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Breaking Bad: Season 1 (2008)

Bryan Cranston , Aaron Paul  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,261 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 346 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,261 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DJLCRC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #885 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Breaking Bad: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Making Breaking Bad  
  • Deleted scenes
  • Commentary on Pilot
  • Commentary on Episode #105 - "Crazy Handful of Nothin"
  • Screen tests (Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt)
  • AMC Shootout and Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston
  • Inside Breaking Bad (14 behind the scenes clips)

Editorial Reviews

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No one would confuse the desperate dad Bryan Cranston plays in this character-driven drama with the fun-loving Hal from Malcolm in the Middle. In AMC's Breaking Bad, Walter White lives in the suburbs with his wife--and wears tighty-whiteys--but the similarities end there. During the pilot, the cash-strapped chemistry teacher finds out he has inoperable lung cancer. He and Skyler (Deadwood's Anna Gunn) have one son, Walter Jr. (R.J. Mitte), and a daughter on the way. With two years to get his affairs in order, Walter comes up with a wild plan: he and former student Jesse (Aaron Paul), a drug dealer, will open a meth lab.

In the hands of creator Vince Gilligan (The X-Files), Bad's first season plays like the improbable offspring of Weeds and The Shield. With nothing left to lose, the Albuquerque 50-year-old uses his death sentence as a catalyst to break every rule he's ever followed while keeping his family--including Skyler's radiologist sister, Marie (Betsy Brandt), and her DEA agent husband, Hank (Dean Norris)--out of the loop. Throughout these seven episodes, Walt takes on a hostage, a dead body, and a partner who likes to sample his own product. Based on the description alone, the program shouldn't work as well as it does, except Gilligan and company keep the situations psychologically believable and Emmy winner Cranston makes Walt surprisingly sympathetic as he swings between compassion and self-interest. As he tells his students, "Chemistry is the study of change," a statement that applies equally well to the show, since Walt ends up in a very different place than the one he began. This three-disc set comes complete with cast and crew commentary, an installment of AMC's Shootout, two featurettes, deleted scenes, and screen tests. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

Popular water-cooler drama about an unremarkable and uncharismatic chemistry teacher, Walter, who discovers new passion in his life after he learns he has terminal cancer. Once a successful chemist, Walter now teaches apathetic high school students and works part-time at a car wash to help support his family - wife Skyler, who earns a modest income buying and selling items on eBay, and son Walter, Jr., a strong-willed 17-year-old suffering from cerebral palsy. Realizing he has nothing but his family left to live for, Walter's new sense of purpose reinvigorates him into a man of action as he turns to an exciting life of crime to provide for the ones he loves.

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203 of 219 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars On Demand Versions Not Same As DVD, is Censored June 15, 2010
Format:Amazon Instant Video
The DVD version of Breaking Bad is uncensored. Amazon VOD is not. There is no additional content but certain words are not blanked out and certain screens are not blurred. I don't want to give examples since that would create spoilers, but you'll see the differences in the pilot episode at a minimum.
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273 of 308 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular October 17, 2008
Format:DVD
I think many, when looking at the main star of this show (Bryan Cranston) will have only really been familiar with him from Malcolm In The Middle. He played Hal, a simple Dad with simple values and an unbeatable love for his family. Who would have thought that he can take a character with the same basic love of his family and create something incredibly unique from that. In Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston plays Chemistry professor Walter White who's married with a handicap son who suffers from Cerebral Palsy and a child on the way.
One day Walter is hit with the ultimate bombshell as he finds he has inoperable lung cancer and has little time left to live. Walter realises that he can't assure his families financial security for the little time he has left being a teacher. He hears about a raid on a crystal meth lab that seizes millions of dollars worth of drugs which he decides that he must be a part of that. He knows how to make the best crystal meth ever seen, but not how to get it on the streets which is why he must enlist the help of his former student and drug pusher Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul).

I honestly didn't have high hopes for this show as, although I'm a huge fan of Bryan Cranston for his work on Malcolm In The Middle, I struggled to believe he could pull off such a train wreck of a character. The family is a typical middle class American family struggling to take care of their disabled son trying to make him have as normal a life as possible. In a way I can relate to the situation as I'm disabled myself and know how much of a strain it can be on parents. Sure, it's not the same disability, but the family struggling through it is definitely displayed well and R.J. Mitte as Walter Jr. is an excellent fit.
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185 of 212 people found the following review helpful
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
It's disappointing to pay money for a TV series only to find it has been re-edited inexplicably for distribution, presumably on Amazon. (?)

While I can live without the F-words and frontal nudity, it is exceedingly annoying to have paid for this without a single hint of this modification to the production as it was originally intended to be viewed.

Plus...complete silences inserted over adult language? Really?

My Vote: Do NOT spend your money. Purchase the DVD, BluRay or get it through NetFlix.

:-)
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113 of 133 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't want TV-14 Version! August 10, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
WOW! After watching this on AMC and hearing all sorts of language, I was very surprised to have the F-word bleeped out, especially after the main character just grabbed himself and said shine this! There is also a scene where a women's breasts are pixeled out. I'm 52 and feel cheated, I don't want my TV censored and for that I give it 1 star, I could not truly appreciate the show with parts of the dialogue bleeped out. I seriously doubt that I'll be buying the other seasons via Amazon or if it's all VOD then I'll have to do DVD's or just not bother at all.

