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The Wire : Complete HBO Season 1 [DVD] [2002] [2005]

Dominic West , John Doman , Brad Anderson , Clark Johnson    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Dominic West, John Doman, Deirdre Lovejoy, Wendell Pierce, Lance Reddick
  • Directors: Brad Anderson, Clark Johnson, Clement Virgo, Ed Bianchi, Gloria Muzio
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Dutch, Arabic, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Nov 2005
  • Run Time: 720 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007IK5Z0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,069 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Television really doesn’t come much better than this. Criminally ignored by far, far too many people, The Wire has proven itself to be that rarest of things: an intelligent, clever, character-driven show, that’s lasted more than one season.

This boxset brings together all the episodes from the maiden series of The Wire, spread across thirteen episodes. Yet those episodes, unlike many in the police genre where the show spends a good deal of its time, are dedicated to just one case. Furthermore, it follows both sides of the case. Thus, there’s the Baltimore police department, with its statistics to manage, its internal politics to manage and its chain of command to respect, set against a highly organised drug gang, who too have more than their fair share of problems.

The Wire is a slow burn show, taking time to delicate put its pieces in place. Rarely do you get a dramatic end to an episode, and it’s not afraid to humanise and blur the lines between good and bad. But, bluntly, there’s nothing--not even The Sopranos--that US TV has broadcast in the last ten years that can hold a torch to it. This first series is genuinely outstanding television, and really deserves your attention. And the good news? Excellent as it is, this first series isn’t even the best that The Wire has to offer…--Simon Brew

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The Wire : Complete HBO Season 1 [DVD] [2002] DVD ~ Dominic West

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86 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding - just get beyond the first episode 14 Oct 2008
I watched the first episode of the Wire a few months ago and wasn't sure what to make of it and allowed the box set to gather dust on the shelf. However, while on holiday I started watching 2 or 3 episodes at a time and suddenly it had a rhythm that wasn't there before. This isn't some quick fix TV like Lost or 24, this unfolds like a novel (unsurprising as the show features writing from the likes of Dennis Lehane and George Pelecanos) and rewards the viewer who follows the simple instruction on the cover of the box 'Listen Carefully'. I'm now on series 4 and it gets better and better - I envy those who haven't yet discovered this brilliant series - they have such an treat in store for them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real Art 1 July 2007
Over the last few years the quality of the US dramas have been outstanding. The shortned List -: 24, West wing, Battlestar Galactica Rome, Deadwood and of course The Sopranos.

I borrowed The Wire on the strength of this and it was very hard going at first. It had a gritty and unappealing setting(inner city Baltimore). The Pace was pendantic and there was so much street slang and police jargon, it did not seem to be going anywhere. I had not even read the reviews. I was truly going to return it. But at about the 6th or 7th episode. I began to understand the reason for the earlier seeming directionlesness.They were laying the foundations, indeed there was line I think the character Lester made about building things piece by piece till all the characters fit. I aslso began to realise what the writers had done they had created a whole universe, I simply had to see things in thier context.

Now having watched all 3 Seasons on DVD. I concur with the other viewers is saying that this is truly an extraordinary piece of work, A tale of an American city taken from different perspectives as an allegory for something that is happening in the society at a more profound level. Kudos to the writers for the complexity and depth and to HBO for being so bold (as they have always been). The acting is simply seamless, you could be forgiven for thinking you are watching a documentary. The show scope is breathtaking. It has truly raised the bar on what televison can produce
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Compelling Television 24 Sep 2008
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The Wire, simply, is about Baltimore's drug trade told from the the point of view of the police, the dealers, the bosses and the users. It's a complicated issue with heros and villains on each side with those divisions sometimes blurring.

This is all told in an uncompromising way - with slang laden dialogue, violence and moral turpitude. The viewer in firstly considered to be smart and full of attention because things happen so fast that you sometimes miss things. The characters are complex and develop over SEASONS rather than episodes and one finds oneself warming to not just the police but the protagonists.

I think that this is one of the best series that I have seen - it's up there with The West Wing, 24, Six Feet Under and Rescue Me. I think The Wire pips it because it is so well made and so uncompromising with characters so rich that you question whether they are actors at all. HBO must be considered, at this point, to be at the apex of television as an art form.

An absolute must see.
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96 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest cop show of all time. 30 Mar 2005
The Wire was made by HBO an american cable network. By being on cable HBO avoids the censorship and popularism that makes much of the american TV that we receive bland (if polished), this has allowed it to create series of the quality of the Sopranos and Deadwood. The Wire has failed to "break out" in the way that those series have and was only shown on FX289, a little watched SKY channel, in the UK. This does The Wire a grave injustice as it is arguably superior to either of the aforementioned shows as it possesses an ensemble cast as strong as either of them with fantastic performances from Idris Elba and Andre Royo among others. However, it is in plot that The Wire surpasses any other show I can recall, most detective shows are episodic containing one or two crimes at the start of the hour that are solved in the last 5 minutes. The Wire breaks this mould following a team of detectives trying to catch Avon Barksdale and Stringer Bell two dealers who control the drug trade in East Baltimore over a whole series rather than an episode. This perhaps accounts for The Wire's lack of success on TV as one missed episode means you fail to see the jigsawlike case completed and fully understand what happens. The show is also unusual in that it shifts perspective between the police, criminals and addicts and in doing so becomes more than a CSI style whodunnit, and more a show about institutions and the people within them. In short the most fantastically clever thing on telly.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best TV show EVER 24 Nov 2009
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After reading a number of reviews claiming that this is the best TV show EVER, I thought I'd see for myself and am happy to report that yes, this is indeed the best TV show EVER. The Wire isn't a show you can easily dip in and out of - you need to watch it carefully to keep up with what's going on and who everyone is. Give it your full attention though, and you will be rewarded by a remarkably involving, superbly written plot as well as some of the most interesting characters ever created. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the show is that it doesn't allow you to make any easy assumptions about the characters. There are no set 'types' in The Wire. I finished season 1 (over a frenzied weekend in which I did little else) feeling as if I personally knew all the characters, even the minor ones, and surprisingly I liked them all. This show is alternately funny, clever, sad, thought provoking, and due to your inevitable emotional investment in all the characters, genuinely exciting. Watch it and find out for yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest show...
Should you have missed the hype, this is the real deal. Watch all 5 seasons, and watch again, and again.
Published 3 days ago by Pip
1.0 out of 5 stars A poorly executed and hugely overrated snooze-fest
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Published 15 days ago by C Schalck
1.0 out of 5 stars Am i missing something?
Have watched 4 episodes of the wire and find it incredibly dull, confusing, boring characters, tedious plot. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Rachel Greene
4.0 out of 5 stars Good drama, overrated, flawed, could be better, not as brilliant as...
I watched this box set in about ten days, the fastest I have watched any series of dvds. The Wire is good television, well acted and scripted but is flawed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kim Fowley
2.0 out of 5 stars DVD Region 1 (not useable in Europe)
After receipt of the DVD`s it turned out that I (living in Denmark) was unable to to play the DVD`s as these are manufactured for US Region 1 only. Read more
Published 1 month ago by H. Nyholm-Larsen
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful programme
Great story, great writing, great actors. The Wire deserves all the plaudits it has received. Series One stands with The Sopranos as timeless classics.
Published 1 month ago by Mike Vallely
4.0 out of 5 stars good tv but not if you are in a bad mood...
Watching the first season was more of an education than just entertainment. I wonder if the actors had to be de-rolled afterwards and that is a compliment. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boston's finest
You'll love this, once you start you won't be able to start! Get your boston head on to get into the dialect
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