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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!
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
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
Image Award, Wendell Pierce, Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
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
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
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.
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Elizabeth Skipper, DVD Verdict
...I loved every minute of The Wire...
Tim Goodman, San Francisco Chronicle
...the best show on television, period.
Four stars. Brilliant.
Brian Lowry, Variety
...one of the most demanding and thought-provoking series ever to grace television.
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.
As challenging social commentary, compelling character study and magnificently detailed drama, The Wire is peerless.