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DVD review: 'Boardwalk Empire' The Complete Second Season

Nucky begins to lose his grip on his ‘Boardwalk Empire' in the violent second season of HBO's latest Emmy-grabbing series.
BY GENE TRIPLETT Published: September 14, 2012

‘Boardwalk Empire'

The Complete Second Season

Nucky begins to lose his grip on his “Boardwalk Empire” in the violent but straight-up, 100-proof spectacular second season of HBO's latest Emmy-stealing series.

With the third season of this powerful Prohibition-era period piece ready to roll out its bootleg barrels — and gun barrels — again this Sunday night, now is a good time to catch up with the action on Blu-ray with HBO Select, DVD or digital download.

Adapted by screenwriter and producer Terence Winter (“The Sopranos”) from a book about real-life criminal kingpin Enoch L. Johnson, “Boardwalk Empire” stars Steve Buscemi as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, the corrupt treasurer of Atlantic County, New Jersey, who has risen to control Atlantic City — “the world's playground” — during the early years of Prohibition.

Nucky's beginning to pay the price for his power after the 1920 election when he comes under investigation for voter fraud and there are rumblings of insurrection within his circle of allies, including his former ward Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt, coming on like a blond Brando), a Princeton honor student who left school to fight in World War I and came back a scarred young man; his mistress, Margaret (Kelly Macdonald), a young Irish beauty whom he saved — along with her two small children — from an abusive marriage; and even his younger brother, Eli, the corrupt county sheriff.

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