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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 26 December 2013
Yes, this is only an 8 episode season, and for contractual reasons season 6 was called
the 2nd half of season five, even though they were shot a year apart and have very
different parts of the storyline.

But this is still 8 hours of amazing storytelling. I'd take 8 hours of the very best of
'Breaking Bad' over 12 hours of almost any other series in TV history. To worry too much
about 4 fewer episodes is like being upset because a great 90 minute movie costs
the same as a great 2 hour film.

What can be said about this spectacular saga that hasn't been said before? One of the very
few series that competes with the best films in history for achievement in cinematic storytelling.
Like a great novel slowly unfolding, it's funny, heartbreaking, incredibly tense, deeply disturbing,
full of brilliant plot twists, rich, compelling characters and a pitch-black sense of humor.

A nebbishy high-school science teacher finds he has lung cancer, so becomes a meth dealer to
make money for his family before his death. Often visually stunning, with a breathtaking
performance by Brian Cranston in the lead, and great work from all the supporting roles,
this portrait of a man's decent into hell couldn't be much better, and it just grows darker and
more disturbing each year.

In a way, thematically it recalls "The Godfather I and II" in how that epic charts Michael's journey
from innocence to darkness, along with the moral murkiness of the endless drive for money
and success - how we lose ourselves, so that succeeding and having ever more becomes an
end in itself for which we will pay any price, rather than a route to happiness, trapping us in a
game we can never win.

This fifth season is a brilliant, and very emotional set up for the last. This is powerful,
mportant and utterly enthralling stuff.
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on 20 October 2013
Although in some ways this deserves more than 3 stars the fact that I bought it assuming it was the complete season (5) meant I marked it down, perhaps unfairly. Amazon did not make clear in the description that it is only part of season 5 and indeed there is nothing on the DVD packaging to indicate this. Surely "Season 5 part one" would be a more honest title.
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on 1 July 2013
The series has been excellent, and the content was up to usual standard. However, the rating was given for the deliberate and cynical build up to this release which implied early on that this was the complete series 5, probably costing the same as previous
full series! I found out after purchase that the second part has not yet been shown (couldn't find any mention of that before this
part 1 release)! It's not an accident - the whole thing was a con, supported by the fact that the packaging does not mention anywhere that this is PART 1. (other TV series have done this in the past). No doubt when Part 2 is complete, a full DVD of the entire 5th series will be released, and we will all have to pay up a second time to see the first part. Pure cynical marketing - not
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on 31 October 2013
This is only 8 episodes. There is 16 in total, that is pretty much fraud announcing 8 eps as season 5. Why would you ruin a final season like that, leaving the viewer confused unless they check wiki? A disgrace. Great series, 5 stars. But the people who released this dvd, 0 stars.
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on 4 June 2014
Buy it, watch it and you'll never regret it. This series is probably the best as things are moving towards the conclusion and you'll be totally gripped. The only reason the very last season isnt quiet as good as Season 5 is because it ends!! Breaking Bad could have went on for 10 seasons and everyone would have been delighted as everyone seems to love Breaking Bad and for good reason. Its the most perfectly paced show ive ever seen. Every single character is interesting and has real depth with some performances as good as if not better than the best actors you've ever seen. Its so good you'll feel like you're a voyeur of the real lives of people who seem to be slipping further and further down the spiral rather than just watching a tv show. You could very happily spend a entire evening watching this show back to back because nothing beats this. To give you some examples, im a fan of Lost (first 2 seasons only!), Sopranos (i thought nothing would top it), Hannibal (incredible series so far.........), Dexter and films such as Heat, Goodfella's etc. so I know my american dramas/thrillers. This has raised the bar and its a testament to the current standard of British TV that it was never picked up and shown (I believe Channel 5 showed the first couple of series then it was dropped years ago?). BBC/ITV would rather show 'more' cookery, DIY, house buying programmes...........Do yourself a favour and buy the best programme ever made.
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on 27 January 2013
just a heads up guys, if this dvd set comes out on the date advertised it will only be the first 8 episodes of season 5, the last 8 episodes of season 5 only start airing in summer, thats from AMC offical site, (network who make it), its either that or amazon have their dates wrong and this dvd set will have its release date changed! keep your eyes open before you buy! UPDATE!!! 17/4/13.... today AMC (network who make it) confirmed breaking bad series 5 will return to tv in the usa on sunday august 11th at 9pm!
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on 29 May 2015
The conclusion to the all conquering Breaking Bad is here and it represents one the most accomplished and well written stories of modern times. Throughout the five seasons we have seen the up's and the many many downs of this turbulent relationship and the various consequences Walt's actions have had.

