New York : HBO Home Video, 
4 videodiscs (ca. 11.5 hr.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in ISBN/ISSN:
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Originally broadcast by HBO in 1999
James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Dominic Chianese, Vincent Pastore, Steven Van Zandty, Tony Siricio, Robert Iler, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Nancy Marchand
Includes Spanish dubbed version and subtitles in English
Disc 1. The Sopranos -- 46 long -- Denial, anger, acceptance -- Meadowlands -- Disc 2. College -- Pax Soprana -- Down neck -- Disc 3. The legend of Tennessee Moltisanti -- Boca -- A hit is a hit -- Disc 4. Nobody knows anything -- Isabella -- I dream of Jeannie Cusamano
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The Sopranos is arguably the greatest show in dramatic television history.
Its hard to think of another series that boasts so much intelligence, sublime writing or first rate performances.
Across its epic scope it produces fresh and iconic characters and a constant level of high quality. Centering around the life of one Tony Soprano, a man who lives in two families. One is the conventional wife and two kids nuclear family the other a huge New Jersey Mafia group, of which he is the boss of both. Played by James Gandolfini, of True Romance and The Mexican fame, Tony is a fascinating, scary but also likable guy. Full praise must be given to Gandolfini for making a womanising and horrifically aggressive brute a genuinely identifiable and perfect leading man. Contemporay American drama has never had such an arresting and iconic figure as Tony.
The cast of hundreds never boasts a flat performance and such stand out characters like Paulie Walnuts and Ralph Cifaretto will stick in your memory for ever.
The true genius of this tale however, is the creator and writers bravery and revolutionary take on a conventional drama series. Twenty minute long dream sequences, powerful and original use of symbolism and metaphorical imagery and truly shocking scenes of violence. Yet all this style is met by truly touching themes of love, honour and respect for family. The series never becomes cold hearted or gratuitous.
With TV now competitive and often poor The Sopranos stands tall above the rest as America's most original and compelling drama. Forget Family Redifined. This is Television Redifined.
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