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Banshee - HBO Season 1 [DVD] [2013]

Antony Starr , Ivana Milicevic    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Sep 2013
  • Run Time: 565 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BC36UBM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From the creator of True Blood, this exciting new Cinemax action drama charts the twists and turns that follow Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-convict who improbably becomes sheriff of a rural, Amish-area town while searching for a woman he last saw 15 years ago, when he gave himself up to police to let her escape after a jewel heist. Living in Banshee under an assumed name, Carrie Hopewell (Ivana Milicevic) is now married to the local DA, has two children (one of whom may be Lucas’s), and is trying desperately to keep a low profile--until Lucas arrives to shake up her world and rekindle old passions. Complicating matters is the fact that Banshee is riddled by corruption, with an Amish overlord, Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen), brutally building a local empire of drugs, gambling and graft. With the help of a boxer-turned-barkeeper named Sugar Bates (Frankie Faison), Lucas is able to stay on even footing with Kai and his thugs, and even manages to bring a measure of tough justice to Banshee. But eventually, Lucas’ appetite for pulling heists pulls him and Carrie into a dangerous cauldron of duplicity, exacerbated when Mr. Rabbit (Ben Cross), the NY mobster they once ripped off, closes in with vengeance on his mind.

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From the creator of True Blood, this exciting new Cinemax action drama charts the twists and turns that follow Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-convict who improbably becomes sheriff of a rural, Amish-area town while searching for a woman he last saw 15 years ago, when he gave himself up to police to let her escape after a jewel heist. Living in Banshee under an assumed name, Carrie Hopewell (Ivana Milicevic) is now married to the local DA, has two children (one of whom may be Lucas'), and is trying desperately to keep a low profile – until Lucas arrives to shake up her world and rekindle old passions. Complicating matters is the fact that Banshee is riddled by corruption, with an Amish overlord, Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen), brutally building a local empire of drugs, gambling and graft. With the help of a boxer-turned-barkeeper named Sugar Bates (Frankie Faison), Lucas is able to stay on even footing with Kai and his thugs, and even manages to bring a measure of tough justice to Banshee. But eventually, Lucas' appetite for pulling heists pulls him and Carrie into a dangerous cauldron of duplicity, exacerbated when Mr. Rabbit (Ben Cross), the NY mobster they once ripped off, closes in with vengeance on his mind.


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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
By laura
Format:DVD
This let's be honest largely flew under the radar but boy did it smack you round the back of the head when you watched and that's just for starters. During the season I have laughed, winced, screamed, yelled, cheered and clapped even a few hide beind my hand moments. Its violent, sexy, smart and not a regular cop show/family drama!

So to Banshee a small town with huge secrets our hero (hood although that's not his real name) is flawed and he's just moved to Banshee to find ex-girlfriend Ana after doing 15 years in jail but in Banshee she's now married with 2 kids she has the perfect life.....

Ex-Amish turned business man Proctor has got the town in his back pocket with the help of his stylish assistant Burton (man scared the crap out of me end of ep3) his niece has secrets of her own and wants to leave the Amish life behind will she manage? What is Proctor's agenda with the local Native American Tribe? Will Ana's marriage survive the arrival of Hood? Will Hood be found out being an imposter after all its not every day you assume the identity of a towns Sheriff.

Will our hero be bought by Proctor, who is the mysterious Rabbit that Hood and Ana are hiding from, will they all make it out alive?

The cast is 1st class some of the humour (most of it) comes from the superb writing of the character Job (Hood's tech&fashion fast quips mate) who is played by Hoon Lee. Ben Cross is mysterious as Rabbit with the supporting cast given ample to shine alongside the leads of Starr & Millicevic.

In my original review i mentioned [...] about how using the safe combo gives you access to material about the credit sequences and webisodes little prequels to the show well BOOM!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best new TV Shows of the year 16 Oct 2013
By Lyn
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Banshee is one of the best TV shows released in the past few years. It is fresh, with none of the cliche's that many shows coming out of Hollywood like to follow.

