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Boston Legal Season 1-5 Complete Collection
1.) Description (Editorial Reviews)
Please rise for the end of pure legal chaos at the law firm of Crane Poole & Schmidt, as Boston Legal - Season 5 (2008) rests its case with the final season on DVD. This final installment of the show that put a facetiously refreshing spin on the legal drama genre tackles controversial judicial and personal issues without objection in these 13 episodes, including the 2008 presidential election, Mad Cow disease, gay marriage rights, and health regulations for an unapproved Alzheimer's drug. Headlining the outstanding ensemble cast are James Spader and William Shatner, starring in their respective Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning roles as Alan Shore and Denny Crane, two unlikely kindred spirits among the brigade of high-priced litigators at Crane Poole & Schmidt. Matching forces in her Emmy-nominated role is Candice Bergen playing the vigilant founding partner Shirley Schmidt, along with four-time Emmy winner and former TV lawyer John Larroquette as Carl Sack. This final round of drinks and cigars includes appearances from previous seasons' guest stars, including Rene Auberjonois and Betty White, as well as new clients including William Daniels, Roma Maffia, Jane Lynch, Brenda Strong, and Ming-Na.
2.) Special Features
As in Munchkinland, people seem to come and go so quickly at the law firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt. Out the door as Season Four begins are cast members Mark Valley, Julie Bowen, Rene Auberjonois, and Constance Zimmer (a tough loss). But the more things change the more they stay the same. Introduced to sweet, pretty and capable new lawyer Katie Lloyd (Tara Summers), it takes Alan Shore (James Spader) all of one second to come on to her. It takes Denny Crane (William Shatner) five. The most stellar addition to the firm is Night Court Emmy-winner John Larroquette as Carl Sack from the New York office. He has come not to shake things up so much as to tone them down, and "wring out some of the madness." "We are in the business of law," he pronounces. "A law firm has to be discreet, conservative." Good luck with that, Carl, especially when one of the lawyers keeps popping up on YouTube dressed as his female alter-ego, and the senior partner is one minute arrested for soliciting a prostitute, and the next caught in his own Larry Craig bathroom incident, and the next courting a discrimination suit after firing a female associate for being overweight. That, of course, would be addled loose cannon Denny Crane, who seems to be more of a distraction this season, but who rises to the occasion in an excellent episode in which he and Alan find themselves on opposite sides in the case of a Massachusetts town that wants to secede from the United States. "Every time someone counts me out of the game, I surprise them," he tells Carl. Boston Legal is nothing if not surprising, as witness the story arc involving a woman (former Saturday Night Live ensemble member Mary Gross) with Aspergers whose budding romance with Jerry Espenson (Christian Clemenson) is threatened by her romantic love for inanimate objects (the condition exists; look it up). Another new addition to the firm, Lorraine (Saffron Burrows), herself an object of Alan's obsession, reveals explosive secrets from her past. But more compelling is the dramatic case of a woman (guest star Mare Winningham) who efficiently plots the murder of her daughter's killer, but wants Alan to plead temporary insanity. Spader, a three-time Emmy-winner as Alan, is at his best when he is on his (and series creator David Kelley's) "soapbox" ("Don't you get tired going on and on like that?" Denny affectionately chides him). His verbal smackdown of the United States Supreme Court justices in the episode, "The Court Supreme," is one of the season's most memorable moments. Carl Sack may not succeed in making Crane, Pool & Schmidt "a normal law firm," but as one is heard to remark, "It's not everyday you encounter compelling characters, is it?" --Donald Liebenson
1.)When it comes down to it, has there ever been a television series as witty, as thoughtful, as smart and as engaging as 'Boston Legal'?
Years ago, a very close friend with whom I work, would regale me with detailed descriptions of a show starring Bill Shatner. Weekly I would hear about the trials and exploits of Denny Crane and Alan Shore, but I never quite took the time to watch it. But then, on a fateful night staying at a relative's home in Huntington, Long Island with little to do, I happened upon an episode of 'Boston Legal' on TV.
Let me be clear, from that very moment in time, I was in. Game over. David Kelley's (at the time) latest creation had me in its clutches. It was witty, it was brilliant, it was sad, it was poignant and of course starring Shatner and Spader, it was quirky, yet perfect. The show - and its characters - came to mean so much to me that when going through a difficult time two years ago, I picked up the complete set (on DVD because it wasn't available on the iTunes store). Denny and Alan didn't fix my problems, but they gave me a hopeful respite when everything else around me seemed destined to disappoint
2.)Possibly the best series in a decade. Witty, smart, in many ways like British farce and the team of Spader and Shatner pull off some of the best comedic performances ever. So sorry to have discovered it so late, and very happy we get to watch the series as often as we wish. This one is worth watching 3-5 times. I paraticularly liked the final season where they break the fourth wall ("You're an extra, you don't get to speak.") and clearly purposly "jump the shark" upon learning the series was canceled. Candice Bergen is witty and also often plays the critical role of the straight man. Gives me a whole new appreciation of paint ball guns, which are a modern substitute for cream pies.
3.)David Kelly (LA Law, Picket Fences, Ally McBeal) is one of the greatest writers and producers around. A real lawyer who got hired by genius writer-producer Steve Bochco (Hill Street Blues, LA Law, NYPD Blue). Boston Legal is IRREVELENCE to the maximum! An 0ff-shoot of the more serious The Practice (which I never got into, too serious) James Spader (Stargate the movie and more recently NBCs BLACKLIST) teams up with William Shatner (I am NOT Captain Kirk, I am Denny Crane and you're not!). Candace Bergen (I am NOT Murphy Brown, I am Ms. Schmidt and don't call me Shirley), John (I wish I was a Loofa) Laroquette and incidental characters like,Betty (Serial Killer) White, Roma Mafia, Henry Gibson, my friend Frank (I know you think I'm a hack actor) Birney. Dialog like: (Opposing lawyer): You did go to law school didn't you? Spader replying): Actually I got my degree on the Internet. Shatner (To Shirley's 17 year old grand-daughter): You're as hot as grand ma (Shirley) are you as dirty?
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