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Mad Men: Season Six

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 11/1/13

I always love this show, and I'm sad that we're almost done with it. I think it has been great every year. I know there are lots of nitpickers out there who like to find fault with it. Sure, not every episode if perfect, but they sure are great. Better than most TV shows!

Mad Men is a period soap opera, but it has a lot of comedy as well. They take great pains to make sure everything looks and sounds of its time, and now that they're in the late 60's, there are lots of changes. Of course, any great drama has lots of change.

It's hard to watch Don Draper go down the tubes, but it's inevitable on this show.  He seems to reach the bottom at the end of this season, so it will be great to see what happens in season 7. I can hardly wait! Season 5 ended with big questions, and they seemed to answer them in season 6 and proceeded with Don's downward spiral.

The thing about this show is that while you like the characters, and they are all very unhappy people (and most for good reason). There aren't too many people in there that I would say are good or moral.  I know that nobody's perfect, and good guys are seen as boring nowadays, but I do think that in real life, most people are good, and that TV should generally reflect real life as much as it can...

But anyway, it's a fabulous show with great writing. It's really more like a very long play than a TV show. My favorite parts are when Don or Roger are being really funny, or when Pete is showing himself to be particularly vile.

There are only 3 features, although all of them are interesting. The first one is an interactive gallery called "Summer of Love". This didn't work on my DVD player, but it probably would work on your PC's DVD player.  The second is "Recreating an Era", which is all about the set design, props and costumes of the show. That was great fun to watch. Third is "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out", which is basically a documentary about Timothy Leary and the drug culture of the 60's. That was fascinating. I was around in the 60's, but I was a kid, so I didn't really know any of this stuff that was going around (or I read about it later).

I had trouble hearing some of the features because there's no closed-captioning. I'm not deaf, but sometimes it's hard to hear. That's true for most DVD's, though, not just this one.

Make sure you watch the first 5 seasons before this one, or it will not be as enjoyable!  You have to see how everything progresses, especially the story and the characters.


Golden Globe® and Primetime Emmy® Award Winning AMC Drama Starring Jon Hamm Returns For A Revealing Sixth Season Arriving On Blu-ray Disc, DVD and Digital Download November 5 >From Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Featuring the most watched episode in series history, Mad Men: Season 6 arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and Digital Download November 5 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. From creator Matthew Weiner (HBO’s “The Sopranos”), the critically acclaimed show features a top notch cast that includes Golden Globe® winner and Primetime Emmy® nominated Jon Hamm (Friends with Kids), Primetime Emmy® nominated Elisabeth Moss (TV’s “Top of the Lake”), Primetime Emmy® nominated Christina Hendricks (Ginger & Rosa), Primetime Emmy® nominated January Jones (X-Men: First Class), John Slattery (The Adjustment Bureau) and Primetime Emmy® nominated Robert Morse (TV’s “City of Angels”). As TV’s most talked about drama, Mad Men has been recognized for its intelligent storylines and stellar acting, winning three consecutive Golden Globe® Awards for Best Television Series - Drama and four consecutive Primetime Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Drama Series.

Returning for its sixth season, Mad Men, rife with possibilities, explores the glamorous and ego-driven “Golden Age” of advertising in the late 1960’s New York City.  Don Draper (Hamm) and the rest of the award-winning cast continue to captivate as they deal with the aftereffects of adultery, divorce, a merger and an ever changing social climate. 

The 3-disc Blu-ray and 4-disc DVD sets are packed with bonus materials, including numerous innovative featurettes that examine wardrobe and sets for the show as well as the time period and culture of the Mad Men era. Mad Men: Season 6 contains all 13 episodes and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $49.97 and $49.98, respectively.

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