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Luck 1 Season 2012

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Season 1
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3.9 out of 5 stars (1,740) IMDb 7.6/10

Ace Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) and his longtime chauffeur (Dennis Farina) craft a complex plan to reverse the sagging fortunes of a California racetrack in Season 1 of this provocative HBO drama series.

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Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina

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Season 1
1. Pilot
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(Series Premiere) Out of prison after three years, 'Ace' Bernstein and his aide/chauffeur Gus Demitriou plot a purchase to reverse the sagging fortunes of a famous racetrack; meanwhile, four gamblers at the track pool their money to make a Pick Six bet.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 58 minutes Release date: December 11, 2011
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2. Episode 2

Ace shows off his famous temper during a meeting with a possible investor; Although Marcus is weary about flaunting his newfound wealth, his three partners have no such qualms; Mr. Walter enlists Ronnie Jenkins as the mount for his prized thoroughbred.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 55 minutes Release date: January 29, 2012
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3. Episode 3

Ace enlists a cocky young whiz kid named Nathan Israel in his plans. Walter decides to enter his colt, Gettin' up Morning, in his first race, but loses Ronnie as his rider when the jockey takes a tumble.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: February 12, 2012
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4. Episode 4

Jerry's pals look to pry him away from his gambling nemesis. Ace approaches his one-time partner Michael Smythe in the racetrack venture. Walter settles on Rosie as his jockey, but her euphoria is tempered by Leon's not making weight.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: February 19, 2012
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5. Episode 5

Ace forces Escalante to swap out Leon for a more experienced jockey. Marcus fears for his health, while Kagle returns from a bender. Ace gives Claire a lucky check, and the two head to the track with Gus to watch Pint of Plain's memorable debut.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: February 26, 2012
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6. Episode 6

Ace pitches his deal to buy a piece of the racetrack, while Smythe flips Israel into an informant; Joey's depression turns lethal while Leon sweats his finish, as does Rosie.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: March 4, 2012
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7. Episode 7

Ace and Claire tour a prison outreach horse farm; Jerry attempts to win his way into a poker tournament; Lonnie goes solo to claim another Escalante horse; Ronnie and Rosie vie for the same mount.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: March 11, 2012
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8. Episode 8

Ace ices out Smythe, DiRossi and Cohen as partners in the racetrack deal, but Smythe has other ideas; Walter's horse and Ace and Gus' horse head for a major-race showdown; Leon's loss ends up being Rosie's gain.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: March 18, 2012
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9. Episode 9

(Season One Finale) Two prized colts go head-to-head in a million-dollar showdown; Ace receives an unexpected visitor; Renzo's mom joins the Degenerates to watch their horse in his biggest race yet.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: March 25, 2012
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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on October 12, 2012
Format: DVD
HBO's prestige piece "Luck" was easily one of the year's most anticipated dramas. Its creator David Milch had been responsible for some groundbreaking shows including "NYPD Blue" and "Deadwood." Film legend Michael Mann (director of Heat among many other great pictures) was also a driving force behind the scenes. And with Dustin Hoffman (not to mention Nick Nolte) stepping into television to take a leading role, expectations were through the roof with this pedigree of talent. The real life story of "Luck," however, made more of a noise than the actual program. Though the show opened to generally favorable, but cautious, press--the viewership numbers didn't exactly ignite a ratings maelstrom. Juggling dozens of peripheral characters, "Luck" was best appreciated by an adult audience with patience and fortitude. Its methodical pacing was a challenge to some and as various plot threads wound around each other, the early episodes seemed to lack a dramatic imperative. HBO backed Milch and Hoffman with an immediate second season approval, however, and yet this sophomore season was scrapped even as its filming was underway. The show suffered real life tragedy when horses (three in total) were injured and had to be put down during production. Responding to outside pressures about safety, HBO pulled the plug to an estimated cost of $35 million.

It's a shame that things came to a conclusion the way they did, the show was really kicking into high gear by the end of these nine episodes (presented here in 4 disc Blu-ray or DVD sets). As "Luck" begins, Hoffman as Chester "Ace" Bernstein is being released from prison. The generally underrated Dennis Farina plays his right hand man, and the two have concocted a scheme where Farina would buy a prize winning horse as a front for his boss.
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David Milch is a great American artist. His previous work on Deadwood is an integral piece of the Golden Age of Television, in which we are currently living. No other TV writer can conjure the sense of community that Milch is able to evoke. The unforgettable scenes, the unique dialogue, and the complete, knowable characters are what made Deadwood great, and those ingredients have all been transplanted from a Black Hills frontier town to a California horseracing track. Having spent much of his life around the racetrack, Luck is the series Milch was born to create, and these 9 episodes are a must-own for any viewer who wants to see TV at its finest.

The story of Luck focuses on the Santa Anita racetrack and its inhabitants, from the high-rollers to the denizens. While a knowledge of horse racing certainly helps, it is not essential, as a close-watching of the show reveals all the necessary information. In the first of three parallel storylines, Ace Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) has just finished a 3-year jail sentence and is putting together a plan for revenge against the associates that set him up. With a rigged jackpot payed out to his loyal driver Gus (Dennis Farina), Ace is able to be the silent owner of the promising racehorse, Pint of Plain. Meanwhile, a foursome of degenerate gamblers, led by handicappers Marcus (Kevin Dunn) and Jerry (Jason Gedrick) put together a bet that could change their lives, and grizzled trainer Walter (Nick Nolte) begins to make waves with his untested new horse, Getting Up Mornin. These various threads are knitted together throughout the season, and the world of the track gets progressively larger, growing to include trainers, jockeys, agents, and veterinarians, all individually flawed and recognizable human beings.
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LUCK was a really great HBO show headed up and produced by Dustin Hoffman, with Dustin heading up a stellar cast including Dennis Farina. Although the cover proclaims this as the complete first season, it is in fact the complete series, because the series was cut short due to the tragic loss of 3 Horses during the filming of the 1st season. The animal rights folks went after HBO with a vengence, forcing them to shut down further production of the series,(something that to my knowledge has never happened to HBO before). There was nothing wrong with the story line and had the problem with horses not occured, they were well on their way to a 2nd season and possibly beyond that. Needless to say, although this is only one season, it is well worth buying and owning. Although it did not go beyond that, the way they ended the first season gives you at least a little closer and I think HBO owes that to Dustin Hoffman who went out of his way to make sure it closed out as best he could. ALso take note that there may be a couple of episodes included that might not have ever been shown on HBO, I only mention this as a rumor, as I heard that this may be the case. Since I don't own the finish product yet. This is a Pre-order item on Amazon and is said to be released on 27 November of this year, and yes I did pre-order it, and I watched every episode that HBO showed. Those of you who are interested in this product, might also want to give "ALCATRAZ" a look (another one that only made it through the first season, but had a strong story line)Alcatraz: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]to be released on 16 October and "TERRA NOVA", Terra Novaalready available.
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