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Boss: Season 1 [US Import] [Blu-ray]

Kelsey Grammer , Connie Nielsen    Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen, Hannah Ware, Jeff Hephner, Kathleen Robertson
  • Writers: Farhad Safinia
  • Producers: Stella Stolper
  • Format: Closed-captioned, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: 24 July 2012
  • Run Time: 901 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005S97UY2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,039 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

From Amazon.co.uk

One look at Kelsey Grammer's glowering, defiant mug on the cover of the Boss: Season One boxed set (with eight episodes spread out over three discs) is all you need to recognize that this is a far cry indeed from his happy days on Frasier and Cheers. Grammer's Thomas Kane, the mayor of Chicago, is a ruthless, old school pol in the tradition of that city's Richard J. Daley; "Kane is the city," as one of his cronies puts it, and by the end of the season, anyone who tries to cross him will have been brought to his knees--sometimes literally--or worse. But Kane is not a man without problems. He's got a wife (Connie Nielsen) he barely talks to and never sleeps with, an estranged daughter (Hannah Ware) whom he and his wife shunned because her drug problems were a political liability, a host of enemies plotting his downfall, and, worst of all, a condition known as Lewy body, a fatal, untreatable form of dementia that is steadily robbing him of his mental acuity and physical wherewithal. There's an element of soap opera in all of this; simply keeping track of the sexual escapades of Ben Zajac (Jeff Hephner), a duplicitous young Kane protégé, may require a scorecard (nudity and profanity are also abundant). But the political maneuverings are even more compelling, as we see just how treacherous, scandalous, and even murderous Kane and everyone else who lusts for power can be. It's not a pretty sight.

All in all, this is very juicy stuff. Every episode is beautifully shot and directed (including one helmed by co-executive producer Gus Van Sant, whose credits include Milk, Good Will Hunting, and other fine films), with a main title song by Robert Plant. And while the dialogue is occasionally overcooked and the plotting somewhat over the top, Boss has more than enough to keep you coming back for more. --Sam Graham



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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 4 April 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
This is a great series with lots of twist and turns. Kelsey Grammer plays a really good part and makes it so realistic that you have to remind yourself that it is all fiction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars series the boss 2 April 2014
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this very good series me had to watch all episodes together adult themes the star I have only seen doing comedy before was a eye opener I highly recommend if you want grown up drama
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good performances 17 Mar 2014
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Enjoyed it. too neat at the end. The great thing was that it made you forget " Frasier". To restrict it to 8 épisodes was a good idea.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute power, corrupting absolutely. 10 May 2013
By Sue Kichenside TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Boss is an incredibly powerful, compelling and adult drama series. Hats off to Kelsey Grammer for being brave enough to portray the loathsome Kane. It is a tribute to his phenomenal acting ability that he is so completely able to cast off the shackles of his sympathetic Frasier role. Grammer is joined by a stellar cast who also show considerable courage in playing such thoroughly hateful people. We always knew that politics in Chicago was a dirty business but did any of us realise it was quite this disgusting? A brilliant series and, for me, much more convincing than the similarly-themed House of Cards - Season 1 (DVD + UV Copy) [2013]. Powerful stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 15 Jun 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
It is a gripping story, well filmed and acted. Kelsey Grammer was brilliant playing a character so far from Frazier that Dr Crane
was forgotten completely, and he was the Boss.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The West Wing's provincial, evil cousin. 5 Jun 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My partner recently discovered series 2 of this much underrated show cranked out at midnight on one of the UK Freeview channels. A complete tragedy that it's not getting a wider audience, though some of the language is a bit strong for primetime.

I'm pleased to say that season 1 did not disappoint. A marvellously dramatic turn from Kelsey Grammer. Brilliant writing, superb acting. I'd class it as a localised and darker version of The West Wing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Show!!!! 26 Feb 2014
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Kelsey Grammar as 'The Boss' of Chicago is fantastic. This is his best role yet and he plays it superbly.

The camera work is beautiful and visually the show is spectacular. Although the plot-line is filled with twists and turns, the story is pretty easy to follow and you find yourself being swept up in corruption, mystery and Grammar's character's struggles with his health, family and the choices he has to make between his survival in politics and the good of the city.

It is quite possibly the best series since the Sopranos in my opinion. I have lent the set to numerous friends who have all completely fallen in love with it. I watched the entire series over a weekend, i couldn't tear myself away and i had watched it all on TV before the DVD came out!

Can't wait for series 2!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
"Boss" has picked up a legion of rabid/dedicated fans - with most of them stumbling on this brilliantly written and acted American politics TV show on Channel 4 earlier in 2013. And with its heavy reliance on close-up shots of people's faces - the city of Chicago as a back drop - and it being shot in HI DEF - "Boss" is ideal BLU RAY fodder. But for "UK" buyers therein lies a problem...

As of now (December 2013) neither Season 1 nor Season 2 on BLU RAY is available in the UK - only in Region 1 America. Unfortunately - both US sets are REGION-A-LOCKED - and therefore will not play on UK BLU RAY players unless they're multi-region or chipped to play all (which very few are). Season 1 made it onto DVD in the UK but not BLU RAY.

It's one of Amazon's less than admirable quirks that you can get 500+ reviews about a film - and not one of them actually reviews the product you want to buy. This BLU RAY is a case in point. The reviews are mostly for the show and not if the BLU RAY actually works on our machines.

Bottom Line: neither Season 1 nor Season 2 of "Boss" on American BLU RAY will play on UK BLU RAY players (unless they're multi-region).

Of course the real bummer is that the networks cancelled this riveting 5-star drama (to howls of derision) after only 2 Seasons - even when Kelsey Grammar won awards. Now that really is a shame...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Politicians you'll want to watch
Excellent programme, very hard hitting, dark and even somewhat disturbing. Cast are brilliant, story is credible and demands your attention and the music sticks with you. Read more
Published 3 days ago by G. Wake
5.0 out of 5 stars American TV executives have yet to learn the lesson that while...
A tour de force from Kelsey Grammer.

The nitty-gritty version of city politics where any semblance of West Wing lofty ideals is blown away in a maelstrom of ever... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Grant MacNeill
1.0 out of 5 stars as really quite good. However
Show was cancelled after second season. Shame, as really quite good. However, had i known beforehand that Boss had been axed i wouldnt have bothered with it. Read more
Published 9 days ago by A Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Loved it.Really good drama, well acted and good plot. Not quite House of Cards quality but still worth a look.
Published 2 months ago by Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute classic
I'm looking forward to seeing series 2 on DVd

Why on earth were the later episodes the last ones, why no recomissioning?
Published 3 months ago by MaggieMoon
3.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Present
This DVD was bought as a Christmas present for my son therefore cannot comment on its content however it was on his Wish List so I am sure he will love it as he watches this on TV. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jude
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best TV Shows out there
if you liked the wire you will love this show! Kelsey Grammer is at his best, hope there is a season 2
Published 7 months ago by john
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