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Boardwalk Empire: Season 1

Steve Buscemi , Michael Pitt    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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Boardwalk Empire: Complete First Season (DVD)


Boardwalk Empire is one of the most absorbing, riveting, and creepy series ever to hit American TV. Kudos to HBO for giving the creators the budget to re-create 1920s Atlantic City and to hire the amazing cast, which makes Boardwalk Empire one of the best historical crime dramas ever made. In the way that HBO's earlier series The Sopranos created a cast of not-exactly-likable-but-captivating bad guys, Boardwalk Empire paints a grim, gritty picture of Prohibition--and the shrewd, bloodthirsty opportunists who made their fortunes acquiring, and illegally selling, alcohol. Steve Buscemi has the role of a lifetime as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, the county treasurer in Atlantic City--a title that might as well be "Dictator for Life." Thompson is politically savvy enough to cultivate favor with the local League of Women Voters, but he also finds time to build, and rule, the pipeline through which illegal alcohol flows to the budding seaside resort. Buscemi's Thompson is cruel and harsh, which he needs to be to deal with the likes of Al Capone (Stephen Graham). Yet he has a soft spot and cultivates a tender, respectful relationship with a young immigrant widow (the talented Kelly Macdonald). Meanwhile, the Feds are trying to crack down on the illegal booze trade, and a hardheaded federal agent, Nelson Van Alden (played by Michael Shannon), becomes a worthy adversary for Thompson and his posse. But as talented as the cast is, the set design of Boardwalk Empire nearly steals the show. It's as though no detail is too small to re-create, and the effect is one of total immersion. And the writing by Terence Winter (The Sopranos) and guidance of executive producer Martin Scorsese also elevate Boardwalk Empire to a consistent quality virtually unparalleled on American television.

The complete first-season boxed set includes every episode, and so much more. Not to be missed are the making-of featurette, a separate documentary on the creation of the 1920s Boardwalk (on a waterfront stretch of Brooklyn, New York), a feature on the real-life seamy Atlantic City as well as of famed speakeasies in New York and Chicago, audio commentaries, and much more. Boardwalk Empire is absolutely addictive, and a cultural phenomenon to be reckoned with--and not to be missed. We'll drink to that. --A.T. Hurley

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing Dec 13 2011
I didn't know what to expect when I saw the previews. Steve Buscemi is an odd, but interesting actor, and I generally like most of the things that he has done. Well, from the opening chords and intro of the first episode, I knew that this would be something worth watching. With HBO, you know that you are going to probably get something that is pretty decent, but I have to see that this is one of the best series that I have ever seen, and I think the other reviews you'll see will give the show high praise.

I am surprised it has taken so long for the set to come out, nonetheless, a great gift even if it doesn't arrive in time for Christmas!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The boardwalk is where the money's at Aug. 25 2011
Atlantic City, 1920. The war has just ended, Prohibition has just started, and a new breed of criminal is on the rise.

Based on the true-life story of Enoch "Nucky" Johnson, this brilliant HBO series brutally kicks aside any romantic notions we might have had about the flappers'n'bathtub-gin era of American history. It's bloody, sexual, and full of cruel ruthless men who are saved from being TOTALLY despicable by little acts of kindness.

Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (Steve Buscemi) is the unofficial boss of Atlantic City. While officially only the state treasurer, he actually has his fingers in every business in the city -- and now that Prohibition has started, he's also the boss of the bootlegging biz in New Jersey. His creepy brother is the sheriff, so he basically controls the cops as well.

However, his "boardwalk empire" is constantly under threat. His protoge Jimmy (Michael Pitt) is involved in a whiskey robbery that ends up becoming a huge bloody mess, and soon fanatical Prohibition agent Van Allen (Michael Shannon) arrives to uncover what REALLY happened. So now Nucky must fend off the Feds, as well as dealing with a lynched black gangster, boardwalk thefts, the "Celtic Dinner," and weeks of pre-election politicking.

