Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing a new version of the Breaking Bad complete series Blu-ray set on June 3. The 16-disc set has slimmed down packaging with all 62 uncut, uncensored episodes shown in 1080p with 5.1 lossless audio, and over 55 hours of bonus content including an exclusive two-hour documentary on the final season. The series will also be available on DVD for the first time on June 3. The suggested list price is $230.99. (If you have Amazon Prime, you can snag it for $160.99 right now!)
To whet your appetite for all the double-crossing, mayhem, beautiful cinematography and intriguing symbolism, we’ve put together some awesome facts about the show you probably didn’t know.
Ferris Bueller Could Have Been Walter White
At first, Sony and AMC weren’t so sure about Bryan Cranston as Walter White because of his typecasting as Hal in Malcolm in the Middle. Instead, John Cusack and Matthew Broderick were approached about the part. They declined, and so Bryan Cranston was cast.
The Breaking Bad Superfan
Episode 8 of Season 5 is dedicated to Kevin Cordasco, a huge fan of the show who died of cancer in March 2013. Kevin was able to meet Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston and other members of the cast before passing away, and was offered a chance to read the remaining scripts of the series so he’d find out how the series concludes. Kevin declined the offer because he didn’t think he’d be able to keep the secret.
Source: Breaking Bad Facebook
Cerebral Balls-y as Hell
RJ Mitte actually has cerebral palsy in real life, just like his character, Walt Jr. But he has a much milder case than Walt Jr., so he had to actually learn to walk with crutches and slow down his speech in order to play the part convincingly.
AMC Gave Limited Fucks
AMC only allowed the word ‘fuck’ to be uttered once per season. Vince Gilligan made fucking sure that it was used to maximum fucking effect every fucking time.
S’aul Good, Man
Bob Odenkirk’s character, Saul Goodman, is derived from the phrase, “It’s all good, man.” Don’t miss Saul in the spinoff, Better Call Saul, which will premiere in November 2014.
62 is the Magic Number
The series ran for exactly 62 episodes, and the 62nd element on the periodic table is Samarium, which believe it or not, can be used to treat lung cancer.
You Can Internet Stalk the Whites’ Residence
On the show, Walter White’s address is 308 Negra Arroyo Lane. In real life, though, the address is actually 3828 Piermont Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM. Hooray for Google Maps!
Source: Google Maps
Breaking Bad’s Connection to Seinfeld
Bryan Cranston, Bob Odenkirk and Anna Gunn have all guest starred on Seinfeld. Bryan played Dr. Tim Whatley, the dentist who converted to Judaism for the jokes; Bob played Ben Galvant in the episode “The Abstinence” where Elaine dates him thinking he’s a doctor, when, in fact, he hasn’t passed his medical boards yet; Anna plays Jerry’s girlfriend in the episode “The Glasses.”
Samuel L. Jackson Could Have Had a Cameo
The Avengers was being filmed near Breaking Bad on the same studio lot, and Samuel L. Jackson wanted to make a cameo as Nick Fury during a scene at Los Pollos Hermanos, with absolutely no explanation. There are two versions of the story: one where the timing didn’t line up and so the cameo didn’t occur, and another where the Breaking Bad producers denies his request.
“I just wanted to order a three piece [in Los Pollos Hermanos] and really freak people out. Then people would be going, ‘Wow, was that him?’” — Samuel L. Jackson in a 2012 interview. Watch Samuel L. Jackson’s Breaking Bad monologue as Walter White below.
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