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  • Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Nick Nolte
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Box set, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2014
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008V90TZI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,506 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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From David Milch (Deadwood, NYPD Blue) and Michael Mann (Public Enemies, Ali), this one-hour drama centers on an intuitive tough guy named Chester “Ace” Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman), who has always been involved with gambling, from bookmaking and money laundering to casino operations. Recently released from prison after three years, he teams with Gus Demitriou (Dennis Farina), his longtime chauffeur and muscle, to craft a complex plan involving the Santa Anita Racetrack in California. As they plot out Ace’s strategy, the pair recruits Turo Escalante (John Ortiz), a successful trainer with a sordid reputation. In the meantime, an old trainer (Nick Nolte) nurtures a possible breakthrough thoroughbred, while a ragtag group of four racetrack groupies band together to try to catch lightning in a bottle – as winners of an elusive Pick Six bet.

Customer Reviews

It had a great ensemble cast of actors.
Carl Davis,Jr.
Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, and Nick Nolte gave great performances and the horses weren't bad either!
M. Dobyns
I like all of the actors but I don't understand what is going on!
Christine

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Kissel on October 25, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on November 28, 2012
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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