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Breaking Bad Season 5 DVD Review

Breaking Bad Season 5 DVD

In its fifth season, “Breaking Bad” continues to be one of the best TV series of all time.

With Gus Fring out of the picture, you’d think things would get easier for Walt and Jesse. Alas, their troubles only worsen in the first 8 episodes of season 5. Right off the bat, Walt remembers that the security footage from Gus’s lab now is now in possession of the police and so he decides to pull an “Ocean’s 11” esque mission to destroy the evidence with a magnet. Other key storylines involve Skyler moping and drifting from Walt, the Madrigal distribution company (which had ties with Gus Fring), Mike teaming up with Jesse and Walt, a pest control business being used as a front to cook meth, Mike and Jesse clashing with Walt, a new character (Lydia) who is an employee of Madrigal, Hank and the DEA closing in on the truth and on Mike and Walt, Walt and company robbing a train of methylamine, a meth selling competitor, a major character death, and possible retirements for several characters.

With the final 8 episodes set to air starting August 11, 2013, it’s clear that “Breaking Bad” is building to what will surely be one heck of a second half for season 5. In the meantime, viewers have much to absorb and analyze in the first 8 episodes of season 5. With intriguing flashes to the future, the thrilling and gut wrenching episode “Dead Freight,” a shocking death in “Say My Name,” and a potentially game changing cliffhanger in “Gliding Over All,” there is so much to talk about here… but I can’t really say anything! I’ve never been the type of reviewer to spoil things as I feel it would be a disservice to the readers. I’m of the mind that some things are better left unsaid so that the reviewer can experience and enjoy the show (or film) on their own. I’m just here to give my opinion and to let you know if a film or show is worth tuning into. Obviously, “Breaking Bad” IS worth tuning into because anyone that has been following “Breaking Bad” since its first season knows that it’s one of the best shows in television history. The show never ceases to surprise you with fascinating character arcs for main and supporting characters, intense action and drama, award worthy acting, and unique ongoing storylines.

Video/Audio:

“Breaking Bad,” which is presented in 1.78:1, is hands down one of the most cinematic (and best) looking TV shows out there. This DVD transfer is certainly top notch, but it should be noted that this title is also available on Blu-ray as well.

I did not detect any problems with the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track. This show has always used audio well and it shows here.

Extras:
* 3 extended scenes.
* Jesse Plemons and Laura Fraser audition footage.
* A solid commentary on “Live Free or Die” by Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston, RJ Mitte, Michael Slovis and Dennis Miliken. Discussions include direction, scenes, inspirations, etc.
* Commentary on “Madrigal” by Vince Gilligan, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Laura Fraser, Michelle MacLaren and William “W” Gilpin. The group chats about shooting locations, camera work, and other behind-the-scenes information. Not as interesting as the previous track.
* Commentary on “Hazard Pay” by Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Bob Odenkirk, Melissa Bernstein. Odenkirk’s humor makes this one worth listening to.
* “Inside Breaking Bad”- A 19 part feature that which includes a making of for each of the 8 episodes, cast/crew interviews, set footage, discussions about the episodes, characters, season 4 and 5,
* “Writers’ Room Timelapse”- The title says it all. An amusing little extra.
* 3 deleted scenes.
* A funny 3 minute gag reel.
* “Gallery 1988 Art Show”- Footage of a really neat “Breaking Bad” art show.
* “Nothing Stops This Train”- A featurette about the making of the great elaborate train robbery sequence.
* “Commentary on “Fifty-One” by Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, RJ Mitte, Rian Johnson and Sam Catlin. Rian Johnson carries this track.
* An informative commentary on “Dead Freight” by Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston, Michael Slovis, George Mastras, Christian Diaz De Bedoya.
* Commentary on ‘Buyout” by Bryan Cranston, Bob Odenkirk, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Colin Bucksey, Werner Hahnlein, Melissa Bernstein and Gennifer Hutchison. More Odenkirk, more laughs.
* “Breaking Bad” previews.
* “Exclusive Scene: Chick ‘n’ Guns”- An 8 minute scene (with nudity) featuring Saul, Jesse and Skinny Pete. A behind-the-scenes featurette is also included here.
* “Chris Hardwick’s All-Star Celebrity Bowling”- An episode of the Nerdist Channel’s web series with Team Nerdist facing off against Bryan Cranston, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, and Aaron Paul in a game of bowling.
* “Prison Stunt Rehearsal”- Self-explanatory.
* “The Cleaner: Jonathan Banks As Mike”- A featurette about the character of Mike featuring interviews with Vince Gilligan, other cast members, and Mike himself (Jonathan Banks). Interesting factoid: Saul was originally going to be the Cleaner character.
* Commentary on “Say My Name” by Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Jonathan Banks, Thomas Schnauz, and Skip Macdonald. A lively track with some really touching comments by Jonathan Banks.
* Commentary on “Gliding Over All” by Vince Gilligan, Laura Fraser, Michael MacLaren, Moira Walley-Beckett, Jennifer L. Bryan, Kelley Dixon and William “W” Gilpin. Expect lots of behind-the-scenes tidbits, f/x chatter, and info about sets.

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