Crime time view­ing

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Dvds -

CON­SID­ER­ING how strong the first sea­son of this 1920s set gang­ster se­ries was, it’s a de­light to see it main­tain its first- class cre­den­tials sec­ond time around and there isn’t a bet­ter crime drama com­ing out of the US at the mo­ment. It widens its scope and dra­matic ap­peal in the fol­low- up sea­son, which still has Steve Buscemi’s Nucky Thomp­son ( pic­tured with Kelly Macdon­ald as Mar­garet) cen­tre screen, but now has the crime boss and un­of­fi­cial ruler of At­lantic City fac­ing crim­i­nal charges and a dis­grun­tled pro­tege Jimmy Dar­mody ( Michael Pitt) who’s try­ing to de­throne him and take over the boot­leg­ging em­pire. Again, all facets of the se­ries are top notch and if you are look­ing for the creme de la creme of the genre, look no fur­ther. Ex­tras: The six au­dio com­men­taries with var­i­ous cast and crew mem­bers re­veal much about key episodes in­clud­ing the sea­son opener and fi­nale, plus there are fea­turettes ex­plor­ing the styles and trends of the 1920s, the whiz bang sets of sea­son two and the new char­ac­ters, as well as char­ac­ter dossiers that al­low you to track the ma­jor play­ers.

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