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Format: DVD
Sku: 40246623
UPC: 026359887321
UPC 14: 00026359887321
Rating: NR
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Listen Carefully.
On the drug-infested streets of West Baltimore, there are good guys and there are bad guys. Sometimes you need more than a badge to tell them apart.

From David Simon, creator and co-writer of HBO's triple Emmy winning mini-series The Corner, this unvarnished, highly realistic HBO series follows a single sprawling drug and murder investigation in Baltimore. 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.

This five disc collection includes all 13 episodes from The Complete First Season of The Wire!

" of the most demanding and thought-provoking series ever to grace television.  Brian Lowry, Variety
"...I loved every minute of The Wire...  Elizabeth Skipper, DVD Verdict
"One would be hard-pressed to find another series that blends the personal and the political in such a kinetic yet thoughtful way.  Entertainment Weekly
" magnificently executed, so fascinating in its evolution, so frequently bracingly profound that it does no less than elevate the medium of television itself.  Movieline's Hollywood Life
"...the best show on television, period.  Tim Goodman, San Francisco Chronicle
"As challenging social commentary, compelling character study and magnificently detailed drama, The Wire is peerless.  Ultimate DVD
"Four stars. Brilliant.  USA Today

Editor's Note
Unlike most television crime dramas, which neatly introduce and then solve a case all in the space of one hour, HBO's THE WIRE follows one single drug and homicide investigation throughout the length of an entire season. Centered on the drug culture of inner-city Baltimore, the series' storyline unfolds from the points of view of both the criminals lording the streets and the police officers determined to bring them down. This first season introduces detective Jimmy McNulty (Dominic West) and his supervisor, Cedric Daniels (Lance Reddick), as they begin to pursue evidence against drug kingpin Avon Barksdale (Wood Harris). Meanwhile, Barksdale and his henchmen Stringer (Idris Elba) and Wee-Bey (Hassan Johnson) concern themselves with a rival drug dealer (Michael K. Williams) who's been cutting into their profits. Created by writer David Simon (THE CORNER, HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET), THE WIRE's multifaceted approach offers a nuanced overview of every aspect of the drug trade and the complex morality of its participants.


Video Features DVD, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: HBO
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/4/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 780 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2002
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 98873
Video UPC UPC: 00026359887321
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 5

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review TV Review: The Wire
By: Bill Sherman Reviews
Published on: 12/10/2006 6:17 PM
HBO's sublime cops-and-dealers drama winds up its penultimate the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Clarke Peters
Video Cast Info Dominic West
Video Cast Info John Doman
Video Cast Info Lance Reddick
Video Cast Info Sonja Sohn
Video Cast Info Wendell Pierce
Video Cast Info David Simon - Created By


Image Award (2007)
   Video Award Name Michael K. Williams, Nominee, Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
   Video Award Name Seith Mann, Nominee, Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
   Video Award Name Wendell Pierce, Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Emmy (2005)
   Video Award Name George P. Pelecanos, David Simon, Nominee, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Image Award (2005)
   Video Award Name Idris Elba, Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
   Video Award Name Sonja Sohn, Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Image Award (2004)
   Video Award Name Wendell Pierce, Nominee, Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

Image Award (2003)
   Video Award Name The Wire, Nominee, Outstanding Drama Series

Professional Reviews

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"13 rivetingly intricate episodes..." 10/01/2004 p.120

"[G]ripping..." 04/01/2005 p.144

Sight and Sound
"[T]his looks like a masterpiece." 06/01/2005 p.85

Ranked #8 in Uncut's Best TV DVDs Of 2005 -- "[G]ritty and gripping....Determined not to insult your intelligence with even a lick of sentimentality..." 01/01/2006 p.84-85

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   The Wire
Product attributeLabel:   HBO Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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