Given The Sopranos’ healthy dvd sales, it’s a safe bet the majority of punters planning to shell out on the Blu-ray version are upgrading. While these 13 episodes comprise what is arguably the finest season of the greatest television series of them all, 50 quid is 50 quid – if you already own it you could be forgiven for expecting a smidgen more than an imperceptibly sharper picture and a fatter sound. After all, did anyone ever finish watching a single episode of this compelling edge-of-theseat Mafia saga and think: “It was alright, but I wish I could have seen a few more pores on Paulie Walnuts’ nose and there’d been a bit more bass on the Tindersticks.”
Essentially, The Sopranos wasn’t broken; it didn’t need fixing. Returning purchasers need therefore to have their loyalty rewarded with extra features and plenty of them. The bog-standard DVD version is four discs long: today’s 10th Anniversary Blu-ray package comprises five, so what added treats have been tacked on to tempt the faithful? Shockingly, the Blu-ray extras are identical to those already gracing shelves. Here’s the most successful cable series ever, staggering under the weight of 21 Emmys and five Golden Globes, a bonafide worldwide phenomenon: can HBO not afford to shower us with after-the-fact cast and crew interviews? What about commentaries, documentaries examining the unstoppable growth of the Sopranos brand or telling the real story of the rise and fall of the New Jersey and New York crime families?
Weak extras let down this classic’s Blu-ray transfer, yet it’s still a boxset offer you can’t refuse.