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Mad Men: Season 1 (2007)


Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" -- Series creator/screenwriter Matt Weiner Rating:8.0/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by jugghayd on June 18th, 2010:Find all reviews by jugghayd
The creator of the show mainly talks about how he set up all the characters on the show, how he cast some of the major parts, and set up the series. Just a reminder of what a great episode the first one is.
Reviewed by drukepple on September 1st, 2016:Find all reviews by drukepple
Informative and generally entertaining. Weiner slips into narration a bit, and sometimes pats himself on the back, but all-in-all a rather enlightening discourse into the creation of a pilot for a classic show, when at the time it was unclear if the series would get picked up.

Weiner gets into why he wanted to create a period piece and talks about casting, sets, and costumes and provides a more solid commentary than director Alan Taylor
Reviewed by musíl65 on April 12th, 2018:Find all reviews by musíl65
Weiner talks about the concept of the show and its main characters. Good points are the relationships between the characters and the style of the show. A good track without any gaps for a great pilot. 8 out of 10.
Commentary 2: "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" -- Director Alan Taylor Rating:7.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by drukepple on September 1st, 2016:Find all reviews by drukepple
The director's commentary is worth a listen, but if you only have time for one, choose the writer's commentary. Most interesting to me was his frankness in expressing dislike for the use of the music "Caravan" towards the end of the episode, especially after listening to Weiner commenting that he loves it in the other commentary.

There is some redundancy between the tracks, but Taylor's delivery is more even compared to Weiner's enthusiasm.

No series spoilers in either track, save mention that a photo of a character we don't actually meet until later is not a photo of the actor eventually cast. I don't think this information really spoils anything, but I thought I'd mention this instance.
Commentary 3: "Ladies Room" -- Actors January Jones (Betty Draper) and Rosemarie Dewitt (Midge Daniels) Rating:5.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by drukepple on September 1st, 2016:Find all reviews by drukepple
As is usual for commentary-giving actors, there is plenty of dead air and plenty of general admiration ("I love this line"). Given that Mad Men Season 1 provides something like 36 hours of commentary tracks, this one is easily skippable.

There is a mild spoiler mentioned, about when a certain as-yet unmet character shows up, around episode 6.
Commentary 4: "Ladies Room" -- Actors Michael Gladis (Paul Kinsey) and Elisabeth Moss (Peggy Olsen) Rating:6.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by drukepple on September 2nd, 2016:Find all reviews by drukepple
We are blessed with not one but two actor commentaries on the second episode...depending on your level of compulsive complete-ism, this is perhaps skippable. Between the two tracks on this episode, this one is far more interesting and continuous (as in, the actor's don't slip into screening comas). If you only want to give time to one commentary per episode, choose this one. If you're on a time crunch and need to stick to just the good commentaries, this might not make the cut.

Odd, though, is the "cut together" nature of this commentary. It's never acknowledged but Gladis and Moss clearly recorded their commentaries separately, mostly noticed in the lack of exchanges between the two of them (and when they refer to each other in the third person rather than the second, and they just sound like they're in different rooms). The other track on this episode was recorded with both acresses in the same room. Yet while it feels like two people having separate conversations at the same time, I suspect that it allows the editors to remove dead space, or the boring bits, and keep just the best parts from each.

There are a small number of mild spoilers, nothing in my opinion that destroys the tension of the season's stories, but still, if you prefer to avoid any and all spoilers, this is best left until after viewing the entire season.
Commentary 5: "Marriage of Figaro" -- Actors Jon Hamm (Don Draper), Maggie Siff (Rachel Menken), and Darby Stanchfield (Helen Bishop) Rating:5.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by drukepple on September 6th, 2016:Find all reviews by drukepple
Between three actors, they probably only provide half-an-hour's worth of commentary, most of which is superficial. Occasionally a nugget of interest is offered, but this commentary is generally a pass except for completists.
Commentary 6: "New Amsterdam" -- Screenwriter Lisa Albert and actors Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell) and Alison Brie (Trudy Campbell) Rating:7.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by drukepple on September 7th, 2016:Find all reviews by drukepple
Note that the two actors are recorded in one session, and the writer is recorded in another, and the two commentaries are edited together. It always feels weird when you have two disassociated commentaries going on at the same time.

The actors actually provide a more informative and entertaining commentary than the writer, but together it’s a full, solid commentary. My only gripe is that the actors sometimes slip into entertainment mode and silly voices, which was only mildly annoying compared to other actor commentary tracks.

Spoilers: there is a minor spoiler about a line said towards the end of the season. It’s not particularly revelatory, but it may color your expectations of how the seasons unfolds.
Commentary 7: "5G" -- Actors Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, and Aaron Staton (Ken Gosgrove) Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
Commentary 8: "5G" -- Director Lesli Linka Glatter Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
Commentary 9: "Babylon" -- Wtriters Maria Jacquemetton and Andre Jacquemetton, and actor Christina Hendricks (Joan Holloway) Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
Commentary 10: "Babylon" -- Director Andrew Bernstein Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
Commentary 11: "Red in the Face" -- Actors January Jones, John Slattery (Roger Sterling), Jon Hamm, and Vincent Kartheiser Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
Commentary 12: "Red in the Face" -- Director Tim Hunter Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
Commentary 13: "The Hobo Code" -- Actors Vincent Kartheiser, Elisabeth Moss, and Bryan Batt (Salvatore Romano) Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
Commentary 14: "The Hobo Code" -- Director Phil Abraham Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
Commentary 15: "Shoot" -- Series creator Matt Weiner and costume desginer Janie Bryant Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
Commentary 16: "Shoot" -- Production designer Dan Bishop Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
Commentary 17: "The Long Weekend" -- Series creator Matt Weiner and actor Christina Hendricks Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
Commentary 18: "The Long Weekend" -- Director Tim Hunter and composer David Carbonara Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
Commentary 19: "Indian Summer" -- Series creator Matt Weiner and actor Elisabeth Moss Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
Commentary 20: "Nixon vs. Kennedy" -- Actors Jon Hamm, Vincent Kartheiser, and Rich Sommer (Harry Crane) Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
Commentary 21: "Nixon vs. Kennedy" -- Series creator Matt Weiner and director Alan Taylor Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
Commentary 22: "The Wheel" -- Actors Jon Hamm, January Jones, and Elisabeth Moss Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
Commentary 23: The Wheel" -- Series creator/screenwriter/director Matt Weiner, co-screenwriter Robin Veith, and editor Malcolm Jamieson Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review