Plot: What’s it about?
This fifth and final season of The Sarah Jane Adventures was supposed to be comprised of six episodes, but star Elisabeth Sladen passed on before the work was completed. So this fifth season collection contains the three episodes that were finished, as well as a special tribute to Sladen included as an extra. I am not sure what the other three episodes were about, but the three featured here provide an emotional, proper sendoff to this excellent series. The stories are rock solid, with all the drama, humor, and adventure you’d expect, as well as some nice fan service as a bonus. The introduction of a new character is well done and while fans will be divided in some ways, I think it was very well handled. While only three episodes, this season delivers on all counts and while bittersweet, gives the series a fine conclusion.
Video: How does it look?
The episodes are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. These episodes look terrific, with clean and crisp transfers that never disappoint. The images remain sharp and pleasant throughout all three installments, with no problems I could detect. I found colors to be vivid and bright, while contrast is dead on and never wavers. Not of course on the same level as a high definition version, but the show looks great.
Audio: How does it sound?
The soundtrack isn’t going to knock you over, but it gets the job done. The show is dialogue driven, so the vocals remain the focus of attention as it should be. The music sounds good here, but isn’t very rich, while sound effects are passable. As long as the dialogue is clear however, all is well. And since the vocals sound great and no audio issues creep in, this soundtrack earns a solid score.
Supplements: What are the extras?
The lone supplement is Goodbye Bannerman Road, a twenty minute tribute to the late Elisabeth Sladen. This is a well made, very touching piece that fans will greatly appreciate.