Wire-Complete Seasons 1-4

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Product Overview

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 19 disc collection includes all 50 episodes from the first four seasons of The Wire!

Specifications

Studio HBO
SKU 205865435
UPC 026359794421
UPC 14 00026359794421
Format DVD
Keywords
Crime
Detective
Police
Series
Editors Note
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. Focused on the drug culture of inner-city Baltimore, the series' ultra-realistic storyline unfolds from the points of view of both the criminals lording the streets, the police officers determined to bring them down, and occasionally the politicians who often obstruct the process. Created by writer David Simon (THE CORNER, HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET), THE WIRE's multifaceted approach offers a profoundly humane and wonderfully nuanced view of every aspect of the drug trade and the complex morality of its participants. The first four seasons of the show are included here.
Actors
Dominic West
Cast & Crew
Brad Anderson, et. al. - Director
David Simon - Executive Producer
David Simon, et. al. - Writer
Deane Ogden - Original Music By
Dominic West - Actor
Frankie Faison - Actor
Halina Gebarowicz - Art Director
Idris Elba - Actor
John Doman - Actor
Kate Sanford, et. al. - Editor
Leslie Jacobowitz - Producer
Uta Briesewitz, et. al. - Cinematographer
Vincent Peranio - Production Designer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 1000014257
UPC 00026359794421
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Awards
Nominee (2007) Image Award, Michael K. Williams, Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series,Image Award, Seith Mann, Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series,Image Award, Glynn Turman, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nominee (2005) Emmy, George P. Pelecanos, David Simon, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series,Image Award, Idris Elba, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series,Image Award, Sonja Sohn, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Nominee (2004) Image Award, Wendell Pierce, Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Nominee (2003) Image Award, The Wire, Outstanding Drama Series
Image Award (2007) Michael K. Williams, Nominee, Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series,Seith Mann, Nominee, Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series,Wendell Pierce, Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Emmy (2005) George P. Pelecanos, David Simon, Nominee, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Image Award (2005) Idris Elba, Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series,Sonja Sohn, Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Image Award (2004) Wendell Pierce, Nominee, Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Image Award (2003) The Wire, Nominee, Outstanding Drama Series
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety
Review When television history is written, little else will rival "The Wire," a series of such extraordinary depth and ambition that it is, perhaps inevitably, savored only by an appreciative few. Layering each season upon the previous ones, creator David Simon conveys the decaying infrastructure of his hometown Baltimore in searing and sobering fashion -- constructing a show that's surely as impenetrable to the uninitiated as it is intoxicating to the faithful...Like HBO's "Deadwood," "The Wire" features a dizzying assortment of characters, almost all of them outstanding. This year's additions include a quartet of urban middle-school kids caught in the perilous years when they are being tempted to join in a life of crime and drugs -- by far the most inviting outlet, if not escape, available to them...Whatever its commercial fate, however, "The Wire" has secured its place as one of the most demanding and thought-provoking series ever to grace television. For HBO, that is surely worth something. It's only too bad all the superlatives hurled its way can't readily be transformed into viewers.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Brian Lowry
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, 4 Pack, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Elizabeth Skipper, DVD Verdict ...I loved every minute of The Wire...
Tim Goodman, San Francisco Chronicle ...the best show on television, period.
USA Today Four stars. Brilliant.
Brian Lowry, Variety ...one of the most demanding and thought-provoking series ever to grace television.
Entertainment Weekly One would be hard-pressed to find another series that blends the personal and the political in such a kinetic yet thoughtful way.
Movieline's Hollywood Life ...so magnificently executed, so fascinating in its evolution, so frequently bracingly profound that it does no less than elevate the medium of television itself.
Ultimate DVD As challenging social commentary, compelling character study and magnificently detailed drama, The Wire is peerless.
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