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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 (151 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 (151 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014XVTIY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

The complete first season of the Golden Globe-winning TV drama from 'Sopranos' writer Matthew Weiner, set in a prestigious advertising agency in early 1960s New York, where sexism is a way of life and everyone smokes like a chimney. In this highly competitive, all white, male-dominated environment, the indefatigable Don Draper (Jon Hamm) is the top ad executive, but there are plenty of young guns eager to topple him from his perch. The episodes comprise: 'Smoke Gets in Your Eyes', 'Ladies Room', 'Marriage of Figaro', 'New Amsterdam', 'Five G', 'Babylon', 'Red in the Face', 'The Hobo Code', 'Shoot', 'Long Weekend', 'Indian Summer', 'Nixon Vs. Kennedy' and 'The Wheel'.


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10 of 10 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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142 of 152 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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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully tense.... 8 May 2010
Format:DVD
Incredibly well researched, this is a beautiful drama bubbling with a tension which really captures the era. Mad Men is overwhelmingly uncomfortable to watch for those of us who were brought up in an age defined by both political correctness and economic change - not only is this a chauvinistic, homophobic world defined by men, it is a world of capitalism, consumerism and greed. And yet it is exactly this which makes this so watchable.

The series revolves around an ad agency on Madison Avenue in the 60s, and its strength lies in the slow building of the characters who inhabit this shady world of cigarette sales and illicit office liasons. The central tenet of the series is office politics as the "Mad Men" vie for advertising sales of products which define the 60s,ranging from the first disposable diapers to the carousel slide projector. Set against a backdrop of an America on the edge, we are treated to original footage from, for example, the Kennedy/Nixon election campaign. We are left in no doubt that this is an accurate portrayal of a world which now seems so out of touch: where smoking and drinking to excess in the office is normal, where women are objectified and dismissed (pre 60s feminism at its most disquieting), where the billboard presentation of a sinister American Dream shaped by mass production is as much a facade as that presented by many of the characters to their nearest and dearest on a daily basis.

And it is this which keeps you hooked: there is a gripping sense of something disturbing lying just under the surface - as it does with so many of its characters- and we are never very sure when the explosion will happen. It is very real, very unsettling and above all, a harsh reminder that we have a long way to go before we can really leave behind the legacies of this era.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive 4 May 2009
Format:DVD
Ever since I completed all 5 seasons of the brilliant TV Series 'The Wire' I have been looking to fill the gap.
I was recommended 'Mad Men' and I can safely say that my hunger for quality TV has been sated.
Mad Men is a world, (and time) apart from the no-frills look & feel of The Wire, but it is no less addictive. Each episode is like a drip-feed of entertainment that transports you to a time and place I have never been yet can somehow relate to.
You are left wanting more of the intelligent, thought provoking screenplay and cinematic visuals.
It holds a mirror up to society today and I ask myself if things really have moved on...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 8 days 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 21 days ago by Kenneth Walter Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary
There is a scene in this which I find really freaky, a housewife and mother picks up a gun and shoots everything in sight. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Helen D. Smart
5.0 out of 5 stars A slice of American office life
Stylish drama typifying the glories of advertising in an age of pen and paper. Perhaps the best in the series.
Published 1 month ago by ReaderC
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of 6 hours.
Boring and slow moving. Having chosen it from a list that contained series like West Wing, NYPD Blue and the wire I expected more. Read more
Published 2 months ago by TerryM
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Must See!
A lot of wit, flare and intrigue. Captures an era and a society often over romanticised, social pressures were high.
Published 2 months ago by R. Clapham
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series
Mad men is a brilliant American series - well written well acted and it kept me hooked so much so I am going to have to buy the whole series.
Published 3 months ago by DoctorDavros
5.0 out of 5 stars Mad about Mad Men
I'm a few seasons behind with the gang from Madison Avenue but season one is an incredible collection of episodes, amazing characters and wonderful writing. Could not love it more!
Published 5 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
I appreciate that I am well behind the rest of the world only watching series 1 .. but really enjoying it and will definitely be purchasing season 2
Published 5 months ago by Elizabeth Whittle
5.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious Men
"Mad Men Season 1" caught my attention because of my fascination with the public relations world and the story being based on the career symbolism of advertising (which is... Read more
Published 6 months ago by marriedutopianstriver
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