Breaking Bad fans have another treat coming up in 2015 with the release of limited edition Blu-ray Steelbooks.
Following the recent news of the Heisenberg tin complete boxset release, it has been announced that Breaking Bad show creator and executive producer Vince Gilligan has partnered with world-renowned British illustrator and cartoonist Ralph Steadman to create all-new, limited edition Blu-ray Steelbooks which will be available from February 2, 2015 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
These collectible steelbooks will have unique covers for each season, dedicated to one of six main characters – Walter, Jesse, Gus, Mike, Hank and Saul – and each will feature exclusive, hand-crafted character illustrations by Steadman, the legendary illustrative mastermind behind Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Seasons 1 & 2 will be available February 2nd 2015, Seasons 3 & 4 will be available March 2nd 2015, and Seasons 5 & 6 will be available April 6th 2015. The limited edition boxsets will be available in single season presentations, exclusive to Zavvi.com in the UK.
Talking about the collaboration Gilligan said, “When I first floated the idea of approaching Ralph to work with us on this project, it was a bit of a pipe dream on my part. I can barely describe the combination of disbelief and giddy joy I felt when I heard he was on board to do it! Ralph is the Walter White of artists: He’s a dark genius whose output is disturbing, yet habit-forming. I am thrilled by his arrestingly bleak, visceral imaginings of our Breaking Bad characters.”
“I watched the Breaking Bad whole series in two weeks and now suffer withdrawal symptoms,” Steadman said. “At first, I thought ‘this series is going to be all about death and desecration,’ but instead became a more complex landscape of human relationships. I hope I put something of these feelings into the portraits that I made of the characters, which were landscapes in themselves. An irony in the subject of crystal meth is how beautifully it resembles the desert sky.”
You can get a sneak peek at the steelbooks in the image at the top of the article. Please note that the artwork is not final and is subject to change.