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Now on Blu-ray and DVD: Falling Skies: The Complete Fifth Season

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Falling Skies ran on the TNT network from 2011 until 2015 for a total of five seasons. Now available on DVD is Falling Skies: The Complete Fifth Season, a three disc set that collects the season's ten episodes. Alternatively,The Complete Fifth Season is also available as a two-disc set. Fans will be pleased to find "farewell interviews" as a bonus feature, featuring series stars Noah Wyle, Colin Cunningham, Doug Jones, and more. Some of aforementioned also participated in "A Look Back," a group interview that includes cast member Sarah Carter as well.

Official Synopsis: "As season five opens, all breed of beast and mutant are running rampant on earth. The Espheni's power core has been destroyed, and humans are now ready to fight on their terms. And after four years of being tortured, Tom and the 2nd Mass are filled with rage, ready to destroy the enemy in an all-out battle to determine the fate of Earth."

Said Variety of the fifth season, Falling Skies "is a pretty lean, mean, combat machine, with some first-rate visual-effects work," also noting that the season "incorporated plenty of soapy elements, among them a romantic triangle involving Tom’s two older sons (Drew Roy, Connor Jessup) and Maggie (Sarah Sanguin Carter)."

As someone who hasn't followed the Robert Rodat-created, Stephen Spielberg-produced Falling Skies (at all, to be honest), my suspicions that season five was probably not the place to start quickly proved true. But after sampling a DVD review copy, the season five premiere was marked by obviously great production values. Not for nothing was Falling Skies nominated for an Emmy (in 2012) for Outstanding Visual Effects. This final season was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series. While I obviously can't comment further on the show itself, having not seen seasons one through four, a little cursory research makes it plain that I've missed out on quite a cult sensation. Though not a huge ratings-getter, the series maintained a devoted following.

For Falling Skies superfans, Falling Skies: The Complete Series is also available as a ten-disc Blu-ray set or 15-disc DVD set. That's all 52 episodes from the series' five seasons, supplemented by hours of bonus features. Features includes behind-the-scenes footage, commentaries, interviews, and WonderCon and Comic-Con 2014 panel features. Both the Blu-ray and DVD include a special collector's coin on-pack. Blu-ray buyers will also get an exclusive lapel pin with their set. It'll cost ya, though! The Complete Series box set retails for $139.99 (BD) and $129.99 (DVD).
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