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Better Call Saul: Season One [Blu-ray]

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  • Release Date: 11/10/2015
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (163 out of 167)

    Special Features


    • Three uncensored episodes
    • Cast & crew commentaries on every episode
    • Better Call Saul: day one
    • Creating the first season
    • Gag reel
    • Music video
    • Blu-Ray Exclusives:
    • Deleted scenes
    • In conversation: Bob Odenkirk & Michael McKean
    • Good cop, Bad cop: becoming mike
    • Jimmy in the courtroom with introduction by "Mijo"
    • director Michelle MacLaren
    • Jimmy Kaleidoscope with introduction by executive producer Peter Gould
    • In the studio
    • "Uno" table read
    • Kettle kommentary with Craig & Betsy Kettleman

    Cast & Crew


    • Bob Odenkirk - Saul Goodman
    • Michael McKean - Chuck McGill
    • Jonathan Banks - Mike Ehrmantraut
    • Rhea Seehorn - Kim
    • Patrick Fabian - Hamlin




    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 167 reviews

    98%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Bob Odenkirk Delivers!

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      ST36L7H1
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      So here it is at last: one of the most highly anticipated new TV-shows of the year, the spin-off from probably THE most highly praised TV-show in the history of Television. Naturally, expectations were over the roof - and it was a forgone conclusion that meeting those expectations would be next to impossible. Well, here's the good news. Judging from the first couple of episodes, 'Better Call Saul' will be good. Just how good remains to be seen, but as far as promises go, those first episodes made a big one. For those who haven't seen it yet: relax - I won't spoil a thing about the storyline. Instead, I'll concentrate on all other aspects of the show. The first thing you notice (as was the case with Breaking Bad) is the camera. The photography is simply gorgeous. All the visual trademarks I've grown to love so much in BB are there: the playful camera angles; the creative ways to establish even a simple scene with unusual, interesting shots (yet without ever distracting from the storytelling) - it's just beautiful to look at. Then there's the music. From the wonderful introductions (before the opening credits) to the last scene of an episode, music is not just used as background "noise": carefully picked songs are there to give clues and are as much an integral part of the story as they help establish the tone of certain scenes. And the original music by Dave Porter feels as organic to 'Better Call Saul' as it did in 'Breaking Bad'. The writing, directing and acting (so far) are on par with BB; anyone afraid this would be a rushed production trying to surf on BB's success can relax; not for a second did I get the feeling this was somehow not well thought through or cheaply constructed by a committee of writers - and although we do of course get some of our favorite characters back, new ones are introduced that promise to be just as original and interesting as the ones that helped turn BB into a cultural phenomenon. And adding high calibre actors such as Michael McKean ('This Is Spinal Tap') to the cast is probably an indication that Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould will not content themselves - or us - by mainly exploring the characters we already know. And then, finally, there's the magnificent Bob Odenkirk. Starting off as a slightly one-dimensional character and comic relief in BB, the character we've come to love as the sleazy, slick Saul Goodman has already shown more layers in the first half of the first season of 'Better Call Saul' than over his entire run on BB. And that's as much thanks to Odenkirk as the fantastic writing: the actor obviously relished the opportunity to show what he's capable of as his character charms, squirms and threatens his way through his scenes, but - somewhat unexpectedly - he also manages to move you during the more quiet moments. To sum up my overall impressions: 'Better Call Saul' is a darkly comic, multilayered story that could end up being just as unusual and exciting as we all dared to hope. The tone may be consistent with 'Breaking Bad', but make no mistake: this is very much its own thing. The writing, directing and acting - as well as the production values - are top notch, and if what we've seen so far is anything to go by, we're in for a great first season of a very promising new show. 10 out of 10 stars!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Bob Odenkirk Delivers!

