Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad

The Complete 5th Season

DVD - 2013
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Walter, a modest high school chemistry teacher, discovers a new purpose in life when he learns he has terminal cancer and turns to a life of crime using his chemical knowledge to provide for his family.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2013
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9786315049385
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE BREAK
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (374 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Laser optical
Notes: Features: cast and crew commentaries; deleted scenes; outtakes; Inside Breaking bad; audition footage for guest stars Jesse Plemons and Laura Fraser; Gallery 1988 art show; Chris Hardwick's all-star celebrity bowling; Chicks 'n guns bonus scene; behind the scenes featurette


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List - Emmy Winners
GreenwichFiction Aug 26, 2014

Winner Best Drama Series, Bryan Cranston Actor in a drama series, Aaron Paul for Supporting Actor in a drama series and Anna Gunn, Supporting actress, drama series.

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Feb 16, 2017

Breaking Bad, without a doubt is the finest piece of art (second to Game of Thrones) ever brought to television. This my friends is true story telling and real depth. I rank this show along with the best feature film works of Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, and the Coen Brothers in its artistry. In fact, when describing Breaking Bad to uninitiated friends I usually describe the work as Scorsese meets the Coen Brothers.

What started as a quirky comedy noir quickly evolved into the most spellbinding, addictive drama that ever glued eyes to a screen and froze butts to seats. The obvious fact is that the writing and acting were resplendent. But the hidden elements are just as top notch. I don't think the casting could have been any better. I read somewhere that John Cusack and Matthew Broderick were on the initial casting lists for the Walter White role. And as much as I can appreciate that they are both fine actors in their own right, in retrospect I just cannot see anyone other than Bryan Cranston making the transformation from the milquetoast chemistry teacher Mr. White into the devious, narcissistic Heisenberg, a (lovable) mass murderer and meth manufacturing criminal mastermind.

But the excellence in casting doesn't end there. Aaron Paul portrayed to a tee the emotionally conflicted Jesse Pinkman. Then there's Bob Odenkirk's shyster lawyer character Saul Goodman, which is also a masterwork of character development and one of the most underrated acting jobs on the series. Dean Norris as Hank Schrader was equally perfect. I really can't see anyone other than Dean with that priceless expression on his face when he discovers the book inscribed by the murdered Gale Boetticher to W.W.; and his DEA agent wheels start cranking. Anna Gunn was equally top notch as Skyler White. Then there's Giancarlo Esposito, who, when he made his entrance on the set immediately flashed me back to his small but superbly played FBI agent Jack Baer in "The Usual Suspects"; in a word his portrayal of Gustave Fring was marvelous. Other honorable mentions should go to Steven Bauer, probably best known as Manny Ribera in Scarface, and his excellent Don Eladio character, and Jonathan Banks (Mike Ehrmantraut).

This show is also about a man and his transformation into something that most would consider a monster. But you still route for this monster all the way through. It's about choices one makes in the face of adversity, and the ramifications of those actions and how it affects people around you, and like a domino affect, how it reaches out way outside your family. It's about love, family, trust, children, extended family, choices, good and bad, right vs wrong depending on how you view each situation. Season 1-5 is a sucker punch in the gut that never lets up! It is a mind-blowing thrill ride with phenomenal acting, perfect writing and directing, incredible story and most of all, a incredibly realistic look of a man who is lost in his own sins.

May 02, 2016

STEM knowledge subverted for desperate times and consequences.

Feb 01, 2014

This fifth season initially dragged, as if it was trying to continue what should not have been, after an unbelievably perfect fourth season that took BREAKING BAD to mainstream popularity in an explosive way. However, after watching the first four episodes of part one of the fifth season (the second part was released as the final season, even though they're just the first and second chunks of the fifth season as a whole), the same tension and excitement that made those earlier seasons so delightful was back again. This season starts up exactly where the last left off, with Jesse and Walt high on life and the DEA on their tail. If you love the series so far, you'll probably appreciate this season, too (but only if you've watched the first four -- I cannot emphasize that enough!!!). I definitely recommend it.

Sep 30, 2013

Is this just the first half of season 5? Do you plan to get the full season and how will I know which I'm signing up for? I'd like to sign up for the full 5th season.


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