Oz: Complete First Season
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Oz: The Complete First Season (DVD)
HBO's violent men-behind-bars drama is an addictive, testosterone-driven soap opera for guys. The eight episodes of the first season set the style for the show: a massive cast of a vivid characters on both sides of the bars, four or five stories unleashed at a breakneck pace and framed by angry, oddball introductions, and a soaring casualty rate. Created by Homicide producer Tom Fontana, this drama quickly earned its rightful reputation as the most brutal show on TV. It's simple chemistry: combine volatile ingredients in a confined space, shut tight, and shake.
The yellow brick road of the Oswald Correctional Facility (affectionately known as "Oz" among the inmates) leads to "Emerald City," an antiseptic cellblock of cement and glass overseen by prison-reform advocate Tim McManus (Terry Kinney). The first episode introduces its two most compelling inmates: meek lawyer Beecher (Lee Terguson), who transforms from a vulnerable lamb to a fearless, drug-addicted wildcat, and Muslim activist Kareem Said (Eamonn Walker), a fiercely non-violent leader whose campaign for reform explodes in a season-climaxing riot. The stunning first-season cast also features Ernie Hudson (the warden), Rita Moreno (a worldly drug-counseling nun), and Edie Falco (who jumped from her role as a single-mother prison guard to mob wife in The Sopranos). It carries no rating, but the drug use, nudity, and brutal violence make this highly inappropriate for young viewers and unsuited to the squeamish. Oz pulls no punches in its portrayal of prison violence and predatory abuse. --Sean AxmakerSee all Product Description
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The first season sets a lot of seeds for future happenings, but it is a fine season on it's own. You just never know what will happen. I never saw the first 3 seasons, I watched 4 and 5 and have seen some repeats of the first 3 so watching this DVD set was a huge treat for me. The Show is very easy to follow, has a ton of great acting and is just plan amazing.
I would suggest this to anyone who likes drama's. Yes the language is hard and there is some nudity (mostly male) people need to remember that this is a prison setting and that is what would happen in any prison. Sit back and enjoy. I can't wait for season two to come out in January.
This HBO series, however, is surprisingly good. At times it gets a little too ambitious and tends to lose focus in trying to delve into each of the diverse characters, but by the last three episodes or so the action really gathers momentum. In fact, the plot is perhaps one of the most interesting I've yet seen; the problem is in the delivery. Tacky lines (for instance, "Coming from you, I'll take that as a compliment", from Reilly) muddle the action, and the Aryan Nations inmates feel a little too much like "American History X" clones. The worst part of the show, however, is the wheelchair-bound guide, whose incessant gesticulations and headset and dialogue are enough to make you want to stop watching.
All in all, though, its solid. The cast is pretty convincing, the violence is intense, and the climax is unbelievable. My verdict: good to rent, but not the best buy.
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Terrible. Watched the first 4 episodes, plot went absolutely nowhere and it was just a really really weird series. Read morePublished 10 months ago by andrea nelson
One of the best shows I have ever watched. A little graphic but still awesome. ThanksPublished 18 months ago by Donna Robertson-Balzer
I remember watching the odd episode of this show on Showcase, it was pretty brutal for its time. So glad to see it available on DVD finally. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Bolder
The price is great compared to other stores here in Toronto... The order arrived in no time!
I love this show... Read more
it took a while until I got it but I did get it, it must of been lost in the mail or stolen or something but I when I called Amazon up they replaces it and it arrived a few days... Read morePublished on Dec 13 2013 by CB
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