The writing is of such a class that each and every misadventure is grounded in a reality. The events don't feel far fetched even when Walt resorts to an elaborate train heist mid way through this final season. The characters are so beautifully rounded and bought to life that you cannot help but be sucked in. There isn't a dull scene and every moment is filled with detail and purpose.

As expected this season is no holds barred. There is going to be cataclysmic fallout from Walt's actions, we know that much at least, but when it happens it has such a profound effect that you forget this is all just a tv program! You couldn't ask for a better wrap up of the story. It so satisfyingly ties up all the story threads that you don't wish for anymore. This was a perfectly planned and executed story.

As you can expect each and everyone of the actors is fully immersed in their respective roles. The photography of the landscapes is stunning anf the pace of the show is electric.

This is steller story telling and will go down as an all time classic.
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on 24 December 2013
You already know it, if you're looking at this season, this is the best TV ever made and I don't even watch TV :)

BB is stunning, acting is off the scale, story line, plot, twists and the gradual disintegration of Mr white from common man to super criminal with all that entails and his final.....climax .... is just addictive beyond anything you can imagine.

If you want to watch a series that will leave you empty on the day after you watch the final episode, wondering what to do with your life ( without resorting to stealing an RV and cooking meth for a kick) then get BB. Buy.
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on 29 October 2012
Following the absolutely masterful 4th series of Breaking Bad where Walter White ended the season in dramatic fashion, with both a literal bang and the words "I won", I was left wondering where this show could possibly go from here. So when the much anticipated 5th series premièred I braced myself for the worse, ready to be let down, with the gloomy though that no matter how good this series was, there was no way it could possibly hope to equal the last series. Incredibly, the most recent series not only equals the previous series, it surpasses it.

I'm not going to go into too much detail, as I don't want to spoil the plot, so let me just tell everyone about the good things. First the pacing is absolutely spot on, a perfect balance between black comedy, intense drama and suspense. This shouldn't come as a surprise since it's pretty much what made season 4 a masterpiece. But here's where season 5 differs from it's predecessor. First are the performances; it's not that the performances are better than previous seasons, but the characters themselves take on radically different roles than in previous seasons and the entire cast pulls it off to perfection. Anna Gunn gives her best performance yet as Skylar White, as the friction that has been building between her and Walt finally approaches the breaking point (portrayed with unflinching brutality in the episode "Fifty-One"). Aaron Paul also has plenty of moments to shine as Jesse, but the true star of the show is Bryan Cranston, who turns out the performance of a lifetime. His portrait of Walter White's development into a ruthless Machiavellian figure is nothing short of stunning, if a little uneasy at times (especially in the half-season finale "Gliding All Over").

But the best thing about it is how unafraid it is to challenge us with truly difficult topics, the best example of this is the end of the episode "Dead Freight", I won't spoil it, but let's just say it was like being hit below the belt.

The three episodes that highlight the shows best qualities of both staying true to its roots while pushing new boundaries for me are "Dead Freight", "Say My Name" and "Gliding All Over"

I could go on and on about what makes this season and this whole show a masterpiece, but to just sit around and talk doesn't do it any justice, it simply must be seen.

If you've seen all the previous seasons of Breaking Bad then rest assured, the series hasn't decreased in quality at all. If you haven't then start watching it right now from the very beginning, knowing that each series improves on the last and that you have this watershed at the end of the line to look forward to.
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on 27 January 2014
Just when you thought it couldn't get any better/worse/more gripping (delete or add further adjectives) here comes Act 5. Who cares if it's 8 episodes; this proves the writers were literally thinking on their feet. As a viewers you feel , after the bleak Series 4, that one day Walter will be able to enjoy being who he now is and what he has earned. Not a bit! There will always be someone watching and waiting and judging him. Who needs Fring when you've got new friends like Walter has? AsWalter gets empowered, so do other characters, including Jesse. The acting is superlative and plots could not be more involved and gripping. My advice is, make sure you buy The Final season at the same time because it's hard to stop.
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