Carnivale 2 Seasons 2003

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Season 1
(67) IMDb 7.7/10

10. Hot and Bothered AGES_15_AND_OVER

Brother Justin returns to Mintern to chart out a new direction for his ministry. At the Carnivale, Samson's loss is Lodz's gain; Libby catches on to her mother's deception; and Sofie accuses Apollonia of 'breaking the rules.'

Starring:
Nick Stahl,Clancy Brown
Runtime:
52 minutes

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Drama, Science Fiction
Director Jeremy Podeswa
Starring Nick Stahl, Clancy Brown
Supporting actors Amy Madigan, Ralph Waite, Adrienne Barbeau, Patrick Bauchau, Tim Dekay, Michael J. Anderson, Toby Huss, Clea Duvall
Season year 2003
Network HBO
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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107 of 109 people found the following review helpful By David Stewart Mckee on 19 April 2005
Format: DVD
Carnivale, part depression-era drama, part paranormal mystery and all told at a pace that will drive some mad with frustration. In these modern times of fast cut, action orientated tv where you are rarely given time to breathe or think (just as well in the cases of some modern genre shows) along came Carnivale. This is a story that will not be rushed, building up towards an epic battle between the forces of good and evil. This isn't your 2-3 apocalypses per season as in Buffy or Angel, this is one for the whole series. The look of the show is unique in terms of it's colour and stark landscapes and the DVD picture is clear and crisp. Such episodes as Black Blizzard will throw you into the storm with the cast. Some will be frustrated that the two "main" characters never meet, or that the first season closes with no real answers given but I found this to be refreshing and bold storytelling for a mainstream network to be behind. Even as the pace slows in the midsection the characters are believable and the relationships between them are as important, if not more, than the main plot arc. This is one of those plot devices almost lost in modern sci-fi television and to remind you all it is called "character development". This story is dark and disturbing too with some imagery that many will find disturbing and sickening, no bones about. Dead children and paedophilia feature in the first half alone and while not graphic it is still going to upset some viewers. But stick with it. This show deserves to be given time to tell the story properly and I am looking forward to the second season.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By "xcalibrate" on 22 Mar. 2005
Format: DVD
Very occasionally a series is developed that breaks the mold with regard to production values, acting and storytelling. Carnivale is just such a series.
It's an epic tale of Good versus Evil set against the backdrop of the 30's depression and revolves around superbly crafted characters that work and live within one of the few remaining Carnivale's of the era. The story is a tangled web of intrigue, mystery and the supernatural which doesn't pander to it's audience with 'episodes of the week' and dumbed down explainations of plot but rather weaves this web with aplomb and skill, leaving the viewer to dig within it's depths to find the subtle clues contained within.
The first season sets up the characters and plot ready for the impending battle to come. Each character has a part to play, some more than others, but each is crafted so beautifully that the viewer engages with them on a level rarely achieved in a television series before.
The transfer to DVD is quite exceptional, 6 discs each containing two episodes which are simply stunning to look at. Audio commentaries are available on three episodes and an, albeit short, featurette is found on the last disc.
I rarely post reviews but this series, this box set, deserves some attention. If you like well written, intelligent drama, which doesn't dumb itself down then I certainly would recommend Carnivale. A simply stunning piece of television. Roll on Season Two.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Laurence Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD
Having first watched both seasons of this magnificent HBO TV drama on their first UK TV airing some years ago (on 'FX', so often a channel that excelled at broadcasting quality programmes) then bought the DVDs of them soon after, I am writing this review now as I see it has just started being re-broadcast, this time on 'Sky Atlantic' and I want to help promote it for others to enjoy as much as I did and perhaps own on DVD.

Produced by HBO when they were already riding the crest of a wave (which I'm not sure they've fallen from yet !) with their other marvellous productions such as 'The Sopranos', 'Six Feet Under' and what was then their newest series 'The Wire', 'Carnivale' was really something quite different. It shared the same excellent cast/acting and superb screenplay but added an unmatched level of production values, which also made the programme both stylish and sumptuous to watch.

For some reason best known to themselves, Amazon UK have chosen not to 'honour' the DVD item page for Season 1 with any kind of synopsis (they do for Season 2), so below is a paste from the Amazon USA website as it does the job well enough and it saves me trying (!) :

Carnivàle doesn't waste any time making its--wildly ambitious--aims clear. As carnival manager Samson (Michael J. Anderson, Twin Peaks' diminutive backwards-talker) notes in pilot episode "Milfay," directed by Rodrigo García (son of Gabriel García Marquez), "To each generation [is] born a creature of light and a creature of darkness." With that the story begins. The year is 1934, the setting the Oklahoma dustbowl. In short order, Ben Hawkins (In the Bedroom's Nick Stahl) loses his mother and his home. He's poor, he's alone--he needs a job. So he joins Samson's carnival, en route to the West.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Lucy C on 23 Aug. 2006
Format: DVD
Carnivale is truly a one-of-a-kind gem. Disturbing and sublime in equal measures.

The first season is a little slow, but the visual style, top-notch acting and building sense of mystery and suspense will keep you hanging in till the end. You'll be desperate to get your hands on season two.

Nick Stahl and Clancy Brown head a cast that excels from the first scene and give the kind of subtle and real performances you'd expect from a HBO show. And the look of the show, from the landscape, the costumes, the sets, and of course the carnival itself, is absolutely breath-taking.

This is one of the best and most original American programmes of recent years.

And, after all that gushing, I have to say, I think season 2 is ten times better!
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