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Buy it........ It's an offer you can't refuse!,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Sopranos: Complete HBO Season 1  [DVD] (DVD)
The Godfather, Goodfellas, Donnie Brasco...I loved them all, but somehow The Sopranos passed me by along with the hype (I must have been sleeping with the fishes). Until recently, that is, when my Boss (as in line manager not Mafioso) suggested that, in light of my appreciation of the above classics, I might give The Sopranos a look.
So, with an objective, post hype and critical eye I started to watch series one in February 2004.
Absolutely amazing, I am utterly addicted to this masterpiece of imagination. It portrays the life of a man who seems to have it all; the money, the house, the cars, the ladies, the power.......but he's just as fallible and vulnerable as the rest of us (he may go a little further than most when faced with adversity) but still you find yourself almost identifying and actually rooting for this mob boss.
He's a family man as well as a gangster and it is in this guise that we get the balance and insight into ordinary humanity that empowers the viewer to empathise with Tony Soprano and forgive his excesses in his alter ego of Mafia Don. These two worlds are abridged magnificently by Tony's frank and increasingly open discourse with his Psychiatrist, Dr Melfi.
Their evolving relationship serves to show the viewer the tenderness that Tony is capable of feeling (when he's not "whacking" people) and allows him to express his inner feelings. This lends itself to ever increasing character knowledge and complexity of Tony Soprano, engaging the viewer to want to find out more about Tony and his complex life.
Forget Big Brother, this is the ultimate insight into human nature and all its facets.
I have just ordered the 2nd, 3rd and 4th series through Amazon on the strength of the 1st series and I'm only onto episode 9!
The down side?......Once you've watched the Sopranos you've been spoilt - ordinary TV shows will just pale into insignificance. Brilliantly written, brilliantly acted, amazing sub-plots that offer real depth and complexity and characters that make you laugh and cry in the same breath.