      Posted
      ST36L7H1

      So here it is at last: one of the most highly anticipated new TV-shows of the year, the spin-off from probably THE most highly praised TV-show in the history of Television. Naturally, expectations were over the roof - and it was a forgone conclusion that meeting those expectations would be next to impossible. Well, here's the good news. Judging from the first couple of episodes, 'Better Call Saul' will be good. Just how good remains to be seen, but as far as promises go, those first episodes made a big one. For those who haven't seen it yet: relax - I won't spoil a thing about the storyline. Instead, I'll concentrate on all other aspects of the show. The first thing you notice (as was the case with Breaking Bad) is the camera. The photography is simply gorgeous. All the visual trademarks I've grown to love so much in BB are there: the playful camera angles; the creative ways to establish even a simple scene with unusual, interesting shots (yet without ever distracting from the storytelling) - it's just beautiful to look at. Then there's the music. From the wonderful introductions (before the opening credits) to the last scene of an episode, music is not just used as background "noise": carefully picked songs are there to give clues and are as much an integral part of the story as they help establish the tone of certain scenes. And the original music by Dave Porter feels as organic to 'Better Call Saul' as it did in 'Breaking Bad'. The writing, directing and acting (so far) are on par with BB; anyone afraid this would be a rushed production trying to surf on BB's success can relax; not for a second did I get the feeling this was somehow not well thought through or cheaply constructed by a committee of writers - and although we do of course get some of our favorite characters back, new ones are introduced that promise to be just as original and interesting as the ones that helped turn BB into a cultural phenomenon. And adding high calibre actors such as Michael McKean ('This Is Spinal Tap') to the cast is probably an indication that Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould will not content themselves - or us - by mainly exploring the characters we already know. And then, finally, there's the magnificent Bob Odenkirk. Starting off as a slightly one-dimensional character and comic relief in BB, the character we've come to love as the sleazy, slick Saul Goodman has already shown more layers in the first half of the first season of 'Better Call Saul' than over his entire run on BB. And that's as much thanks to Odenkirk as the fantastic writing: the actor obviously relished the opportunity to show what he's capable of as his character charms, squirms and threatens his way through his scenes, but - somewhat unexpectedly - he also manages to move you during the more quiet moments. To sum up my overall impressions: 'Better Call Saul' is a darkly comic, multilayered story that could end up being just as unusual and exciting as we all dared to hope. The tone may be consistent with 'Breaking Bad', but make no mistake: this is very much its own thing. The writing, directing and acting - as well as the production values - are top notch, and if what we've seen so far is anything to go by, we're in for a great first season of a very promising new show. 10 out of 10 stars!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Better watch Saul

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      mapum
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      Disclaimer: I loved Breaking Bad, thought it one of the best shows ever created. "Better Call Saul" is an entirely different show, though. It works on its own, and that is no small feat considering its heritage. Much like "Breaking Bad" moved a little slow in the beginning, it takes time to sink into "Better Call Saul." I think the defining moment came for me this past week -- hence this review -- when we see Saul in a garbage dumpster salvaging shredded documents, telling another attorney he's "at the opera." Saul has come into his own: if Walter White became a great anti-hero when he blew up Tuco's office with explosive "meth," Saul's become the great redeemer of every working day Joe attorney who gets attorney jokes. There's something poignant and funny and heartbreaking in watching Saul's evolution, the everyday moral dilemmas he faces, to be a good guy and forgo the professional accolades, or to become the caricature of all the bad lawyer jokes. Ironically, Saul chooses his humanity, and yet becomes the quintessential type for the jokes. "Breaking Bad" dealt with timeless moral dilemmas, a modern Macbeth for the small screen; "Better Call Saul" proves more compelling in its subtlety, irony, and pathos. Rather than being hit over the head with mortality's moral dilemmas, we see Saul dealing with the banality of mediocrity, and trying to overcome it. There's no Shakespearean grandiosity here: rather, this is a modern moral literary tale, subtle, and without any answers. If the show continues with this level of writing, acting, and production, it will become a classic in television history.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Brilliant prequel to Breaking Bad

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      CochiseLand
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      When I heard that the plan for a follow-up/sequel to one of the finest TV shows of all time, Breaking Bad, was to be a prequel featuring sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman, I thought, this is surely going to be a bomb. Fortunately, they dropped the idea to make it a 30-minute comedy, and the result is a show that is nearly as good as the original. Vince Gilligan has done a superb job putting this show together, with just enough members of the original cast, and many great new actors. Great fun and suspense, learning how Jimmy McGill became Saul Goodman.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Phenomenal!

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      Bran9
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      This is one of the best TV shows currently on! A great first season that's a interesting character study but with a dark sense of humor. Never boring, great performances, beautiful cinematography and clever writing. The blu-ray is great; top tier picture & sound, and special features have cast and crew commentaries for all episodes, including Easter egg features. Highly recommended! Excited for season 2

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Great Prequel to any series

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      TheDarkKnight
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      I thought going back to Breaking Bad well was a terrible idea to one of the most perfect dramas of all time and ended brilliantly. Why mess up a good thing? Then I started to wonder it was the same creator wanting to do it and I trusted his craft and the actor he chose to continue a prequel to a beloved character. And boy did he pull it off. Can't wait for Season 2. A definite watch if you like the Breaking Bad style.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Show, Good Features

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      madharper
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      The show itself is gripping and original, much like "Breaking Bad." There are several special features on the blu-ray version spread out over the 3 discs. My favorite feature is "In Conversation: Bob Odenkirk & Michael McKean" on disc 3. The episode commentaries go over the differences/similarities between "Breaking Bad" and "Better Caul Saul" and feature different actors and staff members for each episode.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Better Call Saul

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      Karenrnedd
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      Worth getting caught up in this series - don't miss a minute of this newer one. There are so many series out right now and this one is good. It's yet another like Downton Abby, Homeland, or House of Cards, gets you caught up in the story, and can keep you hooked. Have fun watching and start with a binge-watch weekend. You'll have fun and get caught up with the story quickly.

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