HBO knew how to push my buttons for that 1999-2009 period and I respected their work. Then, things like “John from Cincinnati”, “Luck” and “Entourage” wore thin on my patience. After “The Corner” and then the first season of “The Wire”, I was wary of what I was seeing. But, I needed something to watch while David Chase took such long gaps in between seasons of “The Sopranos”. But, Season 2 happened and I got to see how bureaucracy breeds crime. That hit my inner rage center and warmed me to the series.
Crime drama in America always wants to find blame and/or explanation. “The Wire” is no different, but it gives such a layered examination of where things break down. The game never changes, but the players shuffle out as needed. Drugs, guns and other crime exists because there is a sub economy that feeds it. Money and desire powers everything in the world and this is absolutely no different. If you watch the show, don’t watch it as a crime drama. Watch it as a condemnation of how America fails the lower class every single day of its continued existence.
The Blu-Ray comes with four behind-the-scenes documentaries, 22 audio commentaries, three prequels about life before The Wire and a brand new Paley Center event that reunites the Wire cast and crew. That’s just the special features. The A/V Quality has raised a few eyebrows of the Home Theater enthusiast community. David Simon has made the case for moving from 4:3 to 1.78:1 and it makes sense. Click here for the comparison shots from the actual show creator. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track also helps for the West Baltimore environment to come to life. Ultimately, “The Wire: The Complete Series” is a must-buy.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Release Date: 6/2/15[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]