The Sopranos: The Complete Series Blu-ray (Updated with Official Announcement)
Posted June 2, 2014 07:06 PM by Webmaster
HBO Home Entertainment has officially announced the Blu-ray release of The Sopranos: The Complete Series. All 86 episodes of the award winning show will be placed on 28 Blu-ray discs, which will be grouped in a lavish box set featuring iconic artwork from the series. The Sopranos: The Complete Series arrives on Blu-ray on November 4th.
Synopsis: For six seasons, millions of viewers loyally tuned in to HBO to watch the drama unfold as modern-day mob boss Tony Soprano juggled responsibilities between his family and his other "family." Hailed as "a remarkable achievement" by the Wall Street Journal and "the greatest show in TV history" by Vanity Fair, David Chase's drama stars three-time Emmy winners James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano and Edie Falco as Tony's wife Carmela, plus Lorraine Bracco as therapist Dr. Jennifer Melfi, Emmy winner Michael Imperioli as Tony's nephew Christopher Moltisanti and Dominic Chianese as Uncle Junior. Other series regulars include Robert Iler as Anthony Soprano, Jr., Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Meadow Soprano, Tony Sirico as Paulie Walnuts, Steven Van Zandt as Silvio Dante, Aida Turturro as Tony's sister Janice, Steven R. Schirripa as Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri, John Ventimiglia as Artie Bucco, Vincent Curatola as Johnny Sack, Frank Vincent as Phil Leotardo and Ray Abruzzo as Little Carmine.
When The Sopranos debuted in 1999, its story of a modern-day mob boss juggling responsibilities between his family and his other "family" was like nothing that TV critics and viewers had ever seen. The series went on to win more than 20 Emmy Awards throughout its run, including wins for its cast members, such as James Gandolfini and Edie Falco.
The BD set includes an exclusive feature full of new interviews with cast and crew, along with famous filmmakers and academics who explore how the acclaimed series transformed the television landscape. "Defining a Television Landmark," which runs approximately 45 minutes, features all-new interviews with cast, crew, celebrities, filmmakers and academics -- including series creator David Chase, star James Gandolfini, Academy Award winning director Steven Soderbergh, Emmy Award winner Jeff Daniels and Golden Globe winner Steve Buscemi -- discussing the impact and influence of the groundbreaking series, with brand new archival footage. Additional bonus material includes lost scenes, two round table dinners with cast and crew, 25 audio commentaries and much more.
The Sopranos: The Complete Series is presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround. The 28-disc set also comes with a Digital HD copy of all 86 episodes.
The box set doesn't come across to me as "lavish" but it isn't bad. Maybe it will look better in person. The original OOP edition of Deadwood was their coolest IMO. The current edition of Deadwood is a cheaper version (cardboard box wise)
You know, there was a time I would have jumped all over this. But now that I have watched all of the episodes through at least three times, including recently, I am going to pass on this. HBO simply waited too long.
Nik66uk this was up for preorder on Amazon.co.uk a few months ago but quickly taken down. The price started at £120 but dropped to £100 (or around US$165).
The absolute bargain is Scandinavia where cdon.se and their other sites have it for SEK599 or equivalent so £60 or US$100. Is still available to preorder at that price. Pity they don't ship outside Scandinavia.
My guess is it will be between $149.99-$179.99. The studio doesn't want to price it out of reach for those who want to pick it up, but a few months after release I am sure it will come down in price, would not be surprised if it will be found for $99.99 by year's end, perhaps on sale or special, etc.
I wonder if a) they're also going to release the seasons individually as well and b) if they are going to remaster Season One which even Blu-ray.com's reviewer found underwhelming in the video quality?
Well this kinda keeps me hoping that someday not so far away, they are planning on releasing Six Feet Under, and I'm not sure but maybe Sex and the City.
Come on HBO do it for Six Feet Under at least, I can't rewatch the series on DVD, it just makes me cry.
I can't believe this is finally happening. As soon as I saw that all of the seasons on Amazon Prime were in HD, I had a feeling this announcement was coming soon. My wife and I have been re-watching these (for probably the 10th time) on Prime and we're on season 2. We should be all done with the series in time for the set's release, I can't wait to watch all of the bonus features. I'm so glad I never broke down and bought the DVD set.
