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10 Dec 2013

Blu-Ray Review: One of the Greatest TV Series Ever Gets a Worthy Blu-Ray Package

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My personal list of truly great TV shows is a bit short: Twin Peaks, Mr. Show, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Happy Days (the first two seasons), Lost and this, Vince Gilligan’s epic masterpiece.

The conclusion of Breaking Bad was astoundingly, astonishingly good. Bryan Cranston’s final moments as chemistry teacher turned meth master Walter White count as one of the best series finales I’ve ever seen (along with Agent Cooper’s bloody face laughing into a cracked mirror on Twin Peaks).

You get every season in this set, including the newly released final season. It starts where the prior season left off, with Dean Norris’ Hank finally figuring out what his brother-in-law was doing in his spare time. From the moment he confronts Walter, to the musical strains of Badfinger’s “Baby Blue” in the last episode, the final season is a wild, wild ride.

You know a show is great when you feel a void as it ends. Breaking Bad is a series worth viewing multiple times—which I have done. I don’t have a lot of time for TV, but I made, and will continue to make, time for this one. It’s a true gem.

They’d better throw a bunch of acting Emmys at this show next year. Nobody in the history of TV did a better job of creating a character than Mr. Cranston did here (and I’d put his dad from Malcolm in the Middle in the Top 20 as well).

Special Features: All of the seasons come to you in a nifty “money” barrel; those who saw the final season know of the barrel’s significance. You get a nice booklet, an awesome Los Pollos Hermanos apron, and many hours of special features, including a documentary, more than two hours long, that is special to this set. The already-circulated Malcolm in the Middle fake ending is here, too. This set will make many fans happy this holiday season.

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