Breaking Bad: The Complete Series & The Final Season Blu-ray Sets
Posted September 9, 2013 01:45 PM by Webmaster
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has officially announced and detailed the Blu-ray release of Breaking Bad: The Complete Series. The 16-disc set includes all 62 episodes of the acclaimed AMC drama, more than 55 hours of special features, an all-new exclusive documentary and collectible packaging. Both The Complete Series set and a standalone release of Breaking Bad: The Final Season (which features the final eight episodes and numerous extras) arrive on November 26th.
Fans who are addicted to the series and itching for another hit can now indulge in more than two-hours of never-before-seen footage in a ground-breaking series documentary exclusive to the box set, which comes packaged in a collectible replica barrel representing part of Walter White's dark legacy. The all-new documentary chronicles the making of the final season, from filming the first table read to the very last day on set and everything in between, including Bryan Cranston inviting the camera in to his Albuquerque living room for the first reading of the final script with Aaron Paul.
The box set also contains all bonus features from previously released seasons (including retail exclusives formerly only available in select stores), a Los Pollos Hermanos apron and a collectible booklet with a letter from Gilligan, as well as a commemorative Breaking Bad challenge coin designed and created by Gilligan exclusively for this set as a token of appreciation to fans for making the Breaking Bad journey.
The dark series includes an exceptional ensemble cast with three-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series) alongside two-time Emmy winner Aaron Paul (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series), as well as Anna Gunn (TV's Deadwood), Dean Norris (TV's Under the Dome), Betsy Brandt (TV's Michael J. Fox Show), RJ Mitte and Bob Odenkirk (The Spectacular Now). Breaking Bad was created by writer/director/producer Vince Gilligan (TV's The X-Files), who also served as executive producer with Academy Award winner Mark Johnson (Rain Man, 1988's Best Picture) and
Michelle MacLaren (TV's The X-Files).
Synopsis: Breaking Bad follows protagonist Walter White (Cranston), a chemistry teacher who lives in New Mexico with his wife (Gunn) and teenage son (Mitte) who has cerebral palsy. White is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a slim chance to survive. With a new sense of fearlessness based on his medical prognosis, and a desire to secure his family's financial security, White chooses to enter a dangerous world of drugs and crime and ascends to power in this world. The series explores how this fatal diagnosis transforms Walt from mild family man to a kingpin of the drug trade.
Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Barrel Set special features include:
No Half Measures: Creating the Final Season of Breaking Bad - An all-new, exclusive two hour documentary that chronicles the filming of the final eight episodes.
Additional bonus features include all previously released featurettes and retail exclusives:
Bad Memories – Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul talk about the show ending and some of their favorite moments.
Bryan Cranston: Director – Go on set with Bryan Cranston as he directs the first episode of the season entitled "Blood Money."
Scene Envy – The Cast tell us which scene they wish they could have been in.
Shocking Moments - The stars reveal the moments that shocked them most.
From Walt to Heisenberg – From high school teacher to deadly meth dealer, watch as Walter White quickly transforms into Heisenberg.
How Will It End? – At the beginning of the season, the cast was asked to give their thoughts on how they thought the show would end.
Avenging Agent: Dean Norris as Hank Schrader -- A look at the character Hank Schrader and the man who played him, Dean Norris.
Scene Stealer: Betsy Brandt as Marie Schrader – A look at the character Marie Schrader and the woman who plays her, Betsy Brandt.
A Criminal Attorney: Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman –A look at the character Saul Goodman and the man who played him, Bob Odenkirk.
Jesse's Journey: Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman – A look at the character Jesse Pinkman and the man who played him, Aaron Paul.
Skyler Breaks Bad: Anna Gunn on Season Four – Actress Anna Gunn and series creator Vince Gilligan explore Skyler's character evolution through the fourth season.
Growing Up in the White House: RJ Mitte on Walter, Jr. – RJ Mitte, Anna Gunn, Bryan Cranston and series creator Vince Gilligan discuss the extraordinary dynamics of the White family, and Walter, Jr.'s unique role.
The Ultimate Chess Match – Members of the cast and crew discuss Walter White and Gus Fring's extraordinary and complicated battle of wits and their struggle for Jesse's allegiance.
Looking Back: A Season Four Retrospective - Season Four's most surprising and memorable moments.
Ted's Wipeout – In Episode 411, "Crawl Space," Ted Beneke suffers a head injury while trying to escape from Saul's goons. In this featurette, Christopher Cousins (Ted) explains how this shocking stunt was accomplished.
The Truck Attack Storyboard Comparison – A side-by-side comparison of the Los Pollos Hermanos truck attack and the brilliant shot-by-shot storyboards that were created for the episode "Bullet Points."
