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Oz: The Complete Seasons 1-6 (Six-Pack)

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Oz: The Complete Seasons 1-6 (DVD) (6-Pack)

Welcome to Emerald City, an experimental unit of the Oswald Maximum Security Prison or OZ. Em City is about prisoner rehabilitation over public retribution. No matter how hardened a criminal or killer, whether you're in for a few years or for life, you have a role to play. Once inside, choose your friends carefully. Stay on everybody's good side...if you can find one.


Oz, HBO's violent men-behind-bars drama, is an addictive, testosterone-driven soap opera for guys. The first season set the style for the show: a massive cast of vivid characters on both sides of the bars, four or five stories unleashed at a breakneck pace and framed by angry, oddball introductions, and a soaring casualty rate. Created by Homicide producer Tom Fontana, this drama quickly earned a rightful reputation as the most brutal show on TV. It's simple chemistry: combine volatile ingredients in a confined space, shut tight, and shake.

The yellow brick road of the Oswald Correctional Facility (affectionately known as "Oz" among the inmates) leads to "Emerald City," an antiseptic cellblock of cement and glass overseen by prison-reform advocate Tim McManus (Terry Kinney). The first episode introduces its two most compelling inmates: meek lawyer Beecher (Lee Tergeson), who transforms from a vulnerable lamb to a fearless, drug-addicted wildcat, and Muslim activist Kareem Said (Eamonn Walker), a fiercely non-violent leader whose campaign for reform explodes in a season-climaxing riot. The stunning first-season cast also features Ernie Hudson (the warden), Rita Moreno (a worldly drug-counseling nun), and Edie Falco (who jumped from her role as a single-mother prison guard to mob wife in The Sopranos). It carries no rating, but the drug use, nudity, and brutal violence make this highly inappropriate for young viewers and unsuited to the squeamish. Oz pulls no punches in its portrayal of prison violence and! predatory abuse. Over the show's six seasons, other cast members included Luiz Guzmán, J.K. Simmons, Christopher Meloni, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Harold Perrineau, and Patti LuPone --Sean Axmaker

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 3358 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G6BL42
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,010 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Oz: The Complete Seasons 1-6 (Six-Pack)" on IMDb

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Wow. From the first episode you feel as if you are hooked in, although I dont want to dive too much into the show itself (just skim it) you find that this show, apart from its hard hitting grit and honesty (maybe it is? I dont know, ive never been to prison) dealing with drugs, ethnic grouping, racist attacks, homosexuality, violence and spiritual guidance, this show has something for everyone to walk away with and contemplate as it does dictate a lot of what our soceity is like, even if we have to look at a test subject that is criminal and locked up.

Few warnings though:

Not for the faint hearted: If you are conservative in nature, I would not suggest watching this show, as some of what happens is REALLY harsh (especially as seasons go on)

Not for children: I personally dont believe that people who are under the age of 17 should be watching this show, as it contains graphic sexual scenes and nudity.

Dont watch this if you are a devote prison break fan: This show just makes it look like a joke! Although only the first season of the show was in prison, the realism (if they even tried for that) just doesnt compare to how hard up prisoners really have it, which i feel OZ may convey much better. Tea bag? More like hand bag! Compared to characters like Shillinger and Ada Beisi he is TAME.

On the continual arguments with pricing and dvd quality:

Despite claims in these previous reviews, I have yet to find a problem with this six season set.

Although, I have to admit, the menu's are seemingly primative and quite long in loading up (panning through computer graphics etc which gets annoying) but the quality is still great.

I also dont see how this boxset is seen as expensive.
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Not always easy to watch, but always worth it. I agree with a reviewer above, this show is addictive! The story isn't as great as Six Feet Under. There are no Tony Sopranos or Paulie Walnuts to keep you entertained, but Oz is great in it's own way. Every character has flaws, but they also all have some quality that you can sympathize with. It makes it really hard to choose who to root for.

The plot line is always evolving and the violence gets even more raw as you move through the series. I do feel like there are some plot holes in this show and some of the things that happen don't seem like they really could happen in real life, but hey... it's fiction. There is a lot of great acting in this show and it keeps you on your seat waiting to see what is going to happen next. The show can drag a little bit when the prisoners are in counseling and the scenes with the prison staff don't captivate me as much as the stories about the prisoners, but everything is related in the story and it becomes difficult to separate the prison staff from the prisoners themselves.

This show is excellent and complex. It is worth watching again so you can catch some of the things you may have missied the first time around. Therefore, I think this is a series that is worth owning. I give it 4 out of 5 stars only because there are some things that happen that don't seem very realistic.
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5 Stars isn't enough of a rating for a series that could pull down 5 Stars a minute.

For anyone who fantasizes about what life would be like living in a Prison, or...
For anyone studying what real-life is in a Prison, or...
For anyone who enjoys watching muscular men flexing, or...
For anyone who craves "bare knuckle" living, or...
Superlative writing and...
Strongly performed characterizations and...
Rita Moreno and...
A completely naked Christopher Meloni in the showers (gulp, I'm choking on my own drool).

The intricate plotline and the many sub-plots keeps your attention at all times. The fast-paced action will keep you on the edge of your seat. The Series took over my social life. I HAD to watch the episodes in lieu of doing anything else. I have rewatched the entire Series several times and find plenty that I hadn't seen during previous viewings.

Did I like "OZ?" Nahhhhhhh... I LOVED IT!!!
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I absolutely LOVE this show! This show is gritty, edgy, & serious as a heart attack. Oz explores the life of characters inside a seriously hard-core prison--that's PRISON, not some County lock-up--characters ranging from the nun, brilliantly played by Rita Moreno, to guards, administrators, and, of course, prisoners. The tremendous ensemble cast includes: Ernie Hudson, Harold Perrineau (recently of LOST & The Unusuals), J.K. Simmons (currently of The Closer), Dean Winters, Eamonn Walker, B.D. Wong, Kirk Acevedo (most recently of Fringe), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (also of LOST), Luis Guzman, Luke Perry (yes, of 90210 fame), & Edie Falco (formerly of The Sopranos & currently of Nurse Jackie).

If your favorite shows are epitomized by such network fare as Prison Break, House, & 24, then this show might not be for you; however, if you also or mostly enjoy serious drama found on Premium cable networks (i.e. HBO, SHO, or Starz), shows like The Sopranos, The Wire, Spartacus, True Blood, The Tudors, or Rome, then you will definitely enjoy Oz! Oz is a no-holds-barred look at life in a hard core prison. Not your ordinary prison, mind you, but a prison that is opening an experimental housing unit where every cell on the block is made completely of clear plexi walls & no part of prison life is secret. The prison is Oswald Penitentiary, or Oz, & the experimental unit is called Emerald City. Some of the hardest inmates inhabit Emerald City: the neo-Nazi played by JK Simmons, the Nation of Islam Imam played by Eamonn Walker, & the intelligent (omniscient narrator) in a wheel chair played by Harold Perrineau. Each character brings something to the show, some already hard & others made hard by their time inside Emerald City (i.e. the lawyer who's made and example of played by Lee Tergesen.
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Yes the extended finale is included in both and if you hurry you can get this entire set real cheap since it is today's deal of the day! $86.99 down from an inflated $179.99!
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No there are not, in fact, this series has no subtitles of any kind, only close captioning in English.
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