The Sopranos and Six Feet Under are really the two great Sex And Death, Family Biz TV Operas. However, Six Feet Under's stunning and utterly final closing episode is, IMO, the best finish ever in TV history! An exploding piñata of emotions, laughter, and real heartbroken tears, wrapped up and launched into an oblivion of fireworks and music. I don't usually get carried away by these things, but I was unprepared for this, and it hit me like a train. It's worth the investment if you can carve out the time to watch the full series. The Sopranos is 25 different kinds of awesome, fun, high-energy, fast-talkin mob deliciousness, but Six Feet Under is quiet, nuanced, super-quirky, and deeply-penetrating. Let's hope HBO gives it's other 'family' an equally deserved Blu-ray box set.
One of the HBO channels shows an episode every weeknight. It runs from the first episode to the last (over a few months) and starts over again after the finale. Props to HBO for doing that, I wish they would do the same thing for The Wire and Entourage.
I have been waiting and waiting for this one. Now that it's all on Amazon Prime (and in gorgeous HD), I'll probably wait until the price for this set goes way down. I sense a future black friday splurge, though, for sure.
I just blasted through 5 and a half seasons on Amazon Instant Video, what timing. The insanity of them adding tons of HBO shows and movies like Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee for free streaming is gonna have me locked for the rest of the summer. Definitely gonna take the other shows slower though, doesn't really feel right watching Sopranos the way I am, you only see a show for the first time once.
FFS it's about time! Price will be a bit insane though(not surprising for HBO i guess). Betting we will see a sub-$150 price point for Xmas/Post Holiday season offloading of inventory. Will definitely be picking this up then.
And the even better news is that with Sopranos coming out on Blu, HBO can hopefully start working on getting The Wire out on Blu.
Finally! I've been itching to buy the DVD set, assuming it'd never come to blu ray if it hadn't already. I was even debating just buying this on Vudu to have digitally... I really hope they keep this at about $150
I love this show and I would like to have this eventually when I can get it for the low. I love TV shows but they don't really warrant the purchase for me on blu because replay value on TV shows not named Seinfeld has always been so low for me but I want this lol. Now if The Wire ever drops on blu I'm on that day one, that is the greatest series ever to me.
It is good news. Good news indeed. Although, the price of this long awaited Blu-ray set will come at a premium. If your wanting to save $$$ keep checking back between all the well known distributors...be diligent. One will crack first with an outrageously low price to draw more traffic. Make your move. I was fortunate being able to place a pre-order with amazon.com/uk...before the window temporarily closed. 'The Sopranos: The Complete Series Blu-ray' will be one of if not the biggest Blu-ray releases of the holiday season so deals will come and go quickly. Be sure to have an upper-end price that you are willing to pay and hold fast.
Very tempting but with HBO Go I can watch them anytime I want. The temptation that remains still is the upgrade in quality that blu-ray gives plus the bonus features. I was definitely happy buying Breaking Bad (in spite of Netflix) so I have a feeling that I will be doing the same for The Sopranos...maybe. hehehe ...it would make an impressive addition to "the collection".
Like AngelGraves13 commented earlier, I feel it will be interesting to see if they utilise the VC-1 transfer for the S6 Parts 1 & 2 release (and 5.1 PCM). I wonder if they might not redo the S1 transfer… Very dark in some parts of the season (although might be due to the original cinema photography).
Can't wait (Although $280 is a bit of a wallet burner).
I liked "Carnivale" like everyone else here, and it would look so sweet on BD, but it was not a success for HBO. Cancelled after only 2 seasons. I just assumed they would give BD treatment to their biggest shows first (?)
As much as I'd like to see those other shows such as The Wire and Six Feet Under on blu, I don't see it happening in the foreseeable future considering The Sopranos, one of the most iconic and popular television shows of the last 25 years(if not all time) is just now getting a complete release. The Wire was a cult hit and didn't really become popular until it was over.
$280 bucks, $10 bucks per disc. Sheesh! Needed to be a little cheaper & the box set needs more discs (33 would have worked out perfect). At present, by logical calculations, we will be getting 4 eps per disc at least five times (1 disc for Seasons 1-5). Hope that HBO's legendary PQ won't suffer.