Breaking Bad - Series 1 2008

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All seven episodes of the blackly comic drama series starring Bryan Cranston as Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher in the throes of a midlife crisis who discovers that he is dying from inoperable lung cancer. In an attempt to sort out his disastrous financial affairs he decides to turn to crime, and enlists the help of a good-for-nothing ex-student to set himself up as a crystal meth dealer. Episodes are: 'Pilot', 'Cat's in the Bag', '... And the Bag's in the River', 'Cancer Man', 'Gray Matter', 'Crazy Handful of Nothin'' and 'A No-Rough-Stuff-Type-Deal'.

Starring:
Betsy Brandt, Rj Mitte
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Breaking Bad - Season 1

Product Details

Discs
  • Breaking Bad - Series 1 - Disc 1 ages_18_and_over
  • Breaking Bad - Series 1 - Disc 2 ages_18_and_over
  • Breaking Bad - Series 1 - Disc 3 ages_18_and_over
Runtime 5 hours 32 minutes
Starring Betsy Brandt, Rj Mitte, Bryan Cranston, Dean Norris, Krysten Ritter, Anna Gunn, Steven Michael Quezada, Aaron Paul, David House
Director Jim McKay, Vince Gilligan, Adam Bernstein
Genres Drama, Crime
Studio SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 14 December 2009
Main languages English
Subtitles German, Hindi, Turkish
Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 5 hours 32 minutes
Starring Betsy Brandt, Rj Mitte, Bryan Cranston, Dean Norris, Krysten Ritter, Anna Gunn, Steven Michael Quezada, Aaron Paul, David House
Director Jim McKay, Vince Gilligan, Adam Bernstein
Genres Drama, Crime
Studio SONY PICTURES
Rental release 1 July 2013
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mark Grindell VINE VOICE on 7 Mar 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
2009? I watched one episode of this. Then got my kids (all of them old enough, don't worry) to watch it. And I tell you folks, nothing that year came close to this series, and we are all unreconstructed Doctor Who fans from the old school (whatever that means) and we were all totally in thrall to this amazing series.

Who is Brian Cranston? Don't know, but he deserves each and every award that he has received, been nominated for, and if there aren't any he hasn't got and you think he should have, for goodness sake get creative and INVENT one. Same goes for whathisface Gilligan and everyone else.

Where one earth do I start?

Maybe it's the deconstruction and disassembly of the American Dream.

Walter, a gifted chemistry teacher, one day wakes up and finds out that his persistent cough is lung cancer. That would be bad enough, but his circumstances are such that he is far more terrified about the future than any normal person would be given his diagnosis. The story is basically what he is prepared to do to try to make a future for his wife, his teenage son and his baby (who is about to arrive).

So far so good. But what a merry dance we are led into. We are tempted to believe that Walt really is very unfortunate, but as the series progresses, and believe me, it does so in fine style, we start to see faint but unmistakable inconsistencies in this apparent series of facts; we see (for instance) that his son is actually very intelligent, far from being helpless, he's a one of the series' strongest characters, and so it goes on - what really IS driving Walt?

What is REALLY going on?

I'll let you find out.

I don't know where to begin with the enormous questions that the series raises.
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297 of 316 people found the following review helpful By Straightforward TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Sep 2009
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Potter on 11 Nov 2010
Format: DVD
Hitting 50. Baby on the way. Teaching high school chemistry. Lung cancer. A disabled son. Annoying In-Laws. Life isn't too peachy for Walter White, Nobel Prize winner. All it takes is his loudmouth DEA brother-in-law bragging about how much cash they find when they bust methamphetamine labs. Ka-ching. Green. It'll solve everything. He's got the know-how and the equipment to cook the meth, all he needs is a business partner.

The show takes things at a leisurely cinematic pace. At only 7 episodes length you expect all killer, no filler and it is with every episode having one great moment, at the very least. On top of that every episode is shot through with the feeling he's sitting on a powder keg that's just begging to explode spectacularly.

Like The Sopranos it has better laughs than most so-called comedies. They both manage to fit more drama into a single episode than some shows have in a whole season (Mad Men). Breaking Bad's the kind of rarity that's fully formed and ridiculously great in its first season.

2 stars for the DVD special features. They're nothing special, mostly highlights of the show you've just watched with a few titbits of information sprinkled on top.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LMU's Hot Tuna on 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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