The Wire - The Complete First Season

The Wire - The Complete First Season

Director: Brad Anderson, Clark Johnson, Clement Virgo Cast: Dominic West


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The Wire - The Complete First Season

This box set contains every episode from the first season of HBO's gritty crime drama The Wire. Each is presented in the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while French, Spanish, and a second English soundtrack have been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. Subtitles are accessible in all three of those languages. Three of the episodes boast commentary tracks, two of those by series creator David Simon and one featuring writer George Pelecanos. This set offers people a chance to catch up with an innovative television program.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2004
UPC: 0026359887321
Rating: NR
Source: Hbo Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 12:55:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary tracks for three episodes (two with series creator David Simon and one with writer George Pelecanos)

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Episodes 1-3
1. Rules in America
2. "When It's Not Your Turn"
3. Chain of Command
4. "Where Don't You Want to Go?"
5. Bad Planning
6. Send a Message
1. Make Lemonade
2. Mark Targets
3. A Little Posh
4. Game Plan
5. Police Work
6. "You Cannot Lose if You Do Not Play"
1. Necessary Evil
2. "The King Stay the King"
3. "Is There Any Other Fucking Way?"
4. Surveillance
5. Time's Up
6. Surprise
Side #2 -- Episodes 4-5
1. In or Out
2. Use Your Imagination
3. "It's a Thin Line 'Tween Heaven and Here"
4. Work to Do
5. Phone Trail
6. Natural Police
1. No Phones
2. To Catch a Snitch
3. New Game
4. Good Reason
5. The Code
6. "A Little Slow, a Little Late"
Side #3 -- Episodes 6-8
1. Loud and Clear
2. Rules
3. "All the Pieces Matter"
4. Pressure
5. Corroborating Evidence
6. Buy Times
1. Translation
2. Bust
3. Madame Larue
4. Mandatory
5. Catching On
6. "A Man Must Have a Code"
1. Spy Game
2. Follow the Drugs
3. No Surprises
4. Schooling
5. "Come at the Kings, You Best Not Miss"
6. Instinct
Side #4 -- Episodes 9-11
1. Nothing for Free
2. Follow the Money
3. Play by the Rules
4. "Maybe We Won"
5. Get a Good Look
6. Rough Day
1. Temptation
2. Up the Stakes
3. Ready to Talk
4. Parley
5. "And Then He Dropped the Bracelets"
6. Officer Down
1. Clear the Scene
2. On the Trail
3. Not Worth It
4. "Dope on the Damn Table"
5. Fall in With the Trash?
6. Photo Op
Side #5 -- Episodes 12-13
1. Take Stock
2. No Quarrels
3. "This Is Me, Yo, Right Here"
4. That's the Game
5. Something Real
6. Catch You Later
1. Play Hard
2. A Way Out
3. Career Case
4. What Really Matters
5. "Where Don't You Want to Go?"
6. "All in the Game..."

