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Also starring Academy Award® and Golden Globe winner Jon Voight (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), the latest season of the acclaimed SHOWTIME® original series features notable guest stars including Academy Award® winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking), Lili Simmons (“Banshee”), C. Thomas Howell (“Southland”) and Donald Faison (“Scrubs”). In the latest season, Ray’s ongoing family upheaval has taken an emotional toll, leaving him more vulnerable than ever. LA’s preeminent fixer is heading into uncharted territory and will soon discover that some damage can’t be controlled.

raydonovans5dvdStudio: Showtime Entertainment
Year: 2018
Release Date: January 30, 2018
Run time: 1029 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: Dolby Digital mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 4 DVD
Region: 1

My initial reason to start watching this show was Liev Schreiber, the guy just has a certain vibe to him that I dig, it’s why I liked X- Men Origins: Wolverine more than I should, and he does not disappoint portraying the role of Ray Donovan.

The show is good with pretty solid writing and equally solid acting. Basically everything is there for me to really like this show, yet there are a few things that are starting to annoy me 6 episodes in, hence my given rating.

It has to do with the side stories and some of the characters within them. The older brother’s love life, the kids and their growing pains, the spiteful wife and her distrust, they’re taking me out of the flow of an otherwise exciting main story line. Especially the wife parts really bug me. And while I do realize this is a drama series and that these happenings influence the main protagonist in one way or another it comes across as fluff to me filling up the spacing in between.

Movie Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • Dog the Dog
  • On Death & Dying Parts 1, 2, and 3
  • Nothing Goes Right For Bunchy
  • Terry Donovan and Parkinson’s
  • Episode 508 Commentary  with Paula Malcomson & David Hollander

Movie Quality: 7/10

Final Thoughts

This is a brilliant show. The acting is incredible, from everyone. It is totally captivating. It’s great writing, the scripts aren’t clunky, it moves at a steady and mesmerizing pace.
Overall Rating: 8/10