Sopranos: The Complete First Season

Sopranos: The Complete First Season

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Cast: James Gandolfini, Dominic Chianese

     
 

This impressive collection of The Sopranosfeatures several compelling supplements that provide tremendous insight into the show's creation. The highlight is a lengthy interview with creator David Chase by Peter Bogdanovich that runs for nearly 80 minutes. The acclaimed writer is extremely open to discussing his creative process, and this adds to the enjoymentSee more details below

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This impressive collection of The Sopranosfeatures several compelling supplements that provide tremendous insight into the show's creation. The highlight is a lengthy interview with creator David Chase by Peter Bogdanovich that runs for nearly 80 minutes. The acclaimed writer is extremely open to discussing his creative process, and this adds to the enjoyment of this series. Both of them return for a feature-length commentary over the first episode "The Sopranos." This track repeats some of the information from the interview, but it also specifically relates to the visual tone of the episode. This four-disc set also contains the "previously on" and preview sections for each episode, which allows the viewer to experience the show in the same vein as on television. There's also two brief HBO featurettes, an extensive cast section, and web links. The Sopranos falls short of a top-notch visual transfer due to its television origins. However, the anamorphic widescreen transfers represent a significant improvement over the grainy original format. The 5.1-channel Dolby audio transfer presents the eclectic music with power and clarity, but once again it falls short of premier status. Overall, however, the visual and audio presentations are impressive and succeed fully, especially considering the source material.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Dave Roth
A film has only one chance to make its impression, but a television show can add layers to itself every seven days. Most programs don't take advantage of that, but few have done better than HBO's The Sopranos. The first season, released in a four-DVD set, allows one to savor The Sopranos, which quickly became one of the most confident and insightful shows on television. Early on, David Chase's portrait of the private and professional life of New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano teeters on the edge of parody. Tony himself, artfully played by James Gandolfini, is believably complicated and conflicted, emerging as a family man (in both the literal and colloquial senses of the word) depressed by the slow rot of his own inner life. His sessions with psychotherapist Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) help in some ways (through a new understanding of his family's importance, and a Prozac prescription) and hurt in others (his continued "anti-social" behavior and an intense case of doctor-patient transference), but never go over-the-top. It's Tony's fellow gangsters who feel exaggerated at first, though the crew develops quickly in the first season from well-acted stereotypes who spend a lot of time quoting Al Pacino movies into legitimately multi-dimensional characters. These supporting performances, most notably by Michael Imperioli and Vincent Pastore, give the show's mafia moments the juice they need to transcend parody. The other Soprano family members -- an upper-middle class nuclear unit that worries about upper-middle class things -- is that rare portrayal of suburban life: one drawn with care and humor without condescension, and with attention to regional and ethnic detail. Ultimately, though, what makes The Sopranos so good is its unfailing dedication to its characters. Their lives are fully and richly imagined, steeped in a deep understanding of suburbia by writers and directors who know what they're doing and care about doing it intelligently. No show since Homicide: Life on the Street has created so nuanced a world; one packed with real ironies, ambiguities, and quiet truths. Who would've thought the artistic high road would look so much like the New Jersey Turnpike?

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/12/2000
UPC:
0026359927324
Rating:
NR
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural, Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
11:20:00

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Episodes 1-4
2. Meet the... Sopranos [11:38]
3. You May Run North Jersey... [16:52]
4. Here Comes the Prozac [7:26]
5. You Gotta Leave Town [7:21]
6. Confession Is Good for the Soul [8:25]
7. Hope Comes in Many Forms [8:11]
1. Just When I Thought I Was Out [3:14]
4. Can't Go on Like This [7:53]
5. Guilt [9:37]
6. Restitution [5:39]
7. The Last Straw [11:45]
8. They Pulled Me Back In [8:39]
1. Thanking Tony? [1:38]
3. The Hasids [9:13]
4. Trying to Score [8:20]
5. Morals [4:06]
6. Choices [11:05]
7. Do You Feel Like Frankenstein [6:51]
1. Paranoia [1:37]
3. Macaroons [4:59]
4. Come Heavy or Not at All [4:36]
5. I Don't Want No Disturbance [11:53]
6. The Illusion of Control [10:12]
7. Reality Check [9:26]
Side #2 -- Episodes 5-8
1. Are You in the Mafia? [1:39]
3. That Kind of Relationship [9:31]
4. Being Watched [12:27]
5. A Little too Close [6:42]
6. Rough Morning [9:09]
7. Faces [7:09]
1. An Italian Woman [1:38]
3. New Arrangements [8:39]
4. You've Changed [8:21]
5. Breaking the Rules [7:40]
6. Junior Eats Alone [8:06]
7. A Leader to Love [12:21]
1. Could Something Be Wrong? [1:38]
3. Like Father Like Son [8:33]
4. Is It My Fault? [6:08]
5. What He Knows... [12:08]
6. Whatever He Wants to Be! [4:30]
7. He's Gunna Be Fine [9:07]
1. Haunted [1:38]
3. To We, the 20 Million! [7:22]
4. Exterminating [7:57]
5. No Identity [11:15]
6. Warrant [6:21]
7. He's Seeing a Psychiatrist? [7:08]
Side #3 -- Episodes 9-12
1. Loyalty [1:39]
3. Secrets [9:31]
4. Putting on the Pressure [12:27]
5. That's Not What I Heard! [6:42]
6. They Had Sex! [9:09]
7. Why Is It up to You? [7:09]
1. A Profitable Hit [1:38]
3. Business Ventures [8:39]
4. All Kinds of Gangsters [8:21]
5. Branching Out [7:40]
6. The Dancing Bear [8:06]
7. Just Desserts [12:21]
1. Wired?! [1:38]
3. Degernate Gambler With a Badge [8:33]
4. I Want You to See It! [6:08]
5. The Last Straw [12:08]
6. It's Jimmy! [4:30]
7. Soprano Is on His Way Out! [9:07]
1. This Is Not Normal [1:38]
3. He Won't Suffer [7:22]
4. Are You on Medication? [7:57]
5. Better That He Was Dead [11:15]
6. Daddy Are You Okay? [6:21]
7. I Don't Know What You Are Talking About! [7:08]
Side #4 -- Episode 13 / Special Features
1. A Long Odyssey [1:37]
3. The Real Rat [9:31]
4. Taking Care of Business [8:39]
5. Artie [5:00]
6. Confessions [6:01]
7. Bringing Down the House [21:02]

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