“ Genre: Television / Suitable for 15 years and over / Actors: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks ... / DVD released 2011-03-28 at Lions Gate Home Entertainment UK Ltd / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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We're on to series 4 now, and I keep expecting Mad Men to drop in quality, because surely it isn't possible to maintain these amazingly high standards. But it doesn't, it stays this good.
I'm going to assume that more people are going to read a review of the series 4 box set if they already watch the show, but don't know whether they should buy the DVD of this series or not. Well I say go for it. Mad Men doesn't lose anything on repeat viewing, but I feel it gains a lot. It is the sort of show where there is a lot to discover on repeat viewing. Because Mad Men, to me, is all about the complexity of the characters and the intricacies of the relationships. Seeing these tiny subtleties when you now know where the characters are going is just as intriguing as taking the journey with them was the first time round.
I haven't been through all the extras yet, but the episode commentaries I have listened to have been very entertaining (who knew Jon Hamm's voice could be even sexier in real life?!) and insightful. I lost interest quickly in the documentary on the marketing of the Mustang but that is probably due to my lack of interest in cars - what I watched of it did give a picture of how products and marketing were changing to keep up with the social changes of the Sixties. The clips from the 1964 Presidential Election were interesting and occasionally mildly terrifying - they are not contextualised or part of a wider documentary which would have been a welcome bonus.
If you're still reading this, but you've never watched Mad Men, I highly advise getting into it if you like character driven grown-up drama. It is incredibly compelling and hugely rewarding. But go back to the beginning because there is so much you'll miss in the small moments between the established characters - small moments that can be devastating, intriguing or compelling - or a mixture of all three - that deserve to be understood fully.
If you have yet to watch Mad Men, you are sorely missing out on one of the best television series ever made.
This show has so many layers in it that its pretty much impossible to get bored. The story takes place in the 1950s and 60s and follows the lead character Don Draper through his life as an advertising executive in New York City. Don's life is extremely complicated on so many levels that each episode you almost have a different opinion of him as a person by the actions and emotions he so often changes.
In addition to Don's life, there are at least 10 more employees of various stature in the advertising firm that Don works at that we get to know on an in-depth basis throughout the episodes as well, which makes this show into a full blown saga of drama.
As a business and marketing major, personally I also love seeing the portrayal of the advertising business worked in the 50's as they do use real life commercials and campaigns that occurred in real life.
In Season 4, Don and his coworkers find themselves in the new firm that they started at the end of the last season and things get more and more intense for everyone as the season moves forward. Even though this is the 4th season, the quality of the episodes have not gone down at all; if anything they have gotten even better.
The plot, acting, cinematography and dialogue makes this an extremely enjoyable show to watch and help make this a timeless classic that will be highly regarded for many years to come.