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|Genre||Television, DVD Movie, Blu-ray Movie, Comedy, Mystery & Suspense|
|Format||Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Box set|
|Contributor||Stanley Kamel, Traylor Howard, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine, Tony Shalhoub|
|Runtime||12 hours and 10 minutes|
It's time to tidy up for another season with Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Tony Shalhoub in all 16 Season Five episodes of Monk, television's most fresh and funny series. Gumshoe Adrian Monk would never actually have gum on his well-polished shoes: in addition to intellect and instinct, he also has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Though his eccentric traits bewilder his colleagues Natalie Teeger (Traylor Howard), Captain Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) and Lieutenant Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford), Monk's attention to detail keeps crime—and grime—off the streets. Included in this highly collectible, 4-disc set are both the black & white and color versions of the noir-style episode "Mr. Monk and the Leper," obsessively good bonus features and the pilot episode of the hit comedy-drama Psych. Follow the clues to Season Five of Monk, the quirky and original show TV Guide hails as "alternatively hilarious and touching."
Disc 2 - Monk Season Five:
- Mr. Monk and the Leper Commentary with Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine, Traylor Howard, Sarah Brown, Executive Producer David Hoberman, Executive Producer/Writer Andy Breckman, and Director/Exceutive Producer Randall Zisk
- Bonus Episode: Psych Pilot Episode
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.88 Ounces
- Item model number : 25631044
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Box set
- Run time : 12 hours and 10 minutes
- Release date : October 2, 2012
- Actors : Tony Shalhoub, Ted Levine, Jason Gray-Stanford, Traylor Howard, Stanley Kamel
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
- Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B0081QF6Z4
- Number of discs : 4
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,036 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- #1,699 in Comedy (Movies & TV)
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Aside from a comedic make-out scene, a reference to a "sex affair" (both in "the Leper"), and some mild swearing throughout it's as family-friendly as ever. (Thank you USAnetwork!)
The mysteries are still challenging and creative. (Keep an eye out for clues!)
As for the DVDs themselves, the quality is excellent. All episodes are in widescreen.
The only way at all that this product is lacking is the sparse special-features. The brief webisodes are odd and don't fit the style of normal Monk episodes at all.
The additional Psych episode is neither here nor there unless you have a strong opinion concerning the show. (I hate it. :P)
However, the commentary over Mr. Monk and the Leper is priceless and very enjoyable. It's worth sitting through the episode a second time.
All-in-all, I would say that this four DVD set is worth its cost.
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Tony Shalhoub's brilliantly nuanced central performance undoubtedly has a lot to do with it. The character has a lot of twitches, but it is undoubtedly Shalhoub's delivery of the lines in that hangdog, slightly drony manner that makes Monk's Charlie Brown karma so endearing. Monk can be intensely selfish at times because of his obsessiveness, there's a great scene in this series where a refuse collectors strike leads Monk to commandeer a rubbish truck and drive around the city trying to clean it up by himself. When asked by Capt Stottlemeyer what he's going to do when the truck is filled up, he replies "Drive into the river. Then get another truck, fill it up and drive that into the river." At other times, particularly when thinking about his wife Trudie, the pathos brings a tear to your eye.
I don't really watch Monk for the murders, I see them as just being a set up to see how Monk reacts to a certain situation, and there are some good situations in this series, such as when Dr Kroger, Monk's therapist, decides to retire when he thinks a cleaning woman has been killed by one of his patients and Monk desperately tries to convince him not to.
What's great is that, even in this the fifth season, Monk still feels fresh. Like Columbo it's the sort of show that because of the great acting of the lead, and the brilliant character work, I can keep going back to it and watching it again. I thought the Mr Monk, Private Eye episode was quite slow, even for Monk's pacing, and that it failed to fully examine the setup. But one out of sixteen isn't bad.
You also get a pilot for a show called Psych, which isn't as good as Monk, but may have legs.
If you're already a fan of Monk, this fifth series won't disappoint. If you haven't seen Monk, you're in for a treat!
But apart from these minor hiccups, this season gives the best insight yet into the reasons for Monk's behaviour.
The scenes with his father at the end of one of the episodes is truly heart breaking and brought a tear to my eye. The scene where Monk loses it with a 'Shock Jock' who winds him up over his beloved Trudy and the last scene of that same episode when in silence he watches old footage of his wedding are equally touching.
Tony Shalhoub has made Monk a believable character and he should have won award after award for this role.
I wondered if the show would miss Sharona but Natalie is a brilliant replacement, who is a tough cookie and doesn't let Monk rule the roost as he did with Sharona.
This season is brilliant.
Can't wait for Season 6 to arrive !!!