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Old 08-03-2012, 17:05
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Well so much for your scepticism. Here is the news he hinted at:

BREAKING BAD SEASON 3 IS GETTING A DVD RELEASE IN MAY

Full details here: http://www.tvwise.co.uk/2012/03/excl...emiere-on-dvd/
Good news indeed. Wonder about the price.
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Old 08-03-2012, 18:04
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"Breaking Bad" airs on AMC, a cable channel aimed at
educated middle-class folk. I hardly think they're going
to be scared off a show that depicts the nastiness
of the drug trade.
And it doesn't do spectacularly well over there either....

BB gets good promotion in the US AFAIK. It's just when
it was airing in the UK and Ireland it never got any of the
promotion that other AMC shows like "Mad Men", "The Walking Dead" or "The Killing" remake got (no gushing articles in
Sunday supplements for Walt & co.).
My comments were reffering to the UK so this is irrelevant really

"You can't seriously expect to form a serious opinion on a show
based on 5 minutes, though. The BB pilot is an excellent piece
of TV drama.
I don't, I just think people should move on or import a Region 1 DVD already (it's perfectly legalm as long as the sale doesn't take place in the UK) and stop bitching about it...
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Old 08-03-2012, 18:51
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Great News for those that are yet to see it, you will be glued to it. I imported Season 3 on Dvd from the States on Region 1 as I couldnt wait.

Hopefully this news will lead them to release Season 4 over here, as I am yet to see it. Although its released on region 2 in Germany on March 22nd, so I will get it then as once again I cant wait for it!!
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Old 08-03-2012, 21:28
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Fed up of hearing people bitch about Breaking Bad. It hasn't got a UK broadcaster and is unlikely to get one, deal with it and stop informing me for I have never seen the show, but can already tell you why it has failed...
To say that Breaking Bad has "failed" is beyond ridiculous. It's been re-commisioned for a fifth season and is undoubtedly one of the most critically acclaimed series in recent years.
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Old 08-03-2012, 21:38
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Good news indeed. Wonder about the price.
1 and 2 were released at £14.99.
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Old 08-03-2012, 22:19
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To say that Breaking Bad has "failed" is beyond ridiculous. It's been re-commisioned for a fifth season and is undoubtedly one of the most critically acclaimed series in recent years.
I meant in the UK. Where it has failed to attract a broadcast and a large enough (non cult) audience. Now will everybody please stop taking what I say out of context, I feel like a politician...
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Old 09-03-2012, 19:29
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Looks like BB fans will either have to order the Region 1 DVDs or try something
like Netflix then. A shame.

Maybe Irish fans could try contacting RTE, TG4 or 3E and ask if they'd be interested
in showing BB?
rte has the irish tv right to BB but they showed it at 1am
but if rtetv got the go ahead for rte+ they would have shown it at 9pm but the irish government said no to rte+
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Old 09-03-2012, 21:20
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Good news indeed. Wonder about the price.
TVWise just ran another piece as Sony has now officially anounced the DVD set. Price is 29.99 and they have details on special features etc at this link: http://www.tvwise.co.uk/2012/03/its-...-third-season/
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Old 10-03-2012, 13:40
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TVWise just ran another piece as Sony has now officially anounced the DVD set. Price is 29.99 and they have details on special features etc at this link: http://www.tvwise.co.uk/2012/03/its-...-third-season/
Cheers ricky.

£30? Not bad really(assuming it's a 4-Disc set like the R1 set). So now it's up to the fans who waited all this time to support this decision. I wonder if it will become available on rental sites such as LoveFilm? If this works out well for Sony then Season 4 will get released as well. Down to the fans now.
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Old 10-03-2012, 23:00
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I meant in the UK. Where it has failed to attract a broadcast and a large enough (non cult) audience. Now will everybody please stop taking what I say out of context, I feel like a politician...
The show is doing really well in the states, if anyone failed it's Five USA for sticking it on in such a ridiculous time slot.

The BBC did the same thing to Seinfeld, stuck it on at a silly time.
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Old 11-03-2012, 14:18
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...... if anyone failed it's Five USA for sticking it on in such a ridiculous time slot.
And for stripping all the episodes consecutively over weekdays at Xmas. They couldn’t have buried it in a deeper hole if they’d tried.
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Old 11-03-2012, 14:52
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Although its released on region 2 in Germany on March 22nd, so I will get it then as once again I cant wait for it!!


Confusingly there seem to be two releases scheduled for season 4 in Germany - One in March and one in April. Anyone know why that would be?

It’s also coming out in Australia at the end of March although that works out to cost about £6 more than buying it from Germany. Other BB seasons in Germany seem to have all the extras from other regions but I’m wondering if they have forced German subs (don’t mention the war!!!)?
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Old 11-03-2012, 18:53
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The show is doing really well in the states, if anyone failed it's Five USA for sticking it on in such a ridiculous time slot.

