Breaking Bad Ralph Steadman Limited Edition Steelbook Set 1-5 with Final (Complete Series Bundle)
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Zavvi Exclusive Steelbook - Limited to 2000 Copies Breaking Bad follows protagonist Walter White (Cranston), a chemistry teacher who lives in New Mexico with his wife (Gunn) and teenage son (Mitte) who has cerebral palsy. White is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a slim chance to survive. With a new sense of fearlessness based on his medical prognosis, and a desire to secure his family's financial security, White chooses to enter a dangerous world of drugs and crime and ascends to power in this world. The series explores how this fatal diagnosis transforms Walt from mild family man to a kingpin of the drug trade. Bonus Features: Season 1 Audio Commentary on Pilot Episode by creator and cast including Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston Making of Breaking Bad featurette Screen Tests Deleted Scenes Audio Commentary on “Crazy Handful of Nothin’” by creator and cast including Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston Vince Gilligan’s Photo Gallery AMC Shootout — Interview with Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston and Mark Johnson Inside Breaking Bad – featurettes about the making of each episode Season 2 The Writers’ Lab - An Interactive Guide to the Elements of an Episode Cast and Crew Commentaries Deleted Scenes Inside Breaking Bad – 13 featurettes about the making of each episode Season 1 Recap “Negro y Azul” Music Video “Better Call Saul” Commercial 11 Behind the Scenes Featurettes Cop Talk with Dean Norris Gag Reel Walt's Warning 6 Breaking Bad Original Webisodes Season 3 Sneak Peek Vince Gilligan’s Photo Gallery Season 3 3 Uncensored Episodes Cast and Crew Commentary on 9 episodes with Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks and more! Deleted Scenes and Unused Footage Gag Reel 7 Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes Mini Video Podcasts with the Cast and Crew on every episode
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Just something to keep in mind if you're deciding between the full series set and the individual season releases.
My copy did come with Ultraviolet codes for the complete series that are playable on Vudu along with some other sites I believe.
This complete series blu-ray set features the same disc content as the now out-of-print "money barrel set" that was released last year. It contains every episode of the show as well as the special bonus disc only available in the Complete Series sets. So for those that missed out on the barrel set or just wanted simpler packaging, this new product is the perfect option. [edit: the money barrel set has also been reissued and is once again available for purchase].
LIST OF SPECIAL FEATURES
- No Half Measures: Creating the Final Season of Breaking Bad - An all-new, exclusive two hour documentary that chronicles the filming of the final eight episodes.
- Bad Memories - Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul talk about the show ending and some of their favorite moments.
- Bryan Cranston: Director - Go on set with Bryan Cranston as he directs the first episode of the season entitled "Blood Money."
- Scene Envy - The Cast tell us which scene they wish they could have been in.
- Shocking Moments - The stars reveal the moments that shocked them most.
- From Walt to Heisenberg - From high school teacher to deadly meth dealer, watch as Walter White quickly transforms into Heisenberg.
- How Will It End? - At the beginning of the season, the cast was asked to give their thoughts on how they thought the show would end.
- Avenging Agent: Dean Norris as Hank Schrader - A look at the character Hank Schrader and the man who played him, Dean Norris.
- Scene Stealer: Betsy Brandt as Marie Schrader - A look at the character Marie Schrader and the woman who plays her, Betsy Brandt.
- A Criminal Attorney: Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman -A look at the character Saul Goodman and the man who played him, Bob Odenkirk.
- Jesse's Journey: Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman - A look at the character Jesse Pinkman and the man who played him, Aaron Paul.
- Skyler Breaks Bad: Anna Gunn on Season Four - Actress Anna Gunn and series creator Vince Gilligan explore Skyler's character evolution through the fourth season.
- Growing Up in the White House: RJ Mitte on Walter, Jr. - RJ Mitte, Anna Gunn, Bryan Cranston and series creator Vince Gilligan discuss the extraordinary dynamics of the White family, and Walter, Jr.'s unique role.
- The Ultimate Chess Match - Members of the cast and crew discuss Walter White and Gus Fring's extraordinary and complicated battle of wits and their struggle for Jesse's allegiance.
