Buy Nip/Tuck: Season Five, Part One at Amazon


SRP $59.98 1.78:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 WARNER BROS

When a series about plastic surgeons in Miami, has already dealt with neo-nazis, trans-genders, a serial killer known as "the carver", and much more, early on in its run, one wonders how it can remain fresh by its fifth season. Well, the creator decided to have the surgeons pick up their gear and stake a claim in Beverly Hills, California. It's an appropriate choice for many reasons, particularly for the large number of starlet wannabes wanting to go under the knife for a chance at fame.  Christian and Sean have started their business in LA, as season 5 begins, but, it's Sean that's getting the fame, for a change.  A tv series, has hired Sean on as a technical consultant, and he's become a darling of the entertainment community, while Christian seems dumbfounded at being left in his wake. Of course, this doesn't leave him celibate, and "SEASON 5" offers plenty of steamy interactions with a bevy of new beauties, as well as new twists involving Julia, her female lover(Portia De Rossi) and De Rossi's beautiful young daughter.  The daughter, "Eden," is about as wicked as she is sexy, and a plot involving her attempts to poison Julia, is but one of several storyline ideas that feels a bit too ridiculous, even for a show like this. Still, the bravado of the writers, the obvious fun being had by the cast, and the opportunity to introduce new blood into the series, with the surprisingly great talent of Bradley Cooper, Oliver Platt, and more, make this one of the best seasons, thus far. 

WARNER BROS. has chosen to release this season as "Season 5, Part 1," with all of the previously aired 14 episodes included, and leaving the next 8 episodes to begin airing Tuesday, Jan 6, 2009, to be part of "SEASON 5, Part 2" whenever that's released.

WARNER BROS has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this series, with 16:9 enhancement. Nip/Tuck has always sported a stunning production design, and the Hollywood settings for "SEASON 5" continues this trend. Colors are vibrant throughout, although never oversaturated. Detail is extremely impressive, even in episode two, wherein the image blends "video" from a "mockumentary" with the actual show.  Mild grain pops up occasionally, but is never intrusive. "SEASON 5, Part 1" actually looks comparable on dvd, with upscaling, to the 1080i cable presentation. Blacks are deep enough to offer fine detail in darker scenes. But, WB, "WHY NO BLU-RAY?"

A Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is included.  Surround involvement varies in its intensity, but ambient effects are always well handled and lively. Not much of a bass presence, but there are enough discrete effects and music is creatively disbursed, to allow this to be a fully immersive experience.

Some deleted scenes are included, two of which are terrific, and should've remained intact! A gag reel and lengthy into to the season is also included.