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Boardwalk Empire: Season 1 Box Set (5 Discs)

Released on 09 January 2012

Featuring: Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt & Kelly Macdonald

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years & over

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From Terence Winter, Emmy Award-winning writer of The Sopranos, and Academy Award Winning Director Martin Scorsese, Boardwalk Empire is set in Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition, when the sale of alcohol became illegal throughout the United States.

America in 1920. The Great War is over, Wall Street is about to boom and everything is for sale, even the World Series. It is a time of change when women are getting the vote, broadcast radio is introduced, and young people rule the world.

On the beach in southern New Jersey sits Atlantic City, a spectacular resort known as "The World's Playground," a place where rules don't apply. Massive hotels line its famous Boardwalk, along with nightclubs, amusement piers and entertainment to rival Broadway. For a few dollars, a working man can get away and live like a king - legally or illegally.

The undisputed ruler of Atlantic City is the town's Treasurer, Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, (Steve Buscemi) a political fixer and backroom dealer who is equal parts politician and gangster and equally comfortable in either role. Because of its strategic location on the seaboard, the town is a hub of activity for rum-runners, minutes from Philadelphia, hours from New York City and less than a day's drive from Chicago. And Nucky Thompson takes full advantage.

Along with his brother Elias (Shea Whigham), the town's Sheriff, and a crew of Ward Bosses and local thugs, Nucky carves out a niche for himself as the man to see for any illegal alcohol. He is an equal opportunity gangster, doing business with Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg), Big Jim Colosimo (Frank Crudele), Lucky Luciano, (Vincent Piazza) and Al Capone (Stephen Graham).

As the series begins, Nucky's former protégé and driver Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) returns home from the Great War, eager to get ahead and reclaim his rightful place in Nucky's organisation. But when Jimmy feels things aren't moving quickly enough, he takes matters into his own hands, forming a deadly alliance with some associates of Nucky's that set the Feds, led by Agent Van Alden (Michael Shannon) on his mentor's tail. Complicating matters further is Nucky's burgeoning relationship with Margaret Schroeder, (Kelly Macdonald) a local woman in an abusive marriage whom he tries to help out.

The show also stars Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire) as Chalky White, the leader of the city's African-American community; Gretchen Mol as showgirl Gillian; Dabney Coleman as Nucky's mentor The Commodore; and Paz de la Huerta as Nucky's girlfriend Lucy.

Created by Terence Winter, Boardwalk Empire is executive produced by Terence Winter, Martin Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg. Gene Kelly is co-executive producer; Rudd Simmons is producer. Directed by Martin Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Jeremy Podeswa, Alan Taylor and Allen Coulter. The series is written by Terence Winter, Lawrence Konner, Howard Korder, Tim Van Patten, Paul Simms, Margaret Nagle, Steve Kornacki and Meg Jackson.

Boardwalk Empire is inspired by portions of the non-fiction book "Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City" by Nelson Johnson.
  • Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By purchasing this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age and over.
  • Audio Commentaries
  • Making Boardwalk Empire
  • Creating the Boardwalk
  • Atlantic City: The Original Sin City
  • Speakeasy Tour

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 Average rating (9 reviews)

 The Headliner....

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Boardwalk Empire is a fictional story made up with factual events and characters about the life of Nucky Thompson, the undisputed ruler of Atlantic City and a man that dabbled in Politics and Crime! Like The Sopranos this show is slowly paced and enables the viewer to become familiar with the characters. Theres a interesting story and some great acting from a variety of actors. Also good to see Kelly Macdonald (Trainspotting) and Stephen Graham (Made In England). If you enjoy Millers Crossing, One Upon A Time In America, Sopranos and other Crime / Gangster Movies / Shows you will probably like this. As far a tv productions go his is the one i have enjoyed the most in a while. Compulsive Viewing.

 Has Enough Going for It but its Not the Sopranos

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Coming from HBO Boardwalk Empire focuses on Atlantic City in the 1920s. Prohibition has just come into effect and the city's corrupt treasurer Nucky Thompson, seeing a business opportunity, begins working to tighten his already firm grip on the city. Unfortunately for Nucky he will have to deal with equally violent rivals and determined FBI prohibition agents if he is to succeed.

Being created by Terence Winter Boardwalk Empire is always going to be compared to masterpiece that was The Sopranos. In this regard the first season is certainly lacking in the emotional complexity and tight script that made The Sopranos the show it was with some of the violence and sexual scenes not always feeling essential to the plot.

Despite this Boardwalk Empire does have enough going for it to forge its own identity and by the series end it was safe to say it that it had earned its early season 2 renewal. Being a character based drama it obviously relied heavily on its cast and it was here that this opening season really excelled. Lead by the always excellent Steve Buscemi the supporting cast were equally as successful at bringing the characters and plots to life and ensuring audiences stayed tuned in.

While Boardwalk Empire hasn't exactly reinvented the gangster genre it is has certainly shown enough potential to bring me back for another watch next year.

 Has Enough Going for It but its Not the Sopranos

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Coming from HBO Boardwalk Empire focuses on Atlantic City in the 1920s. Prohibition has just come into effect and the city's corrupt treasurer Nucky Thompson, seeing a business opportunity, begins working to tighten his already firm grip on the city. Unfortunately for Nucky he will have to deal with equally violent rivals and determined FBI prohibition agents if he is to succeed.

Being created by Terence Winter Boardwalk Empire is always going to be compared to masterpiece that was The Sopranos. In this regard the first season is certainly lacking in the emotional complexity and tight script that made The Sopranos the show it was with some of the violence and sexual scenes not always feeling essential to the plot.

Despite this Boardwalk Empire does have enough going for it to forge its own identity and by the series end it was safe to say it that it had earned its early season 2 renewal. Being a character based drama it obviously relied heavily on its cast and it was here that this opening season really excelled. Lead by the always excellent Steve Buscemi the supporting cast were equally as successful at bringing the characters and plots to life and ensuring audiences stayed tuned in.

While Boardwalk Empire hasn't exactly reinvented the gangster genre it is has certainly shown enough potential to bring me back for another watch next year.

 Not great

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I watched every episode of season 1 and always felt it never really got going. It lacks the humour, intellegence and subtlety of something like the Sorpranos. Always found myself getting bored- I don't care what happens to the characters as they are never really developed. Everyone plays the same mood every episode- they are very 1 dimentional and as such I struggled to care about them. Angry cop is always angry, the moody youth is always moody, the exasperated gangster is always the same. The story/plot is slow and feels quite confused- jumps around a lot (not in a good way!). Would not buy this, just watch on TV.

 Excellent

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A brilliant first step for what is surely the most widely acclaimed HBO drama since the Sopranos. However it is fairly inferior to the second season which is absolutely mind blowing.

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ActorsSteve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Aleksa Palladino, Michael Stuhlbarg, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza, Paz de la Huerta & Michael K. Williams
Certificate18 years and over
Year2010
ScreenWidescreen
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Additional LanguagesFrench; Castilian; Czech; Hungarian; Polish
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired; French; Castilian; Czech; Hungarian; Polish; Dutch; Croatian; Danish; Finnish; Greek; Hebrew; Norwegian; Portugese; Romanian; Slovenian; Swedish; Turkish
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.