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  • Actors: Ken Bell, Bloodhound, Antonio Villaraigosa, Michael Michalak, Roger Tilling
  • Writers: Greg Scott
  • Producers: Dan Tyrrell, Greg Scott, Ian Wagner, Jessie Rogowski, Steven Feinartz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 611 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012XIGXC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,258 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gangland: Season 1" on IMDb

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This series tells the insider story of some of America's most notorious street gangs. We learn how they've shaped their times and affected the neighborhoods that they controlled. From the destruction wrought by the heroin kingpins in Harlem of the 1970's to today's most dangerous gang MS-13, which has spread out from the inner city to infect unexpected turf - suburban communities, gangs have a rich yet deadly history. They usually start out as a form of protection for their members and the community but then, grow predatory as they feed on the very people that they purport to defend. With exclusive interviews and rarely seen footage, this is a raw look at life inside these gangs - from those who live it and the agencies that are working to stop them.

Customer Reviews

The series provided great insight into the world of gangs.
Peter
Very good, didn't realize how bad gangs are in the country, it blew my mind the kind of things these people will do.
David
Its no longer "shocking", in regard to the particularly vile crimes they commit, but its STILL outrageous.
ThorBjorn

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Russell A. Rohde MD on September 28, 2008
Format: DVD
"Gangland: The Complete Season One (2007)", 4 disc set, A&E Home Video, Dist. by NEWVIDEO. ISBN 1-4229-0949-2. English, Color, 611 min.

This 4 disc DVD set provides more than 611 min. (extras)of over 10 hrs. of color video, mostly excellent quality footage, with narrated soundtrack and much original recordings of gang members, police and victims interacting. Each disc contains 3 to 4 topics dealing with Gangland culture and these include American Gangster Harlem, You Rat-You Die (MS-13), Mexican Mafia & LA County, Hells Angels, Race Wars (Latino vs Afro-American, Kings of New York, Chicago's Black P. Stones, Skinheads, Chicago's Ganster City, La Nuestra (Blood In-Blood Out), Basic Training (USAF skills), Blood Oath (Racism), Root of All Evil (100,000 member MS-13 in America).

Overall, this compendium of gangland footage is especially meaningful if you've had basic introduction into the culture of gangs via more recent publications as "A World of Gangs", The Gangs of Los Angeles" or "The Mexican Mafia" and are familiar with the deep-seated cultural aspects of street and prison gangs: their codes, signing, dress style, graffito, ghettos, rap music, drugs, and their allegiances.

Interestingly, if one were to confines one's knowledge of gangs to what is available in the press or radio, one would be almost totally uninformed and misinformed and naive on the subject. These DVDs are not a substitute for researched books on gangs but is a satisfying complement - and we are privy to seeing the youthfulness of its members, 'signing' of gangs, phlethora of tattoos and ghetto conditions that often, but not always, precedes gangland activity. There is some erratic edition of certain film clips which leads to some redundancy, but overall this is a relatively minor fault, but caused me to drop it by one star in rating.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Greg A. Tirevold VINE VOICE on May 11, 2009
Format: DVD
The series is interesting in that it shows a life that most viewers have little idea about. The interviews with involved members, both inside and outside of prison paints a grim picture of the lifestyle that is tough to live but easy to glamorize.

When I watched the first season DVDs over a weekend I really began to notice the repeated use of some stock footage and audio. I realize that in a "documentary" style often they have to stretch still photos into moving images and use sound effects to liven things up but I think some are overused. I don't remember it being bothersome when episodes are watched individually over a longer period of time however so depending on your viewing habits you might not be bothered.

Many of the gangs are simply copy-cats of each other and therefore some of the episodes became rather blahh as a result. I would have rather had an episode or two on generic gang topics like how they acquire weapons and drugs to perhaps tags and symbology interpreted for a change of pace. As it is this series is sort of like a Who's-Who index of gangs rather than a look at the broader picture and what traits many of these groups share and why.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ervin Griffin on October 9, 2008
Format: DVD
I saw a few episodes when it first started on the HD version of The History Channel. The first episode I ever saw was called "Kings Of New York" and it was on the Latin Kings street gang that originated out of the midwest and spread to New York.

The things that I saw in that special I can't print here! As terrifying as it was to me, I couldn't stop watching. I've seen other episodes of this series and it reveals things about gangs that I never knew. If all you think of street gangs is a bunch of hoodlums with no intelligence and are just troublemakers, then I would DOUBLY recommend this series! While this series won't change the world, it'll make you have a better prespective of what these gangs are about. I've seen horror movies that weren't as scary as the things shown here.

I will say up front it does contain language and some disturbing scenes so if you are the Bible thumping type or if you get offended easily, then don't watch this series. Kind of sad in a way though since some of the information revealed here could actually save a life!

Anyway, great series but not for the weak of heart.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ThorBjorn on September 15, 2011
Format: DVD
I saw some episodes of this on The History Channel...
Then I found the whole series on DVD.

...This is a collection of short documentaries featuring all manner of criminal gangs that infect OUR NATION like a foul disease. The presentation is a bit flambouyant and sensational, but its all based on ACTUAL EVENTS in the news. There is a plentiful array of actual film of these dregs, ...mostly surveillance-camera or police-footage, ...or the even film taken from the gangs as evidence. Yes, they are stupid enough to film their own crimes!

I follow the news rather closely, wherever I've lived, and the SAME type of people stand out REPEATEDLY, week after week. Its no longer "shocking", in regard to the particularly vile crimes they commit, but its STILL outrageous. Most people tend to ignore it, ...and thats stupid. Be aware of whats moving into YOUR neighborhood.

In general, the "people" featured here are just tattoo-encrusted ghetto-garbage and trailer-trash. These inferior and atavistic specimens of "humanity" are merely the feces of the species, nothing more. They generally target ONLY DEFENSELESS VICTIMS. Anyone who has had to deal directly with this particularly vulgar element realizes that NONE of them are really "tough", ...especially when its one-against-one. There is a reason that such "people" congregate in numbers, ...they are simply depraved cowards who need the safety of the herd.

A sample of whats on Disc #1:
-Two dirt-bags became the biggest heroin-dealers in New York City in the 1970s, ...mainly Harlem. The locals regarded these two degenerates as "heros", ...you know, the guys who became wealthy by exploiting their own neighbors by feeding their drug-addictions.
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