Walt and the Challenger Storyboard Comparison – A side-by-side comparison of the sequence where Walt indulges in some crazy stunt driving in Walt Jr.'s Dodge Challenger and the storyboards that were created.
In addition to releasing The Complete Series set on Blu-ray, SPHE will release Breaking Bad: The Final Season. The final season includes the series' final eight episodes and comes loaded with special features, including all-new featurettes, cast and crew commentaries, deleted scenes and more. (All of which are also be available in The Complete Series set.) Episodes include: "Blood Money," "Buried," "Confessions," "Rabid Dog," "To'hajiilee," "Ozymandias," "Granite State" and "Felina."
"Blood Money" Table Read – A rare look at the only final season Breaking Bad table read.
Cast and Crew Commentaries on Every Episode
The Main Event
The Final Showdown
Life of a Show Runner
Behind-the-Scenes of the Alternate Ending
Alternate Ending – A 3-minute alternate version of how Breaking Bad could have ended.
WAIT, so lemmie get this straight, THERE WON'T be a complete "Fifth Season" set?!? I STILL have to buy the crappy set of the first 8 episodes of Season 5 AND THEN by another set for the LAST eight episodes??? That's fucking lame!
As much as I love Breaking Bad, I have to agree with vanscottie. I wanted a complete fifth season set. I already have seasons 1-4, and have no plans to buy the complete set. It's obviously just a cheap money ploy by Sony. Season 2-4 had 13 episodes, and are selling for like $20-$25. The first eight episodes of season 5 also sell for that price, despite being half the content. So in essence I'm expected as a fan to put out $50 for 16 episodes, when I've been paying $25 for 13 episodes at a time. BOO-URNS.
The people who actually want to see that 2 hour documentary already own the rest of the seasons already and wouldn't pay a huge sum for this. I'm actually really angry because that documentary sounds awesome and I'd really like to see it but I'm not double dipping, especially not for that much money, for almost nothing.
Luckily, we live in the age of free information where something like that will probably be leaked online (maybe even before the set is released), so at least there's that.
I already own every other season. The only way I would ever get this if it was a numbered edition or signed by cast members or something like that. And it's overpriced just to have a barrel and a apron.
I had a very strong feeling there wouldn't be a "Complete Fifth Season" set, which is why I bought the release with the first 8 episodes. I'll be buying "The Final Season", as well. But, I also plan on buying the barrel set after it has gone down considerably. I've warmed up to the design from after seeing it last night on Talking Bad. I just gotta have that apron, and of course the 2hr doc. Why are people saying that's all you get with the set, anyway? You also get all the previously retail-exclusive special features. I think that was a very nice added bonus. I hope that booklet is thick, even though the image tells me otherwise.
Keep in mind that "season" is basically a technical term for production but it can be stretched in many ways, given the needs.
In this particular case, there were long negotiations between Gilligan, Sony and AMC after season 4 was over, as the main contracts had to be manually renewed, as they seem to be every second season.
AMC wasn't interested in a string of 13 episodes, as the show was somewhat expensive and the ratings aren't The Walking Dead-high. But no other cable network would air and market the final season of a show that had switched channels.
So they settled on two bunches of 8 episodes, covered by the same contract for the cast and crew, which made the episodes technically a single season. But both bunch were written, shot, edited, and are now broadcast one year apart.
AMC had the very same problem with Mad Men, as Matthew Weiner never paid them any favor. After season 1, when the show got another season, the contracts were automatically renewed. After season 2, negotiations for long weeks to determine new terms. After season 3, same thing as for season 1. After season 4, there were months of negotiations. And when they got an agreement, all the parties decided it would be the last round of negotiation. So, they found a solution: the terms of the contracts covered season 5 and 6 but also season 7 provided that AMC wanted to air it and Weiner hadn't wrapped everything by season 6.
So, seasons aren't always a coherent ensemble. They can be just a legal or virtual construct, as it was the case for Breaking Bad.
As Dwigt said, to people making a big deal about no "Complete Fifth Season," it's because they are not really the same season. They are only considered the same season for contractual reasons. They were written separately, a year apart, just as they would have been if they were 13 episode seasons. Hell, they each have an episode more than the first season. So what is to complain about? They are two different seasons. Buy the two seasons or buy the complete series or buy nothing. What's the big deal?
I really have no idea what I would do with the apron (rather have a "SchraderBrau" t-shirt like the one Dean Norris wore on "Talking Bad"!) and my man cave is more designed as a study so the barrel would look awkwardly dorky wherever I would put it, and as I own all seasons currently and really would be shelling out $200 only for a 2 hour documentary, guess I will just be purchasing the 3 disc set of season 5.2 or whatever you want to call it. I only have AMC in SD so really looking forward to seeing the full beauty of these final 8 episodes in high definition. Long live the legend of Heisenberg!