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Mad Men - Complete Season 1 [DVD]

Jon Hamm , January Jones , Tim Hunter , Alan Taylor    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jon Hamm, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, John Slattery
  • Directors: Tim Hunter, Alan Taylor
  • Format: Colour, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 593 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014XVTIY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 673 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From Amazon.co.uk

Welcome to a world where Monday has a three drink minimum. Mad Men exists here and it's a fabulous place to visit, back before Betty Friedan's Feminine Mystique really made much of an impact and before there were health warnings on cigarettes. It was an America on the brink of social explosion and Mad Men, which tells the story of a group of Madison Avenue advertising executives in the early 1960s, captures that surface stillness perfectly, complete with the growing tension barely contained below the surface. The show succeeds on every level. HBO famously passed on Mad Men, created by former Sopranos executive producer and writer Matthew Weiner. AMC picked it up, and thank goodness they did. From the first episode, season one becomes an essential, utterly addictive television-watching experience. Beautifully filmed and masterfully written, the show manages to present the period honestly but with little nostalgia, and as soon as you get over the constant smoking, drinking and treatment of women as little more than "girls" who get coffee and answer the phone, the complexity of these characters (especially the dashing Jon Hamm as Creative Director Don Draper) will leave you completely captivated. Season one features clandestine office romances, shadowy pasts, a ton of adultery, closeted homosexuality and a lot more drama that seems risqué even now. But again, one of the most impressive things about Mad Men is that everything is executed with absolute class, style and elegance. A bonus for the DVD viewer is that, like The Sopranos, Mad Men has a ton of little moments and hints leading up to character revelations and plot twists that make watching the episodes over and over continually rewarding. –-Kira Canny

Product Description

Mad Men is a compelling insight into the harsh reality of life in the 60's, perfectly portrayed through the dealings of a prestigious ad agency in New York's Madison Avenue. This was the era of astonishing sexism, homophobia and the last golden years of the guilt free cigarette, as mass consumerism took hold and helped form the American dream. This stunning thirteen episodes series drips with atmosphere and is a sophisticated, no holds barred drama from the producer of The Sopranos.


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and moving, though sometimes too clever 12 May 2009
By Frank T
Format:DVD
This series almost, but not quite, lives up to the hype. The sets and costumes are terrific, and the subtle psychological tension gets more and more gripping as the series progresses.

Best of all is the acting: it is uniformly superb, but Jon Hamm and Vincent Kartheiser must be singled out for the exceptional depth of their portrayals, and their marvellous timing.

If anything lets "Mad Men" down, it's the heavy-handedness of some of the writing. The "it was a man's world" message is laid on with a trowel; I'm not convinced, for example, that it really was unthinkable in 1960 for a housewife to answer the telephone rather than her husband. Also, the "pointers" for characters' motivation are sometimes contrived; notably in the case of the art director Salvatore Romano, virtually whose every utterance "hints" at certain repressed desires, as though they weren't obvious from Bryan Batt's (it must be said excellent) acting.

The writing is weakest when it tries too hard to be ironic, and strongest when it addresses in sympathy the characters' secret demons and desires. The main storyline, concerning the protagonist Don Draper's mysterious past, while it may be melodramatic, is none the less moving for it.

It's not quite perfect, but this is quality TV that has the same underlying seriousness and intelligence that the best British drama (e.g. that of Dennis Potter and Alan Bleasdale) had until the mid-1990s.
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148 of 158 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ice Cool Show for sophisticated viewers. 11 April 2008
By Mrs. F. L. Marney VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Buried away on BBC 4 & the midnight slot on BBC 2 it's little wonder that no one's seen this show. I was lucky enough to read a review and started to catch it from Episode 3 and I'm so glad I did. The show is brilliant. Set in a 1960's New York Ad Agency it deals with the life of the ad men, their wives, mistresses and their secretaries. The writing is so sharp you'll cut yourself, the research and detail is faultless, it's slick, cool and gripping. Each episode is a gem in it's own right, like little mini Hitchcock films, the style and look is very Rear Window. Even the open credits are a work of art and a tribute to the great Saul Bass.

