You all know I’m a huge fan of “Breaking Bad.” It took me a while to actually get into it. I’d start watching season one and then drift off. But by the time I was about half-way into season one, I was hooked on the AMC show about a humble high school chemistry teacher who morphs into a ruthless drug lord.
Season 5 is due on DVD and blu-ray June 4, 2013, and this is one to get for your home collection. It features an eight-minute, uncensored bonus scene, “Chicks ‘N’ Guns,” written and produced exclusively for the home entertainment release. Starring Aaron Paul, Bob Odenkirk (“How I Met Your Mother”), and Charles Baker (“Splinter”), the scene tells the pivotal back story to episode 508 in the fifth season, “Gliding Over All.”
That’s the episode where Walter meets with Lydia and demands the names of Mike’s crew — which she’s afraid to give, lest Walter dispatch her, so she offers him a deal. Hank puts pressure on Mike’s crew, and Marie pushes Skyler to let the children return home.
“The extra scene we created exclusively for the Blu-ray and DVD proves just how much the relationship between Jesse and Walt has drastically changed over the past five seasons of ‘Breaking Bad,'” says show creator Vince Gilligan.
“‘Chicks ‘N’ Guns’ is an original idea that presents fans with a pivotal missing moment during episode 508, ‘Gliding Over All.’ Writers Jenn Carroll and Gordon Smith, and Director Michelle MacLaren, did a fantastic job bringing it to life, and I think fans will love it.”
“Breaking Bad: The Fifth Season” will be released as a three-disc blu-ray and four-disc DVD set, including cast and crew commentary on every episode, deleted scenes, outtakes, audition and rehearsal footage, and all-new featurettes.
More on Season 5: With Gus Fring dead, Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston) transformation from a well-meaning family man to a ruthless drug kingpin is nearly complete. Forming a partnership with Jesse (Aaron Paul) and Mike (Jonathan Banks), Walt proceeds to make a killing until the fruits of his murderous schemes are threatened by a new development in the investigation led by Hank (Dean Norris), who, yeah, also happens to be his brother-in-law.
“Breaking Bad: The Fifth Season” episodes include:
- Live Free or Die
- Hazard Pay
- Dead Freight
- Say My Name
- Gliding Over All
Blu-ray exclusive special features include:
Two all-new featurettes:
- “Scene by Scene: Directors Discuss Memorable Moments” provides the directors’ experience making the show.
- “The Writers of Breaking Bad” gives the writers a turn to show viewers what it’s really like to work together and create amazing scripts.
Blu-ray & DVD special features include:
- “Chicks ‘N’ Guns” is a scene created and produced exclusively for the home entertainment release (see above). Certain that the DEA dragnet that sent Mike fleeing is about to close around him, Jesse enlists Skinny Pete and a stripper to help him forget his woes … until Saul arrives and gives him something entirely new to fear.
- Cast & crew commentaries on every episode
- Deleted scenes
Three all-new featurettes:
- “Nothing Stops This Train” takes viewers on location to see what a huge undertaking it is to film a modern-day train heist.
- “The Cleaner: Jonathan Banks as Mike” gives viewers a chance to spend time with fan-favorite Cleaner, Jonathan Banks, as he talks about his time with the show.
- “Chicks ‘N’ Guns: Behind-the-Scenes” shows how the scene came to be, going behind the scenes with Aaron Paul and Bob Odenkirk as it’s filmed.
- “Writers’ Room Timelapse” takes viewers through the entire breaking of episode “Fifty-One” with commentary from the writers.
- Laura Fraser & Jesse Plemons audition footage
- Prison stunt rehearsal footage
- “Gallery 1988 Art Show” features artwork inspired by the show
- “Chris Hardwick’s All-Star Celebrity Bowling” features team Breaking Bad going head to head with team Nerdist to raise money for charity.
- Inside Breaking Bad: 19 episodes that give a behind-the-scenes look of what it takes to create an episode
And … yesterday, iTunes digitally debuted the “Breaking Bad” Deluxe Edition Season 3, which includes more than 10 hours of special features, including uncensored episodes, commentaries, featurettes and more.
Also available on iTunes is the ‘Breaking Bad” Deluxe Edition Seasons 1 and 2, featuring more than 50 minutes of bonus features, including uncensored episodes, interviews with the cast and creators, deleted scenes, a music video and more.
The Deluxe Edition Season 4 will be available in May, with Deluxe Editions for the
Fifth and Final seasons to follow.
iTunes Deluxe Editions Special Features:
Season 1 & 2 – More than 50 minutes of bonus features: All seven uncensored first season episodes and an uncensored episode from season two (episode 206), cast and crew commentary, “Making of Breaking Bad” featurette, deleted scenes, “Inside Breaking Bad” featurette, “Negro y Azul” music video, Better Call Saul commercials and six Breaking Bad Original Webisodes
Season 3 – More than 10 hours of bonus features:: Three uncensored episodes (episode 303 “I.F.T.”, episode 305 “Mas,” and episode 310 “Fly”), cast and crew commentary on nine episodes with Vince Gilligan, Byran Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks and more, and six behind-the-scenes featurettes – Inside Breaking Bad (“Silent But Deadly: The Brothers Moncada,” “White Heat: Cranston on Fire,” “Pizza of Destiny: Cranston’s Greatest Shot,” “Team S.C.I.E.N.C.E.,” “The Music of Breaking Bad,” and “Hit and Run”), mini video podcasts with the cast and crew on every episode, Better Call Saul commercials and testimonials, and 20 episodes of Inside Breaking Bad.