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  • Actors: Donnie Wahlberg, Neal McDonough, Mykelti Williamson, Gary Basaraba, Lana Parrilla
  • Writers: Amy Berg, Andrew Colville, Graham Yost, Steven Lilien
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Nov. 2003
  • Run Time: 755 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C88K8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,548 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A stylish and gritty multi-angled drama about crime in Los Angeles, the highly acclaimed Boomtown is unlike any other cop show on TV. Intelligent and sophisticated, the series uses fast-paced Pulp Fiction-style narrative to uncover crime stories from the viewpoint of everyone involved. Crimes are seen from the diverse perspectives of the city’s unsung and less than perfect heroes – the cops, paramedics, reporters and members of the D.A.’s office and city officials whose stories overlap and intertwine. Starring Donnie Wahlberg and Band of Brothers’ Neal McDonough, this DVD box set contains all 18 episodes from the first series.


  • The Pilot
  • Possession
  • The Squeeze
  • Reelin' In The Years
  • All Hallow's Eve
  • The Freak
  • Insured By Smith And Wesson
  • Crash
  • The David McNorris Show
  • Coyote
  • Monster's Brawl
  • Sinaloa Cowboys
  • Home Invasion
  • Execution
  • Storm Watch
  • Fearless
  • Blackout
  • Lost Child


Sometimes a show cancelled prematurely can still put its competitors to shame. Boomtown was a radical and inventive approach to the ensemble cop show that added up to so much more than just its central gimmick of telling different stories from different perspectives. In fact, after the first few episodes in which the breakneck jumps of viewpoint and the time-frame demanded real attention, it de-emphasised them, while still forcing us to pay attention, making the viewer guess which story we were being told.

Devised by award-winning screenwriter Graham Yost and director Jon Avnet, the first series of Boomtown covered a wide variety of cases: everything from baby-stealing to run-ins with the Russian Mafia, from hostage situations in suburban sports stores to rich kids having justice bought for them whether they wanted it or not. It was also the story of its seven central characters: Deputy DA David (Neil McDonough), for example, failing to cope with his growing alcoholism and sense of disillusion, and detective Joel Stevens (Donnie Wahlberg) endlessly reliving the cot-death of his daughter and his wife's attempted suicide.

If the show had flaws, they were the slight marginalisation of the central female characters--a crime reporter and a paramedic--and the presence of too many storylines that were as much about teaching the characters a Valuable Lesson as credible crime stories. Nonetheless, it was a stunning show, which deserved a longer life. This complete Series 1 box set at least offers a readily available record of it for those of us who liked it too late.

On the DVD: Boomtown, Series 1 DVD box set presents all 18 episodes (a further six were made for Series 2 before the show's cancellation) presented in widescreen 16:9 with the choice of Dolby Digital 5.1 or 2.0 Pro Logic. The only special features are a trailer and the original series pitch video. --Roz Kaveney

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By "tsponbacon" on 9 Oct. 2003
Format: DVD
This season stands out as one of the most impressive pieces of television I've ever seen. While the concept suggests this is little more than a cop show with a gimmick, abandon your preconceptions. The series combines well-crafted characters with intelligent writing, complex storylines, as well as humour and originality.
The best thing about the show is the variation. While most shows usually have a 'formula' which is conformed to, Boomtown really throws that to the wind. While most other cop shows concentrate on murder, Boomtown switches from gang shootings to robberies, to various other interesting cases. In a pleasant change of pace from other shows, Boomtown tells a lot of its stories in a non-linear fashion. For instance, the ending sequence might be displayed at the end, and the various perspective stories often overlap. Where repitition is required, different camera tinges are used so it's clear if an event has been viewed before from a different perspective. This is a little confusing at first but once you pick up on it the distinct style of the series is amazing.
As for the episodes, they really are an impressive collection. "Pilot" sets the theme for the show, and is the only real 'standard' episode of the bunch. It contains a lot of throwaway remarks about the character's backgrounds that come into play in future episodes.
"Possession" sees an intiguing take on the usual murder storyline, as a telemarketer hears someone being killed over the phone. As is usual with Boomtown, everything is not always what it sees and the episode unwinds in a spectacular fashion.
"The Squeeze" and "Reelin' in the Years" are two of the best episodes of the season.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. D. Sandles on 10 Mar. 2004
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This show is absolutely riveting! It's sheer style and quality shine through in every episode, and for each one, in a unique way. The other reviewers have done this show justice in their comments. They cannot be any more correct.
It is always a shame in the UK that we receive many shows from the US too late and they are not given a fair chance to be enjoyed in this country. I always get the impression that US network execs are a bit thick. I suppose it is a minefield out there and certain choices have to be made. You will always get those successful shows that endure, but even after a while they begin to look tired e.g ER or NYPD Blue or even Friends. Others of course are rightfully scrapped before they cause to much damage. Boomtown slipped through the net. It was a television masterpiece and used all the story-telling techniques available - some original, some refreshed and some more familiar. The stories were then split up between their respective characters and told from each perspective and the result is a truly three dimentional account of the episode's events.
If Boomtown had aired in the UK first, I think the response would have definitely commissioned a full second series & maybe more, but at least I can rest easy at night in the knowledge that this show WAS made. It must be so frustrating to a writer to have his show cancelled before it fully blossoms (or worse dismissed before a single episode is filmed) - especially when other trite shows still continue well past their sell-by date.
I am still a big fan of ER & NYPD Blue, and the writing is still first class, but after such success, these shows could easily bough-out with pride. Boomtown didn't get that chance, so buy it while you still do!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "chillychicky" on 20 Aug. 2004
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I loved it. I have pretty much watched it back to back because I was so riveted & had to find out what happened. It's unique, stylish & I actually started to care about the characters, especially Donnie Wahlberg's tormented Joel Stevens. OK it was a bit slow in places but I was still glued to my screen.
It made me laugh & cry. The crimes were a good mix & the footage not too glorified. It also had good twists (I'm notorious for guessing the outcome & was surprised quite a few times) and it wasn't full of the usual cliches.
If you like cop shows, BUY IT. Clear your diary for the weekend, fill the fridge with beer & enjoy. You won't be disappointed!
Boomtown: RIP - You will be missed :o(
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Mills VINE VOICE on 24 Sept. 2007
Format: DVD
"Boomtown" is an instantly addictive cop show. Its original gimmick is in telling the story as a jigsaw, each piece being the viewpoint of a different character. This initially eye-catching device is used less as the series progresses, as the programme-makers seem to have realised that they had a strong show without this contrivance.

The real hook is the show's bunch of magnetic characters: you just can't help liking them and wanting to know what they'll do next, and they're positioned to interact and conflict with each other frequently. (It's a bit of a stretch that the same paramedic turns up at every crime scene, but I'd forgive this show a lot worse than that.)

With strong dialogue, purposeful plotting, ongoing narrative, stylish and zippy direction and immediately convincing performances, the biggest crime in the series is that it was cancelled after one season!
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