The BBC did the same thing to Seinfeld, stuck it on at a silly time.
The last episode of season 4 got 1.90m, even the worst performing episode of Grimm got 4.65m and that's on a Friday (a day notoriously bad for US TV viewership)....
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Old 11-03-2012, 19:25
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The last episode of season 4 got 1.90m, even the worst performing episode of Grimm got 4.65m and that's on a Friday (a day notoriously bad for US TV viewership)....
Yeah but Breaking Bad is on cable and Grimm is on NBC a network channel. The ratings between the two mean very different things.
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Old 11-03-2012, 20:37
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The last episode of season 4 got 1.90m, even the worst performing episode of Grimm got 4.65m and that's on a Friday (a day notoriously bad for US TV viewership)....
Comparing the ratings for a main US network show (like Grimm) to the ratings for a show on a US cable channel that is actually a small cable channel at that is analogous to comparing the ratings for a BBC1 show to the ratings for a show on a UK channel like Watch.

All that needs to be noted is that the US ratings for Breaking Bad are similar to those for Mad Men (which is on the same small cable channel in the US), and Mad Men has always had a UK broadcaster and a small but appreciative UK audience.
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Old 12-03-2012, 15:48
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Wahoo. Showing as 17 quid. Watching through Netflix as it passed my by when it was on TV. Halfway through season two. Brilliant series and acting throughout. I would say that the entire thing is anti-drugs myself...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Breaking-Bad...567082&sr=8-11
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Old 12-03-2012, 15:57
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Comparing the ratings for a main US network show (like Grimm) to the ratings for a show on a US cable channel that is actually a small cable channel at that is analogous to comparing the ratings for a BBC1 show to the ratings for a show on a UK channel like Watch.

All that needs to be noted is that the US ratings for Breaking Bad are similar to those for Mad Men (which is on the same small cable channel in the US), and Mad Men has always had a UK broadcaster and a small but appreciative UK audience.
AMC regularly has the highest rated cable drama in the US. More Sky1 than Watch... My comment was more that HBO's Boardwalk Empire averaged 10 m an ep. anmd that's premium cable. so BB can't be considered a viewing success, only a critical success...
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Old 12-03-2012, 16:58
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AMC regularly has the highest rated cable drama in the US. More Sky1 than Watch...
The Walking Dead is a statistical outlier for AMC. "Success" only begins to describe it. AMC's other four series -- BB, Mad Men, The Killing, and Hell On Wheels -- all come in around the same neighbourhood ratings-wise. Mad Men, The Killing, and Hell On Wheels all have UK broadcasters. Hell, The Killing even airs on a terrestrial channel, Channel 4.
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Old 12-03-2012, 17:25
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so BB can't be considered a viewing success, only a critical success...
Five USA stuck the Breaking Bad pilot on at 11pm midweek without a repeat. There was hardly any publicity for it, I don't remember seeing any.

It really isn't surprising why the UK air did not receive too many followers.

It's the kind of show where you really need to see the pilot to know what is going on.

Several people I know never saw the show on TV and some didn't even know it was even aired on freeview. They went on to watch it on DVD through word of mouth.
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Old 12-03-2012, 17:46
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Wahoo. Showing as 17 quid. Watching through Netflix as it passed my by when it was on TV. Halfway through season two. Brilliant series and acting throughout. I would say that the entire thing is anti-drugs myself...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Breaking-Bad...567082&sr=8-11
That's a bargain. It doesn't say on the link how many discs. Hopefully four. But could be three. That would split the eps 5-4-4 on each disc?
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Old 12-03-2012, 18:12
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That's a bargain. It doesn't say on the link how many discs. Hopefully four. But could be three. That would split the eps 5-4-4 on each disc?
TVWise confirmed it was four when they did that "hey look I told you so" post. (at this link for those who dont know)

Specifically they said:

The four disc set is being released (as we previously reported) on Monday May 14th and is priced at £29.99 (RRP). As the title suggests, the box set will include all 13 episodes from the show’s third season with a running time of 800 minutes.
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Old 12-03-2012, 18:23
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TVWise confirmed it was four when they did that "hey look I told you so" post. (at this link for those who dont know)

Specifically they said:
That's better. 5 eps on a DVD disc is squeezing the bitrate just a little bit too much for my liking.
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Old 13-03-2012, 05:29
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Wahoo. Showing as 17 quid.
Much the same price as it was from Australia a year ago! Still another 2 months until release in the UK - How on earth did all of those who’ve not yet seen S3 manage to hold off until now?
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Old 13-03-2012, 07:50
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Much the same price as it was from Australia a year ago! Still another 2 months until release in the UK - How on earth did all of those who’ve not yet seen S3 manage to hold off until now?
As I said earlier it passed me by when it was first broadcast. I only came across it accidentally when I signed up for a 30 day Netflix trial. One of the best TV progs ever. Grippping stuff indeed. Still haven't finished S2 yet but loving it. Just watched the skank and the cash machine incident...
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Old 13-03-2012, 15:17
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As I said earlier it passed me by when it was first broadcast. I only came across it accidentally when I signed up for a 30 day Netflix trial. One of the best TV progs ever. Grippping stuff indeed. Still haven't finished S2 yet but loving it. Just watched the skank and the cash machine incident...
I just got into BrBa via Netflix, too. And Misfits.

I'm now 6 episodes into S3 of BrBa - easily the best show I've seen since The Wire. Couldn't wait for a Blu-Ray release or some UK channel to get it's finger out so used 'other means' to acquire S3 and S4...
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