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Gangland: Season 1

4.2 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

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.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mike Hefley, Rahul Thakkar, Martin Cox, Tim Zaal, Joe Roy
  • Writers: Greg Scott
  • Producers: Dan Tyrrell, Greg Scott, Ian Wagner, Jessie Rogowski, Mike Schmiedeler
  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 611 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012XIGXC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,060 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gangland: Season 1" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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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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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Very well made series. Each episode is focused on a different gang, inclusing interviews from current members, former members, aswell as the law enforcement agencys attached to investigating that gang. Definately some parts that may be hard to watch for some people, it is an understatement to say that this contains violence. My only 2 issues with this show is that it was made for people that watch 1 episode at a time, if you plan to sit down and watch a few in a row, you will find it gets repetative. Aswell, the first season is the best one by far, contains all the major gangs, the show kind of goes downhill from there, but thats not to say it gets worse, just not as good as the first season. I grew up in a very gang dominated city and throught i knew a fair ammount about gangs, apparently i was wrong. This series is a definate eye-opener.
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I love the gangland series. I got this for myself after having been a fan of the series when it aired on the HIstory Channel. I had never seen any of the shows in this season, but I love them. It is very educational, but good for just sitting back and watching as well.
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I 'm from a small country town who had to move to a large metropolis decades ago just to find work and raise a family. Gradually, I've watched the gang situations and crime and violence get worse over time. With different kinds of ethnic gangs popping up everywhere. This series allows "normal " people the chance to finally learn something about the origins, tactics, beliefs, etc. about various gangs. The series has interviews with current and former gang members, as well as law enforcement. It also gets very bloody and pulls no punches. Be warned! This series is adult material. If my son was still a teenager living at home I would make him watch this series to warn him. The show itself sometimes has background noise and music that occasionally make it difficult to hear what people are saying. I am grateful that such a show exists for regular people to learn about the gangs in their neighborhood. Highly recommended!!!!!!
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Vicious and brutal -- describes many of the characters in individual shows. This is not for a light hearted feel good romp through TV land. The hook for me was that I know so little about career criminals and the world of gangs. It's the same old story for most of it -- money, jealousy, paranoia, power, and drugs -- but is satisfying in that they always get busted, and the how is always interesting.
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