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Carnivale: The Complete First Two Seasons


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  • Actors: Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Patrick Bauchau, Clancy Brown, Debra Christofferson
  • Directors: Alan Taylor, Alison Maclean, Dan Lerner, Jack Bender, Jeremy Podeswa
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Russian
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 2, 2011
  • Run Time: 1440 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FL7C8C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,708 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Carnivale: The Complete First Two Seasons" on IMDb

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Carnivale: The Complete Seasons 1-2 (DVD) (2-Pack)

Customer Reviews

I loved this series and was left wanting more!
Brew
This HBO series was extremely well written and well made with a wonderful cast and perfect sets.
Ferdy
Set in the Dustbowl era of America's past, this tale is of the battle between good & evil.
Benjamin Arias

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Format: DVD
Easily as eliptic, complex and mysterious as "Twin Peaks" with more magic in its soul "Carnivale" only lasted two seasons on HBO because the witless suits didn't have the imagination to see the value the series added to their schedule. Keep in mind these are the same folks that also cancelled their second most watched series "Deadwood" after having already renewed if for a third.

Set during the 1934 dustbowl we first meet the ragtag members of the Carnivale as they pass through Oklahoma. Ben Hawkins (Nick Stahl) mother has just died. His home is about to be bulldozed and the dust storms that struck the midwest rage incessantly. Jonesy (Tim DeKay)the head roustabout stands up to those about to destroy Hawkins home and helps him bury his mom as do the other members of the carnival. Suddenly their family whether Hawkins likes it or not.

It seems Hawkins has the ability to heal others and perform miracles. He's a lost soul in denial of his abilities and focused on discovering who he is. Across the U.S. in California Preacher Brother Justin Crowe (Clancy Brown "The Shawshank Redemption" and Mr. Crabs in "Spongebobsquarepants")discovers he has a similar gift but through circumstances beyond his control this fire and brimstone preacher who wants to do good loses his faith in God and finds himself on a very different path from the uncommunicative, uncertain Hawkins. The two men are linked both by their abilities and a series of dreams. "Carnivale" gives us their stories as they discover whether they are good or evil and find a place in the world for who they are as well as who they become.

Featuring an excellent cast (Michael J.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Old School but Kicking on January 13, 2007
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To me this was the absolute finest production ever made for television/cable and because "only" several million totally devoted viewers could not get HBO to finish the four or five year series, we are left with two and will never know where this journey could have taken us all. It is magnificent but it is painful to watch because you know that it is unfinished "business." I for one have never watched HBO again because to make the time and emotional investment in Carnivale that so many of us made only to hear we didn't count, says to me that they can and most likely will do the same thing again.

HBO seems to thrive on super violent material that is laced with meaningless four letter words. The actors on _The Sopranos_ certainly have a payroll that out does the production costs of Carnivale yet maybe there is no room even on cable for works of complexity that demand that viewers think.

So buy it and yes, HBO owns it and will profit - but just this one last time. They abused their trust and far be it from me to ever again add to their coffers.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Weatherman VINE VOICE on June 24, 2007
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Why HBO didn't renew this series, I'll never know. It's based back in the "dust bowl" era of America with a boy in a traveling circus and a preacher gone evil. It deals with the power to heal, good vs evil, and more. Carnivable was based in a time of nobility. However man created wonder for reason. And the show takes you back to that time of wonder and after each episode you think back to that time of nobility.

A very well made series! But why didn't HBO keep going with it????
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Murphy on June 28, 2010
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I'm always slightly behind the curve when it comes to appreciating a cult show like CARNIVALE. (I didn't start watching OZ until it had been on for years and then watched 3 seasons in one week.)

The most strikingly thing about CARNIVALE is how the cast is a pitch-perfect mix of character actors, unknowns and modestly famous celebs. Anytime you see Clancy Brown AND Amy Madigan AND Patrick Bauchau in the same cast credits, you know it will be good! Cynthia Ettinger is flawless as the world-weary stripper/prostitute who falls painfully in love with Tim McKay's heroic Jonesy. Nick Stahl and Clea DuVall are both outstanding as young characters already damaged by Depression-era lives and relentless bad luck. Michael J. Anderson deftly plays the leader of the troupe as he walks a tightrope between deception and power.

Show creator Daniel Knauf apparently struggled for years to make it as a teleplay writer and then when the first season of CARNIVALE was completed had to struggle again to convince HBO to make the second season. Knauf currently writes for SPARTACUS BLOOD & SAND.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA creator Ronald D. Moore was an exec producer on the first season of CARNIVALE and he has said he was very sad when it was canceled after two seasons.

The set and costume design (which won several Emmys and was nominated for at least a dozen) is flawless. You can almost feel the dust and dirt on your face in several scenes. The economic and cultural desperation resonates in the show as we watch victims of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl wander across a sun-blasted American West in search of any sort of salvation.

Watch CARNIVALE and be amazed.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David A. Stein on August 16, 2009
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Carnivale is a unique Television experience that I would recommend to anyone. That is the short version of my review. But let us look at why I state this. Prior to actually watching the show, I had no idea what it was about, save for the fact that I vaguely remember the show being broadcast on HBO. But I had thought that the show was entirely about carnies and to me that did not sound appealing. For awhile I continued to avoid this show, until about 3 months ago when I finally broke down and made the purchase. I had been reading the various reviews on how great of a show this was and how it had died early. The current price for both seasons is a steal!!

When they finally arrived at my house I had no idea what I was about to get myself into. Ripping the plastic cover off season 1, I placed the first cd into my dvd player and began to workout. For me the best time to watch TV shows was during a good bike ride. The initial opening sequence was gripping and my bike ride soon became of secondary importance.

Two days later I had watched both seasons and I did not want to leave the world of Carnivale. Watching how Daniel Knauf intertwined the two stories of Ben Hawkins (good) and Brother Justin Crowe (evil) was fascinating. But what was even more intriguing was the constant struggle between good and evil. Although this was a "basic" struggle, what Mr. Knauf succeeded in doing was showing how both characters were corrupted by their surroundings and the events that took place. Both characters were prisoners of Mr. Knauf's story and as such, were destined to become enemies. These characters were very real and at times I found myself immersed in their stories. Call me crazy, but I felt as if I were living in the world of Carnivale. That is how good this series is and why I recommend it to everyone.
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