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SONY has released the first two seasons of "BREAKING BAD" on blu-ray, as
individual seasons. "BREAKING BAD" is that all too rare example of a series
that reminds viewers that great entertainment can still be found on tv, or
Created by one of the frequent collaborators on "THE X-FILES," Vince Gilligan,
"BREAKING BAD" focuses on Walter White,(brilliantly played by Bryan Cranston)a
middle-class family man, using his chemistry background as a high school
teacher, and working an additional job as a car wash attendant to help provide
for his family consisting of a handicapped son, and a pregnant wife. But, after
falling down sick at the car wash, and being diagnosed with a terminal case of
lung cancer, with only a few years left to live, Walter is more desperate and
willing to take on risks to ensure his family's security after death. While on a
ride-along with his brother-in-law, Hank, a DEA agent, Walter recognizes a
former student, Jesse, evade being caught during a raid on a meth lab. Walter
makes the step of reaching out to Jesse with a bold request,...becoming partners
in the meth business. Walter will use his chemistry skills to create top-rated
meth, and Jesse will use his business skills to sell it. The first season
focuses on the dangers these two face from both law enforcement and rival
dealers as their business enterprise becomes extremely successful.
The series is great for many reasons, but the level of character depth achieved
here is what really stands out, especially in comparison to 90% of other series.
"BREAKING BAD" is an example of great tv in the same way "THE SHAWSHANK
REDEMPTION" is an example of great film. Not one moment onscreen is wasted.
Everything about the story, characters, design and more feels just right and
essential to the series' development.
Emmy Winner Bryan Cranston is incredible. His performance proves one doesn't
have to agree with a characters' actions, to feel concern for the given
situations these characters are placed in. The complexity of his character makes
Walter feel more realistic than any of recent tv history...One more reason to
watch this series, and blu-ray.
SONY has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray
1080p blu-ray. The design of the series makes it inherently difficult for a
stunning visual transfer, that could stand out as "reference quality." Colors,
while solid, are never vibrant. Detail is very impressive at times, but it's
also dull and hindered by the series' dark look in many other scenes. It's a
faithful transfer in scene-to-scene comparison with HD satellite airings, but
not an image that will dazzle those expecting all blu-ray to display stunning
SONY has provided a DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix. Surprisingly aggressive, this mix boasts
one of the most entertaining mixes available on blu-ray, and certainly for any
cable series. From beginning-to-end, dialogue, music, bass and subtle nuances
are perfectly balanced and always impressive.
SONY has provided plenty of extras. On disc 1, an audio commentary for the first
episode is terrific and shouldn't be missed. Deleted scenes(1080i)are also
offered for that episode. Several other episodes offer either deleted scenes or
commentary but not all of them and some, not at all.
The 2nd disc offers featurettes, varying from 1080i and 480p. Theatrical
trailers for other SONY releases are presented in 1080p.