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Breaking Bad: Season 1 [DVD] [2008] [2009]

 Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (382 customer reviews)
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  • Format: DVD-RAM
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, German, Hindi, Turkish
  • Dubbed: German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 18
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (382 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0027UY840
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,682 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play.

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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281 of 300 people found the following review helpful
By L. Hennessy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The synopsis (with NO SPOILERS):

A US chemistry teacher (Bryan Cranston, fom 'Malcolm in the Middle') discovers he has cancer, and has no way of paying the medical bills. One day it occurs to him that he could cover the needed expenses by making Crystal Meth - a drug which is in high demand on the streets. The series follows his adventures, and the ever-increasingly tangled web of lies that he weaves.

I've got to say how much I LOVED this series - season 1 is relatively short (7 episodes), but is filled with the kind of high-tension drama that made 'The Wire' so compelling. It's created by Vince Gilligan (the man behind 'The X-Files'* [*see comment]), and has the same quirky humour threaded all the way through - aided immensely by Cranston's witheringly caustic portrayal of a man who does not suffer fools gladly AT ALL, but ends up having to work with one.

As events unfurl, he is forced to keep bigger and bigger secrets from his wife and son...

I don't want to give the impression that this is primarily a comedy, because it isn't - it's a dark psychological drama with some great moments of equally dark humour - the cast are all exceptional, and the casting is spot-on. For example, Cranston's character has a son who has CP, so they cast RJ Mitte, an actor who actually has it in real life. This might seem a little worthy but when watching the series it works perfectly.

If you liked the grittiness of 'The Wire', the dark humour of 'The Sopranos' or the strange other-ness of 'The X-Files', I can recommend this to you WHOLEHEARTEDLY. Seriously - this is the best thing I've seen on TV for a long long time... and the good news is that series 2 is just as good, but 12 episodes long!

Take a chance - buy it - I promise you won't regret it.
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114 of 126 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Now let's get one thing straight; this is a television program NOT for the faint at heart. If you like your viewing saccherine, with easy answers and everything wrapped up and snapped back to the beginning by the end of the episode, Breaking Bad is not for you. The premise alone should be enough to tell you that; a cancer-striken father who is a chemistry teacher turns to illegal drug manufacture with a not-too-bright ex-student and struggles with his own mortality and morality along the way, doing his best to hide the new career choice from his pregnant wife, son with cerebal palsy, medic sister-in-law and law enforcer brother. Yes, this isn't light-weight material by any means.

I'm not a fan of these shows that rely on "inflated sense of tension" to pump up the viewer's adrenaline levels while covering for poor scripting; stuff like 24, Lost and Prison Break started out well-enough but quickly descended into this cheap shock tactic approach to keep the audience hooked. Once I saw through this I stopped watching them completely and have been seeking out quality American shows that are well-produced and equally well-written, and I am happy to say that Breaking Bad is one of these. Not since I saw Firefly (a very different kind of show) have I enjoyed a television program this much.

Bryan Cranston is perfectly cast as Walt, the man who has to make tough choices to provide for his family. He so perfectly becomes the character that it was not until later I realised he was previously cast as Hal in Malcolm In The Middle. His emotional range is staggering; with a few well-timed gestures or vocalisations he can convey several feelings at once, and when Walt is in pain it is completely believable.
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58 of 64 people found the following review helpful
By Bepin
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
First off i've never written a customer review on amazon or any other site ever, normally the good stuff has largely positive reviews and the bad stuff largely negative, i.e its easy to make an informed decision. But with this series (and i mean in the uk) its been completely overlooked for some reason.

Ive seen all three seasons and without giving any spoliers suffice to say it just gets better amd better, everything is like one long huge film rather than having any 'filler' episodes but each one still remains unique, great writing and acting all around.

Comparing this to any other tv is a bit redundant its so original, the way its shot as well (in parts) is beautiful the dialouge is snappy and theres black humour (the best) throughout with a healthy dose of 'serious' moments too and it definitely makes you think.

More than anything though its just fun,classy tv and i think will appeal to allsorts. So buy it, watch it, love it (inevitably) and spread the word.

Hopefully they release the third season in the uk soon and this doesnt become something us brits overlook completely. Its better than most other programmes out there its just hard to find it on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great character drama. 27 Nov 2010
Format:DVD
You know, it's not until the "intervention scene" in Episode 5 that this series truly comes alive. The family dynamic (as well as the relationship between Walter White and Jesse Pinkman) sustains this show. While the pilot and general premises are captivating, it's the characters that make the show. Both seasons 1 and 2 are incredible; I just wish a single season was a little longer. Nevertheless, the stories within the episodes are nicely contained, but the series to series drama is incredibly well-done. I have nothing but good things to say about Breaking Bad. I look forward to Season 3's release on DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Start
Series 1 with great humour, gives a great start to a great series, a must see experience, do watch, you could be hooked too.
Published 2 days ago by Helen D. Smart
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality picture
The picture breaks up and pixelated quite a few times through all episodes.
Colour contrast faded on face close ups.
Published 3 days ago by david morrisey
5.0 out of 5 stars It is as good as the hype
The storyline is fantastic. Breaking bad is so cleverly written. Truly addictive and a real treat as a box set.
Published 7 days ago by dolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend Breaking Bad
cant watch just one, watched whole of series 1 in 3 nights. FANTASTIC! Will be buying box set 2 over the weekend. Cant wait!
Published 8 days ago by Catherine
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
its really addictive as soon as the last episode finished you want to see the next.brill love it would recommend
Published 11 days ago by julie geoghegan
4.0 out of 5 stars Breaking Bad
This series one box set has been great value for money we found if to be very funny and entertaining.
Published 18 days ago by Irish Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
I have bought this for a present for a friend who hasn't seen the show. I have dvd box set and this is definitely worth watching.
Published 20 days ago by bushbabes
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
I'm a bit late getting into this but now I have I'm totally obsessed and can't wait to move into season 2
Published 23 days ago by josie
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking Brilliant
Takes you into a whole different world that you had heard about but never understood Chemistry on an industrial level BRILLIANT !
Published 24 days ago by John Denson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Top class TV. Another great US series same quality as Six Feet Under and The Sopranos.
Original story, great characters, difficult not to watch the whole disc in one night.
Published 25 days ago by aj fowler
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