Rent Breaking Bad: Series 1 (2008)

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Synopsis:
Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a down-on-his-luck chemistry teacher struggling to make ends meet for his wife (Anna Gunn) and physically challenged son (RJ Mitte). Everything changes when Walter receives a startling diagnosis: terminal lung cancer. With only a few years to live and nothing to lose, Walter uses his training as a chemist to cook and sell crystal meth with one of his former students (Aaron Paul). As his status grows, so do his lies, but Walt will stop at nothing to make sure his family is taken care of after he's gone, even if it means putting all their lives on the line.
Actors:
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Directors:
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Producers:
Karen Moore, Patty Lin, Vince Gilligan, Mark Johnson
Creators:
Vince Gilligan
Writers:
Vince Gilligan, Patty Lin, George Mastras, Peter Gould
Studio:
Sony
Genres:
Top 100 TV Series, TV Crimes, TV Dramas, TV Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
17/09/2012
Run Time:
332 minutes
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary on Pilot Episode by Creator and Cast Including Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston
  • Making of Breaking Bad
  • Screen Tests
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentary on "Crazy Handful of Nothin" by Creator and Cast Including Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston
  • Vince Gilligan's Photo Gallery
  • Inside Breaking Bad
  • AMC Shootout — Interview with Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston and Mark Johnson
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following episodes:
1. Pilot
2. The Cat’s in the Bag
3. And the Bag’s in the River
- Bonus Feature
Audio Commentary on Pilot Episode by Creator and Cast Including Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following episodes:
4. Cancer Man
5. Gray matter
6. Crazy Handful of Nothin’
- Bonus Feature
Audio Commentary on "Crazy Handful of Nothin'" by Creator and Cast Including Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston
Disc 3:
This disc includes the following episodes:
7. A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal
- Bonus Features
Making of Breaking Bad
Screen Tests
Deleted Scenes
Vince Gilligan's Photo Gallery
Inside Breaking Bad
AMC Shootout — Interview with Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston and Mark Johnson
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/06/2013
Run Time:
346 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
Arabic, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, French, German, Hindi, Spanish, Turkish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary on Pilot Episode by Creator and Cast Including Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston
  • Making of Breaking Bad
  • Screen Tests
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentary on "Crazy Handful of Nothin" by Creator and Cast Including Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston
  • Vince Gilligan's Photo Gallery
  • Inside Breaking Bad
  • AMC Shootout — Interview with Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston and Mark Johnson
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following episodes:
1. Pilot
2. Cat's in the Bag
3. ... And the Bag's in the River
4. Cancer Man
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following episodes:
5. Gray Matter
6. Crazy Handful of Nothin'
7. A No-Rough-Stuff-Type-Deal

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Reviews (5) of Breaking Bad: Series 1

Darkly funny, tense drama - great stuff! - Breaking Bad: Series 1 review by RP

Spoiler Alert
26/01/2014

There are a number of US TV series that are so highly rated by their fans that it can seem a little over the top. I'm thinking in particular of 'The Wire', 'The Sopranos' and now 'Breaking Bad'. I missed them all on TV - and when I finally caught up with 'The Wire' and (fairly recently) 'The Sopranos' on disc they did indeed turn out to be excellent. So, is 'Breaking Bad' the same?

So far, yes. This is Season 1 so I'm sure there's much more plot and character development to come, but so far I'm impressed. This is a darkly funny, tense drama about a mild mannered man placed in a dreadful situation - and the bad choices he makes and the consequences of those bad decisions form the story line.

Walter White is a mild mannered high school chemistry teacher. Once a near-genius research chemist, he never capitalised on those skills but has coasted through life. He has a son disabled with cerebral palsy and his wife is expecting their second child. They are in financial trouble, he has a second job at a car wash of all places - and then comes the news that he has terminal lung cancer. So what does he do? Well it's obvious, isn't it: he teams up with a dropout drug dealer and starts to cook methamphetamine to bring in some desperately needed cash.

From that somewhat unrealistic premise and the first of many bad decisions the drama flows. It's tense in parts, the tension is relieved by moments of black comedy, then builds again as Walt begins to change. Is his personality growing? I guess I'll find out more when I watch Season 2.

My favourite TV series is probably the French cop/legal drama 'Spiral' but that doesn't have too many laughs, so I'll order up the next season of 'Breaking Bad' for a little more black humour as Walt stumbles on...

5/5 stars - excellent stuff.

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Cult - Breaking Bad: Series 1 review by JD

Spoiler Alert
14/09/2014

This American TV drama has achieved cult status. Psychology students throughout the UK have the chemistry symbols on their T-shirts. From the perspective of one who was naive to this I would recommend it as a well acted drama series. It is definitely a walk on the dark side. An impoverished Chemistry teacher is forced to take a job washing cars (including those of his arrogant pupils) to get out of debt. The lure of making lots of money by "cooking meth" becomes too great. So far so good. He then quickly becomes a serial killer and super hero, able even to front up to drug barons, he spends most nights away from home making high quality amphetamine, his wife tolerates this remarkably well. The credibility for me was lost after the car wash. We are supposed to believe that just because he has cancer he will become a sociopath. Nevertheless it is an original idea and goes into the genre of black, nay light-less, humour.

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Strange and beguiling - Breaking Bad: Series 1 review by BE

Spoiler Alert
29/01/2016

Just started watching it under recommendation. It's a black comedy/drama and not what the Americans generally classify as just a 'drama'. Watched first episode which appeared okay, second episode a bit more attention holding, third episode - hooked! Gonna buy the box series.

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