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The Mafia DVD Set

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Dive deep into the dark heart of the mob with this definitive 4-disc set from HISTORY. A sweeping saga of bloodshed, betrayal and big business, The Mafia offers a cold-blooded examination of organized crime in the 20th century, from prohibition to WWII and the Cold War, to JFK s presidency and John Gotti. Get the real story behind the Kennedy connection, see how organized crime infiltrated organized labor, learn how the Mob helped win WWII, and trace the exploits of legendary figures through rare photos, footage and period accounts. From bootlegging to racketeering to murder, from Al Capone and Lucky Luciano to Benjamin Bugsy Siegel, this comprehensive collector s set is a groundbreaking investigation into the origins of the ethnic gangs that turned criminal activities into family enterprises, and a detailed look at some of the mob s most notorious members.

The Mafia provides over ten hours of thrilling and revealing documentaries.

Mafia: The History of the Mob in America, with the episodes
The Prohibition Years
Birth Of The American Mafia
The Kennedys and the Mob
Unions and the Mob
Empire of Crime
Lucky Luciano: Chairman of the Mob
Meyer Lansky: Mob Tycoon
Genovese: Portrait of a Crime Family
Bugsy Siegel
Al Capone and the Machine Gun Massacre
America and the Mob: Wartime Friends
The Gambinos: First Family of Crime

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mafia
  • Directors: History
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: July 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0023Y5452
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,484 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Pork Chop on December 18, 2009
Mafia - The History Of The Mob In America (1993) is essential for
anyone wanting to get a historical grasp of gangsterism in the
USA, without turning to a book. This series aired originally on
the HISTORY channel (digital TV), with Bill Kurtis as host.

The first DVD comprises 3 episodes, running over 45 minutes each,
with professors and book authors commenting on various historical
turning points. There's a modest amount of rare, vintage footage,
mostly assisted by Hollywood movies of the past.

The film is sympathetic to gangsters Jewish, Italian or Irish, for
the simple reason that historically, each group had an axe to
grind, whether it were Gentiles, the Italian central government on
the mainland or the British Orangemen.

It also suggests viewers accept the phenomenon, or at least, be
neutral to it, the argument being that all those gangs did was
meet a demand of the general public for entertainment, alcohol,
narcotics, showgirls, prostitution and gambling. Those are the
ends that the public demanded, and justified the means used to
achieve them (contraband, mayhem, murder, corruption, payoffs,

Booze operations are explained, centering around the independent
but nearby island St Pierre Miquelon, with numerous swift boats
importing goods into the USA under various circumstances. The
Canadian arm of those operations is also mentioned, with a
higher quality of merchandise. The Bahamas and Cuba were
further supply hubs.

There was transportation of goods from the marshes in Delaware to Philadelphia, mainly by truck, although sustaining losses from ambushes to cargo, etc.
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By Thomas P. Mcauliffe on September 9, 2013
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I was slightly disappointed in this particular dvd, there was nothing electronically wrong with it, it played fine, but it wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but I bought it used, at a reasonable price, so, no problem.
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