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#1 of 18 Ronald Epstein

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Posted September 09 2013 - 08:11 AM

Unquestionably one of the greatest dramas in TV history”

-- The Hollywood Reporter, Tim Goodman

 

The Ultimate Breaking Bad Experience Comes to Blu-ray Nov. 26

Collector’s Edition Full Series Set Features an All-New, Two-Hour Documentary and More Than 55 Hours of Special Features in a Collectible Replica Barrel with
Commemorative Memorabilia from Creator Vince Gilligan

 

BREAKING BAD:
THE COMPLETE SERIES

 

The Addictive, Emmy Award®-Winning TV Drama
Starring Emmy Award
® Winners Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul

Breaking Bad: The Final Season also Arrives on Blu-ray & DVD

 

CULVER CITY, CALIF. (September 9, 2013) – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment cooks up a full batch on Nov. 26 when BREAKING BAD: THE COMPLETE SERIES comes to Blu-ray in its entirety. One of the most explosive series ever to air on television, the 16-disc set is this year’s must-have gift for the holiday season, complete with all 62 episodes and more than 55 hours of special features.  Starring three-time Emmy® winner Bryan Cranston (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series) alongside two-time Emmy® winner Aaron Paul (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series), the critically acclaimed drama from Sony Pictures Television boasts one of television’s most radical storylines, giving viewers a glimpse into the life of how far a man might go in order to take care of the ones he loves. “Bryan Cranston is still turning in a transformative, unimpeachable performance as Walt, who remains one of the greatest dramatic creations ever to grace our TV screens,” hails USA Today’s Robert Bianco.

 

Fans who are addicted to the series and itching for another hit can now indulge in more than two-hours of never-before-seen footage in a ground-breaking series documentary exclusively in the box set, which comes packaged in a collectible replica barrel representing part of Walter White’s dark legacy.  The all-new documentary chronicles the making of the final season, from filming the first table read to the very last day on set and everything in between, including Bryan Cranston inviting the camera in to his Albuquerque living room for the first reading of the final script with Aaron Paul.  The box set also contains all bonus features from previously released seasons (including retail exclusives formerly only available in select stores), a Los Pollos Hermanos apron and a collectible booklet with a letter from Gilligan, as well as a commemorative Breaking Bad challenge coin designed and created by Gilligan exclusively for this set as a token of appreciation to fans for making the Breaking Bad journey.


The dark series includes an exceptional ensemble cast with Anna Gunn (TV’s “Deadwood”), Dean Norris (TV’s “Under the Dome”), Betsy Brandt (TV’s “Michael J. Fox Show”), RJ Mitte and Bob Odenkirk (The Spectacular Now).
BREAKING BAD was created by writer/director/producer Vince Gilligan (TV’s “The X-Files”), who also served as executive producer with Academy Award® winner Mark Johnson (Rain Man, 1988’s Best Picture) and
Michelle MacLaren (TV’s “The X-Files”). Co-executive producers of the series include Melissa Bernstein (TV’s Rectify), Sam Catlin (TV’s “Canterbury’s Law”), George Mastras (TV’s “The Dresden Files”), Peter Gould (TV’s “Too Big To Fail”), Thomas Schnauz (TV’s “The X-Files”) and Moira Walley-Beckett (TV’s “Pan Am”). Stewart A. Lyons served as Line Producer/UPM. Cranston and Diane Mercer (TV’s “Arrested Development”) are producers of the series. The series is produced by High Bridge and Gran Via Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television for AMC.

 

Synopsis:
BREAKING BAD
follows protagonist Walter White (Cranston), a chemistry teacher who lives in New Mexico with his wife (Gunn) and teenage son (Mitte) who has cerebral palsy. White is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a slim chance to survive. With a new sense of fearlessness based on his medical prognosis, and a desire to secure his family's financial security, White chooses to enter a dangerous world of drugs and crime and ascends to power in this world. The series explores how this fatal diagnosis transforms Walt from mild family man to a kingpin of the drug trade.

 

BREAKING BAD: THE COMPLETE SERIES Barrel Set Special Features Include:

·         No Half Measures: Creating the Final Season of Breaking Bad - An all-new, exclusive two hour documentary that chronicles the filming of the final eight episodes.

 

Additional bonus features include all previously released featurettes and retail exclusives:

·         Bad Memories – Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul talk about the show ending and some of their favorite moments. 

·         Bryan Cranston: Director – Go on set with Bryan Cranston as he directs the first episode of the season entitled "Blood Money."    

·         Scene Envy – The Cast tell us which scene they wish they could have been in. 

·         Shocking Moments - The stars reveal the moments that shocked them most. 

·         From Walt to Heisenberg – From high school teacher to deadly meth dealer, watch as Walter White quickly transforms into Heisenberg. 

