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Series 4 and still as brilliant as anything on telly
Mad Men - Season 4 (DVD)
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Mad Men - Season 4 (DVD)
Advantages: 13 episodes that are just as good the second time round plus some decent extras
Disadvantages: Just lost a Saturday watching it back to back!
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.
Summary: Compelling, intriguing and fascinating television
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