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Boss (2011)

Kelsey Grammer , Connie Nielsen  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen, Kathleen Robertson, Martin Donovan, Jeff Hephner
  • Writers: Farhad Safinia
  • Producers: Stella Stolper
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 449 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005S97ULU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,913 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Boss" on IMDb

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Mayor Tom Kane (Golden Globe winner Kelsey Grammer) is King of Chicago, and he rules his domain with an iron fist. Deception, scandal, and betrayal go hand in hand with Kane's form of politics. As long as he gets the job done, the people of Chicago look the other way. Despite being the most effective mayor in recent history, Kane is hiding a dark secret. A degenerative brain disorder is ripping everything away from him, and he can't trust his memory, his closest allies, or even himself. Watch as Kane viciously fights battles on all fronts in "Boss" Season 1.

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One look at Kelsey Grammer's glowering, defiant mug on the cover of the Boss: Season One boxed set (with eight episodes spread out over three discs) is all you need to recognize that this is a far cry indeed from his happy days on Frasier and Cheers. Grammer's Thomas Kane, the mayor of Chicago, is a ruthless, old school pol in the tradition of that city's Richard J. Daley; "Kane is the city," as one of his cronies puts it, and by the end of the season, anyone who tries to cross him will have been brought to his knees--sometimes literally--or worse. But Kane is not a man without problems. He's got a wife (Connie Nielsen) he barely talks to and never sleeps with, an estranged daughter (Hannah Ware) whom he and his wife shunned because her drug problems were a political liability, a host of enemies plotting his downfall, and, worst of all, a condition known as Lewy body, a fatal, untreatable form of dementia that is steadily robbing him of his mental acuity and physical wherewithal. There's an element of soap opera in all of this; simply keeping track of the sexual escapades of Ben Zajac (Jeff Hephner), a duplicitous young Kane protégé, may require a scorecard (nudity and profanity are also abundant). But the political maneuverings are even more compelling, as we see just how treacherous, scandalous, and even murderous Kane and everyone else who lusts for power can be. It's not a pretty sight.

All in all, this is very juicy stuff. Every episode is beautifully shot and directed (including one helmed by co-executive producer Gus Van Sant, whose credits include Milk, Good Will Hunting, and other fine films), with a main title song by Robert Plant. And while the dialogue is occasionally overcooked and the plotting somewhat over the top, Boss has more than enough to keep you coming back for more. --Sam Graham


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76 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just promises November 5, 2011
Format:DVD
We are now into the fourth episode of this ongoiing new series for television BOSS and while the entire series for the DVD cannot be reviewed as yet, t seems only fitting that the public be alerted to a show that is far above the usual series dramas made for television. It boasts some brilliant writing by Farhad Safinia, who was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1975 and left Iran with his family at the age of four to live in Paris, then London. At King's College, Cambridge, where he studied Economics, he directed and acted in a number of stage productions for the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club and other theatre companies. After graduating, he moved to New York City where he studied film at the New School University and at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. His only other screenplay to date is 'Apocalypto' but he clearly is someone to watch. The production company includes Gus Van Sant and star Kelsey Grammer and Mario Van Peebles, and the work of some extraordinary cinematography

BOSS opens with Chicago Mayor Tom Kane Kelsey Grammer) seated in an empty warehouse listening to his physician tell him is complete secrecy that he has Lewy-body dementia, a progressive degenerative neurologic disorder in which thread- like proteinaceous inclusions are deposited within neurites (Lewy neurites): the disease is not treatable, not curable, and as the patient decline the motor and sensory functions gradually are obliterated until the completely incapacitated victim dies.
From this opening Kane moves into action - a man who has clawed his way to the top of the political heap where he is now surrounded by a staff (Kathleen Robertson, Martin Donovan et al) who assist him in manipulating the election of the next governor of Illinois (Jeff Hephner is his choice).
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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The world of Chicago politics takes another savage beating in the sharp and cynical Starz original series "Boss." Really, the city needs to get an expert PR firm on the case immediately! Any TV show or movie that features Chicago invariably paints its city offices as a hotbed of corruption and malfeasance. But that's okay Chi-Town, I won't hold it against you if it keeps producing top notch entertainment like this unexpectedly rewarding drama. In truth, I had absolutely no interest in following Kelsey Grammar into this den of inequity. I think it's fair to say, that while I think he's talented, Grammar is not a particular favorite of mine. But I'm glad I gave the show a shot. After finding the early episodes intriguing, if somewhat unfocused, "Boss" brought all of its disparate plot threads together in almost operatic fashion to provide some of the year's most intense drama. As all the political machinations, plotting, and back-stabbing reached fever pitch proportions--"Boss" grew into the season's most pleasant (if rather unpleasant) surprises. Filled with great performances, the show recently scored a Golden Globe nomination for Best Drama and one for Grammar as Lead Actor.

