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    Xena: Warrior Princess - Season 5
    Universal/Universal . R4 . COLOR . 944 mins . M15+ . PAL

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    Most television series would find it difficult to start a new season when the previous one ended with the crucifixtion of the two starring characters. Not so Xena: Warrior Princess. Xena laughs at death and then goes right on living. Sure, she has a little help from her friends and any number of heavenly beings who happen to be siding with her at the time, but that's what being a hero is all about.

    Thrill! as Xena restores her broken chakram to even greater plot-saving ability than it had before. Watch! as Xena gives birth to a child prophesied to destroy the Gods. Dance! to the upbeat musical extragavanza that is the Battle of the Bands for Terpsichore's lyre. Tremble! as Joxer is fatally poisoned by angry priests. Cheer! as Gabrielle is crowned Queen of the Amazons.

    A 22 episode season filled with comedy, drama, romance and the fates of the Olympians in the balance - everything you've come to love and expect from Xena, on 6 discs.

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    What we have here is 6 discs of decent quality full frame television. Colours are rich and full of life in that television adventure series kind of way, showing off the landscape of Middle Earth, ummmm, New Zealand. There were a few moments of minor artefacting, with some of the full screen computer generated establishing shots showing some blocky pixelation. As this seemed only to be on the obvious full screen CG shots, it's hard to tell if this was an artefact of the original material, or a result of the transfer process. Regardless, the moments are breif and easily ignored.

    As far as sound goes, I was a little surprised to find only a stereo soundtrack where I was expecting to hear at least Pro Logic given how recent the show was. That aside, the soundtrack is fine - dialogue is clear and you'll be able to hear every exaggerated whoosh that accompanies punches, kicks and most sudden moves made by any of the major characters.

    There are no extras of which to speak, which is a bit of a shame given that the Region 1 sets come equipped with interviews and commentaries for selected episodes.


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    "...everything you've come to love and expect from Xena, on 6 discs."
    - Andrew MacLennan
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