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The Sopranos: Complete HBO Season 1 [1999] [DVD]


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  • Actors: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Dominic Chianese
  • Writers: David Chase
  • Format: Box set, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Dutch, Romanian, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Nov 2003
  • Run Time: 754 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AZVIH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,220 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Episodes:

  • The Sopranos
  • 46 Long
  • Denial, Anger, Acceptance
  • Meadowlands
  • College
  • Pax Soprano
  • Down Neck
  • Tennessee Moltisante
  • Boca
  • A Hit Is A Hit
  • Nobody Knows Anything
  • Isabella
  • Jeanne Cusamano

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Writer-producer-director David Chase's extraordinary television seriesThe Sopranos is nominally an urban gangster drama, but its true impact strikes closer to home. This ambitious TV series chronicles a dysfunctional, suburban American family in bold relief. And for protagonist Tony Soprano, there's the added complexity posed by heading twin families, his collegiate mob clan and his own nouveau-riche brood.

The brilliant first series is built around what Tony learns when, whipsawed between those two worlds, he finds himself plunged into depression and seeks psychotherapy--a gesture at odds with his midlevel capo's machismo, yet instantly recognisable as a modern emotional test. With analysis built into the very spine of the show's elaborate episodic structure, creator Chase and his formidable corps of directors, writers and actors weave an unpredictable series of parallel and intersecting plot arcs that twist from tragedy to farce to social realism. While creating for a smaller screen, they enjoy a far larger canvas than a single movie would afford and the results, like the very best episodic television, attain a richness and scope far closer to a novel than movies normally get.

Unlike Francis Coppola's operatic dramatisation of Mario Puzo's Godfather epic, The Sopranos sustains a poignant, even mundane intimacy in its focus on Tony, brought to vivid life by James Gandolfini's mercurial performance. Alternately seductive, exasperated, fearful and murderous, Gandolfini is utterly convincing even when executing brutal shifts between domestic comedy and dramatic violence. Both he and the superb team of Italian-American actors recruited as his loyal (and, sometimes, not-so-loyal) henchman and their various "associates" make this mob as credible as the evocative Bronx and New Jersey locations where the episodes were filmed.

The first year's other life force is Livia Soprano, Tony's monstrous, meddlesome mother. As Livia, the late Nancy Marchand eclipses her long career of patrician performances to create an indelibly earthy, calculating matriarch who shakes up both families; Livia also serves as foil and rival to Tony's loyal, usually level-headed wife, Carmela (Edie Falco). Lorraine Bracco makes Tony's therapist, Dr Melfi, a convincing confidante, by turns "professional", perceptive and sexy; the duo's therapeutic relationship is also depicted with uncommon accuracy. Such grace notes only enrich what's not merely an aesthetic high point for commercial television, but an absorbing film masterwork that deepens with subsequent screenings. --Sam Sutherland

