'21 Jump Street Season 5'
(Johnny Depp, Peter DeLuise, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / (1987) 2006 / Anchor Bay Ent.)
Overview: '21 Jump Street' was the show that became a top-rated Fox sensation, made Johnny Depp an overnight star, and remains one of the coolest cultural phenomena of the ‘80s. And it all leads here, the undercover cops of Jump Street Chapel – Doug Penhall (Peter DeLuise), Judy Hoffs (Holly Robinson Peete), Captain Fuller (Steven Williams) and new rookie officers Joey Penhall (Michael DeLuise) and Tony ‘Mac’ McCann (Michael Bendetti) – are caught up in some of the most explosive action and drama in the show’s history!!
DVD Verdict: Now, from the off you should know that showing Johnny Depp on the cover - especially that prominently - is misleading! However, as a fan who remembers that year I have looked forward to the season five collection possibly the most of all. That season never got the acclaim it was due, mainly because of the switch to syndication and the cast changes. Also, Johnny Depp was so unhappy on the show by this time that he mumbled his lines, wore a patch over his nose and obscured his face with his hair. The rest of the episodes are hit or miss, with characters just disappearing, but it is nice to complete the set even without much resolution. And sure, Johnny and Dustin are gone, and Peter doesn't last long, but the new cast members were great. Even the ultra-short-lived new cops who only lasted the first couple of episodes and then disappeared are worth watching again. I remember having a hard time finding the show on TV when season five started, and now I can actually kick back and enjoy those "lost" episodes. However, I still wish the marketing people would have played up the existing cast rather than the absent Johnny Depp, because that's sure to incite furor from his fans - many of whom are too young to remember Jump Street. Sure, his picture will sell DVD's, but why sell DVDs to people who are just going to be upset when they watch it? Doesn't seem like good marketing to me. Anyways, this DVD is recommended to all Jump Street fans, although Johnny Depp fans will probably want to stay clear of it. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) and comes with the Special Features of:
All 23 Episodes From Season Five
Audio Commentary by Actor Peter Deluise ("In the Name of Love")
Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)