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Brotherhood Season 1 [DVD]

Jason Isaacs , Jason Clarke    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jason Isaacs, Jason Clarke, Annabeth Gish, Kevin Chapman, Fiona C. Erickson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Swedish
  • 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: 3
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 July 2010
  • Run Time: 560 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003N18O7O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,524 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



This riveting series puts a familial spin on Angels with Dirty Faces, the 1938 James Cagney-Pat O'Brien classic in which two childhood friends take divergent paths--one becomes a priest, and the other a hoodlum. In Brotherhood, Michael Caffee (Jason Clarke) is an idealistic and respectable Rhode Island state representative dedicated to the preservation of his close-knit lower-middle-class Irish neighbourhood, the Hill. His older brother, Michael (Jason Isaacs), is a gangster who returns home after a seven-year absence (one step ahead of a hit, two steps ahead of the Feds) to pick up where he left off. The stage is set for backroom skullduggery and mean streets thuggery, as both men pursue their visions of the American dream on opposite sides of the law. At the heart of this series is the conflict between the estranged brothers. With the exception of clueless matriarch MaryRose (Fionnula Flanagan), Michael is not exactly received with open arms. "You're a tornado," Tommy tells him early on. "You suck everything in and spit it out broken." Indeed, the man is a psychopath. When a henchman of neighbourhood mob boss Freddie Cork (Kevin Chapman) threatens a woman, Michael not only repeatedly bashes his head against a car, but for the coup de grace, cuts off his ear. In one gut-wrenching scene, he compels a woman to sell him her store by inducing her mentally challenged brother to play Russian Roulette. No wonder Tommy insists, "We're not the same in any way." But don't be too sure. Michael is a good man and devoted father and husband, but he isn't above (or beneath) using Michael's inside information to blackmail a stubborn colleague who won't vote his way on a freeway project that could destroy the Hill.

As the season unfolds, he will be forced to make more ethically challenged deals with the powers behind the scenes, one of whom has a mysterious connection with his mother. Brotherhood mines the clash between personal and professional lives to flesh out its characters. "The people's business" doesn't pay well, and Tommy is forced to moonlight as a real estate developer, and perform all home repairs. Eileen (Annabeth Gish), his picture-perfect politician's wife, smokes pot and is having an affair with a man she knew in high school. Declan Gigg (Ethan Embry) is a conflicted policeman who grew up with the Caffees. Comparisons with The Sopranos are inevitable, but Brotherhood quickly establishes its own unique voice, if not accent. --Donald Liebenson

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Brotherhood tells the story of two brothers (one a gangster and the other a politician) who sometimes share a twisted sense of moral compromise--each with his own skewed, idealistic vision of what makes the American dream.

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Television 31 Oct 2006
I first came across this programme on the excellent FX channel, from the moment I watched the opening scenes I gripped by the gritty realism and the fashion in which the characters were established. If you are a fan of 'The Sopranos' and 'The Wire' - then you will love this! This programme can punch its weight with both of them in terms of characterisation; analysis of criminality and its relationship with politics; plus its study of cultural identity within a pluraistic society.

The story is a simple premise. Two brothers, one a criminal, the other, a low level politician representing a deprived area in Rhode Island. They live different lives, but ultimately their existence becomes intwined with each other; in what is essentially an exploration of family loyaly and its effects on a tightly knit community.

In this review I have intentionally tried to avoid giving away plot points.

If you love realistic, gritty television that has an epic quality similar to 'The Godfather' and an exploration of the complexities of criminality in the vein of 'The Wire'. Then you will love this programme!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I'm not even sure how I found out about this show (I think it must have been because I knew that Jason Isaacs was in it!!)but from the first moment I was hooked. The episodes are well crafted and there is a very dark undertone to the whole show, much darker than say The Sopranos - HBO Complete Seasons 1-6 (New Packaging) [DVD] [1999]. This is not a show for people looking for a bit of escapism but a show that really highlights great acting and gritty realism.

I urge you to try it out and hopefully if enough people get hooked like me, then they will release the entire catalogue for everyone to enjoy!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Qulaity 27 Sep 2010
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Started subscribing to top up tv service and had series two downloaded to my box. Watched the first episode and was hooked. So purchased series one and loving it. Brilliant series
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sibling rivalry 27 Aug 2010
By P. Rowe
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Now ended after three relatively successful seasons in the US (airing alongside Dexter on Showtime) Brotherhood provides a drama as intriguing and as violent as the Sopranos. Setting it's narrative between the corrupt lives of two brothers it shows how at City Hall there are as many crooks as on skid row. Season one works well at establishing the lead characters and builds towards a startling series of revelations that run from the end of season 1 into season 2 and culminating in a satisfying fashion ins season 3. Totaling 29 episodes in all Brotherhood is small and impressively formed and well worth a punt.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sibling rivalry 22 Jan 2008
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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An aspiring Irish-American state representative,Tommy Caffee finds his plans going awry when his violent mob connected brother turns up out of the blue. Tommy's life is further complicated by his wayward & bored wife & daughter, mob boss Freddie becomes a nuisance & he starts to have to schmooz with the big boys in order to advance his career.
As the series unfolds all sorts of dark secrets come tumbling out of the Caffee family closet, Michael becomes increasingly violent & the family turns on itself.
There is much to recommend 'Brothers' & the only reason it's got 4 stars is that on occasion it repeats itself & drags a little. That said most of the time it keeps up the pace & you never know just what mess is waiting next for the Caffee family.
The real selling point for the series though is the high class of acting by all involved. As Tommy Jason Clark does a great job of balancing charm & oily deceit, Fionnula Flanagan is exceptional as the worried, bullying & smothering matriarch while above all Jason Isaacs is superb as the totally unpredictable & fearsome Michael.
Around these three the support actors all contribute a great deal.
The picture is fine as is the sound. The extra's are tat.
If The Shield & The Wire are on your favourites list then this is going to appeal. There is a deep & fascinating storyline & character arc being developed here & it's well worth following.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sopranos little brother!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 15 Mar 2009
Great show, great actors and great dialogs!
Simple story of 2 brothers in an irish neighbourhood called the hill.One is a politician who tries to keep a clean image and the other is an natural born gangster who brings a lot of heat to the hill comunity! They love each other but they getting in moral conflicts all the time!
Iam happy that i found Brotherhood, i just ordered season 2 and cant wait!
If you like mob storys you will have fun with Brotherhood,the only problem is there are only 3 seasons planned:(
Is not as good as the Sopranos but for sure one of my favorit shows allready!
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5.0 out of 5 stars brotherhood series 23 April 2013
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I really like this series - Jason Isaacs (who is from my home town of Liverpool, UK) is a brilliant actor, and I feel it sad that the series ended after just 3 series.
I did enjoy it however, and am now considering the \wire as my next purchase.
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