The Wire - The Complete Series (DVD, 2008, 23-Disc Set)
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- rox_thundercatAug 8, 2009by
When I tell people about The Wire, I begin with a moment of silence, which helps me keep my composure - somewhat - once I start to explain it. I tell them that The Wire is the BEST THING EVER. Not just the best TV show. The BEST THING EVER TO EXIST EVER. The care put into the series is visible from the dialog. Creator David Simon writes the lines so they flow naturally and show the idiosyncrasies of Baltimore dialects and jargon used by police or criminals. And the dialect coaching! Two of the main characters are actually British, but they sure had me fooled for a while. Even the American actors have been trained in Baltimore dialect so that the life-long Baltimore resident might even believe them to be natives. Check out the writers' credentials:
David Simon, who penned two books of narrative nonfiction, 'Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets,' which inspired the hit series 'Homicide: Life on the Street,' and 'The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood,' which inspired the Emmy(R)-winning HBO miniseries 'The Corner'; Ed Burns, a former Baltimore police detective and Baltimore city public school teacher, who coauthored the book 'The Corner' with Simon; William F. Zorzi, a former political writer and editor for the Baltimore Sun; and Chris Collins, an up-and-coming talent who served as staff writer last season and also wrote the award-winning documentary 'Disarm.' Also writing for the series this season are novelists Dennis Lehane ('Gone Baby Gone,' 'Mystic River'), George Pelecanos ('Hard Revolution,' 'Right as Rain') and Richard Price ('Lush Life,' 'Clockers'), as well as TV veteran David Mills, who was one of the writers and executive producers on 'The Corner,' and a writer for 'NYPD Blue' and 'Homicide: Life on the Street.' - http://www.hbo.com/thewire
A lot of the material in this show comes from Simon and Burns's real-life experiences. The series starts out following McNulty, a maverick (and alcoholic) cop who does whatever he can, no matter how sneaky or ethically ambiguous, to get funding for a special task force to investigate an inner-city drug ring and its leader, Avon. Unlike most cop shows, this one often highlights the red tape and bureaucracy that prevent law enforcement from taking on organized crime. 2nd season's foray into the lives of Polish-American shipyard workers is somewhat unfortunate. Be ready for Ziggy - not the boring but lovable comic strip character - who is the most annoying character since Jar Jar Binks. Season 3 returns to Avon's crew, thankfully. 4 brings us new characters, some 8th-grade boys, and shows how No Child Left Behind and the general danger of their environment affects them. We're also introduced to a new drug kingpin, the young criminal prodigy Marlo. Season 5 focuses largely on chasing Marlo and trying to get a warrant to do so. It goes into the newspaper business, focusing on the overstepping of ethical guidelines and sensationalizing of stories.
I realize now that a synopsis of every season may be a bit much, but I'll go ahead and leave it, and here's why. If any of this information piques a single person's interest, that's enough for me. Described as "like Homicide, but grittier," or "like NYPD Blue, only grittier," such descriptions only scratch the surface. Give it a few episodes. I watched the entire series 3 times before I completely understood the 1st episode. The complexities make multiple viewings so worth it. And look out for Omar, the awesomest dude eva!Read full review
- 45mark45markNov 8, 2015Verified purchase - NEWby
Wasn't to bad thought it was good just wish it had a few more seasons ended to quick over all was worth the money
- mubumonkeyOct 8, 2015Verified purchase - NEWby
Very satisfied customer. Quick delivery and product came as described. Price was great and I would recommend them to anyone.
- georgiaogMay 8, 2015by
This is the best television ever produced. It forever raised the bar for TV. I actually feel smarter for having watched this series. If you haven't seen The Wire...don't walk...RUN to get it.
- dgonzo235Mar 17, 2009by
The best way to own The Wire, for now...
The Wire is a beautifully realized epic about crime, politics and how they feed off of each other in Baltimore, Maryland. This is the best series I've seen produced for television. Don't bother testing the waters with Season 1, this one's worth diving right in with the whole set.
The box set itself is handsome and more compact than the individual seasons. The casing appears to be made completely from cardboard, a decision I would guess was made on behalf of the environment. The discs slide into cardboard sleeves, and I worry they will scratch over time, so I'm being careful with them.
Extra features are about on par with most other HBO shows, which is to say there could probably have been more for the price of the set. There's 3-4 commentaries per season and a few interviews. The only new feature for the complete series set are the promotional mini-episodes they produced right before the 5th season aired.
At 2-3 episodes per disc, the picture quality is pretty good for SD. I don't have a HD television yet, but I can imagine it would've been preferable to have these on Blu-Ray for those who have the capability. I can't imagine upgrading unless there is some serious incentive when the inevitable new set comes out.Read full review