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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
If you are a Donnie Wahlberg fan in Blue Bloods you will like this one. The "reporter" role is the only jarring note in the series, a bit implausible. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Evelyn Lee
i took a punt on this and i am very glad i did a great cop series why this did not have more series is crazy who the hell are idiots who run some of these tvcompanys no clue what... Read morePublished 16 months ago by W. C. Chelton
I can't praise this show enough - quality screenplay, quality direction. The personal storylines give a wonderful insight into the contrasting characters and the twists and turns... Read morePublished 18 months ago by JASO
This is a work of creative genius on a par with top series like House and Lie to Me and I agree with the reviewer who thought it should have aired in UK right from the beginning. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Everybodylies
Boomtown was unlike any other crime drama. It was similar to Law & Order, in that it followed a crime from the act through to the end of the legal process (or close to it), but it... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Patrick Neylan
I took a gamble on this dvd,but what a fantastic series it is .Was so impressed by the style ,the cast,the story lines. It is a must to see . Read morePublished on 4 April 2013 by Leedstony
I had not seen this for a long time , when I remembered it and checked for it on Amazon and found it
for a great price. Read more
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