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Big Love: The Complete Collection

Bill Paxton , Jeanne Tripplehorn , Adam Davidson , Alan Poul    DVD
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Over the course of five seasons, Bill Henrickson and his three wives (Barb, Nicki, and Margene) struggle to overcome a myriad of challenges they’re faced with while living a modern-day polygamist lifestyle. Bill is an independent businessman who runs a growing chain of hardware stores (Home Plus); the family later goes on to expand their business ventures to a Mormon-friendly casino in the middle of an Indian reservation; the family contemplates taking on a fourth wife; and as if that wasn’t enough on their plates, Bill decides to run for public office. In one of the most shocking moments of the series, on election night, new state senator Bill Henrickson shook Utah to its core by outing his family as polygamists. Now, instead of being embraced for their honesty, the Henrickson family is engulfed by hostility from neighbors, Home Plus employees, casino partners, students at their kids’ schools and even fellow polygamists hoping to keep their personal lives private.

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* "Inside the Episode" feature for each episode - Get the inside perspective with Creators and Executive Producers Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer



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3.0 out of 5 stars Épisodes endommagés Dec 8 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Malgré l'appellation "comme neuf" quelques épisodes ont été difficiles à écouter en totalité sur 2 des DVDs. C'est avec un lecteur DVD de PC que nous avons réussi à manquer les moins grandes parties des épisodes impliqués
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Big Seasons, One Great Show: A Great Box Set For Newbies, But Nothing New If You Own Individual Seasons Sept. 23 2011
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Quick take: If you own the other four seasons on DVD, just buy the fifth independently.

Long take: For five glorious (and sometimes frustrating) seasons, HBO's "Big Love" took polygamy family drama to new heights. While not always perfect, this show boasted some of the strongest and most underrated performances that you're likely to encounter and challenged the conventions of familial obligations and acceptance. As a long time fan, I recognize that the show could be uneven. I'm not one of those people who think that as long as you like or watch a show, it automatically ranks as five stars. Different seasons can vary in quality, and while "Big Love" had its share of growing pains--it never lacked heart or conviction. Playing with diverse elements including family drama, comedy, suspense, politics, religion, and everything in between--the show became benchmark must-see television as a savvy and sophisticated adult soap opera.

I'm not going to dissect the plot of "Big Love" over five years from 2006 through 2011. At its core, however, it is the tale of Bill Henrickson and his three wives Barb, Nicki, and Margene dealing with the trials and tribulations inherent in living a polygamist lifestyle in contemporary America. Played by Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny, and Ginnifer Goodwin respectively--this primary quartet is reason enough to accord the show the highest rating possible. The fact that none of these stars was EVER nominated for an Emmy Award is perhaps the biggest mystery in "Big Love" history. Tripplehorn in early seasons, Sevigny in middle seasons, and Paxton in later seasons all easily deserved nominations. Heck, while I'm no great fan of Sevigny, her Nicki is an unforgettable character creation and was two years running my favorite performance on TV (she won a 2010 Golden Globe). Also inexplicably excluded from Emmy competition was the great Harry Dean Stanton as one of the best villains in modern television. The only Emmy acting nominations the show received were in the Guest category where Bruce Dern (as Bill's ne'r-do-well father), Mary Kay Place (as Nicki's manipulative mother), Sissy Spacek (as an unscrupulous political lobbyist), and Ellen Burstyn (as Barb's disapproving mother) got nods through the years. Also invaluable to the show was Grace Zabriskie as Bill's mom. I could go on all day about the extended cast, but there's not enough time for everyone.

If I were to break down the seasons to my personal perspective, they would look something like this:

Season One (12 episodes): 4 Stars. A provocative beginning that was finding its footing. Had yet to capitalize on the family dynamic that would prove so irresistible in following seasons.

Season Two (12 episodes) and Season Three (10 episodes): 5 Stars. Returning, in my opinion, as the year's most improved drama for its second season--these two years were a fine balance of storylines and big ideas. The central relationships are solidified in perfect harmony and the performances are among the best on television.

Season Four (9 episodes): 3 Stars. A cluttered and overstuffed year in which far too much was going on. I call it everything-but-the-kitchen-sink plotting. Some realistic, some outrageous--it is easily the series weakest year, but it is still eminently watchable.

Season Five (10 episodes): 4 1/2 stars. A fitting and powerful end that brings the clan together in defiance. Eliminating many of the extraneous plot threads of the previous season, this brought the focus back to family. A solid and memorable ending to a landmark series.

