Boardwalk Empire: The Complete First Season (DVD, 2012, 5-Disc Set)
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- 3069auggieApr 07, 2013by
Another HBO homerun!
I was looking for a series on DVD, and believe HBO does a remarkable job. Evidence The Wire. In my opinion, the best TV series of all time.
After trying some cable productions, I bought Boardwalk Empire and have not been sorry. It is a wonderful piece of work. The re-creation of the 20's is stunning. The vast sets of period accurate components is fabulous.
Casting in my opinion is very important to the success of any production. The only failing in this series is the lead - Buschemi. He is not bad, but in my opinion, they easily could have done better.
Story lines are wonderful, and if you seek crime/mafia type productions you will not be dissappointed. It starts a bit slow, but is overall is very, very good.
- lubkukenSep 05, 2012by
Crime, Sex, Violence What's Not to Like.
I bought the dvd set Boardwalk Empire, because my brother recommended it. Since my favorite movie all time is the Godfather, it was easy to fall in love with Boardwalk Empire. The setting is Atlantic City in the 1920's. Prohibition is enacted and the crime bosses are ready to exploit this opportunity. Enoch Thompson played by Steve Buscemi is the crime boss that controls Atlantic City. Thompson is a complex character. He is a womanizer, prone to violence, but at the same time he can have a heart of gold. There are many facets to this series. Thompson's relationship with a temperance volunteer Kelly McDonald. The mob from Philly trying to muscle in on Thompsons territory. The creepy performance by Michael Shannon as Fed guy trying to bring down Thompson. And lastly, Michael Pitt is the son of the original founder of Atlantic City, and he is there for Thompson when he needs help. Overall, I highly recommend the Boardwalk empire and look forward to seeing season 2.Read full review
- soldiersdoug171...Jul 06, 2012by
New Wine in Old Bottles
When you hear that Martin Scorcese is associated with a show you assume it will be good. Unfortunately he directs the first episode and passes the torch to others. All the clips shown in ads are from his work. So you have a show that uses his name but is largely the work of others. The show is at times slow and plodding and generally needed to be tightened up. Also it isn't an historic period piece. The characters don't speak like they are from the period. As an example the black gangster dresses like P Diddy and uses the mo fo phrase a lot. Arnold Rothstein uses a story from 1000 Ways To Die to impress a gangster. This is a reflection of poor writing and bankrupt imagination. The commentary in the first episode reveal this as the writer spends 10 minutes gushing about "Marty" then spends the rest of his time introducing family and friends he gave bit parts to. He refers to "great comedic moments" but he is the only one laughing. Also he takes liberties with historic personalities like Luciano and Capone and makes them look like half wits in order to make his hero Arnold Rothstein seem that much more intelligent and impressive. His lack of ability means that he can only build up a character is by tearing down those around him. At best Boardwalk Empire is the tv version of a comic book. All the nudity will impress the 13 year olds the writer is seemingly pandering to.
The inconguous opening theme music is your first warning that this is going to be a mere over produced reboot or reimagining of American history. Another profane and overly sexed offering fom HBO who name drop to infer a quality product but deliver immature dregs.Read full review
- angiebsa1Jan 26, 2014by
Excellent series. Cant wait until season 4 is available. Couldn't wait to watch each episodes and the features were also great. Casting is perfect and it is just great to watch.
- cotton1edj0Jun 03, 2012by
Season One will be Hard to Beat
I purchased the first season to study the script, the writing, and review the plot after the Jimmy D. character was eliminated at the end of season two. I think the dramatic tension between the characters has suffered because of the loss of that character and as a result am waiting to compare the seasons to see how the tension issue will be resolved.....so I purchased season one to study and also because I think the acting was superb. I especially liked the acting of Michael Pitt. Well - might Boardwalk Empire ever be be compared to the standard set by the Godfather? I'm questioning that theory. Am about to re-visit Season One on my DVD....so I'm happy to have purchased it for my collection.