- Looking Back: A Season Four Retrospective - Season Four's most surprising and memorable moments.
- Ted's Wipeout - In Episode 411, "Crawl Space," Ted Beneke suffers a head injury while trying to escape from Saul's goons. In this featurette, Christopher Cousins (Ted) explains how this shocking stunt was accomplished.
- The Truck Attack Storyboard Comparison - A side-by-side comparison of the Los Pollos Hermanos truck attack and the brilliant shot-by-shot storyboards that were created for the episode "Bullet Points."
- Walt and the Challenger Storyboard Comparison - A side-by-side comparison of the sequence where Walt indulges in some crazy stunt driving in Walt Jr.'s Dodge Challenger and the storyboards that were created.
[Note: Below is my original spoiler-free review for the show.]
If ever a character personified the dichotomy of good and evil, it's Walter White. I don't watch too much TV, but I do believe this is the most interesting television character I've ever seen. In the first episode, Walt learns that he has terminal lung cancer. Therefore, he must - no, he decides to - cook crystal meth and leave behind a large sum of money for his family. So while being a meth cook is illegal and perhaps immoral, Walt's ultimate intentions are good... at least that's his point of view.
Make no mistake, Mr. White is a bad guy - if you saw him in real life or read about him in the paper, you would absolutely say he should go to prison (or worse) without hesitating. But through the medium of television and the 50+ hour journey we've taken with the character, there are still moments where the audience can identify and sympathize with him. Despite all the despicable actions he has done and all the deception of those around him, I often still find myself rooting for Walt. I think this is due to the intelligent writing on the show as well as the amazing performance given by Bryan Cranston. I'm confident you will find this character as interesting as I do.
There are two main types of narratives in TV. There's the plot-driven shows, where things move fast and there are mysteries to be solved - a lot of the enjoyment rides on the twists and turns in the story. Then there's the character-driven shows, that move more slowly - the characters are more realistic and well-rounded. "Breaking Bad" is a perfect example of how to simultaneously execute both types of storytelling - the interests of both plot and character coexist peacefully. The pacing is just right. There are many plot twists and surprises, but none of them render the show unrealistic. And above all, you care about the characters and find them fascinating. This series also plays with tension and conflict in a way that is rarely achieved in TV or film.
If you think of yourself as a "movie person" more than a TV person, then this is your show. The production value rivals that of your average Hollywood feature film. The fact that the directors achieve this with only a fraction of the budget of a Hollywood movie makes the accomplishment all the more impressive. In particular, I would like to single out the cinematography of the show - the camera work on display is near perfect, especially the time-lapse and POV shots.
Now at first glance, the story of a dying man with cancer, cooking meth, and depictions of drug use may sound unappealing and even offensive to some people on it's surface. But I'm confident that once you see the show you will understand how much more there is to the story and the characters, and drugs are never glorified. "Breaking Bad" is the type of show that my mother would hate on paper... but then she gives it a chance and winds up getting hooked!
So if you've never seen the show, hopefully I convinced you to give it a chance. And if you're already fan of the show, now's the perfect time to watch it again - I've seen each episode a minimum of 3 times. I hope I shared what I think makes "Breaking Bad" special.
Bought this DVD set and could not be happier. Good quality, no complaints. This has to be the best tv series I have ever seen. EVERY episode had a compelling storyline and ending, so that I could not wait to see the next one! Why did I wait until 2017/18 to watch it? Well back in the day when it was airing, I read a blurb or two about the series somewhere, and remember thinking to myself, "Why would I want to watch a series about a bunch of meth heads??!" Ahhhhh, but I could not have been more wrong.
The acting was fantastic. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul did absolutely outstanding work. So did the supporting cast. This series was amazing. So glad I got the DVDs so I can watch it again some months down the road.
I have finished the series and, from the other reviews I've read, I may have gotten an above average copy. The episode which froze up and wouldn't play all the way was the worst, but there were two more on the final season's second disc which froze, and then seemed to resume. This freezing problem ruined the final episode by happening twice, the second time killing the ending. I guess I'll find other means to watch those episodes despite having already paid for the full series.