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Mad Men - Season One
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Manufacturer: Lionsgate
Starring: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, Christina Hendricks
Average Customer Rating: Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5

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Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: DVD
Brand: Lions Gate
EAN: 0031398229384
Format: Widescreen
Label: Lionsgate
Manufacturer: Lionsgate
Number Of Items: 4
Publisher: Lionsgate
Region Code: 1
Release Date: 2008-07-01
Running Time: 45
Studio: Lionsgate
Theatrical Release Date: 2007-07-19

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Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 07/01/2008 Run time: 616 minutes Rating: Nr


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Summary: Mad Men the sixties strike back
Comment: In America there was a thing called the culture wars. The right said that up till the sixties things had been going well. The family unit was solid and because it was solid the nation was solid. The key to keeping the family together was strict sexual morality, the acceptance of woman as a home maker and the importance of raising children with strong values. If children had values they did not break the law, worked hard and society prospered.

Along came the sixties and women had conflicting roles. Morality fell apart and the divorce rate went through roof. Single familles were thrown into poverty and crime became rampant. The culture war was an attack on the changes in society in the latter half of the twentieth century which saw the emancipation of woman, ending laws against homosexuality and the development of governmental roles to improve society.

This series appears to be a strong counter attack against the right suggesting a new model of what the fifties were like. It suggests that the developments in the sixties were against a society of the fifties seeped in racism, homophobia and misogyny.

Part of the appeal of the series seems to be a smug satisfaction by the viewer of how much things are better now and what repellent creeps are portrayed in the show. On a superficial level the characters smoke constantly, drink to excess and eat food drenched in dairy products. Anyone seeing the show now would realise that this sort of behaviour would lead to a life expectancy of about fifty. The male characters are white and who despise Jews. Any contact with women is predatory.

And of course there is some truth in the picture. If you want women to not have sexual contact prior to marriage and not to engage in affairs there must be strong social prohibitions in place. Whilst the fifties might have seen lower rates of pre-marital sex it was a period when terms such as "slut", "mole" and "whore" were not only in use but could be used to achieve social exclusion. A society which has "strong morality" is a society which is intolerant, judgemental and exclusive.

The major problem with the show is not so much the politics it espouses. Rather it is rather slow moving. One is not so much interested in the development of the story. Rather it is like watching a train wreck. It is a bit repellent but you feel compelled to watch it never the less.


Customer Rating: Average rating of 1/5Average rating of 1/5Average rating of 1/5Average rating of 1/5Average rating of 1/5
Summary: Terrible Service
Comment: This provider needs to not be associated with Amazon. I was supposed to receive my DVD by November 25. Today is December 2 and still no DVD. I have written twice but no response. I am very disappointed. I have paid for an item I do not have and am not sure I will ever get.

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Summary: Drama with ALL the Trauma
Comment: I missed the whole first season. Must have been in a cave. Then I watched a couple episodes of the second season and was HOOKED!!. My neighbor filled me in on a few things from last season, but that was not enough, so I bought this. I watched all four discs in just two days. How is that for obsessive??!!! Now I've preordered season two, but I digress. Talk about people with issues, everyone in this show has something to hide, just like the sixties, they never tell what's really on their minds until it is too late. Can't wait for season three.

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Summary: Mad Men Season One
Comment: We began watching Mad Men during the second season, and found a lot of "holes" - things we could not understand. Watching the first season's shows cleared up nearly all of our confusion. Having lived as a young "business man" in the 50s and early 60s I could see a lot of my "friends" in Mad Men (perhaps exagerated a bit - but maybe ONLY a bit). On the whole, Mad Men, season one, was well worth the price.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5
Summary: Well Done
Comment: Excellent character development, but a bit of a downer with the protagonist being an unhappy man.


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