Although set in the 60's it easy to relate to the men & women in the show, times have changed a lot, the men all smoke & drink in the office and think nothing of making a sexist remark to their P.A. Now these things don't get said in front of women in the office anymore, but they are still thought and said behind closed doors, so the issues they create are still very much in the work place. They just said it out loud in the 60's.

The ad men are hard driven and determined to be top dog at work and find it difficult to transfer their work personalities to home where they suddenly have to take off the suit and attend kids birthday parties or paint the fence. The wives are complex people stuck in their domesticated perfect wife routines, slowly being driven crazy by suppressing their personalities.

It's pure class all the way, forget Desperate Housewives and get watching Mad Men, it's the best thing on TV for years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The building blocks of a materpiece. 28 Jan 2011
Format:Blu-ray
Mad Men has just finished it's fourth season, and Don Draper has now become a social icon - a relic of an era, to be admired and reviled.
Going back to the first season after all this times really allows you to see that the show was always meant for greatness. When I saw the first season originally, I knew it was great - but I didn't pay it the attention it deserved. I have corrected this error by re-watching the series on picture-perfect Bluray.

Every moment of the show is so amazingly well thought out - there is not a single missed line, or missed situation. The craftsmanship and dedication to perfection on this show in uncanny. Over the season the irony builds that Don - a man who doesn't truly know his own identity anymore, has been tasked with giving identity to objects (even more ironic that he's so gifted at it). The show deals with heavy themes every episode, though is never up front or heavy-handed enough to outright state them. The characters and era are so amazingly constructed that they leave an imprint on you, and will suddenly flash back to you during the day.

Bluray is the way to go with this series, too. It's a tired cliche to say that you could frame every shot of something - but this seems true for Mad Men. Every single moment a picture for a montage, a wonderfuully photographed piece,bursting with mise-en-scene and character. The special features are also terrific, with multiple commentaries for each epuisode, and a terrifically informative "making of" documentary.

This series is now platinum, and by re-watching the first series, I can see it was always destined to be.
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108 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply perfect 21 May 2008
Format:DVD
Remarkable. Utterly gripping, gorgeous to look at, fabulously well scripted, impeccable acting. All the more remarkable, then, that nothing much actually happens. Sure there are individual events and half a dozen longer threads woven through the series, but the real drama is found in how the characters relate to each other and themselves. Each character is complex, multi-layered, often deeply flawed, and fascinating. So, not one for people who like plenty of action. It will, however, handsomely reward those who take delight in dialogue and character. In my opinion, simply perfect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait.
Good storyline.
Published 21 days ago by Lin
2.0 out of 5 stars Meretricious: Eastenders for sophisticates
I've watched every episode of Six Feet Under at least twice, I've watched every episode of the Sopranos, and I've watched two and a half series of Boardwalk Empire. Read more
Published 1 month ago by William Cohen
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting watch
Mad Men is not the sort of thing I'd usually watch but everybody raves about it so I thought I'd give it a go. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Teach
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor service
I ordered new and received second hand. Not a satisfactory level of service. The series is great but has put me of trusting the process. Read more
Published 2 months ago by L D MARSHALL
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
One of the best seasons of (in its early days) one of the best shows. Shame the quality drops as the seasons go by (a significant decline after season 4) but this season is... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Isaac Husband
1.0 out of 5 stars Does not work on Prime
Would love to see this opening episode with the sound on, but Amazon Prime have loaded up a muted version. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Erssie
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Sharp, stylish and occasionally witty, Mad Men hasn't left me desperately craving for a second Season but it has definitely created a world I am eager to return to.
Published 3 months ago by Dog from HMV
3.0 out of 5 stars Still waiting for the moment....
Everyone around me has raved about Madman. I'm on the third episode and still waiting for the moment when I say 'this is really good.'
Published 3 months ago by J. Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive viewing through a smokescreen
This American Dream drama series has everything, 60's history, witty tv ads, amazing fashion, glitz, glamour plus Jon Hamm steeped in alcohol & cigarettes.
Published 4 months ago by Ruth Clements
1.0 out of 5 stars Cost increase by 50%
For a relatively old TV series to increase in price to such a degree is a complete turnoff for me.
Published 5 months ago by Kenneth Walter Simpson
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