The final, final ‘Breaking Bad’ episodes out on DVD Nov. 26
Fans can choose from a $55.99 set of the last eight episodes, or they can relive it all thanks to a $299.99 set containing all 62 shows, with plenty of extras.
McClatchy News Service
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The curtain comes down once more on “Breaking Bad.”
While the series ended its run on AMC some time ago, the last batch of telecasts arrives Tuesday on DVD (Sony, eight episodes, $55.99) and Blu-ray / digital ($65.99). The package is being called “The Final Season,” which may puzzle everyone who considers these final eight shows to be the second half of the fifth and final season. (AMC aired the first eight in July and August 2012, then the second eight from August to September this year.) But since Sony already released the first eight in a package labeled “The Fifth Season,” the “Final Season” tag may simply be a way to distinguish the new set from the older one.
In any case, these eight make up some of the best work ever done by “Breaking Bad,” the saga of Walter White, the cancer-ridden chemistry teacher who made a fortune manufacturing meth — and tossed aside just about all his ethical limits in the process.
The DVD includes deleted and extended scenes, audio commentaries, making-of pieces and an alternate ending which leaked briefly onto the Internet before Sony had it pulled.
Fans may also want to consider “Breaking Bad: The Complete Series,” a Blu-ray / digital package retailing for $299.99, which also arrives Tuesday. “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan has said he’s extremely proud of the package, and he went so far as to open up one and show off all the features on YouTube. (Go there and search for “Vince Gilligan UnBoxing Breaking Bad” to watch.)
Besides including all 62 episodes of the series, the package is shaped like one of the barrels of money so important to the series. There are other visual elements as well, plus all the extras from the previous DVD / Blu-ray releases — and a new, two-hour-plus documentary about the making of the series. Sounds like a perfect invitation to some binge viewing.