Breaking Bad: The Complete Third Season (Sous-titres français)
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Breaking Bad ~ Season 3
Here's how things are going for Walter White, the central character in Breaking Bad, as this outstanding cable series reaches its third season. By the end of the fourth episode, less than a third of the way through the year, Walt (played by Bryan Cranston, who won three straight Emmys for this role) has been arrested and put in jail twice; has been served with divorce papers by his wife, to whom he has finally confessed that he's a crystal methamphetamine manufacturer; has had a serious falling out with his young partner in crime; and is the subject of a manhunt by two silent but very deadly members of a Mexican drug cartel. And it gets a lot worse. Of course, Walt is hardly the only character who's afflicted, conflicted, and "breaking bad." Wife Skyler (Anna Gunn) is in the excruciating position of knowing that she could blow the whistle on Walt and get him out of her and their children's lives once and for all, while also realizing what that would do to her family. Hank (Dean Norris), the DEA agent who's married to Skyler's sister, becomes obsessed with figuring out who's putting "blue meth" on the streets of Albuquerque, little knowing that it's his own brother-in-law and leading to near-tragic consequences. And partner Jesse (Aaron Paul, another Emmy winner) is haunted by the fact that it was his drugs that killed his girlfriend, whose distraught father may have caused a hideously destructive plane collision over the city when he returned to his air traffic controller job too soon.
All of this is presented in an artful brew of black humor and frequently violent drama, with excellent acting, dialogue, and storytelling (the 10th episode, "The Fly," takes place entirely in Walt and Jesse's fancy new meth lab), and innovative film techniques (the opening scenes in episode one, and several thereafter, are shot with a beautiful, almost sepia-toned look). But it's Walt, portrayed so memorably by Cranston, who remains the main draw, as this brilliant but self-destructive, angry man, prone to making calamitous decisions, gradually realizes that he is truly becoming Heisenberg, his criminal alter ego, and is in way over his head--and may very well be losing his mind in the process. One can only wonder how much lower creator Vince Gilligan and his team will take him in season four.
The bonus features are many and varied, with numerous offerings on all four discs. They include audio commentary (by Gilligan, the actors, and others) on most episodes; a variety of short featurettes detailing individual scenes or shots, props, character backgrounds, etc.; pod casts; and a series of promotional pieces produced for AMC (which airs the show) under the banner of "Inside Breaking Bad," in which members of the cast and crew discuss specific aspects of each episode (viewer beware, as these bits contain some spoilers). --Sam Graham
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few series that competes with the best films in history for achievement in cinematic storytelling.
Like a great novel slowly unfolding, it's funny, heartbreaking, incredibly tense, deeply disturbing,
full of brilliant plot twists, rich, compelling characters and a pitch-black sense of humor.
A nebbishy high-school science teacher finds he has lung cancer, so becomes a meth dealer to
make money for his family before his death. Often visually stunning, with a breathtaking
performance by Brian Cranston in the lead, and great work from all the supporting roles,
this portrait of a man's decent into hell couldn't be much better, and it just grows darker and
more disturbing each year.
In a way, thematically it recalls "The Godfather I and II" in how that epic charts Michael's journey
from innocence to darkness, along with the moral murkiness of the endless drive for money
and success - how we lose ourselves, so that succeeding and having ever more becomes an
end in itself for which we will pay any price, rather than a route to happiness, trapping us in a
game we can never win.
This third season the story kicks into even higher gear. Every time there's a moment's
peace, a new crisis come crashing in to raise the stakes yet again. This is powerful, i
mportant and utterly enthralling stuff.
Well worth picking up and watching all three seasons of Breaking Bad.
This set is worth the purchase. It has all 13 episodes, a few of which are uncensored. There are cast commentaries, though I would have preferred commentaries like they had in the second season where it was the full cast together. Here it's a few cast members in one and then some in another commentary. There is a gag reel, there are quite a few behind the scenes features and a few episode podcasts where cast and crew members discuss the episode in detail.
If you are a fan of the show, it's a must have set.
I'm excited about what the future holds for this show and its characters!
Also, the lawyer Saul has toned down the annoying aspects of his character and become riveting to watch. Then there's way more drug trade action and interaction as we get more Gus (the Los Pollos Hermanos ad that begins one episode is beyond classic) and a whole new drug lab that is a font of cinematic wonder.
The DVD set is worth picking up because each of the four discs have excellent extras. From mini video podcasts on most episodes with cast and crew giving us insider info to the breakdown of stunt videos to introducing us to the Honduran immigrant brothers who play the assassins sent to avenge Tuco's death in Season Two.
What I don't like at all is the Blue Ray system. It is true that the Blue Ray picture is great but it is its only advantage as contrary to a DVD it doesn't remember were it is stopped.
This is something that really bothers me as I cannot watch all the shows at once. So every time I stopped it restarts at the beginning with all the warnings and everything. That is really a waste of time.
It is only because I received the first 2 seasons on Blue Ray as a gift that I bought also 3 and 4 in the same format.
If you are starting this series, maybe you should think buying DVDs instead ans also save a bit of money.
Air G Man