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Luck - Season 1 (HBO) [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region Free]

Dustin Hoffman , Dennis Farina    To Be Announced   Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz
  • Producers: Michael Mann
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Dec 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0076WYD62
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,141 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Leave nothing to chance.

HBO presents this provocative original series set in the worlds of horseracing and gambling. Created and executive produced by David Milch (Deadwood), legendary director Michael Mann (Heat, Public Enemies) and Carolyn Strauss, this one-hour drama series centers on Chester 'Ace' Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman), an intuitive tough guy with a long history in dirty pool. Recently released after three years in prison, Ace and his longtime chauffeur (Dennis Farina) craft a complex plan to reverse the sagging fortunes of a California racetrack. Meanwhile, four dissolute gamblers at the track pool their resources in an effort to win an elusive Pick Six bet while a weathered trainer (Nick Nolte) sees a second chance in an untested thoroughbred. The stellar cast also includes: John Ortiz, Richard Kind, Kevin Dunn, Jason Gedrick, Ritchie Coster, Ian Hart, Tom Payne, Kerry Condon and Jill Hennessy.


Billed as the complete first season boxset, but in fact the only season the show is going to get, Luck was cut short by issues with the production that were well-reported at the time. It’s a shame, too. While it takes the show a little while to build up, this is a weighty, serious piece of television drama, one that’s dripping with quality.

The star names certainly do it no harm. Dustin Hoffman takes the lead here as a man just released from prison, who decides to try and turn around a California-based racetrack. Immediately, Hoffman is magnetic too, portraying a character based boasting many shades of grey. Nick Nolte gets a juicy role, too, as a horse trainer desperately trying to find success.

Horse racing, and the gambling that surrounds it, proves to be rich pickings for Luck. It takes a lot of time to get things into place, and inevitably, some will be left a little cold by its patient approach. But it’s a complex drama that it’s building up here, with lots of characters, and several narratives at work.

It’s quality, ambitious television, on a disc released backed with substantive extra features. On top of commentary tracks, there are some interesting behind the scenes documentaries to digest here. It’s a rounded, carefully crafted package, for a show that deserves the attention. --Jon Foster

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
I confess that this is the first David Milch show I've ever watched. I'm yet to get around to Deadwood, but if 'Luck' is any indication of his talent then I'm sure I have something special to look forward to. I knew a little about his work and style of writing, but what caught my attention was how he likes to throw audiences right in at the deep end and let them do their own catching up.

Luck certainly follows this pattern. The first few episodes left me reeling, desperately trying to piece together character motivations and backgrounds through their sparse yet convoluted interactions. The sheer number of characters, as well as the reliance on the kind of language found on and around the racetrack, meant I struggled at first to get to grips with things. Then, all of a sudden, it just clicked. There was a moment, and I couldn't say when exactly, when I realised that the dialogue should just be allowed to unfold, to just let it wash over you; what you pick up, you pick up, and anything you miss you can usually piece together yourself anyway. Emotions are often conveyed simply through characters' facial expressions and how they behave around one another. The fact that Ace and Gus, arguably the show's two main anchors, often fall asleep at night in one another's company after discussing business is a prime example of Luck's 'show, don't tell' approach. It is incredibly layered and nuanced in this respect.

This has, of course, turned a lot of people away from the show. Others claim that it is far too slowly paced, or that 'nothing ever happens'. This is simply not true. There is always the sense that something is going on, even if you don't quite know what.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant! 11 Mar 2012
By Kay
Have to admit thought a series about horse racing would be dull- just watched it becuse of thecast but was very pleasantly suprised. am now hooked! terrific direction cast performances and writing and cinimatography make it riviting to watch - and makes you really feel the excitement and danger of a race and fall in love with the horses. always miffed when an episode ends and want more! even want to go to a horse race track for the first time ever! it really give an insight into a very complex and compelling world of horse racing and the peole that make it all tick- trainers riders owners and the horses themselves. Brilliant stuff- charecters you care about with all thier flaws and not a bad performance to be had and some of the best direction ive ever seen in a tv series. A real treat.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TV! TV! TV! 29 Jan 2013
By Richard
Well let me say at the off that I am not into horse racing, am rather indifferent to Dustin Hoffman's screen charisma and never would have thought to count myself among the ranks of Michael Mann's fans either. But this series won me over totally. I found it to be a clear 5 star winner in all departments and I haven't enjoyed a TV series more in years.

