Mad Men: Season Five
At the end of the eighth episode in this Mad Men season-five set (with 13 episodes, plus bonus material, on four discs), Don Draper (Jon Hamm) sits listening to “Tomorrow Never Knows,” one of the more sacred items in the Beatles’ catalogue. Licensing an original Beatles recording isn’t just expensive, it’s almost impossible, so the mere fact that it’s there is a testament to this show’s popularity and acclaim. It also speaks to creator Matthew Weiner and his team’s uncanny skill at weaving together multiple storylines while also immersing viewers in the time and place they happen; this season it’s the seminal years of 1966 and ’67, when folks started smoking joints instead of cigarettes, dropping acid instead of sipping scotch, and seeing their casual racism and misogyny begin to give way, albeit stubbornly, to more enlightened views.
Of course, Mad Men is mostly about the characters who work at the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce advertising agency, as well as those in their orbit. Don, who remains the most compelling character and is still at the center of this universe, has a hot young wife, Megan (Jessica Paré), who seems to have tamed his wandering eye for now; but although she shows a genuine flair for the ad game, she still wants to be an actress. Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser), who’s grown from an obnoxious little twerp into a marginally less obnoxious, slightly older twerp, has issues at work, at home… and outside the home. Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), a likable sort trying to keep her head above water in a world dominated by arrogant, entitled men, makes some serious life changes. Roger Sterling (John Slattery), still a cad and still cracking wise (“Listen honey,” he tells a prostitute, “I’m not going to bore you with compliments”), enters into a most unexpected affair. Joan (Christina Hendricks) deals once and for all with her soldier husband. And Lane Pryce (Jared Harris)… well, suffice to say that it’s not a good year for SCDP’s money man.
Actors: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser
Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 4
DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012
Run Time: 611 minutes