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Magic City: Season 1 [Blu-ray] (2012)

Jeffrey Dean Morgan , Olga Kurylenko , Ed Bianchi , Simon Cellan Jones  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, Steven Strait, Jessica Marais, Christian Cooke
  • Directors: Ed Bianchi, Simon Cellan Jones
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • 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: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2012
  • Run Time: 419 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007PTCRIW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,894 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Magic City: Season 1 [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Miami Beach, 1959. As Ike Evans rings in the New Year at his luxurious Miramar Playa Hotel, Havana falls to Castro’s rebels. It’s a turbulent time in Miami, but it’s THE place to be. The Kennedys, the mob and the CIA all hold court here. And Ike, he’s the star of his hotel. But everything comes at a price. To finance his dream, he sold his soul to mob boss Ben “The Butcher” Diamond. Ike’s wife Vera, a former showgirl, and his three kids think he’s an honorable man, but he can’t break his pact with the devil. His life is a façade. In fact, nothing at the Miramar Playa is what it seems. By day, it’s diving clowns and cha-cha lessons. By night, escorts have secret liaisons with husbands in the family cabanas, while Miami’s seedier residents and the law drift together to hear legendary singers, musicians and comics. As Ike’s world threatens to implode, he fights for his family, and the Miramar Playa, in Magic City.

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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
On the surface, the Starz original drama "Magic City" would seem to have everything. It's not hard to imagine the pitch when creating this adult oriented mob drama: Let's combine the period detail that works so well in "Mad Men" with the gritty gangster vibe that made "The Sopranos" such a success. I'd like to say that I made up these comparisons, but both were used in the aggressive advertising campaign that Starz used to launch the show (so clearly it's a side-by-side that they are comfortable with). But that's part of the problem. Instead of crafting a unique product to wow the audience, "Magic City" is covering some pretty familiar territory with its central themes. The primary plot points are so similar to dozens of other mob related stories that it's almost impossible not to make comparisons. Don't get me wrong, there are tons of great elements within "Magic City" and I think it has the potential (should it return) to develop into something quite grand. As of Season One, though, it is a show that is still finding its way dramatically.

The story of "Magic City" takes place in Miami Beach circa 1959. Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a visionary hotelier, has just opened the exclusive Miramar Hotel. It's a tumultuous time. Evans is combating an underworld business partner (a great Danny Huston), fending off inquiries from the District Attorney's office, dealing with a crisis in Cuba, opposing unionization, and dealing with a family that all share responsibilities within the resort. It's a great environment for drama. Add that the hotel features talent such as Sinatra (not shown) and hosts gala events for Jackie Kennedy (not shown), and it's an incredible world mixing fact with fiction.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Love, Love May 30, 2012
Format:DVD
I'm slightly obsessed with this era anyway, so add great storylines and JDM and I'm sold! One of the things I love most is how they've added in historical figures without actually showing them. It gives the show more mystique. If you tried to show them, the Kennedys for instance, it would be very hard to pull off so it speaks to the show's credit that they involve these characters the way they do. An amazing show and my new favorite!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MIAMI AND THE MOB November 13, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
Once more cable TV sets out to make a series that hopes to deliver high class drama with low class subject matter. It's something they've come to do well for the most part but not always as effectively as they'd like. This time around the series revolves around the Miami hotel circuit near the end of the fifties and into the sixties, displaying the desire of Hollywood execs to try and capitalize off the success of other shows once more. Once MAD MEN took off and became a hit, suddenly everyone wanted to revisit the early 60s. The network series about Hugh Hefner and the Playboy Empire floundered shortly after it aired and PAN AM didn't even make it through the first season. So how does MAGIC CITY stand?

The story revolves around Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a man who struggled from the bottom to get to the top. The owner and main driving force behind the Miramar Hotel on the famous beach does whatever he can to make his business succeed. Unfortunately that includes becoming involved with the mob in the form of boss Ben Diamond (Danny Huston).

The time is ripe for mob influence as well with Castro coming into power in Cuba and their hotels/casinos there being lost. They not only want to be involved in the hotels in Miami, they want to take ownership of them from behind the scenes. It's the only way they can with the FBI looking over their shoulder.