And while all this is going on, Nucky is forced to play hardball with Jimmy, who is now wanted by the New York mob. He also becomes acquainted with Margaret Schroeder (Kelly Macdonald), a lovely young Irish widow who appeals to Nucky in a way his sleazy showgirl mistress does not.

There are only twelve episodes of "Boardwalk Empire Season 1," and somehow that's never quite enough -- they're packed with so much blood, sex, politics, murder, booze and subterfuge that it's dizzying to watch.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see!! Aug. 18 2011
This series should be added to your mobsters' collection. Steve Buscemi is perfect as Nucky Thompson and the rest of the cast is simply captivating (Micheal Pitt's performance needs to be mentionned!). The clothes, decors and music really take you back to the 20's. If American History classes were half this interresting, kids would eat them up! Like most of HBO's series, you won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just keeps getting better! March 14 2014
By Vaio
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Boardwalk Empire is one of those rare shows that get better and better each season and three continues that trend. New characters mixed with the traditional ones makes this series wonderful. After each espoide you can't wait to see the next one! Definitely a must buy if you liked the first two seasons.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Well done as usual HBO! This one is as big as I've seen yet!! By the way, I mean big set, big costumes, big acting, etc. (I'm sure you get the point!) I really enjoyed this series, it's so mesmerizing and grandiose it's almost distracting from the plot and acting at times. The viewer gets so heavily submerged into the 20's you honestly feel like you're living it. I have no complaints about this series, everything from writing to directing is far above my expectations, making this series one that can't be missed! I love how open the storyline is, I can see this series getting really violently "nasty" in the next few seasons. A must for anybody with an appreciation for time periods, "gangster/mob" flicks, or anyone who just enjoys some incredible substantial viewing. It's so good it's an instant classic, hope this helps, enjoy your popcorn!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it Dec 31 2013
By Joanne
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Was everything that I expected. To see all of the famous people and their beginnings into the mobster world was great. The first season give y insight has to what is coming up next season. I have purchased season 2 & 3 so far
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great show March 2 2014
By Bob
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
arrived on time.
this was a gift, so i don't know what extra features it has. great show - first couple seasons of this show are the best.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BOARDWALK Sept. 3 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Thank goodness there's an HBO - no one else would have incurred the
expense of recreating an era in such detail! The sets alone are worthy
of discussion and appreciation!

I agree with everything in the two previous reviews, so why repeat it.

Well done HBO. Nothing will ever replace the Wire, but this stands out
in its own merit.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite
All the right things in all the right places, this show is completely beautiful.
Published 23 days ago by Christa Conway
5.0 out of 5 stars I like it better than breaking bad
I like it better than breaking bad, just required more involvement before the pay off. Great historical accuracy concering wardrobe and setting. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris Fedorchuk
5.0 out of 5 stars the saga is terrific
Fantastic, again
Published 2 months ago by Martha W. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show!
I bought this item because the digital copies were about to expire, and it has turned out to be a fantastic show! I love HBO!
Published 2 months ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great show. Great acting.
Published 2 months ago by Kate
1.0 out of 5 stars I love the series but there is a big BUT
I chose 5 stars because I like the concept and story, when you have great actors, sets and story - what is not to like? Read more
Published 9 months ago by MLD
3.0 out of 5 stars Boardwalk Empire
Same as the Second Season which I already submitted. Too many expletive sex scenes and so very evil.
Stayed with it though and enjoyed getting to know the characters.
Published 10 months ago by Patricia Muylaert
4.0 out of 5 stars Good season lack of action
The play of the actor are exellent and the costumes are great. The story take you back at beginning of Al Capone and Lucky Luciano what is very interesting.
Published 11 months ago by djunes
5.0 out of 5 stars HBO finally does it for me...
I wasn't drawn into True Blood as much as I tried (gave them three seasons before giving up), and I only recently got into Game of Thrones, but I hadn't heard a single thing about... Read more
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