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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: NR (Not Rated)
  • 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 (515 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,954 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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


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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The story seems to have depth!
harold segars
This show has a big budget and production value, the set and costume designs are great, the digital effects are very well done.
Graham Swearingen
If you want nudity, sex and a lot of foul language this is for you.

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97 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Graham Swearingen TOP 1000 REVIEWER 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 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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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Anastasia McPherson on January 24, 2014
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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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Valarie Rose Revels on January 25, 2014
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If the pilot is any indication, "Black Sails" will be a very well-acted, visually stunning, and very gritty telling of the origins of some of the characters in Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" and the unvarnished life of piracy.

If you are expecting the charm of Pirates of the Caribbean with a roguish Captain Jack Sparrow, this is not it. What you get in Toby Stephens' Captain Flint is a hard business man fighting for his survival and who believes he is the pirates salvation. His speech to Billy Bones delcaring himself as "king" of the pirates is short, but intense. Gates, basically Flint's second in command and confidante, is the person behind the scenes who makes things happen and is loyal to Flint -- his character seems the most balanced.

When you look at the world Flint inhabits, it is a world where death can come from enemies or "friends", and the women are just as tough and well-rounded as the men. It is a world of survival where money and sex can get you what you want or need.

The pilot is set about 20 years before "Treasure Island", so John Silver and Billy Bones are still young and not yet the characters we know from the book. But it is obvious that this young John Silver is a survivor and clever. Billy Bones is a giant of a man who seems to be clueless, but tries to figure out where he fits in.

A very rousing and raw take on the age of pirates.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly J. Clower on December 23, 2014
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So I stumbled on Black Sails after recently discovering Toby Stephens and starting to follow some of his work. I want to like this show more, but as with many programs on premium cable channels (which I don't have, hence my buying Black Sails on Amazon) the gratuitous nudity did get on my nerves. I had read some reviews of the series beforehand so I was prepared for it and feel I am semi-tolerant, but as is par for the course with these things: 1) most of the time the nudity is clearly to titillate, and 2) almost every female character has been completely naked before even one male character. Needless to say they are obviously going for a more male dominated audience, but this is the kind of stuff that continues to bother me in today's media. Getting off my soapbox on women in media now.

On the plus side, after one episode I was hooked on the main title theme and was looking up the composer on YouTube. I can totally understand why it the main title theme was nominated for an Emmy. I continue to love the music and now I even know what a hurdy gurdy is. The set design is also amazing. I actually find myself looking at the details of the sets quite often and just love the details and use of color.

The acting is pretty good and I like the variety of characters, although I think because there are so many characters and no one gets a ton of screen time it is hard to say if there is any stand out performance from season 1. What becomes pretty evident is that the characters are all out for themselves, so plans and loyalties change frequently. I have to say, I was bummed to lose Tom Hopper's "William 'Bones" Manderly, I started to really enjoy him and was hoping he would somehow return, but Wikipedia seems to dashed those hopes for me.

Overall, it's a decent show.
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