Breaking Bad: The Complete Fourth Season [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres français)
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The phenomenon continues as Breaking Bad hits a stunning new hight with its most suspenseful season yet! In his multiple Emmy Award-winning role, Bryan Cranston stars as Walter White, a one-time mild-mannered chemistry teacher whose transformation into a deadly criminal kicks into overdrive in the explosive fourth season. As his young accomplice Jesse (Aaron Paul in his Emmy Award-winning role) turns increasingly distant and hostile, Walt must deal with his estranged wife (Anna Gunn), his relentless DEA Agent brother-in-law (Dean Norris), and the ruthless kingpin manipulating the entire operation (Giancarlo Esposito) - culminating in a bombshell season finale that will leave you speechless. Breaking Bad is executive produced by Vince Gilligan and Mark Johnson.
The first murder happens barely five minutes into the episode that opens this fourth season of Breaking Bad. There will be many others. That's no surprise; this show didn't become one of the most highly acclaimed TV series of its time because of its light, frothy tone, and central character Walter White (multiple Emmy winner Bryan Cranston) won't remind anyone of Grandpa Walton. Those who watched the first three seasons will be familiar with Walt's story by now: a former chemistry teacher, he was diagnosed with cancer and turned to manufacturing 99% pure methamphetamine, ostensibly so his family could stay afloat after he died (the cancer is now in remission). Walt's devolution into the hard-core criminal known as Heisenberg is pretty much complete by now, but the brilliance of this character is that he appears to be deeply conflicted. Is he the tough guy he acts to wife Skyler (Anna Gunn), bragging about his role in "a business big enough that it could be listed on the NASDAQ" and proclaiming, "I am not in danger--I am the danger"? Or is he just a dude in way too deep who loves his family, and buys a gun he barely knows how to use, and whose actions have collateral consequences he never imagined? One thing is certain: Walt wants to stay alive, an increasingly dicey proposition given his relationship with his drug-lord boss, Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito). It takes the entire season for that struggle to be resolved; by the end, we know a lot more about Walter, and very little of it is good.
There's plenty else going on this season, of course. Walt is forever struggling with his partner, the wayward Jesse (Aaron Paul), especially once Gus tries to convince Jesse that he can cook the meth just as well without Walt. Skyler, who last season finally learned what her husband's up to, convinces Walt that they should buy a carwash--mostly to launder money, not automobiles (Walt also goes along with her plan to pretend that he earned the money to buy the place by being a professional blackjack hustler). And his brother-in-law, DEA agent Hank (Dean Norris), who was badly injured in season three, recovers enough to resume his investigation into the identity of the infamous Heisenberg. Whatever the storylines, Breaking Bad continues to feature superb acting by all, outstanding direction and production values, and a wonderful eye for detail (one example: when Walt takes over the carwash, he breaks open the frame containing the prior owner's first dollar and uses it to buy a Coke). The typically generous assortment of bonus material includes audio commentary for all 13 episodes, eight featurettes, deleted scenes, and 21 Inside Breaking Bad mini-docs, in which cast and crew discuss various aspects of the show. --Sam Graham
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The Blu-Ray version is crisp and clear, just like the HD version of the show. Overall, if you are a fan of dark dramas, crime shows, or simply engaging TV, this is an excellent choice. The subject matter and content are not kid-friendly, but it is not quite R-rated either. I like that it is not simply based on gore and shock value (like some later Dexter episodes), but rather the strength of the writing and characters still carries the show. Highly recommended.
Jesse and Walt perform brilliantly in this season and you are always waiting for more excitement
to come. A must buy.
As the cover of the DVD box set shows, this season is all about Walter "breaking" very bad in a most dark way. In addition the opening scenes to almost every episode are beyond better than any season before. They really are terrific teasers as you try to figure out what they are foreshadowing.
There are flaws (although not too major and I'll try not to have any spoilers). The major scene in Mexico I find a tad implausible from a "if it was that easy to do that to the heads of a cartel, why wasn't this done sooner?" and the old folks' home Terminator ripoff I laughed at. It has impact and is a very powerful and wonderfully shot scene, but also completely ridiculous given the amount of force exerted on the people in question. Hope those are vague enough that I didn't ruin anything for anyone.
Lastly, there're extras on every disc in the set but word of warning: Don't watch any of them until you've watched the entire season. There are subtle giveaways to upcoming episodes on some of the extras.
Plus, as I post this, the entire set is just $9.99. Is that right? An entire season with the extras on DVD for under $10? People, it's worth about triple that easily.
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 fourth season take the form of an epic battle for control between Walter and his
nemisis Gus. Along the way Walter's morality crumbles even as he becomes ever more
brilliant at manipulating the people and situations around him. And just enough of his
remaining humanity pokes through to keep us caring in spite of ourselves.
This is powerful, important and utterly enthralling stuff.
Gus and Walt are like two chessplayers in combat. Gus is rational and clear headed. He sees the demands of the position and makes his moves accordingly. He tries to minimise the friction by keeping his emotions out of the picture. He will be ruthless, but only when he needs to be. When the demands of the position call for it, blood will be spilt. But when the position calls for quieter measures he will do this too - such as waiting on customers in his restaurant business.
Walt sees himself as cast in the same mould. But he is deluding himself. He is fully rational only in his own mind. His days of being a carwash cleaner are over for good and there is no going back. He has never felt more alive than when hatching his adrenaline fueled plans. In reality, he is in touch with his own inner psychopath. It's the game itself that now turns him on.
By contrast, for Gus it's mainly about the appreciation of capital. And the sacrifices that must be made to get at it. There is something almost noble about him.
Walt is more of a terrifying suicide bomber. When his back is to the wall, he becomes very, very dangerous. He cannot be controlled. The mistake Gus makes is to think he can control Walt. Nitroglycerin is useful for clearing obstacles, but not if there is a bumpy road ahead.
Gustavo's initial judgment is the correct one. He once rejected Walt as being unsuitable for the business. He should have stuck to that decision. But then we would all have been deprived of the ensuing drama.
This is the end of Season 4. Season 5 is a mystery. How will it all end?
Amazon Update: 24th September 2013 - Breaking Bad has just won its first Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. My heartiest congratulations to all the Cast and Crew!
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Great series, arrived on time and in perfect condition. Thank you!Published 2 months ago by Teena Smith
You can't go wrong with this series, get this and all other seasons. Like the ones before this takes you on a great ride, enjoy!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great season and series. Came in fast and was exactly what I wantedPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer