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Boardwalk Empire: Seasons 1-2 Bundle (2012)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 18, 2013
  • Run Time: 1400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DY9GSKU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,373 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In fine (and bloody) style, HBO's Boardwalk Empire returns to 1920 when the ban on booze led to a syndicate of bootleggers and smugglers. Created by Sopranos scribe Terence Winter and coproduced by director Martin Scorsese, the story centers on Atlantic City treasurer Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (Steve Buscemi), who schemes in private while preaching temperance in public (Mark Wahlberg and Tim Van Patten also serve as producers). Jimmy (Michael Pitt, Buscemi's Delirious costar), a war veteran, acts as his right-hand man, while zealous Agent Van Alden (Michael Shannon) and refined mobster Arnold Rothstein (A Serious Man's Michael Stuhlbarg) represent significant threats to his enterprise.

Nucky's other associates include his sheriff brother Eli (Shea Whigham), sexpot girlfriend Lucy (Paz de la Huerta), and distributor Chalky (The Wire's Michael K. Williams). If Nucky has little regard for law and order, his soft side emerges in his dealings with Irish immigrant Margaret (Kelly Macdonald, excellent), who segues from abused wife to kept woman. As Nucky puts it, "I try to be good. I really do." After he sends Jimmy away a spell, his sidekick joins forces with Al Capone (Stephen Graham, Public Enemies) and disfigured vet Richard Harrow (Jack Huston), abandoning his son, common-law wife Angela (Aleksa Palladino), and mother Gillian (Gretchen Mol), who has a fling with Lucky Luciano (Vincent Piazza).

Inspired by Nelson Johnson's book, Boardwalk Empire takes a Deadwood-like approach to history by combining characters both factual and fictional with blue language and ladies without brassieres. Winter, who won an Emmy for The Sopranos episode Pine Barrens, takes liberties with the historical record, but the series never claims to represent the truth and nothing but--which is only fitting when everyone's hiding secrets. If the entire ensemble deserves praise, Buscemi rules the show as thoroughly as Nucky rules the city. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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From Terence Winter (Emmy-winning writer on HBO's The Sopranos) and Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese, Boardwalk Empire is set in Atlantic City in 1920 at the dawn of Prohibition. The series chronicles the life and times of Enoch Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), the city treasurer whose double role as politician and bootlegger makes him the city's undisputed czar at a time when illegal alcohol has opened up highly lucrative opportunities for rumrunners and distributors. In a city defined by notorious backroom politics and vicious power struggles, Nucky must contend with ambitious underlings, relentless Feds, rival gangsters -- including Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano and Al Capone -- and his own appetite for women, profits, and power.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boardwalk Empire - Seasons 1 & 2 Bundle August 18, 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
If you've seen "Boardwalk Empire" but don't yet own the blu-ray, then this bundle of Seasons 1 & 2 is perfect. If you've never seen the show, I'd encourage you to give it a chance. Everything about this series is spectacular - the acting, the camera work, the production design, etc. This is one of the best scripted shows currently on television, and the story is executed in near-perfect fashion thanks to the brilliant direction. The show is best when viewed quickly over a short period of time, because you really get immersed in the world and follow the intricacies of the story - and blu-ray is the best way to do that.

In terms of the blu-ray quality, HBO has always been great about providing viewers with the best video/audio experience. There are also a lot of special features on the discs, including featurettes and character dossiers. The audio commentary tracks are quite interesting to listen to, the creators of the show (including directors, actors, etc) give their perspective on the story/characters and share anecdotes from the production. The packaging is also quite nice - it's a fold-out digipak type case. The DVD discs and Digital Copy code comes in a separate cardboard holder. And everything comes inside a thick outer slip box.

* As I write this, this bundle is the Blu-Ray Deal of the Week for $55.99 - that's only $28 per season, which is a decent price for these sets. The Season 3 blu-ray has also just been released, so this is the perfect time to catch up if you've never seen the show.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was moms January 4, 2014
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I'm not sure if there were any problems,the set was for my mom,and she really seemed to like it.I would recommend the set to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best shows on TV(IMO) December 11, 2013
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What a show! Actions packed,great sub-plots,historically accurate,GREAT ACTING ALL AROUND!! Definitely one of those addicting shows, as I stayed up too many late nights watching these(my boss hated me)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slow but steady November 15, 2013
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Coming off the end of the Sopranos I was excited to see Steve Buscemi pop up in another series. I am guilty of having high Sopranos expectations and this is a much different series. This is very detailed, from scenery, advertising and language. This is a mob like series but also a sort of time machine to the 1920's. The characters are very well done, creating a great backbone for the show. Nucky Thompson is obviously the star but Capone, Chucky White and even the guy with the worst luck in the world Nelson really make this show work. Be patient with the show and you will be happy you did. Look forward to hopefully some more seasons to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WORTH WARCHING! October 12, 2013
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WOW- WHAT A GREAT SERIES! WE BOUGHT THE FIRST TREE SEASONS AND WATCHED THEM W/O COMMERCIALS. IT WAS GREAT! REALLY ENJOYED BOARDWALK!
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