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Breaking Bad - Season 1 (Blu-ray + UV Copy)

Bryan Cranston , Aaron Paul , Vince Gilligan    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (472 customer 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 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, it 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 where he began. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

Emmy® Award winner Bryan Cranston (2008, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series) stars as Walter White, a down-on-his-luck chemistry teacher struggling to make ends meet for his wife (Anna Gunn) and physically challenged son (RJ Mitte). Everything changes when Walter receives a startling diagnosis: terminal lung cancer. With only a few years to live and nothing to lose, Walter uses his training as a chemist to cook and sell crystal meth with one of his former students (Aaron Paul). As his status grows, so do his lies, but Walt will stop at nothing to make sure his family is taken care of after he’s gone, even if it means putting all their lives on the line.

Special Features:


• Audio commentary on pilot episode by creator and cast including Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston
• Making of Breaking Bad
• 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
• Inside Breaking Bad
• AMC Shootout — Interview with Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston and Mark Johnson

Synopsis

To 'break bad', as says the old colloquialism from the American South, is to go so wrong it's almost impossible to do what's right. Walter White is breaking bad. Recently diagnosed with Type III lung cancer, raising a son with cerebral palsy, and in need of a way to support his family, Walter uses his skills to transform himself from nebbish high-school chemistry teacher to neophyte crystal-meth cook in the blink of an eye. Things become problematic when, not long after Walter and his former student Jesse put together a lucrative cooking operation, the two of them of are assaulted by a pair of drug dealers who accuse Walter of being affiliated with the DEA. But that’s just the beginning of his problems: he soon has a dead body on his hands and has yet to even reveal his cancer to his loving wife. As the tragicomic Walter White, Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle, Seinfeld) deviates from his usual fare to deliver a harrowing, double Emmy-winning performance in this pitch-black comedy series. Included in this box set are all seven episodes from the critically acclaimed first season of Breaking Bad.
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