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  • Actors: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Stephen Graham
  • Writers: Terence Winter
  • Format: AC-3, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jan. 2012
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Y5HWK4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 449,832 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In fine (and bloody) style, HBO's Boardwalk Empire returns to 1920 when the ban on booze led to a syndicate of bootleggers and smugglers. Created by Sopranos scribe Terence Winter and coproduced by director Martin Scorsese, the story centers on Atlantic City treasurer Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (Steve Buscemi), who schemes in private while preaching temperance in public (Mark Wahlberg and Tim Van Patten also serve as producers). Jimmy (Michael Pitt, Buscemi's Delirious costar), a war veteran, acts as his right-hand man, while zealous Agent Van Alden (Michael Shannon) and refined mobster Arnold Rothstein (A Serious Man's Michael Stuhlbarg) represent significant threats to his enterprise.

Nucky's other associates include his sheriff brother Eli (Shea Whigham), sexpot girlfriend Lucy (Paz de la Huerta), and distributor Chalky (The Wire's Michael K. Williams). If Nucky has little regard for law and order, his soft side emerges in his dealings with Irish immigrant Margaret (Kelly Macdonald, excellent), who segues from abused wife to kept woman. As Nucky puts it, "I try to be good. I really do." After he sends Jimmy away a spell, his sidekick joins forces with Al Capone (Stephen Graham, Public Enemies) and disfigured vet Richard Harrow (Jack Huston), abandoning his son, common-law wife Angela (Aleksa Palladino), and mother Gillian (Gretchen Mol), who has a fling with Lucky Luciano (Vincent Piazza).

Inspired by Nelson Johnson's book, Boardwalk Empire takes a Deadwood-like approach to history by combining characters both factual and fictional with blue language and ladies without brassieres. Winter, who won an Emmy for The Sopranos episode Pine Barrens, takes liberties with the historical record, but the series never claims to represent the truth and nothing but--which is only fitting when everyone's hiding secrets. If the entire ensemble deserves praise, Buscemi rules the show as thoroughly as Nucky rules the city. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Synopsis

From Terence Winter, Emmy® Award-winning writer of "The Sopranos," and Academy® Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, BOARDWALK EMPIRE is a lavish period drama set in Atlantic City, following the life and times of Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) - the undisputed political and criminal mastermind whose grip on power and control of the city's liquor supply is under constant threat.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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83 of 92 people found the following review helpful By J. Duducu on 5 April 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
When I heard that HBO were going to do a period piece about gangsters set in the prohibition era, a kind of Sopranos in spats, it was one of those ideas that was so good you wonder why it hadn't been done before.

Well the wait was worth it as this is adult entertainment at its finest. What you have is a multilayered sprawling epic about prohibition era Atlantic City. At the centre of the story is Steve Buscemi's "Nucky" Thompson a corrupt politician (rather than gangster) who has his brother as the local sheriff and his fingers in all the city's pies.

Nothing is perfect so if there's one grumble the period detail is a little too perfect. Every room, even the run down ones, seem to be dressed to within an inch of their lives and I am not sure anywhere was quite that pristine outside of a lab.

This is a character piece so the emphasis is on characterisation rather than action but that's not to say that there aren't wonderful action set pieces too overall though it's the three dimensional characters that makes it breath. There's the ice cold boot legger Chalky White (Omar from the Wire) a terrifying prohibition officer Agent Nelson all fire, brimstone and a simmering self loathing of his own weaknesses.

There are also great female roles such Margaret Schroeder the Irish immigrant who discovers her own inner strengths at the same time the viewers do and Gillian the most complex grandmother you are likely to come across.

There is a veritable rogue's gallery in the show who are all more unusual than the usual ciphers you get in the average TV shows.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Gail Spencer on 5 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
This series is exceptional and better than The Sopranos. The central idea in The Sopranos is that the main character seeks help from a psychiatrist, something that does not really hold sway. The moral duplicity is already well accepted in the psychological world of the gangster and the individual who decides on this way of life accepts the life, the pros and cons. In Boardwalk Empire it is the secondary characters who are the most morally complex - the women, children and surrounding folk all knowing their world is unhinged, but still enjoying it and hating it in turns. The period detail and art direction is amazing and the character development is flawless. This is the best HBO since Six Feet Under and probably one of the best period dramas ever. The storytelling interweaves with actual political events (such as the call for and rise of women's suffrage) and pays due respect to The Great War and its aftermath in the wonderful characters of Jimmy and Richard. This is not to be missed and should be on the library shelves of anyone with good taste and a need, almost biological need, for great television. Class.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RK TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Sept. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
The idea of having a series set during America's prohibition era is a good one. The time period has lots of fascinating characters, a distinct style of dress and speech and is a genuinely interesting period of American history. The series boardwalk empire does a credible job of recreating the time. In addition the cinematography is excellent and acting is first class. In essence Boardwalk Empire has all the normal characteristics of a well made HBO series.

However, I did not feel the series deserved a 5 star rating for two reasons. Firstly some of the episodes are somewhat slow and lack the pace I would have expected from a series like this. The second and more influential reason is that the series lacks a single likeable character you can root for and consequently care what happens to them. The series definitely lacks a lovable rogue, a character you can hope turns out alright despite what they do.

Nevertheless Boardwalk Empire is a very good piece of TV and will definitely appeal to those with an interest in this period of American history.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By LucasM on 12 May 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was not at all interested in watching Boardwalk Empire as I thought it would not appeal to me and that I wouldn't like it. How wrong I was...
This fantastic first season is filled with an excellent cast who play some fantastic characters in a deep and encapsulating story that deals with booze, money, politics, sex, lies, family histories and everything else in between! I recommend Boardwalk Empire Season 1 as it is a fantastic demonstration of what the Film/TV industry still has to offer! I also recommend buying Season 2 as it is equally as good as (if not better) Season 1 and definitely worth the money and time that will be spent watching this sublime television series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Feb. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
While it doesn’t have quite the depth, and emotional power of The Wire, Breaking Bad or The Sopranos, its epic view of prohibition era Atlantic City is a wonderfully acted and directed, beautifully production designed and photographed and intelligently written.

It takes a different tack than The Godfather or The Sopranos; it doesn’t focus on the gangster experience as the dark side of the struggling American immigrant dream, the outgrowth of trying to care for your family in a society that places material wealth above all. Steve Buscemi’s Nucky Thompson is already at the top, and he’d rather stay on top through political smarts and manipulation than violence when he can. He’s not an everyman, not a family man. He’s a loner who tried to bury his humanity when his wife died, and now focuses on growing his position as the real power in Atlantic City. He’s not obsessed with honor or codes. He’s more interested in being behind the throne than the focus of the headlines. A man of immense practicality. A charming, smooth, sophisticated businessman who happens to be utterly corrupt and utterly powerful. He’s a great anti-hero for now, when the villains of society are running the corporate-political machinery, not the neigborhood.

It’s also different from it’s predecessors in that its truly an ensemble piece. Nucky may be at the center, but we get to know a huge number of fascinating and well-drawn characters in surprising depth. The series is more mosaic than character study (one of the reasons it’s not really an emotional experience).

I resisted the show the first time through, because it lacked the kind of strange empathy that anti-hero shows like Breaking Bad and Sopranos traded in, But on second viewing, knowing that it was doing something closer to “Nashville” in it’s brilliant if distanced overview of a moment and place in America, I was able to be completely caught up and absorbed in its tremendous attention to detail, and richness of character
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