Mark Cendrowski

2011-12

 

Production:

Television: Warner Bros.

Video: Warner Home Video

 

Cast:

Johnny Galecki as Leonard

Jim Parsons as Sheldon

Kaley Cuoco as Penny

Simon Helberg as Howard

Kunal Nayyar as Rajesh

Sara Gilbert as Leslie

Melissa Rauch as Bernadette

Mayim Bialik as Amy

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Feature film: 1080p

Codec: AVC

BD-50 x 2

DVD / Digital Copy x 3

24 Episodes @ 21 minutes

Season Runtime: 505 minutes

Extra Features: ca. 46 minutes

 

Audio:

English DTS-HD MA 5.1

Dub: Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0

 

Subtitles:

Feature: English SDH, French & Spanish

 

Extras

• The Big Bang Theory @ 100

  1. The Big Bang Theory’s Laws of Reflection

• Professors of Production

• Gag Reel


Standard Blu-ray case, w/ hinged-pages

Release Date: September 11, 2012



Product Description [Wikipedia]
The Big Bang Theory is centered on five characters: roommates Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper, two physicists employed at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech); Penny, a waitress and aspiring actress who lives across the hall; and Leonard and Sheldon's equally geeky and socially awkward friends and co-workers, aerospace engineer Howard Wolowitz and astrophysicist Rajesh Koothrappali. The geekiness [to wit: their childlike intest in everything video games, Star Trek, and comic books] and intellect of the four guys is contrasted for comic effect with Penny's social skills and common sense. Over time supporting characters have been promoted to starring roles: Leslie Winkle, a physicist colleague at Caltech and, at different times, a lover of both Leonard and Howard; Bernadette Rostenkowski, Howard's fiancée, a microbiologist and former part-time waitress alongside Penny; and neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler, who joins the group after surreptitiously being matched to Sheldon on a dating website. Bernadette and Amy became prominent characters after Penny and Leonard stopped dating.

Season Five
Like the popular television show Friends, there is a certain amount of girl/boyfriend swapping that goes on throughout the series, only TBBT is funny, where Friends is merely familiar kitsch.  Season Five starts off with Raj hopeful about his relationship with Penny (Leonard's original girlfriend) while Leonard and Priya move along with theirs, long distance. Howard considers the idea of sharing Bernadette with his mother - a big step for him - while Sheldon’s emotional development is diverted - or enhanced, depending on how you look at it - with his romance with a toy train set.  Howard takes more center stage than in the past as his relationship with Bernadette moves inexorably to the altar, while at the same time his work for NASA seems likely to place him on a space mission!  Stephen Hawking and Leonard Nimoy make guest appearances.
  
Critical Reception
People
The chemistry of comedy may not be as complex as string theory, but my guess is it's at least as challenging as rocket science. Which means that Chuck Lorre is close to a genius: The CBS lineup is dominated by his sitcoms Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly and The Big Bang Theory, which is now in its fifth season and rules the Thursday-night ratings. Like other Lorre-coms, it's bright and obvious as a cartoon, yet written with a clean, precise patter of jokes. It's also very well cast. Here we have Jim Parsons, a two-time Emmy winner, as Sheldon Cooper, a physicist presiding over a group of brainiacs. Purse-lipped and thin as a test tube, Parsons suggests a more human Pee-wee Herman. He get laughs whether giving a line a rising note of panic or recoiling from a bird outside the window. The character occupies a middle ground between relatively normal pal Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and slightly disturbing sorta-girlfriend Amy Farrah Fowler (a glowering Mayim Bialik). But Parsons owns this cosmos. - Tom Gliatto
 
Media Mikes
You can tell that the show changed a lot this season…in a positive direction. The characters are getting new arc and not only growing but also maturing. I think that the addition of Bernadette and Amy, amazingly played by Melissa Rouch and Mayim Bialik respectively, really compliments a lot more to the original cast with added depth. Mayim Bialik literally steals every single scene she is in and deserves a freaking Emmy…HELLO??!! It is rare that when a season ends that I am literally upset and dying for more, this was the case when this season ended. I actually had to go back to previous seasons and re-watch just to get my “Big Bang” fix. - Mike Gencarelli
  
Image : 7/8
I have always found the look of The Big Bang Theory to be a bit dark and oversaturated.  I suppose the thinking was to suggest the comic book universe in which the four boys live.  Doesn’t really work for me all that much.  It is for this reason that watching the show on Blu-ray is something of a boost, since it brings to better life a somewhat fatiguing presentation on DVD.  Minor transfer issues are present, but colors are more vivid and more brilliant, and contrast and fine detail is improved - none of these by a great deal in a side by side, but over the course of each episode’s twenty-odd minutes the result is less fatiguing and more involving - which is kind of the point, isn’t it. 
  
Audio: 7/7
It’s taken longer for Warner Home Video to get on board with uncompressed audio for television shows, regardless of how interesting or challenging such audio tracks might be.  It was only with the Fourth Season of The Big Bang Theory that Warners discovered DTS-MA HD.  I suppose one could cut them a little slack for “just a comedy show” but after all, it’s just a matter of pushing this button instead of that one when mastering the set.  That rant out of the way, and keeping in mind that the show is “just a comedy” the dialogue benefits form the improved clarity and sparkle.  There are very few moments of surrounding effects, save the wonderful swish that accompanies the scene transitions and the ubiquitous laugh track - which I could have done without from the get-go.
  
Bonus Features: 4
What do you do after fours seasons of extra features, especially for a sitcom, even one as clever as The Big Bang Theory in its best moments.  Not much, nor should we expect a great deal, I think.  
In The Big Bang Theory @ 100, cast members and producers celebrate to show’s 100th episode.
The Big Bang Theory’s Laws of Reflection is a cast-walk down this season’s memory lane.
Professors of Production is a behind-the-scenes look at the various departments that make the show possible each week. A lengthy Gag Reel tops off the bonus features.
  
Recommendation: 7
By the end of its third season I never thought there was more than one more left  in it - but, lo,  the fourth season saw such delightful episodes as “The Robotic Manipulation” “The Cruciferous Vegetable Amplification“ and “The Cohabitation Formulation”.  The difficulty, as I saw it, was that as things were going one or more of the four lads was going to grow up - and then what would we have?  Perhaps, the answer to that question is: the fifth season.  Then again, perhaps the fifth season is just a case of treading water before the show either drowns or goes into orbit.  That said, I remain a fan, if a little jaded.


Leonard Norwitz
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September 9, 2012
 
 












 
                                   



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