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The Wire: The Complete Seasons 1 - 5 Box Set (HBO) (24 Discs)

Released on 08 December 2008

Featuring: Frankie Faison, Dominic West & Wood Harris

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years & over

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Includes every episode from mini-series The Wire

One of television's most critically acclaimed programmes, The Wire challenges viewers with a "cop show" unlike anything on air. Universally lauded, The Guardian claimed that 'you either love The Wire or you haven't seen it yet' - now there is no excuse with the release of this complete box-set.

The HBO series addresses the seedy side of Baltimore's finest looking into money, drugs, politics and murder. Told from the point of view of both the police and their targets, the series captures a universe of subterfuge and surveillance, where easy distinctions between good and evil, and crime and punishment, are challenged at every turn.

A study on urban life in one of America's toughest cities, each season of The Wire has focused on a different aspect of Baltimore, starting with the police force and the drug trade, then moving on to City Hall, the education system and concluding with the media. Over the course of five seasons, David Simon has endeavoured to build a city.

It is a groundbreaking, complex and political look at the streets of America, detailed and fiercely intelligent; there is no other show like it on TV.
  • Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By purchasing this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age and over.

Season 1: Three episode audio commentaries with writer/creator David Simon, director Clarke Johnson and writer George Pelecano

    Season 2: Episode audio commentaries

      Season 3: Q&A with David Simons and Creative Team, courtesy of the museum of Television & Radio.

      • Conversation with David Simons at Eugene Lang College, The new School for Liberal Arts.
      • Five Audio Commentaries with Creator David Simons, Director Joe Chappelle, Writer Richard Price and George Pelecanos, and Producers Karen L. Thorson and Nina K. Noble.

      Season 4: An Hour-Long Behind-The-Scenes Documentary In Two Parts: 'It's All Connected' and The Game Is Real

      • Six Audio Commentaries With Creator David Simon, Cast And Crew

      Season 5: Six episode audio commentaries

      • The Wire - The Last Word
      • The Wire odyssey

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       Average rating (44 reviews)

       With time, you will love it.

      | | See all Lenham90's reviews (3)

      No amount of praise can do this programme justice.
      The Wire may start off a little slow for some people, but after a few episodes you will start to get hooked. The characters are excellent, and once you get to the 3rd season you'll realise just how deep they are. Many of the more "hood" characters are so far from what you may initially see as stereotypical shells, it really makes you think.
      All 5 seasons are interwoven in multiple ways, and characters persist throughout, new ones working their way in, old faces taking varying routes 'out', but all with the same brilliant acting and believable story.
      It is different from a lot of shows in that is gives you all sides of the stories, literally in some cases, and is pretty much the best show I have ever watched, recieves a tonne of praise, yet is still underrrated. Give it a deserving viewing and you will not regret it.

       Greatness in a box

      | | See all Sibo7426's reviews (8)

      When I first heard about the wire a friend said to me, "make sure you watch the first 3 episodes, then you will be hooked". This is exactly what happened.
      The series starts off a bit slow, after all it is based on reality, but after the first 3 episodes you understand the language, believe in the characters and need to know what happens. It is easy to watch 3 or 4 hours at a time.
      It is all based in Baltimore, looking at the drugs trade from street hopper all the way to the top, and the police from the street to the politicians. It is amazing to see the interactions and how good and bad becomes mixed up.
      Each series is very different and looks at the groups from different points of view. This keeps it fresh and brings in different characters and areas. By the end, it feels like you understand the complete cycle of life in this part of the city. When it ends you are left wanting more
      There are only two types of people, those who haven't watched the wire, and those that can't believe everyone hasn't seen the wire.

       What a Series!

      | | See all RPerry's reviews (2)

      Like many other people The Wire was recommended by a friend from a friend and I didn't even know this show existed. When I started off I was a bit sceptical, this changed within 4 episodes as the storyline unravelled and the characters became more familiar. The script was sensational and the acting is exceptional in all of the 4 series I have seen to date. I won't dive into the storyline too much but it's all about the drug trade from the kingpins at city hall, the kids on the street corners, the dockers shipping the goods to the media. Slap bang in the middle are the police desperately trying in vain to stop the drug trade as the bodies start piling up.

      The characters are brilliant and to name a few of a huge list are Snoop a real life corner kid convicted of murder when she was 14, Bunk a cigar smoking detective, McNaulty a drunk detective, Bubbles a homeless addict, Bodie who you see flourish over the series and Cedrick Daniels possibly the best actor in the series.

      After each series the outcome is brilliantly portrayed in a 3-4 minute montage, your favourite characters will become despised and your despised characters will become your most loved. I'm just disappointed I've only got series 5 left to watch.

      I urge everyone to at least give it a try it doesn't disappoint.

       greatest tv show of all time

      | | See all zanlane's reviews (1)

      Not only is the wire the greatest tv show ever made, it is a wonderful study of the times we live in and a piece of art that will stand the test of time. It will be remembered and cherished for generations to come in the same we celebrate shakespeare today. It is that good! The writing, characterisation, plotting, casting and acting is just flawless. It is tv perfection and it improves with repeat viewing. It'll make you laugh and it'll make you cry but most of all it'll make you think about urban life and decay and wonder how we reached this point in our development. Genius of the highest order....

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      ActorsFrankie Faison, Dominic West, Wood Harris, Deirdre Lovejoy, Aidan Gillen, Idris Elba & Wendell Pierce
      Certificate18 years and over
      Year2004 - 2008
      ScreenFullscreen 4:3
      LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
      Additional LanguagesFrench
      SubtitlesEnglish ; French ; Dutch ; Greek ; Finish ; Hungarian ; Norwegian ; Portuguese ; Swedish
      Duration60 hours (approx)
      RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.