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Mad Men: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, Christina Hendricks
  • Directors: Alan Taylor, Andrew Bernstein, Ed Bianchi, Lesli Linka Glatter, Matthew Weiner
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region A/1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Lionsgate Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Sept. 16 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00197POTU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,650 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Welcome to a world where Monday has a three drink minimum.  Mad Men exists here and it's a fabulous place to visit, back before Betty Friedan's Feminine Mystique really made much of an impact and before the Surgeon General put warning labels on cigarettes. It was an America on the brink of social explosion and Mad Men, which tells the story of a group of Madison Avenue advertising executives in the early 1960s, captures that surface stillness perfectly, complete with the growing tension barely contained below the surface.

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The show succeeds on every level. HBO famously passed on Mad Men, created by former Sopranos executive producer and writer Matthew Weiner.  AMC picked it up, and thank goodness they did. From the first episode, Season One becomes an essential, utterly addictive television- watching experience. Beautifully filmed and masterfully written, the show manages to present the period honestly but with little nostalgia, and as soon as you get over the constant smoking, drinking and treatment of women as little more than "girls" who get coffee and answer the phone, the complexity of these characters (especially the dashing Jon Hamm as Creative Director Don Draper) will leave you completely captivated. Season One features clandestine office romances, shadowy pasts, a ton of adultery, closeted homosexuality and a lot more drama that seems risqué even for 2008. But again, one of the most impressive things about Mad Men is that everything is executed with absolute class, style and elegance.  And bonus for the DVD viewer: Like The Sopranos, Mad Men has a ton of little moments and hints leading up to character revelations and plot twists that make watching the episodes over and over continually rewarding.   –-Kira Canny

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Laura Martins on Jan. 27 2009
Format: DVD
I'm a devoted viewer of this show and was thrilled to own this first season DVD compilation. It depicts the world of pampered ad execs at a high-profile Manhattan firm in 1961 where cocktails flow before noon and sexual harrassment is the norm. Creator Matt Weiner is a stickler for period accuracy, so everything from the fashions to the breadbox on the kitchen counter reflect the late 50's/early 60's mileu. Smart writing and multi-dimentional characters also sets this show apart. I'm always riveted as endings are rarely predictable - often shocking, sometimes poignant and always original. Main character Don Draper is the gorgeous ad exec who all perceive as the confident and unflappable creative head at Sterling Cooper. We discover, however, that he's a complex protagonist whose troubled childhood haunts him and influences his many secrets and deceits. One of his secrets is pivotal and keeps the viewer completely engaged. But despite his mistakes and flaws, the writers have created a protagonist who is inately humane. The other characters are deliciously complex as well and not what they appear to be....Can't say enough about this show. It's simply brilliant.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ann Tyrell on Nov. 24 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Since I missed the start of this series, I purchased the DVDs and was amazed with the acting and the script. I grew up in the 60s so I can relate to much that is said and done -- this is really how it was in an office environment during the early 1960s!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NeuroSplicer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 24 2012
Format: DVD
When things get bad, we tend to look to the past. And the bleaker the future looks, the further back we search for comfort. As the new millennium keeps disappointing us, TV shows set on the 50's and the 60's (once a rarity) keep growing in numbers. Many have tried and failed. MAD MEN tried and closed the deal. And have been doing so for 5 seasons now.

Meet Don Draper (Jon Ham), a Madison Avenue water-walker (and based on real life ad-man, George Lois). He is an enigma wrapped in a mystery. He is brilliant and secretive. He wants to keep walking the tight rope with no safety net. And definitely no contract. He is a chain-smoking, hard liqueur guzzling, womanizing alpha male. He is a loving father of three, married to a picture-perfect ex model. He has it all. And yet he cannot find peace. Because he learned early on that the world is always yawning at your heels, eager to yank everything you love away.

From bursting with joie-de-vivre Roger Sterling (hilarious John Slattery) and ever scheming Pete Cambell (baby-faced Vincent Kartheiser) to the gorgeous women (such as barbie January Jones as Don's wife), the cast is one perfect pick after another. And the writing is brilliant, reproducing the tastes and smells and nuisances of the era around Camelot, while drawing you in to the personal stories of characters polished yet inevitably flawed.

The 50's and the 60's were before my time so it is not nostalgia that makes me love the show. Yes, I find the era mesmerizing and (probably undeservingly) less complicated. If nothing else, though, back then they knew how to dress. Women looked feminine and men looked manly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By caseygirl TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Aug. 31 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I am hooked on this series. It is one of the best shows to be on television in a very long time. The accuracy of the representation of the sixties is remarkable. The clothing is exact, the office environment is accurate. I worked in an office such as the one represented in this show (not advertising) and I can tell you it was very much like the way the t.v. show depicts it. I think they overdo the sex side of things but sexual harrassment in the workplace was the norm, as was the smoking. I find the series very good, intense characters with depth and complex personalities especially Don and Betty Draper. They both have problems and insecurities which add to the storylines. The inclusion of current events of the time are accurate and make the show more real. I would strongly recommend this series. However, if you like "cut em up, eat em up" and modern car chases this isn't for you. This is intense complex drama and that is why it is so good. Very well done indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Don Draper on March 4 2010
Format: Blu-ray
I bought this after reading alot of good reviews and I can say honestly they didn't hype this show enough. I don't watch very much Television outside of a few HBO programs, but this is something different. It's by far the best series to come out in years, in fact the only show I can think of with the same quality of writing would be the Soprano's, and this has even more to offer.
Give it a shot, your gonna love it.
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I mostly missed the first few seasons of Mad Men before getting into it in later seasons, so I decided to pick up the first few seasons on DVD to go back and see how things began. It is interesting in the early episodes to see how the characters evolved over time. The behavior in the early episodes is a bit less over-the-top compared to later years, and a bit more humor creeps in (though Mad Men seldom is what you could describe as funny), but the sets and costumes are a treat for the eyes. This is a very well-made show.

The Season 1 DVD comes with a number of special features including commentary on each episode, sometimes more than a single commentary per episode to boot. There are also features on the show's music and a few background pieces on advertising in the period. All are good, but the commentaries are interesting. It sounds as though most of them were done while the people commenting are watching the episode together, as such things are typically done, but the commentaries of Elisabeth Moss were obviously done separately and do not work as well - she seems to talk quite a bit but it is often in a general way and not as much about the particular episode in question, and as a result does not really flow all that well.

All in all I enjoyed this very much. I deduct one star for the way the series seems to overstate many aspects of 1960s culture in order to ensure the viewer gets the point - the drinking, smoking and casual sex happened for sure, but I do not believe to the extent it is shown here. I feel like I am risking emphysema just watching this with all the smoking, and I wonder how these people could function in such a high-pressure business with all the drinking that supposedly happens.
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