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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Miss Clare O'Reilly on 28 Nov 2003
Format: DVD
An excellent series charting the life of Mafiosa Tony Soprano as well as his family and associates. The gangster genre has undergone many different interpretations over the years, with the highlights being the obvious: Godfather, Once Upon A Time In America etc. However, it is about time a well-made, well-acted and ultimately realistic portrayal came to the small screen - and the Sopranos is it, without a shadow of a doubt. Gritty and violent, yet sardonic and sexy, this series is another fantastic import from HBO. Its popularity is well deserved, and despite some criticism in later series when the focus drifts onto secondary (and more annoying) characters, this first series heralded a new class of tv shows. Highly recommended.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Matty on 19 Sep 2007
Format: DVD
The first season of The Sopranos starts off well and gets better and better with each episode. Rather than focussing solely on the mafia lifestyle, there's also a great deal of domestic drama, and it's interesting to see Tony Soprano (much like any other head of a family) trying to find a decent work/life balance. He has the demanding family at home, but also the demanding "family" in his day to day business dealings.
Overall the first season is a great introduction to a show that continued to get better and better for the next few seasons.
A very good starting point, and excellently written.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ms. S. A. Prayle on 10 April 2001
Format: DVD
James Gandolfini and co are a breath of fresh air when considering the wealth of US series' actors breezing onto UK screens. The first series of The Sopranos is a classic, a reliable purchase even if you have no knowledge of the show.
The series combines the best bits of US-gangster action from movies like the Godfather and Goodfellas, and the 21st century culture shock of drugs and therapy. Tony Sopranos struggles under the stress of his Uncle's new found gang leadership and of course the trials and tribulations of family life.
Along for the ride (and for great entertainment) are fellow mafia friends Paulie, Pussy, and Christopher (played by the fabulous Michael Imperioli) among others.
The Sopranos deserves its critical acclaim and Emmy successes, and is certainly a must-have for your DVD collection! Highly recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Foley on 23 Jan 2002
Format: VHS Tape
The Sopranos are just your average New Jersey Italian/American family.Yeah right. Tony has issues. He is a dangerous man to argue with and always gets what he wants.Meanwhile his wife is in denial. She loves the luxuries but is uncomfortable with how Tony gets to pay for them.She is seeking help from the regularly visiting priest who is in love ....with her cooking. On the other hand Tony is seeking help from a shrink. Not a good thing to let your enemies know.Tony juggles to control his emotionally problems with his problems of mob control.A bit of flexing muscle is his way of letting of steam.Good when you need to live up to the image of Boss of the New Jersey family business.But family is family and how do you handle it when your uncle believes he is the rightful Boss. Simple, flex the only muscle that Tony doesnt use often enough. His mind.
The whole series is a mixture of violent mob everyday life and volatile family life. A definate must see. But you need to take 13 hours out of life to watch coz you dont want to miss a thing.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Verbeke on 9 Dec 2003
Format: DVD
they puuulll me back in!
Back in your chair to watch the rest of the Sopranos, that is!
This first season of the Sopranos is a real beauty. A great cast (unbelievable acting-debute of Steven Van Zandt!). Great music (Tindersticks e.g.). Great cinematography (little spoiler: Tony's first attack). Great script and quotes. And the necessary humor.
This great show comes in a 4-disk dvd-box. The box-art is really nice. There are some extra's (audio comment of the director for the pilote, an interview with the director,..) but not very much. And maybe also good to know if you're non-UK: there are subtitles for most European languages.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 May 2001
Format: DVD
This is the jewel in the crown of my DVD collection.
After seeing nearly every retro-gangster movie, this progresses to a new level. The ideas of exploring how the family is affected and how old mafia values are lost is unrevealed terrain and has a devastating effect by taking everything that is essential to a gangster movie and adding everything that makes a TV series good. It gives you a chance to see the workings of a mafia family in more detail and the sub-plots that intertwine both the crime aspect and family aspects make this a thoroughly intriguing TV show.
Do yourself a favour and splash out on this. Enjoy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 April 2001
Format: DVD
This was already the best ever television series and it is even more compulsive watched in large chunks rather than per episode. The packaging (us version) is pretty good too! Picture quality is excellent especially if you have a widescreen television.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By OEJ TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Dec 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Well, I've heard arguments about which TV series is the best ever, and the two that keep being named are The Wire and The Sopranos. Personally I can't pick a winner, they're both outstanding in their different ways. This is the first time I've seen either of them in Blu-Ray however, and it makes for a worthwhile bonus for something that, of its kind, is nigh-on perfect. Even its flaws are lovable.

This is the first series from 1999, made up of 13 episodes:-

The Sopranos (Disc 1)
46 Long (Disc 1)
Denial, Anger, Acceptance (Disc 1)
Meadowlands (Disc 2)
College (Disc 2)
Pax Soprana (Disc 2)
Down Neck (Disc 3)
The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti (Disc 3)
Boca (Disc 3)
A Hit is a Hit (Disc 4)
Nobody Knows Anything (Disc 4)
Isabella (Disc 4)
I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano (Disc 5)

These episodes come on five separate discs - note that if renting from Lovefilm, and possibly elsewhere, one disc gets you three episodes on each of the first four discs but only one episode on the fifth. So you might need to order all five separately in order to see the whole of Season 1 which is the best part of 12 hours long in total - and of course, there are no commercial breaks!

For those who may recently have been rescued from a decade on a desert island, this is an occasionally violent and foul-mouthed drama/comedy built around the stresses and strains of New Jersey 'don' Tony Soprano, although the life of organised crime is a lot less exotic now than in the days of Omerta and the cinematic icons the characters openly adore.
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