Ike sees the potential that the hotels in Miami have. He sees it as more than a simple place to rest yourself on the road to somewhere. This is a resort town in the making with the potential of casinos and high class entertainment much like Vegas which was developing at the same time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! October 31, 2012
By Mezaone
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
A must see! If you like the gangster genre, this show is for you! Great acting, great storyline, great looking women! Can't beat that!
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28 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So far so good.... April 6, 2012
Format:DVD
Obviously the S1 is not out but I have seen the first 3 or 4 episodes.

I like the series VERY much. It's a period piece...late 50's and onward.

The background..clothing...cars...furniture all look fantastic.

All the actors do a great job.

This series has EVERTHING...including Mob characters....and people that swim with the fishies .

Kind of timely considering Man Men is also out there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watched the entire season in one night. November 4, 2012
By Besty
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My husband and I pulled an all-nighter because we couldn't quit watching. I highly recommend this first season. The second season is suppose to be back on Starzs in January, 2013 and I can't wait. Great cast, very well acted.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic City in my living room...WONDERFUL. November 3, 2012
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Magic City was wonderful. It took me all of one evening to see and enjoy it very much. Looking forward to season 2.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More good than bad October 28, 2012
Format:DVD
I suspect that the inspiration of this show is "Mad Men" and perhaps "Boardwalk Empire" in that it centers around a picturesque time (just as the Kennedy-Camelot was about to start) and in a scenic area (Miami Beach). Another similarity is that the show centers around a "man with a dream" in this case, Ike Evans (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who runs the oh, so photogenic hotel that is the epicenter of the show.

There are pluses and minuses to "Magic City"

On the plus side:

-Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a charismatic and sympathetic lead as the hotelier, who has essentially made a deal with the devil.

-John Huston plays the villain, Ben Diamond, with a creepy languid menace

-The 1950s of Miami Beach is vividly brought back to life both in terms of scenery and background.

-The women in the show are gorgeous and stunningly dressed.

On the minus side:

-The actors playing the sons of Ike are pretty much non-entities (vapid pretty boys).

-Some of the plot-lines are truly predictable (like when one of Ike's sons starts sleeping with Diamond's wife and takes "souvenir" photos of their relationship...is it any great surprise that those photos fall into the wrong hands?

-Some of the sex scenes are pretty gratuitous.

With this said, I'm looking forward to next season, but not with the same anticipation that I'd have over "Boardwalk Empire" or "Breaking Bad."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not overly impressed
Bought for Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Not overly impressed with the show, to tell the truth. Too much like a soap opera and the younger leads come off as just not very bright.
Published 2 days ago by Marty Byerley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great TV show!
I have watched this show on TV with my husband quite a few times. However, I never went back to the very beginning. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Susan Duschatko
4.0 out of 5 stars magic city was not given enough time
I think magic city would have been a good movie if given enough time. it had a good story line.
Published 27 days ago by hollywood
4.0 out of 5 stars Magic City Creates Film Noir Magic
Magic City imparts that feeling for the time that was. History and glamour rolled into one. And a great story as well!
Published 28 days ago by Lynda J. Franka
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelente!
Best ever
Excelente serie una pena q la cancelaran en la segunda temporada. No se en q estaba pensando starz
Published 1 month ago by Diego Bouquet
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic City: Season 1...
Magic City is a great show...although I am just now writing a review for a cancelled cable series. I can still weigh
in with my positive review for this series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. S. HARDEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the show, not sure why the canceled it :(
I bought the first season for my mom so she could watch it before watching the second season on her cable. She loved it as much as I did, and the price couldn't be beat. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JD
2.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous
Jew motel owner supposedly runs a " straight shop ". But he ex torts and blackmails to get his way. He enlist the Jew mob boss to get his way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. B. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic City Indeed
The grand set featured in this series (The Miramar Playa Hotel) seems so stunningly authentic--if you’re old enough to remember how the world looked and felt in 1959. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Whitney
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Magic City is well done and enjoy the acting. One of my favorite TV shows. I will look forward to additional seasons.
Published 1 month ago by C Richard Parr
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