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Black Sails: Season 1

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1715. The Golden Age of Piracy. New Providence Island is a lawless territory, controlled by history's most notorious pirate captains. The most feared is CAPTAIN FLINT.

As the British Navy returns to redeem their land and exterminate Flint and his crew, another side of him emerges. He allies himself with ELEANOR GUTHRIE, daughter of the local kingpin, to hunt the ultimate prize and ensure their survival.

Many opponents stand in their way: rival captains, jealous of Flint's power; Eleanor's ambitious and intrusive father; and a young sailor recently recruited onto Flint's crew, JOHN SILVER, who constantly undermines his captain's agenda.

Special Features: Black Sails: A Look Inside, Dress to Kill, Pirate Camp, Folklore Is Finished: Pirate Politics, A Place In History, Building the Behemoth

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The highly anticipated pirate adventure, Black Sails, centers on the tales of Captain Flint and his men and takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island.” Flint, the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, takes on a fast-talking young addition to his crew who goes by the name John Silver. Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day – a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined by both its enlightened ideals and its stunning brutality.

Series to premiere January 25th, 2014 on Starz.

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  • Actors: Toby Stephens, Luke Arnold, Zach McGowan, Hannah New, Jessica Parker Kennedy
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2015
  • Run Time: 456 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (968 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E1LSJIO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,480 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Graham Swearingen on January 16, 2014
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I have been eagerly awaiting this show. I love pirates, I always have. There was a rather large drought in anything pirate related after Cutthroat Island bombed at the box office in the `90's. We didn't get any more pirate films until the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and they got a bit carried away with the supernatural element, in my opinion. There is no magic or supernatural element in this show, it doesn't need it.

The pilot starts with an epic naval battle that rivals anything I've ever seen on film, and we quickly get introduced to Captain Flint and his crew and their current plight, a mere 20 years before Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island takes place. This show has a big budget and production value, the set and costume designs are great, the digital effects are very well done. This is STARZ biggest show for sure, and I think it'll make some sizable waves for the station. The finale was brilliant. There were great call backs to things that happened in the first 2 episodes (which is when I truly realized how brilliant the arc of the entire first season is), and the show takes a very unpredictable and unexpected turn in the few final scenes of the finale. I am very excited for what season 2 has in store for John Silver, Captain Flint and his crew, as well as other characters like Charles Vane and Ms. Guthrie. Characters like Jack Rackham and Gates and Billy Bones ended up being far more important and entertaining than I originally thought. This is an ensemble show, it takes a few episodes to realize it but characters I originally underestimated or pegged as throw away characters ended up shaping a lot of major events in season 1.

Anyone who has played UBISOFT's Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, will feel like they are watching that game come to life.
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I watched this with my step-father, a lover of all things related to the Age of Sail. I had a few trepidations, remembering the grit,gore nudity and language of Spartacus and my old man, while not a prude, is of a different generation. At the same time, I wanted an interesting portrayal of a way of life that was most likely not filled with saints and Sunday school teachers. Both of us got our wish because Starz has managed to balance the grit and the drama with great historical research and intriguing characters.

So far, I haven't managed to catch everyone's (or indeed anyone's) name, but their roles as the Captain, the first mate, the muscle, the Schemer, the daughter who should have been a son, the Maid who is smarter than her mistress were all clear and different enough from the stereotypical to be interesting. I can't wait to see what they do with women in the series as there were several famous women pirates known to history and some workaday women pirates who are lost in the mists of time. In a time and place rebelling against the social structure, it makes sense that gender roles would break down some as well and it will be interesting to see how Starz handles this.

On the shallow side, the actors and actresses are all gorgeous and there is pretty for every taste and orientation. The costumes and sets are amazing as well. So far a show both fun and dramatic. I will update this review more thoroughly at the end of the season. My recommendation at the moment is watch, watch and watch, even if you have to subscribe to Starz. I think this may be the show Starz has been working towards and will keep you entertained while we wait for Season 4 of Game of Thrones.
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HOW TO UNDERSTAND THIS DARKER, GRITTIER PIRATE TALE, OR ASSESS IF IT’S NOT FOR YOU

***WARNING TO THOSE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE SERIES*** This show has cinematic level production values, but also a great deal of adult content. This is the rum addled, opium hazed, violent and sexualized depiction one might expect of a more realistic (though still fantasy) pirate drama. It is understandable that it just won’t fit everyone’s tastes. Please accept this attempt to explain the show so others can decide for themselves. There is a connection to the novel "Treasure Island" that is confusing people, but this IS NOT a children's tale. This program is also not all action for those hoping for sea battles in every episode. Those hoping for all action will find a substantial amount of focus on political struggle, drama, relationships and sub-plots. This is precisely the strength for those who seek it, and a weakness for those who don’t wish to spend the time.

INTRO: It is truly amazing that for such a dark topic as pirating, there has hardly been a show that avoids the normal clichés and depicts a gritty life more like it would have been. We have always had these semi-sanitized versions meant for adventure telling and children's stories. Until now. This intricate tale borrows characters and places from Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island to form its structure and mythology, while starting 20 years earlier to set up the tale. Woven together with that is a few real characters based loosely on their actual history.
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