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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Sons of Anarchy: Season One'
(Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Katey Sagal, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / (2008) 2009 / 20th Century Fox)

Overview: The writer of the Shield and the producer of the Sopranos bring you the most ruthless adrenaline-packed new drama of 2009. With over 40 minutes of unaired scenes, the DVD takes you even deeper in the unexplored world of this outlaw Californian Motorcycle Club as its members struggle to balance family life and weapon-trafficking business.

DVD Verdict: Fantastic show and GREAT extras on the DVD! Always appreciate it when a DVD set includes extras. Includes deleted scenes, a gag reel, films about the tattoos, the motorcycle customization, casting decisions narrative including the original audition tapes for all the cast. Also includes some audio commentaries.

All in all, a great DVD set and that's not to mention the show itself. Charlie Hunnam steals every scene he is in. He is electrifying, vibrant and SO talented. You can't take your eyes off watching him every moment he is on the screen.

The show is fantastically written but even better is watching Hunnam interact, especially with his girlfriend--wow, their scenes are hot! Some actors are just really interesting to watch, they can do more with a look or a word than others do with entire lines. Hunnam is one of these.

His character is the vice-president of the Sons of Anarchy but his intelligence, questioning of the status quo and determination to stick to his beliefs means he is in conflict with those in the club who either have no morals, easily leave them behind or only care about money.

Hunnam is fascinating to watch, in one scene he is emotional or tender to his girlfriend or family, then the next he is violently asserting his will in clashes where he defends his principles or makes a point.

There is an interesting tension showing his desire to be honest in the world, yet his need to be duplicitous, because of gun-running or other illegal activities. The scene where he finds a gawker sitting on his bike, and is pretending to be friendly then beats the guy to the ground, telling him "Don't EVER sit on another man's bike!" is an illustration of this.

There is a stillness to Hunnam's portrayal which brings so much interest to the character. Instead of going on and on about something, he'll just say "Are you ready for this?" and with a short sentence and a look, will say everything.

The audio commentaries are really funny too. There's one scene where they show Hunnam with his shirt off and the show's creator says "This is one for the ladies!" and he is so right. All in all, this DVD is well worth buying and keeping, not just a rental. [TC] This is a Widescreen presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Audio Commentaries on Select Episodes
“The Ink” Featurette
“The Bikes” Featurette
“Casting Sons of Anarchy” Featurette
34 minutes of Deleted Scenes
"Anarchy on the Set” Featurette
Blooper Reel
Head out on the Highway: The Making of Sons of Anarchy Season 1