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The Wire - The Complete First Season 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ska8ter More than 1 year ago
I actually work on a television show similar to this one,(Breaking Bad) in that it is first class, from producers,writers, directors, DP's. talent, to end product. The authenticity of it alone, should get accolades. I know from first hand experience what the "game" or "life" is like. Shows like these are few and far between.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If it weren't for David Simon and his ficticious Baltimore, many people would never be exposed to the grim reality that is the drug game. With masterful writing and performances that sadly went unoticed by any award show, the Wire has claimed a spot at the top of serial television. The Wire isn't some dumb fluff show that you can hop in the middle and know exactly what is going on you must start from the beginning and pay attention to everything and everyone. The term for this is a visual novel, which Simon himself has refered to numerous times. If you want to do yourself a favor, pick up season 1 and see for yourself. You won't be disapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Wire brings you deep into both sides of the game. The struggle of the detectives in there day to day lives, as well as their on the job relationships. Bringing you deeper and deeper into the relationship between patrol men and high ranking political figures. As if that was not enough, they bring you deep into the drug game also. From the minor corner hustler to the bigger distibutors. Even the whole relationship between kingpins and how they relate and compromise to gain more in the long run. This show is so well written and thought out that it's scarey. A must see, no, a must own for those who like cop shows, or thug shows, or political shows, or court shows, etc... My personal favorite at the time!!!! P.S. Watch out for Omar!!! The toughest thug since Tony Montana!!! There is a slight twist to him though :-)
JLM07304 More than 1 year ago
I love it all the way through and I wish I had wacthed it during it first run. They need another show like it.Every where has a wire.
McCarthy92 More than 1 year ago
The Wire is the absolute greatest television show in the history of television. No show, or movie for that matter, depicts the American city as well as The Wire. The show was created by David Simon, a former crime reporter for the city of Baltimore, and premiered on HBO in 2002. I failed to watch the show at all whiled it aired but I do own all of the DVDs. The show is about a major drug investigation in the city of Baltimore between the Major Crimes Unit and The Avon Barksdale crew. However, the show is not a mere crime drama, not only does it contain complex plots and themes, but the whole show is a metaphor of the decline of the American city. And each season, the focus changes from the drug war to the docks to politics to public schools and finally to the media. Sadly, this show was not very popular with a the average person or with award shows. This is because of one reason: people are idiots!!! They watch trash like Desperate Housewives and reality TV shows, which are really fake, and then refuse to watch brilliant shows like the Wire because they are too stupid to follow along. The Wire is the most realistic show ever. Because of this, people find it boring because it doesn't get wrapped up in one hour like Law and Order. Let me tell you something, Law and Order does not truly depict the legal system. Also, the show has plenty of sad moments. And this is not a bad thing because it's how the world truly is. But let me stop venting. The Wire has the greatest writing of any TV show out there and the acting is perfect. The best performances in the show have to belong to Andrew Royo, as the drug addict Bubbles, Michael K. Williams, as the gay outlaw "Robin Hood" of the hood, Dominic West, as Jimmy McNulty, the detective that sets the investigation in motion, and Idris Elba, as Stringer Bell, the second-in-command of the Barksdale drug rule. There is so much more I can say about this show but people do not need so much motivation to watch the show, everyone should watch this show.
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NONOTME More than 1 year ago
This show is great. The actors are great. The story line is great. Even though alot of these actors most people arent familiar with this series is great. Very dissapointed that it ended. And ladies even if you dont like bad boys.. Stringer Bell, WeeBay, Avon, Slimm OMG!!! They are worth watching!!!(WINK,WINK!!) HBO you out did your self on this one!!!
Sammy More than 1 year ago
I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
HBO has done it again. I bought this set solely on the HBO name. Love the story and how it is put together. I bought it because I was tired of waiting for the Season 5 of Sopranos to be released. I will want the rest of this one too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading the reviews I was looking forward to receiving the DVD as I so enjoyed Homicide also set it Baltimore. This may be an acclaimed show, but I think the use of the "f" word in every sentence by every character is unnecessary. I'm no prude but I found myself counting how many times that word was used instead of paying attention to the plot. Didn't get past the first episode.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the very first scene of the very first episode, The Wire sets itself apart from every other show on television. No action packed episodes, no neatly wrapped story lines, no political posturing, it is, without a doubt, the most character rich, morally complex crime show ever aired, infact, to classify it as such would be a gross injustice, (like calling Deadwood a western). It should be remembered as classic American literature. The writing is rock-solid, tough and humane, the acting, understated and authentic, the humor is unexpected, gut busting and never overdone. It also gets sharper and richer with repeat viewings, (the anti- Law & Order).
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best shows on television -- smart, intense and completely riveting. I could never get into the series when it was on originally because it seemed too difficult to catch up. It's perfect for DVD, but, watch out, because you may get so sucked in that you will stay up all night.
Miss_Anthrope More than 1 year ago
This is not a series that you can watch casually. It demands attention. It doesn't pander to the unintelligent viewer; with rich characterizations, tightly-woven plots, and fantastic acting, you can't go wrong with this drama about Baltimore.