·         How Will It End? – At the beginning of the season, the cast was asked to give their thoughts on how they thought the show would end.   

·         Avenging Agent: Dean Norris as Hank Schrader -- A look at the character Hank Schrader and the man who played him, Dean Norris. 

·         Scene Stealer: Betsy Brandt as Marie Schrader – A look at the character Marie Schrader and the woman who plays her, Betsy Brandt.

·         A Criminal Attorney: Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman –A look at the character Saul Goodman and the man who played him, Bob Odenkirk. 

·         Jesse’s Journey:  Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman – A look at the character Jesse Pinkman and the man who played him, Aaron Paul.

·         Skyler Breaks Bad:  Anna Gunn on Season Four – Actress Anna Gunn and series creator Vince Gilligan explore Skyler’s character evolution through the fourth season. 

·         Growing Up in the White House:  RJ Mitte on Walter, Jr. – RJ Mitte, Anna Gunn, Bryan Cranston and series creator Vince Gilligan discuss the extraordinary dynamics of the White family, and Walter, Jr.’s unique role.   

·         The Ultimate Chess Match – Members of the cast and crew discuss Walter White and Gus Fring’s extraordinary and complicated battle of wits and their struggle for Jesse’s allegiance. 

·         Looking Back:  A Season Four Retrospective - Season Four’s most surprising and memorable moments. 

·         Ted's Wipeout – In Episode 411, “Crawl Space,” Ted Beneke suffers a head injury while trying to escape from Saul’s goons.  In this featurette, Christopher Cousins (Ted) explains how this shocking stunt was accomplished.   

·         The Truck Attack Storyboard Comparison – A side-by-side comparison of the Los Pollos Hermanos truck attack and the brilliant shot-by-shot storyboards that were created for the episode “Bullet Points.” 

·         Walt and the Challenger Storyboard Comparison – A side-by-side comparison of the sequence where Walt indulges in some crazy stunt driving in Walt Jr.’s Dodge Challenger and the storyboards that were created.   

 

In addition to releasing the complete set on Blu-ray, SPHE will release BREAKING BAD: THE FINAL SEASON on both Blu-ray and DVD with UltraViolet on Nov. 26. The final season includes the series’ final eight episodes and is loaded with special features, including all-new featurettes, cast and crew commentaries, deleted scenes and more. Episodes include: Blood Money, Buried, Confessions, Rabid Dog, To’hajiilee, Ozymandias, Granite State and Felina.

 

BREAKING BAD: THE FINAL SEASON Blu-ray Includes:

·         “Blood Money” Table Read – A rare look at the only final season Breaking Bad table read. 

 

BREAKING BAD: THE FINAL SEASON Blu-ray & DVD Include:

·         Cast and Crew Commentaries on Every Episode

·         4 Featurettes

o   The Main Event

o   The Final Showdown

o   Life of a Show Runner

o   Behind-the-Scenes of the Alternate Ending

·         Alternate Ending – A 3-minute alternate version of how Breaking Bad could have ended.

·         Deleted & Extended Scenes

·         Gag Reel

·         Walt’s Confession

·         The Layers of a Sound Mix

·         Over 15 Episodes of Inside Breaking Bad

·         Uncensored and Extended Episodes

 

Broadcast Year: 2013 (AMC)

BREAKING BAD: THE COMPLETE SERIES has a run time of approximately 2,949 minutes and is not rated.

BREAKING BAD: THE FINAL SEASON has a run time of approximately 390 minutes and is not rated.

 

 

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#2 of 18 Ronald Epstein

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Posted September 09 2013 - 10:09 AM

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Posted September 09 2013 - 10:13 AM

Great looking set....really great.....

 

....but at $225?!

 

Not when most of the individual Blu-rays are selling around $20 each.

 

I think Sony priced this a bit high.


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Posted September 09 2013 - 10:30 AM

I'm assuming that $225 is the MSRP so with holiday sales and competition, I expect to see it closer to $150 (which is still pretty high for 6 sets).



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Posted September 09 2013 - 10:32 AM

Well, that price is what Amazon is now preordering it for.  

 

Could it go down?  Perhaps, but not by much.

 

If they priced this at $150 I wouldn't be complaining as much.

 

This set obviously is not priced for the average fan which is unfortunate.


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Posted September 09 2013 - 10:58 AM

Unlike Walter (most probably), I think I can live with the separate sets.



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Posted September 09 2013 - 11:17 AM

I already have the first five sets.  I was only planning on picking up the final episode set to round it off.

 

Why would I spend more money on this set?

 

Is the only difference the packaging and the one documentary?  That's it?



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Posted September 09 2013 - 11:41 AM

Is the only difference the packaging and the one documentary?  That's it?

That and I'm assuming that the "retail exclusives formerly only available in select stores" is the 3 or 4 featurettes that were on Target's S4 bonus disc. I'd love to have the documentary but even with selling off the individual sets, I'm not spending that much for one documentary.

