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The Mafia's Greatest Hits [DVD]

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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Demand DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Sep 2013
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CEB72IQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,445 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Documentary series that sets out to investigate the Mafia's use of murder in 20th century America. Put together with access to FBI files on the Mafia, the programmes detail the agency's surprise when 1960s figures revealed the extent to which the Mafia contributed to the US murder rate. Dramatic reconstructions, archive footage and testimony from witnesses and FBI agents are used to explore the methods of the Mafia and the FBI's efforts to combat them.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight into organised crime 29 Nov 2012
Format:DVD
I have watched a large proportion of the episodes as serialised on TV and have found them very enjoyable and interesting. I would consider buying the DVD box set to watch again or for anyone who finds real-life drama of this type at least equally compelling as the fictional stuff on screen. Parts from various episodes are closely echoed in the Godfather films and it's almost a disappointment to find someone actually died of natural causes (although there aren't too many like that).

If anyone ever wondered just how influential or far reaching the mob were in american society and beyond then this series gives some answers. Apart from introducing a range of characters whose main trait is a predeliction to violence there are some fascinating snippets of information that show how organised crime affected people's lives. As a civil engineer one of these that stuck in my mind was that the cost of concrete in one NY borough was something like three times that in a neighbouring one because of the mob influence. It is also well known that the prohibition era with bootleg liquor provided a starting point for some gangsters but less well known (by me anyway) that a certain Kennedy was allegedly involved and made sufficient money to bankroll his sons careers and path to the presidency. It seemed ironic that one mobster liked to identify himself with the Kennedys on this account given their efforts to stamp out organised crime.

All in all an absorbing series which is very watchable. If there are any detracting points then for me these would be that very few of the main characters have any redeeming features and it was difficult to find any way of empathising with them. Quite often it seemed that they owed their 'successees' to lucky breaks rather than having some form of criminal mastermind.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVDS 23 Feb 2013
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One of the great series off the TV.Would highly recommend set to all organised crime fans.Good value for the cost.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved it 10 Aug 2013
By Omid
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Great documentary about the history of the five mafia families of New York. would recommend to every one to watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Birthday present 20 May 2013
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My son was really pleased with this box set of The Mafias which provides factual information to complement most of the American crime series he watches
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5.0 out of 5 stars Organized crime 17 Jun 2014
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This is a revealing account of organized crime in the U.S. I hope other Americans purchase this account of criminal activity.
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