Luck is an exceptionally well-crafted and immensely stylish story which intertwines the narratives of a number of different character groupings (each individually compelling) to culminate in a completely resolved and satisfying tale about the rich variety of types associated with the American Horse Racing community. This is a rich subset of U.S. culture and we get to see how the whole complex race track world operates, high and low. A huge, commercial business comprised of many strata, in broad terms the Racing Community falls into the horse people and the gamblers. It turns out that horses and graft make for a heady mix and the character of the series is defined by the particular aesthetic evolved out of this. You don't need to know anything about the scene going into it to enjoy what is revealed.

Indeed, initially the complexities of some of the betting combined with the unfamiliar racing lingo left me slightly unsure as to what was going on at points, but if you just go with it, you find it doesn't matter because the narrative action isn't dependent upon the technicalities the characters themselves are involved with. The emotional sense informing character behaviour is beautifully delineated and dramatically involving; providing your handle on what's happening --as you would expect from this calibre of production.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One dazzling season. 22 Aug 2014
By Mark B
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This is a superb DVD. I love horse racing and this must be the most authentic drama about it ever made. It is one brilliant scene after another. I was staggered by the stand out performance of Gary Stevens, who was one of my favourite jockeys. He seemed to put all his experiences of the seedy side of the sport into his acting. His acting career seems to have been short lived though, as he as now returned to race riding.
When I saw the first episode on TV, I couldn't get to sleep, because I was so excited, and I had to get the DVD.
My only slight disappointment is that, after the first episode, there was a long story arc connecting all the characters. I would have preferred it if each episode was a separate stand alone story, with new characters at the centre, and recurring characters turning up just to flesh out the stories. A sort of "Tales from Santa Anita". But I appreciate that these types of series are becoming a thing of the past.
Unlike so many American TV series, this one will never tarnish its reputation by going on for too long and it will always remain as a masterpiece of the genre, due to this one dazzling season.
I can see how some people who don't follow the sport wouldn't be able to understand the mind set of each character, or the terminology used. But you can't please everyone, and this series should be commended for not dumbing down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Luck
Given as gift so cannot comment
Published 1 month ago by Judda17
2.0 out of 5 stars Just boring
Lured by the reviews that this was about the characters I took a chance with subject matter that was of little interest to me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by gerryg
5.0 out of 5 stars Class Hoffman
Great series, just a shane there won't be another one still definitely worth a watch. Outstanding acting from dustin Hoffman.
Published 6 months ago by Scott Sheridan
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible
i can see why they cancelled the series slow & poorly written waste of moeny buying & a waste of great actors
Published 13 months ago by odersfelt
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of the best
Luck was very disappointing! Good Actors, in the roles of not very convincing chracters. Will not be buying Series 2.
Published 14 months ago by No1Bruce fan
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good view
This is a real good program for the boys to watch, a bit deep and moody but a great story and lots of gambling . . .
Published 18 months ago by Robert Hay
1.0 out of 5 stars snoring zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
didn't understand WHAT was going on - couldn't even understand what some of the actors were saying! I DO NOT recommend. sorry, can't think of anything else to add. Read more
Published 18 months ago by didi
5.0 out of 5 stars USA Horse racing TV series.
Dustin Hoffman was excellent as lead protagonist. Some of the horse racing scenes are exceedingly well shot, by far and the best being the first training session. Read more
Published 19 months ago by David C
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
best series i have watched, you have a great cast and well produced. The story was a little hard to fathom at first but as soon as you click you click and your watching enthralled... Read more
Published 20 months ago by cazatron
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
I really enjoyed this Series on TV. Even better on DVD watching the episodes back to back. Very enjoyable for horse racing/ betting enthusiasts. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Ian Macdonald
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