The main character, an ex-con, is neither good nor evil (something lazy Hollywood writers like to fall back on), instead he has a good heart, but his time in prison has made him hard, and taught him how to fight and how to kill, and to not feel too bad about killing to protect yourself and those you care about. And after 15 years in prison, he is still very much in love with the same woman (not that stops every hottie in town from jumping into his bed).

The characters are complicated, and while you don't agree with all their choices or decisions, you can see why they are doing what they are doing.

I absolutely love this show. I can't wait for the next series. And I can't think of a single other show to compare it with, it really stands on it's own, just like Breaking Bad simply is in a genre of it's own.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deffinately my kinda show! 7 Sep 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I can't believe I missed this when it was on TV.

What a fantastic show! It's violent. It's funny. It's nasty. It's sexy. It's got baditude. It has it all in spades.

The acting is fantastic all round. I loved Antony Starr's acting and character throughout. When he needs to be nasty he is.

I hate shows that pull punches. Too afraid and nervous, pandering to the soft at heart. Treating you like a child. From the beginning of episode one to the last it was a smack to the chops and I loved it. The violence is brutal and satisfying. A pretty repulsive bad guy pops up and most shows will only have the MC give them a slap and tickle. In Banshee you are lucky to still have your limbs intact and your head still in one piece.

Hoon Lee's character and Frankie Faison's provide plenty of laugh out loud moments and they were my favourite characters also throughout.

The 'bad guys' were brilliantly nasty, cruel and unusual. The Albino for instance was an impressive mutant to come across. Proctor was a great menacing character with every poisonous finger in every facet of Banshee's existence and Mr Rabbit, another sinister character with a lot of power at his disposal. All of them, naturally, have some shady characters at their disposal too.

Annother review commented on how they clapped and cheered throughout. I was the same. Whenever justice is dished out (and realistically too! in an interview Starr commented on how he hurt himself numerous times during the scenes) you cant help but feel that way. And despite the MC being a shady character himself and the wrong doings he himself is committing you can't help but want him to succeed.

What a fantastic show. A pulpy thrill ride with plenty of chops, balls, moxy and everything else. Highly recommended. See it immediately!
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most violent show you'll see this year! 30 April 2013
By Mr. S. Storey TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
When two bad guys hold up the bar he's in, killing a cop in the process, a recently released con steps in and takes them out. When he realises that the dead cop is new in town he takes his place as the sheriff of Banshee. I caught this show on a trip to the US and it's raw stuff indeed. The rest of the series sees Lucas Hood take on Biker Gangs, rogue MMA fighters and a proper nasty albino guy in an extremely brutal prison fight. The basic premise is that he's searching for his ex girlfriend and the fortune in diamonds they stole from the mob boss he used to work for (The girl has carved out a new life in Banshee complete with husband and kids). There isn't a bum note in the cast, Anthony Starr makes a dark and brooding hero whilst Ulrich Thomsen is very convincing as one of two recurring adversaries our hero has to deal with. Being a Cinemax / HBO release it is also extremely fruity in the skin department. I've been watching TV hero's duke it out with bad guys for the best part of thirty years and although this doesn't break the mould in terms of storytelling it is very well put together. Definitely one to watch, just not with the family!
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Brilliant television series with great plotting and characters you hate or love - will be getting season 2 shortly!
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Published 1 month ago by OldLady
5.0 out of 5 stars Very watchable!! Excellent storyline and acting.
Fantastic to watch. Glued to it. keep you wanting to watch the next ep! Recommended to my by a friend. would highly recommend great show!
Published 2 months ago by Matty90
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't deliver, no reason given?
Can not give a yay or nay as I didn't get it,I was told they could not deliver which upset me no end,to this day I feel cheated as I did not get it.
Published 2 months ago by Netdogg
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