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If You Haven't Seen "The Wire" Yet...

By admin Published: October 13, 2008

HBO is releasing the entire series in a single DVD set on Dec. 9. New extras include prequel stories and a blooper reel. MSRP, though, is $250. Announcement after the jump.

The Wire, one of the most critically acclaimed drama series in the history of television, will be available this holiday season in one DVD disc set from HBO Video. Out in stores on December 9, 2008, The Wire: The Complete Series starts out with a single sprawling drug and murder investigation and builds up through ensuing seasons into a complex look at the fundamental political, economic and social realities in a fictional West Baltimore.

Candid and intense, The Wire has been hailed as “one of the great achievements in television artistry” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Viewed from the perspective of the principal characters – the police and their targets – The Wire captures a world where easy distinctions between good and evil and crime and punishment are challenged at every turn. The series first season concentrated on the often-futile efforts of police to infiltrate a West Baltimore drug ring. Seasons two and three introduced new storylines as the drug investigation escalated, adding the pressures on the working class and the city’s political leadership to the city’s mounting problems. Season four explored the public school system against the backdrop of a new drug empire and mayor, while the fifth and final season centered on the media’s role in addressing or failing to address what was really going on in the city.

Winner of a prestigious Peabody Award, The Wire is the creation of David Simon (Emmy® winners Homicide: Life on the Street and HBO’s The Corner, HBO’s Generation Kill). Cast regulars include Dominic West, Sonja Sohn, Lance Reddick, Wendell Pierce, Deirdre Lovejoy, Clarke Peters, Reg E. Cathey, Domenick Lombardozzi, Seth Gilliam, Jamie Hector, Michael Kenneth Williams, John Doman, Andre Royo, Corey Parker Robinson, Tristan Wilds, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Jermaine Crawford and Isiah Witlock, Jr.

DVD Bonus Features
The Wire: The Complete Series includes original bonus content as well as two new features including:
· Three prequels that explore life before The Wire
· A never-before-seen gag reel

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