Previous season spoilers ahead: Critically acclaimed, fan-favorite series Fringe returns for its fifth and final season to deliver a climactic conclusion to the saga... in all worlds. Picking up from events depicted in the fourth season's flash-forward episode, the seemingly peaceful Observers have seized control of our universe in 2015. Now, in 2036, they have become ruthless rulers who stand unopposed. What awaits in the future, however, is the Fringe Team's final stand, which will bring together all they have witnessed in preparation for the final battle to protect our world. Joining Fringe scientist Water Bishop (John Noble), FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) and the Fringe team is Olivia and Peter's now-grown daughter, Etta (Georgina Haig), in a final season filled with struggle, surprises, and sacrifice.
The Complete Fifth and Final Season special features include:
Featurette: A Farewell to Fringe
Fringe Panel at Comic-Con 2012
UltraViolet Digital Copy (expires May 7, 2015)
The Complete Fifth and Final Season Episode list:
1. Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11
2. In Absentia
3. The Recordist
4. The Bullet that Saved the World
5. An Origin Story
6. Through The Looking Glass and What Walter Found There
8. The Human Kind
9. Black Blotter
10. Anomaly XB-6783746
11. The Boy Must Live
13. An Enemy of Fate
Whether any new or exclusive extras will be included with The Complete Series box set is unknown at this time. Also unknown: whether the box set's First Season and Second Season discs will feature an upgrade to DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround. (The 2009 and 2010 Blu-ray editions of the first two seasons only offer a 640kbps Dolby Digital 5.1 track.)
Season 5 wasn't great to start with but the last 4 or so finally gave the team some hope and ramped up the final plan. I loved the finale. This is great cover art. Still haven't gotten around to purchasing Season 4 yet. I wonder if the complete series packaging will be like a really cool box that fits in with everything on my shelf (ala 'Chuck'), or something ungainly like 'Friends'.
It's released by Warner and Warner almost never upgrades a disc before a few years. They didn't change the content of the early seasons of Chuck, they didn't remaster Batman Begins and The Dark Knight for The Dark Knight Trilogy and they still use the lossy audio on the Anniversary Edition for Goodfellas, which is arguably a higher-profile title than the early seasons of Fringe. So, don't expect any change before a long time.(*)
Sure, there are disappointments, but at least I don't have the feeling I must double-dip every couple of years for something I already bought.
(*) Unless you create a new timeline in which the discs are lossless right from the start.
I only own the first season so I may get rid of it in favor of the complete set depending on the price, packaging, and if they change or add any content. I hope they upgrade the first two seasons to lossless audio but I doubt they will.
We've also confirmed that the same date will see Fringe - The Complete Series on both formats. They WILL be bundles of the individual season sets, with the same on-disc content. However, they aren't just shrinkwrapped together, apparently: Warner's info says to expect these to be slid into a "slipcase/gift box" type of outer sleeve. We don't have artwork for that yet, but we do know that the cost will be $159.96 SRP for the DVD version and $197.50 SRP for the Blu-ray.