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The Wire: The Complete Series

The Wire: The Complete Series

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The Wire: The Complete First Season After one episode of The Wire you'll be hooked. After three, you'll be astonished by the precision of it's storytelling. After viewing all 13 episodes of the HBO series' remarkable first season, you'll be cheering abona-fide American masterpiece. Series creator David Simon was a veteran crime reporter from The Baltimore Sun who cowrote the book that inspired TV's Homicide, and cowriter Ed Burns was a Baltimore cop, lending impeccable street-cred to an inner-city Baltimore saga (and companion piece to The Corner) that Simon aptly describes as "a visual novel" and "a treatise on institutions and individuals" as opposed to a conventional good-vs.-evil police procedural. Owing a creative debt to the novels of Richard Price (especially Clockers), the series opens as maverick Detective Jimmy McNulty (Dominic West, in a star-making role) is tapping into a vast network of drugs and death around southwest Baltimore's deteriorating housing projects. With a mandate to get results ASAP, a haphazard team is assembled to join McNulty's increasingly complex investigation, built upon countless hours of electronic surveillance. The show's split-perspective plotting is so richly layered, so breathtakingly authentic and based on finely drawn characters brought to life by a perfect ensemble cast, that it defies concise description. Simon, Burns, and their co-writers control every intricate aspect of the unfolding epic; directors are top-drawer (including Clark Johnson, helmer of The Shield's finest episodes), but they are servants to the story, resulting in a TV series like no other: unpredictable, complicated, and demanding the viewer's rapt attention, The Wire is "an angry show" that (in Simon's words) that refuses to comfort with easy answers to deep-rooted societal problems. Moral gray zones proliferate in a universe where ruthless killers have a logical code, and where the cops are just as ambiguous as their targets. That ambiguity extends to the ending as well; season 1 leaves several issues unresolved, leaving you begging for the even more impressive developments that await in season 2 This collection features every episode of the hit series, THE Wire.

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    Title: The Wire: The Complete Series
    Genre: TV Crime
    Starring: Richard Burton, Mike Anderson, Sam Freed, Jamie Hector, Clark Johnson, Clarke Peters, Wood Harris, Tray Chaney, Al Brown, Gbenga Akinnagbe
    Directors: Clark Johnson, Robert F. Colesberry, Alex Zakrzewski, Timothy Van Patten, Ernest R. Dickerson, Steven Shill, Thomas J. Wright, Elodie Keene, Christine Moore, Edward Bianchi, Joe Chappelle, Leslie Libman, Milcho Manchevski, Rob Bailey, Agnieszka Holland, Brad Anderson, Clement Virgo, Daniel Attias, Gloria Muzio
    Attributes: Full Frame, Gift Set, Dolby, AC-3
    Release Date: 11/29/2011
    Product Type: DVD
    Rated: NR
    Catalog #: 1000250646
    UPC: 883929225392
    Item #: HBD922539

    Technical Information

    Street Date: 11/29/2011
    Closed Caption: Yes
    Studio: HBO Home Video