By Gilbert Cruz
Updated December 10, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST

Haven’t you heard? David Simon’s stunning ode to Baltimore is omgthebestthingever! The critical response has been a bit orgasmic, to say the least. As is rarely the case, however, the hype holds. Over five seasons, The Wire morphed from an above-average cop show into the truest portrait of urban America that television has ever ?produced. This 23-disc collection essentially re-collects the previously released boxed sets in slimmer form. The only new extras are a slightly humorous gag reel and three short character ”prequels” easily available on YouTube. If you own most of these seasons already, steer clear. B

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The Wire

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