Who doesn’t love Michael Westen and Sam Axe? Trick question, everyone loves them… and that’s why you should be watching “Burn Notice” if you’re not already. Season 5 takes a bit of a turn when Michael is framed for murder and has to fight to clear his name. Of course there are twists and turns along the way. There are 18, action-packed episodes this season and as a fan of the show you’re going to love each and every one of them. Now, if you haven’t been watching “Burn Notice” I obviously don’t recommend jumping right in to season 5, but all of the DVDs are well worth it, so pick this one up, then pick up seasons 1-4 and catch yourself up.

The video on this set looks very nice. It doesn’t hurt that the show is filmed in a lot of bright locations so the colors are very vibrant and everything pops right off the screen. Episodes are presented in their original widescreen format and FOX made sure that no detail was left out. I was actually surprised how well the video looked for being a DVD and not a Blu-Ray. Which brings me to another question… why isn’t this show being released on Blu-Ray? If I had one gripe with “Burn Notice” and FOX, it would be that. This day and age there is no reason for you not to release everything in Blu-Ray. I know that digital distribution is becoming a large part of how people watch TV and movies these days, but for the snobs like us, we want a physical disc that has the highest possible resolution (for now). It just seems odd that a show like this doesn’t get the Blu-Ray treatment, but maybe they have their reasons.

As for the audio, the 5.1 Dolby Digital track sounds great. Everything is crisp and clear, dialogue is audible and the action scenes really immerse you into the show. I know that Blu-Ray can hold much better audio tracks, but the audio on this set is definitely enough for the show.

There are a handful of special features on the set which are pretty solid. An extended version of the “Army of One” episode, a handful of deleted scenes, a blooper reel, a commentary track on the final episode and then a quick featurette that talks about the villains of the show. I was hoping for a little more in terms of features, maybe a few more commentary tracks and what not, but it’s enough to give you a little something extra to go along with this amazing show.

So if you’re a fan of the show I highly recommend picking up Season 5, although I’m sure I didn’t have to tell you that, but if you’ve never watched it I suggest going back and starting from the beginning before you pick this one up. By the time you catch up maybe this one will be on sale and you can save yourself a few bucks.

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