Boardwalk Empire

Complete 1st Season

(DVD - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Boardwalk Empire
A lavish period drama set in Atlantic City, following the life and times of Nucky Thompson - the undisputed political and criminal mastermind whose grip on power and control of the city's liquor supply is under constant threat.
Publisher: [United States] : Home Box Office, [2012]
ISBN: 0780669754
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.45 BOA


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Awesome series! Well written and excellent acting.

May 30, 2014
  • jlopdx rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I only watched one episode as it was too violent for me.

Feb 01, 2014
  • MadisonParkMilo rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Marginal in quailty of production compared to Game of Thrones or Borgias, do not start watching without getting hooked on watching the entire series!

Oct 25, 2013
  • MFJaume2688 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great Series, and so well done to really capture the 1920s in such a manner that makes you feel that as if you are really there! Steve Buscemi really brings the whole thing together and the storyline is just amazing!

Aug 19, 2013
  • pjrodriguez rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I do enjoy old American gangster movies. This is an excellent drama about that time and the complexities that occurs within the lives of these "businessmen".
Of course, it is HBO so I'm not shocked but I believe that the point can be brought across without so much cursing and the nudity. Like I said, it's just my preference and I probably won't watch the remaining seasons. But I do think that the acting is well done.

May 01, 2013
  • rab1953 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I guess this is okay for television, and it's great visually, but the script is silly and overwritten, the characters are unbelievable, and the actors are unconvincing. Sure, it shows the corruption and violence of the American political and economic system - and that's the only saving grace in the script - but the characters are superficial and seem to be acting mainly to work in a clever line or a plot turn. And the actors are as superficial as the script. When I look at a well produced television production (Downton Abbey, The Borgias), even with their over-the-top improbable plots, the scripts and the acting have depth and conviction that I don't see here. Boardwalk Empire just makes me roll my eyes when the characters do something that the writers think is smart.

Mar 19, 2013
  • JEarl rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Could've done with less nudity but overall I enjoyed it. Cannot wait to watch season 2.

worest show ever, watched the 2 hour pilot and brought the dvd back to the library, can not understand how this show could be such a big hit.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Gary Geiserman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Disappointed after 5 episodes. It seems to be getting better so I definitely will continue (not that I'd quit anyway).

The pilot directed by Scorsese was an unfortunate intro. Written by the head cheese, Terry Winter, this homage-phobia sweeping various generations younger than boomer is quite a impediment.

Like Conan wanting “The Tonight Show” instead of just staying on NBC making $11/yr, we start season 1 of BE bogieing hole 1. Scorsese’s directing is awful and sets a bad precedent that they ease away from in subsequent episodes, thankfully. Over the top and forced, self-conscious and struggling w/exposition of the Times/book it’s based on. You’d think Marty doesn’t know what to do with tv. He directs as though he/we’ve never seen a mob picture before! Or, maybe he’s been hanging w/Robert DeNiro too long—that is, snail-mailing it in in in. Fat and ego-apotheosed...Wow.......

In each following episode Winters et al re-establish quality; it’s alot of Soprano dudes, after all. Buscemi fulfills the prescription for a quality cable drama, very compelling lead. Plentiful plot doesn’t seem to be a problem. Once they take the advice I had for Jimmy Fallon they should be ok—get bored with it, then relax and forget where you are and what you are doing, for Christ’s Sake. Also, forget the source material that got you started; don’t marry it! THEN, get on with it.

Aside; dirty up the clothes, sets a little, you know, like in Reality.

Nov 13, 2012
  • rufus_red4 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really appreciated the subtley and restraint that the pilot episode showed, especailly considering it was directed by Martin Scorsesse. By the second episode, all of that restraint is thrown out the window. This series doesn't disappoint as far as fans of violence, gore, sex and nudity. The story is fairly conventional, a slightly different spin on the mobster world. Still, the writing is excellent, as is the production design and the actors such as Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon and Gretchen Mol are a joy to watch.

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