Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad

The Complete First Season

DVD - 2009
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After an unremarkable chemistry teacher learns he has terminal cancer, he turns to an exciting life of crime to provide for his loved ones. Includes all 7 episodes.
Published: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2009]
ISBN: 9781435938557
1435938550
0435938550
Branch Call Number: DVD F BRE SEASON 1
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (ca. 346 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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gord_ma May 20, 2019

         Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in
         return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is
         alchemy’s first law of Equivalent Exchange.
                                    -- Alphonse Elric, Fullmetal Alchemist
 
One of the most award-winning and most critically acclaimed American TV shows ever, [Breaking Bad] is about the brilliant but prideful New Mexican chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston), whose poor decisions in life come to a head with his sudden cancer diagnosis.
 
Desperate to support his family after he dies, Walter partners with Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), his former student and now a drug dealer, to enter the Albuquerque drug trade with a new product: an exceptionally pure form of meth that is quickly coveted. However, Walter’s desperate desire for the financial security of his family and his talent also attract the attention of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), of whom Walter’s brother-in-law is an agent.
 
But what is [Breaking Bad], really?
 
[Breaking Bad] is a show of exceptional writing and plotting, exceptional humour and intelligence, solid to very good acting, strange but memorable characters, though the soundtrack was subpar—sorry, but [Mad Men] had much better music. [Breaking Bad] is a very regional TV drama, like the original [Twin Peaks] but minus the supernatural aspects: a psychological study set in an unique and quirky but totally American community. It also could be argued that [Breaking Bad] is a story the Great Recession (2007–2009), wherein the ripple effects of the steep and prolonged decline in the global economy gutted the American middle-class.
 
I also would argue that (at least in Season 1) [Breaking Bad] is a morality tale about a desperate man sullying his talents and sacred knowledge (chemistry) for the dubious and deadly drug trade, and by doing so sells away slices of his immortal soul one pound of meth at a time. Some may compare White’s descent into the drug trade with Dante’s [Inferno], it’s easy to see the similarities, but I’d compare it to the first Japanese anime adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa’s [Fullmetal Alchemist].
 
In that series, the desperate Elric brothers attempted and failed to resurrect their late mother using forbidden alchemy. In the exchange, one brother lost his limbs and the other his entire body. Life in exchange for life. Likewise, a dying Walter White (a modern day alchemist) has traded in the certainties of his life (unsatisfied family man who barely makes ends meet as a high school teacher) to get into the illicit drug trade to support his family and by doing so will destroy himself and everyone around him a piece at a time. Lives in exchange for lives. White may have created an alias and he may have Jesse do the actual dealing, but he can already feel the change crawl over his skin.
 
[Breaking Bad] Season 1 — 4.5/5 Stars

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jjd66
Apr 28, 2019

Superb TV series from beginning to end.

Jekyll & Hyde type story about a chemistry teacher using his skills to become a crystal meth producer. Writing, acting,directing, music, and everything else are all top notch on this show.
An amazing combination of drama, suspense, and comedy.
A Great story - well told.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 31, 2019

I think this must be one of the most interesting shows I’ve watched. I feel like the story was unique and different from others, as well it has a lot to be built upon. I like the fact that he was able to keep this secret from his family and it was enjoyable to see his two lives. I didn’t so much enjoy his family and you will find them getting on your nerves, especially the wife, Skyler. The way he teamed up with Jessie was interesting since he was the chemistry teacher who was aware of the creating of the drug and Jessie, who knew connections. 4.5/5 stars @EffyStonem of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library.

Breaking Bad is an American crime drama television show. It is focused around a terminally ill high school chemistry teacher named Walter White played by Bryan Cranston who turns to meth production with an established dealer, Jesse, played by Aaron Paul to finance his treatment and family for the future. The first season premiered in 2008, with a 7 episodes, each with a duration of around 50 min. This introduction into the world of Breaking Bad is some of the best television I have watched. The way Cranston and Paul play off one another, and how their characters conflicting aspects are forced to mesh with one another is compelling and hilarious at some points. Particularly when Walter must explain logic and reason to his seemingly idiotic partner. Both of their acting is phenomenal, some of the best in television. There are so many iconic moments and scenes littered throughout this series. Character development is rife in this series. The characters are pushed outside of their comfort zones, and they learn and grow because of it. Whenever one of them succeeds in these scenarios, we can empathize with them and feel their accomplishment. Moreover, the juxtaposition between the stereotypical suburban american family life, and Walters endeavors in illegal drug trade is endlessly entertaining. 4.5/5 Stars. @Joaquin of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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reginator_22
Feb 15, 2018

One of the best shows ever created!

LiztheLibrarian Feb 14, 2018

An amazing show, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are amazing!

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humbleworm
Feb 06, 2018

This entire series is the one of the best examples I know of character progression. Initially a mild-mannered Everyman, Walter gradually transforms into his own antithesis as the result of well-intentioned but increasingly corrupted decisions. A right-angle turn for Bryan Cranston's career. If you wish there was more ... Better Call Saul.

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VonHafenstaaad
Jan 13, 2018

Amazing series. I was glued to the set and at times couldn't help binge watching.

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nordicleather
Nov 07, 2017

Too slow moving. Main character was weak. Somewhat silly. Fast forwarded through it, due to boredom. It didn't improve. Could spend my time watching other videos.

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flyfisher88
Feb 04, 2017

I watched 2 episodes’ and was hooked. Great character development, wonderful actors/actresses and the story lines ebb and flow just enough to keep you waiting for the next episode. Possibly one of the best series developed for TV that I can recall.

ArapahoeChristine Dec 07, 2016

One man's mission to secure his family's future once he's diagnosed with cancer.

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Parentfx
Apr 21, 2018

Sexual Content: Throughout the entire series there are numerous displays of sexual acts, but with limited overall nudity. Of actual nudity, bare buttocks (men and women) and topless women are most common. Sex scenes are more common earlier in the series but continue through all seasons.

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reginator_22
Feb 15, 2018

Other: Drug making/usage.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jun 06, 2014

Sexual Content: Nudity and sexual situations. Not for children for sure.

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reginator_22
Feb 15, 2018

Walter Jr.:
So why are you telling me this?

Hank:
'Cause I love you, you little bastard.

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jimg2000
Apr 21, 2014

Jesse: And that'll cut through a lock? Because this is supposed to be one big-xxx lock.
Walter: In World War II, the Germans had an artillery piece – it's the biggest in the world – called the Gustav Gun, and it weighed a thousand tons. And the Gustav was capable of firing a seven-ton shell and hitting a target, accurately, twenty-three miles away. [chuckles] I mean, you could drop bombs on it every day for a month without every disabling it. But, drop a commando – one man, with just a bag of this – and he could melt right through four inches of steel and destroy that gun forever.

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jimg2000
Apr 21, 2014

Walter: Of course I do. Skyler, you've read the statistics. These doctors...talking about surviving. One year, two years, like it's the only thing that matters. But what good is it, to just survive if I am too sick to work, to enjoy a meal, to make love? For what time I have left, I want to live in my own house. I want to sleep in my own bed. I don't wanna choke down 30 or 40 pills every single day, lose my hair, and lie around too tired to get up...and so nauseated that I can't even move my head. And you cleaning up after me? Me, with...some dead man, some artificially alive...just marking time? No. No. And that's how you would remember me. That's the worst part. So...that is my thought process, Skyler. I'm sorry. I just...I choose not to do it.

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Apr 21, 2018

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Feb 06, 2018

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