 

It's hardly the first time that a bonus disc has been available after the end of a series but I feel more bitter about it this time around. Maybe it's because I'm a huge fan of the show or maybe it's because this documentary sounds great or maybe it's because I was a day one purchaser of the early sets that helped keep the show alive in the early years when no one even knew what it was but whatever the reason, Sony is really screwing the long term fans over by making this documentary an exclusive.



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Posted September 09 2013 - 11:59 AM

...and just so I am clear....

 

The upcoming FINAL FIFTH SEASON Blu-ray is only episodes 8-16?

 

I would still have to buy the FIFTH SEASON Blu-ray for episodes 1-7?

 

If that is the case, Sony should have been more descriptive about the 

title of these sets, perhaps putting FIFTH SEASON PART 2 as the title.


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Posted September 09 2013 - 12:02 PM

^ Yeah, the fifth 'season' set has episodes 1 to 8 (which aired last summer) and the final 'season' set has episodes 9 to 16 (the ones airing now).


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Posted September 09 2013 - 12:03 PM

Thanks, Travis.


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Posted September 09 2013 - 12:35 PM

...and just so I am clear....

 

The upcoming FINAL FIFTH SEASON Blu-ray is only episodes 8-16?

 

I would still have to buy the FIFTH SEASON Blu-ray for episodes 1-7?

 

If that is the case, Sony should have been more descriptive about the 

title of these sets, perhaps putting FIFTH SEASON PART 2 as the title.

 

I was confused when they issued the first half of Season Five, because the cover just says "The Fifth Season."

 

For the record, Seasons One is seven episodes, Seasons Two-Four each have 13 episodes, and the final season has 16 episodes.

 

There will be substantial discounts. The first half of Season Five was listed at $65.99 but is now going for $24.99 at Amazon.

 

Right now you could buy Seasons 1-4 and the first half of Season Five (54 episodes) on Blu-ray for about $119. It's actually less expensive per episode than the BD of Boardwalk Empire - Amazon is charging $109.00 for the first three seasons of Boardwalk Empire bundled.


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Posted September 09 2013 - 01:37 PM

I would like to know if the Complete Series will feature Ultraviolet copies of the episodes, as they are doing with the individual Final Season set. I wouldn't mind paying that price if I had digital copies of all the shows, along with all of the extras featured on the discs that I am dying to see ( I've been watching the previous seasons on Netflix and am trying to get caught up in time for the finale!)
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Posted September 09 2013 - 02:42 PM

I would like to know if the Complete Series will feature Ultraviolet copies of the episodes, as they are doing with the individual Final Season set.

I'm only guessing but the first 4 seasons didn't have UV codes so I wouldn't count on seeing them in the series set. Never say never though.



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Posted September 09 2013 - 05:11 PM

The labeling gets very confusing in this kind of situation, as it did with The Sopranos in its last two seasons.

 

Officially, Breaking Bad consists of five seasons, and they are now airing the remaining 8 eps of that fifth season.

 

In reality, Breaking Bad essentially shot six seasons.   The final season of 16 episodes was broken up into two periods of filming a year apart, and covering two different thematic ideas in my opinion.   I'm not sure of all the reasoning behind saying that it's one season - sometimes this kind of thing is contractual, such as if the actors' contracts expired at the end of the fifth season.  In which case, they just say that the fifth season goes on for two years and thus they don't need to negotiate new contracts...

 

Something like this happened  with The Sopranos, which ostensibly had a sixth season that ran 21 episodes.  But in reality, the sixth season ran 12 episodes and was completed in one year.  The final 9 episodes were shot a year later and, like Breaking Bad, embraced different thematic material.  For all intents and purposes, that was a seventh season for The Sopranos, but I believe that really was a situation where the actors' contracts would have made the seventh season label an EXTREMELY expensive one.  So they just called the last batch the "Bonus Episodes" of the sixth season.

 

And we all wind up getting confused over whether we actually have all the seasons of these shows or not...


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Posted October 01 2013 - 08:52 PM

Ok, I found the correct forum, lol.

 

Will there be a complete series boxset without all the extra stuff?  $225 is pretty steep, and I don't really care about the apron or barrel.



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Posted October 02 2013 - 08:27 AM

I've only bought Season 1. The rest I can buy cheaper individually. Anyway, I'm not interested in extras and bonuses.



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Posted December 17 2013 - 05:11 AM

I don't have "The Complete Series" barrel box, but I got all the individual season sets from Amazon.com sale. At least "Season 1" IS actually "region free", even when some sites clearly says "Region A only".

 

I wonder why this contradiction? Could it be that the "first patch" was "A", but the others after that "region free"? In my BD copy the UPC is 34717.

 

Haven't tested seasons 2-5 yet. Will do in the near future.







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