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Mandrake: Season 1 & 2

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Product Description

Dare to know Mandrake (Marcos Palmeira), an exciting detective series that follows the life of Paulo Mandrake, the alluring and attractive criminal lawyer from Rio de Janeiro. Specializing in resolving cases of blackmail and extortion, Mandrake is the primary liaison between the lower class of Rio de Janeiro and high society. When Mandrake is not in a bar to seduce a woman, or around the city chasing an enemy, we can find him in the law firm with Wexler (Luis Carlos Miele), a cynic philosopher, and lawyer of 70 years, whom Mandrake regards as a father figure.

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James Bond meets the Rat Pat!! International Emmy Nomination Winner Best Actor - Sao' Paulo Art Critics --Maya Entertainment

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Product Details

  • Actors: Marcos Palmiera, Luis Carlos Meile
  • Directors: Jose' Henrique Fonseca, Arthur Fontes, Andre Barros
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Maya Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 720 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004V2S4Z6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,388 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Flavio Pinto on October 12, 2011
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MANDRAKE is a TV show produced by HBO in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, based on character created by Rubem Fonseca. 13 episodes were produced. The show has violence, nudity, drugs.

This DVD set, released by Maya ent. is a big disappointment. The video quality is really awful and looks like a unprofessional rip from a VHS or a 240p video at youtube. The original aspect ratio is widescreen, but the video is letterboxed, which means the image has black bars above and below it, just to fit a fullscreen TV. If you have a Widescreen TV, the image will suffer some distortion due to the stretching.

Concerning the audio and subtitles, the DVD offers the following options:
- Audio 5.1 portuguese and 2.0 spanish.
- Subtitles in spanish and english.

The show deserves 4 stars, however the video quality is just 1 star - considering the bad transfer and the unprofessional authoring.

There are no featurettes.
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Mandrake is a drama series consisting of 13 episodes each around 45 minutes in length. Mandrake is a lawyer in Rio de Janeiro although in most situations he acts really as a negotiator for his clients. There's alot of sex, violence, nudity and drugs in this programme so it may not suit all tastes.
I had never seen a Brazilian TV series before with English subtitles so this was a first for me. It certainly isn't perfect but it is certainly a good effort. The language spoken is Brazilian Portuguese and all episodes have English subtitles as an option.
Lots of shots of downtown Rio, and the stunning Copacabana and Ipanema beaches makes you want to jump on a plane and head straight there!
Produced in association with HBO, it's worth a try and for around GBP12 or less is certainly worth the spend.
If Mandrake can't get you out of a fix in Rio, then nobody can!
With the Olympics in 2016 and World Cup in 2014, I hope to be able to find some more Brazilian drama similar to this one.
Enjoy!
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This show was released on HBO several years ago, but I never watched it. I didn't know what to make of the commercials, so I didn't pay attention to it. A friend of mine watched it, though, and he loved it. He recommended it to me and told me to get the DVD, so I did, and I have a few things to say about this set.

First, the show is FANTASTIC. It's about a criminal lawyer's life and his less-than-legal side jobs. Being a brazilian production, is quite filled with nudity, and the theme of the show is filled with violence and crimes, drug use, sexual exploits, etc. Definitely not for children, but adults will find it very appealing, specially because, I assure you, it's quite HILARIOUS.

Second, the DVD quality is TERRIBLE. The transfer looks so amateurish you'll swear it was a bootleg product. The video suffers from what's called "postage stamping". That is, instead of using the original widescreen ratio, they used the one that was transferred to fullscreen for TVs and transferred it back to widescreen. The result is that the picture is smaller, fitting inside a black box on your TV. Zooming the picture will help get rid of the black bars, but then the quality of the video will be lower. It's a ridiculous thing, and we shouldn't have to cope with it.

Third, the packaging is a MESS. It looks nice, it opens like a book's folding cover and it has nice pictures, but the plastic holding the discs is a problem. It's ridiculously hard to take a DVD out of its holder without breaking the disc or the holding plastic (the plastic holder for the first disc was already broken when we opened it). Plus, the labeling on the discs is wrong.
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The show is extraordinary, in style and substance. This set has a nice enough box, but the video transfer, letterbox format and overall quality of the DVD is beyond bad.

HBO should be ashamed to release such an excellent work, in such poor shape.

ps. There are two new, movie length episodes that came out in 2013, these are not included.
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I really enjoyed this show. A lot of Brazilian flavor. The heat, the sweat, the flesh, the rhythm... It is far more straight-forward fun than somewhat depressing another Brazilian HBO series "Alice". If promiscuity and depravity disgust you then this show is not for you, but the world where everything is ambiguous is where Mandrake operates and that gives the stories depth.

Prior to buying I was a little worried about the poor reviews on the video quality. Some episodes of "Alice" DVD's from the same publisher were like copied from VHS tapes. I am a low-tech guy, not very fussy about video/sound qualities, and while I agree that Mandrake DVD's video quality is not the best, I don't think it is particularly distracting either. Or it almost feels like it fits the atmosphere of the show: steamy, slightly hazy and smoky (Mandrake loves cigars). Unless you demand the crispest images, you can still enjoy the show like I did.
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Mandrake is a very nice novel that describes a criminal lawyer's 'extra official' works. The character is a romatic description of the "Malandro Carioca" way of life. Beautiful women and the gorgeous scenarios of the Rio de Janeiro city make this series very sexy and attractive!
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