The Complete Series DVD is bringing all the previous years together into one set, of course. All of the original extras included on individual seasons will be provided with NO additional supplements. Season Five (which is being released separately on the same day) will have a Special Feature called "Inside The Episode" which will have insight from the show's creators about each episode in this season. If you already own the other four seasons of "Big Love," there is no particular reason to invest in the set--just buy the last year. If, however, you are a newbie to the show--it receives my wholehearted recommendation. Bye, Bye Henricksons--you will be missed! KGHarris, 9/11.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BIG LOVE --- MORE THAN JUST POLYGAMY BUT A JOURNEY OF 4 PEOPLE AND PERSONAL GROWTH! Nov. 21 2013
By ROCK GODD - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Everyone comes away from movies, books and TV shows with a different take on it. The subject matter sparks some controversy by some so I'll skip that since if you are here you get what the basic premise is around! What some who haven't seen it don't get it the show is really about desire to achieve and growth, initially around Bill Henderson's character.....who we slowly come to find was kicked out on the streets at 14 and forced to do implied unsavory things to survive (though never told in detail). His legal wife survives cancer helped by Nikki, who we find becomes wife #2 and later their babysitter Margie becomes young wife #3. Bill owns a hardware/home improvement store and is just opening a second. His attempts to open a third are blocked by a shady character from --the compound-- who apparently lent him money to open the first and felt he was owed a piece of each store thereafter. Bill's thirst for being more and power goes on to owning a casino and later becoming a senator hoping to make polygamy recognized and legal.

Through much of the series it would seen his legal wife, Barb, just goes along...almost dragged along...for the ride but eventually finds her own voice and calling as do, in their own ways, his other 2 wives. The fifth and final season seems more to be a moral lesson in the fate of wanting more than one should and the consequences with the slow decline and eventual murder of him by a neighbor on hard times over something stupid. Meanwhile each of the three wives evolves immensely by season 5 with Barb going on to become a female minister/leader (or Mormon off-shoot equivalent), Nikki finding emotions and love and getting beyond the compound robotic programming she came with and Margie emerges from empty headed ditz to helping causes and the needy around the world. There's many twist and turns along the way but that is the basic deal and I think many miss this being side-tracked by the stigma of polygamy and Bill's initial control --we see him slowly losing throughout season five-- and ambitions.to prove, maybe more to himself than anyone, that he isn't throwaway trash as he was treated as a child. Don't misunderstand, Bill isn't a bad guy just someone that tends to be caught up in proving himself....sometimes with a conman-like rational. We find out in the first episode of season 5 exactly the breakdown in a scene between Bill and Barb whee he says a husband leads and his wives after consult follow in harmony and her response is less than agreeable.

It's an amazing journey even though, as other note, season 4 seems a bit dismal and lost focus in the writing and is somewhat out of step with where season three leaves off but season five more than gets back on track. While I am NOT a polygamist, I can see how lonely people with no one can gravitate to this lifestyle. Kudos to Tom Hanks for his part in making this show happen!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plygamous Addiction Jan. 2 2013
By krisnicole - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I love this show, the boxed set contains the complete series, all 5 seasons and if you've never seen the show before because you weren't interested, didn't have the time, or didn't have HBO (like me), you should youtube clips and see that this show is awesome. Funny, dramatic, happy, chaotic and brings real life into a fictitious storyline. Mothers juggling work, school, children and a husband. Bickering couples and the ups and down we women face. Times of happiness, depression, questions of faith and the afterlife, religion. Politics, religion, and state where do they seperate and draw the line? It's a lovely chaotic crazy life, Big Love <3 I have lots of love for this show.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High quality box set, but no new DVD material Dec 31 2011
By JMM - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This review is for the Complete Series; this box set includes all five seasons of the show.

Each season has between four and six discs (20 DVDs in total), and the discs are stored inside five standard clear DVD-sized cases (one per season). The five cases are stored inside a very thick and sturdy box. Also included is a slipcover that wraps around the outer box.

Overall, this set is very high-quality box set that fans of the show will love. However, in terms of actual DVD content, there is nothing exclusive to the complete series set. So if you already own each season separately then there really is no reason to upgrade (unless you really like the outer box).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great box set at a great price! Jan. 31 2013
By J. Markes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Love this box set. It is the same as buying each season seperately. Inside the box each case is there just like you bought them one by one.
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