Amazon should state somewhere that you are buying a censored version, if they had I would not have bothered.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dangerously addictive April 15, 2010
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Great writing, acting, directing, everything is awesome about this show. Dark subject matter yes, but it's counterbalanced by hilarious, uplifting, fantastically written moments. Bryan Cranston is so great in this. This show is my addiction. :)
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92 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Season Barely Breaks The Surface March 9, 2009
Format:DVD
First I want to say that this series is great and if you haven't seen it yet or are unsure about it, the second season is currently airing on AMC, so try to catch a few of them to get a better understanding. If you like those episodes or if you're one of the people who already love this series then this DVD boxed set is for you. It contains the complete first season of AMC's Breaking Bad in seven one hour long episodes.

In short the plot is a more serious Bryan Cranston than we've seen playing chemistry teacher Walter White, who gets diagnosed with cancer. With a son, Walter Jr, who is disabled and a wife, Skyler, who is pregnant with her second child in her late thirties he decides the best way to take care of his family is to start making crystal meth with one of his old dead beat students, Jesse. The further he goes to try and provide for his family the darker and more complicated his life becomes with crazy drug dealer's, increasing extended family issues with his wife's sister, Marie, and to top it off a bother in law, Hank, who is a Drug Enforcement Administration Officer.

The episodes found on this set are:

Ep 1: Pilot - Walter White is a high school chemistry teacher who learns that he has lung cancer. With a new lease on life, Walter becomes a drug dealer to secure his family's financial security.
Aired: 1/20/2008

Ep 2: Cat's in the Bag... - Following their debacle in the desert, Walter and Jesse are left with a mess to dispose of. Later, Skyler grows suspicious of Walt's recent activity.
Aired: 1/27/2008

Ep 3: ...and the Bag's in the River - Walter is left to deal with Krazy-8 alone following an argument with Jesse. After Marie raises concerns that Walt Jr. is smoking cannabis, Hank shows him the dangers of drug use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking Bad Season One
As always Breaking Bad met all our expectations. Just as good as all other seasons-if not better,where it starts out with you on the edge of your seat-EXCELLENT !!
Published 1 day ago by Rolande Snowdeal
4.0 out of 5 stars Cooking up crystal meth and a seminal comedy/gangster drama
Walter White (Bryan Cranston) has just turned 50. While once a brilliant research chemist, for reasons that will become apparent much later he has taken a job teaching high school... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Allen Smalling
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say...5-stars!
The price was right for this season. I will buy the other seasons at Target because they are cheaper than Amazon.
Published 3 days ago by Richard P.
4.0 out of 5 stars Black edge of your seat Comedy/Drama
Breaking Bad has virtually all the elements that make up a good viewing series, it violent, funny, cringe worthy and compelling. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Papafish
5.0 out of 5 stars New favourite show!!
Great characters and storyline. This is the best tv show ever, I can't believe i didnt catch on to this sooner!
Published 5 days ago by MMcP
5.0 out of 5 stars Best show!
One of my most favorite series! I'm so sad that it ended. It's just fun to watch episodes again. Do a marathon on Breaking bad. No other show like it on tv today!
Published 5 days ago by Muhammad Booth
5.0 out of 5 stars very Intense
I don't usually watch this type of entertainment, but this show is so well written and acted its almost addictive. Read more
Published 6 days ago by susan conger
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love, love "Breaking Bad"!
My husband and I recently watched "Breaking Bad, Season 1" and LOVED it--couldn't wait to get to the next episode and I've already ordered season 2. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Ruth Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!
I love the show so much that I just HAD to buy the entire DVD set of all the years so that I can watch it, marathon style, now that I am severely mourning the end of the series. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Wendy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
I really like the realism of the show with the great costumes and good plot lines. I cant wait for the next episode!
Published 12 days ago by Kathryn McDaniel
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DVD edited like the AMC series?
No, it is the full show as it was meant to be. As a Bright House Cable subscriber at the time, I had the luxury of watching the episodes in HD on their VOD. They weren't edited there either. I watched a show on the actual channel and it was edited pretty bad and in SD.

This DVD set is SD but it... Read more
Mar 1, 2009 by S. Schoenherr |  See all 6 posts
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watch parks & recreation. it's brilliant, and if you love the office, you'll for sure love parks as it's made by the people who made the office.

the first season starts off a bit slow (it's only like 6 episodes anyway), but the second season is AMAZING.
Apr 28, 2011 by valerie beth |  See all 15 posts
English subtitles?
Alejandro: I don't think so. The Region 1 Breaking Bad First Season boxset does *not* specify English subtitles. Actually, NONE of the B.B Seasons 1-3 on DVD list English subtitles.

So, I didn't buy any of them. I've learned my lesson. If the box doesn't specify certain subtitles, I'm not taking... Read more
Jun 27, 2011 by Mark |  See all 6 posts
Breaking Bad Season 2
Great first show of the season.... how many shows are we getting this time? A full dozen or more? Season 1 was cut short due to that writer's strike. Watch the stuff on AMC's BB website. There is some good stuff on there. I love this show.
Mar 9, 2009 by S. Schoenherr |  See all 5 posts
AMC Channel
Network, but it's also on cable.
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