Breaking Bad - Series 1 details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, Rj Mitte, Steven Michael Quezada, David House, Krysten Ritter|
|Directors:||Jim McKay, Adam Bernstein, Vince Gilligan|
|Studio:||SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||Breaking Bad, Must See TV on DVD|
Breaking Bad - Series 1 - Disc 1
|18 Disc 1|
Breaking Bad - Series 1 - Disc 2
|18 Disc 2|
Breaking Bad - Series 1 - Disc 3
|18 Disc 3|
|Run time:||5 hours 32 minutes|
|Rental release:||14 Dec 2009|
|Subtitles:||German, Hindi, Turkish|
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Simply brilliantBy dohnut (5 reviews) from Preston , 28 Sep 2009
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[Highly rated reviewer]This is the best series I have watched since the wire and sopranos, yes it is that good. The series basicaly revolves around walter white a teacher who learns he has cancer and to support his family falls into making/dealing drugs meth. As the series progresses he gets deeper and deeper into dealing with the help of his ex student associate. I believe this series has now been lost to five us?, which is a shame as they have just finished the second series with a third under way as we speak, simply watch this.
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Break Out HitBy Samoza (231 reviews) from Reading , 03 May 2012American TV is seeing one of its richest periods ever. As mainstream Hollywood movies become increasingly about CGI and not character, television has become a retreat for some of the best talent the US has to offer. Breaking Bad Season 1 is one such example, an unapologetically adult show it centres on Walt, a Chemistry teacher with terminal cancer. Rather than lie back and die he decides to use his chemistry knowledge for unconventional means and sets out making crystal meth with a former students of his who has turned drug dealer.
With themes ranging from terminal illness to drug addiction, Breaking Bad sounds like a hard watch, but it isnt. This is due to a number of reasons. The writing is key; writer/creator Vince Gilligan has balanced the show brilliantly, the story unwinds slowly and he lets the characters breath. Rather than being miserable throughout, Gilligan has written plenty of amusing scenes as Walt realises that with death so near, there is not point being nice anymore.
The second stage to success is to make sure you have actors that justify the material. A Malcolm in the Middle alumnus does not immediately sound the right choice, but Bryan Cranston is magnificent carrying the show almost single handily. The rest of the cast cannot quite match him, but they do a decent job. With a powerhouse lead and brilliant writing, Breaking Bad is up with the likes of Mad Men as the best the US has to offer in recent years. Do yourself a favour and check out Breaking Bad Season 1.
Breaking Bad OutstandingBy a customer , 01 May 2012I really can't understand why this show hasn't aired on British TV. The story of a dying man driven to committing crime on such a scale to support his family wouldn't be everyone's taste in comedy but sometimes life really does have a darkly comic side and Breaking Bad taps into this. I've only seen Series One so far but am definitely looking forward to watching the rest.
If you like your comedy blacker than black, this is for you.
Phenomenal StuffBy a customer , 25 Apr 2012I came into Breaking Bad for one reason only - Bryan Cranston. To be honest, i feel the show was marketed wrongly to start with, it was marketed as more of a comedy than anything else (the box art on season one doesn't help) Be warned, while this is (very darkly) funny in places, it is most definitely an intense drama more than a comedy.
The transformation of a mild-mannered, put-upon husband working two jobs just to get by into a morally suspect drug producer is breathtaking, and Cranston deserves every award he has won (three Best Actor Emmys in a row for seasons 1-3, and the only reason he didn't win it for season 4 was because it aired too late to be eligible). You find yourself rooting for him even when he makes dubious decisions, because they are always justifiable from his point of view. It's a brave television show that makes their main character both the Protagonist AND Antagonist.
While Season One is short, due to the writers' strike which occurred at the time, it expertly introduces us to the set-up and leaves us on tenterhooks at the finale. There are no bad episodes in Breaking Bad. Even a relatively 'slow' episode will always lead to something much bigger. And i can honestly say it just gets better and better from there, each season being superior to the last.
It's an absolute travesty that this has been ignored or ill-treated by the British Networks.
If you enjoy the slow-build approach - this is for you
If you enjoy great writing - this is for you
If you enjoy top-class acting - this is for you
In short, if you own a television - you should see this, it's phenomenal stuff.
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You'll love it or hate itBy a customer , 08 Apr 2012This series split our household down the middle and I think that's the key to it - I think you love it or you just don't get it. I got it and instantly fell for our bad boy chemistry teacher doing all the wrong things for all the right reasons. Try it and see which camp you fall into.
WATCH THIS SHOW!By RichS (8 reviews) , 16 Mar 2012Just the most amazing bit of TV I have ever seen (Heroes and Prison Break up there)... The show keeps getting stronger, I'm now up to season 4 and I must say... WATCH THIS SHOW!