Grammar plays Tom Kane, the ruthless mayor of Chicago. He is diagnosed in the first episode with a degenerative neurological condition which he struggles to control and keep a guarded secret. Corrupted by power, Grammar has lost all vestiges of idealism that he might once have had and, in the process, seems to have pushed away those closest to him. Most of the season revolves around the state gubernatorial race as Grammar hopes to oust the current regime with someone more controllable.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Shakespearean August 2, 2012
By zendawg
Format:DVD
Everything about "Boss" is great. I had no idea that Kelsey Grammer is such a fine actor - he's up there with Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman. I'm from Texas and believe that LBJ was the most ruthless politician to ever claw his way to power. Mayor Cain is just as ruthless. But he has enough good qualities and Grammer is such a nuanced actor that we empathize with him, the same as we did for Vito Corleone in The Godfather. The plot is a Shakespearean tragedy like Macbeth or King Lear, the dialogue, photography, cinematography and the supporting cast is wonderful, especially the actors who play the consigliere Ezra Stone, Cain's wife and daughter. There's a scene in the last episode where Cain is standing in front of a mural that I won't describe so as not to spoil it that shows his true character. There's also a hit man that is scary as hell. If you like intelligent, adult drama like The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, and Breaking Bad, you'll love Boss.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Series December 3, 2011
Format:DVD
Boss is an outstanding series, well written, superb acting, leaves one wanting more at the end of each episode. Nothing on Premium Channels can touch it. Having been a loyal viewer of HBO's Soprano Series, Boss is prime to be continued as successfully. I'm anxious for the Premire on dvd to come out soon so I can share it with those who haven't Starz nor who willingly pay $10 a pop to watch it On Demand. My hope is that the series continues to be of the highest quality to date, in my opinion.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The world of Chicago politics takes another savage beating in the sharp and cynical Starz original series "Boss." Really, the city needs to get an expert PR firm on the case immediately! Any TV show or movie that features Chicago invariably paints its city offices as a hotbed of corruption and malfeasance. But that's okay Chi-Town, I won't hold it against you if it keeps producing top notch entertainment like this unexpectedly rewarding drama. In truth, I had absolutely no interest in following Kelsey Grammar into this den of inequity. I think it's fair to say, that while I think he's talented, Grammar is not a particular favorite of mine. But I'm glad I gave the show a shot. After finding the early episodes intriguing, if somewhat unfocused, "Boss" brought all of its disparate plot threads together in almost operatic fashion to provide some of the year's most intense drama. As all the political machinations, plotting, and back-stabbing reached fever pitch proportions--"Boss" grew into the season's most pleasant (if rather unpleasant) surprises. Filled with great performances, the show recently scored a Golden Globe nomination for Best Drama and one for Grammar as Lead Actor.

Grammar plays Tom Kane, the ruthless mayor of Chicago. He is diagnosed in the first episode with a degenerative neurological condition which he struggles to control and keep a guarded secret. Corrupted by power, Grammar has lost all vestiges of idealism that he might once have had and, in the process, seems to have pushed away those closest to him. Most of the season revolves around the state gubernatorial race as Grammar hopes to oust the current regime with someone more controllable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Kelsey Grammer was brilliant in this series
Kelsey Grammer was brilliant in this series! Such depth of character. Truly evil, but yet we felt sorry for him. Not being nominated for an Emmy was a crime.
Published 3 days ago by Renee Rowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Should have been an anthology
The first season is unstoppable, unapologetic, unwavering television. The second season spends its entirety circling only to come back to where the first season ended. Read more
Published 14 days ago by LynchNephalem
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series
Corruption galore. Love this series. Kelsey Grammer is a masterful manipulator. Everyone and everything is fairgame to further his ambitions and love of power. Read more
Published 16 days ago by chadsey1978
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Sorry series ended!
Published 26 days ago by DMoore
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not bad and good service
Published 1 month ago by David E. Mylowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this series. Could not get enough intrigue and corruption.
Published 1 month ago by Marsha Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series.
Published 1 month ago by Gary Allison Sr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
To bad they canceled it. I really liked it.
Published 1 month ago by spork
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb acting.
Pretty amazing acting, especially by Kelsey Grammer. The violence and sex was a bit raw, but not gratuitous. I recommend this series.
Published 2 months ago by C. Pogeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great to work with
Published 2 months ago by nick
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