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August 19, 2014 DVD and Blu-ray: 'Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Fourth Season'

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From HBO comes the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning television series Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Fourth Season created by Terence Winter. Based on the novel titled Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City by Nelson Johnson, the lavish period drama stars Steve Buscemi as the political figure and criminal kingpin Enoch "Nucky" Thompson who controlled Atlantic City and the city’s liquor supply during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and 1930s. Alongside him, the all-star cast includes Kelly Macdonald as Margaret, Nucky's estranged wife; Michael Shannon as former Federal Agent Nelson Van Alden; Shea Whigham as Nucky's brother Elias; Jack Huston as disfigured war veteran Richard Harrow; Stephen Graham as gangster Al Capone; Michael Stuhlbarg as gangster Arnold Rothstein; Vincent Piazza as gangster Lucky Luciano; Paul Sparks as Mickey Doyle; Michael Kenneth Williams as Nucky's ally Chalky White; Gretchen Mol as Gillian; and Anthony Laciura as Eddie Kessler. New cast members in season four include Jeffrey Wright as Dr. Valentin Narcisse; Ron Livingston as Roy Phillips; Patricia Arquette as Sally Wheet; Brian Geraghty as Federal Agent Warren Knox; and Domenick Lombardozzi and Morgan Spector as Al Capone's brothers, Ralph and Frank.

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Starting in February 1924, we find Nucky Thompson laying low at the end of the Boardwalk after barely surviving an overthrow attempt by gangster Gyp Rossetti. However the calm is short-lived as Nucky is quickly drawn back in. He faces new challenges including a clash with Dr. Valentin Narcisse, a violent Harlem power-broker, and the irresistible lure of lucrative -- and perilous -- opportunities in Florida. Nucky also battles with his brother Eli over Eli's college-age son -- sparking fraternal tensions when Eli attempts to steer his son clear of Nucky's influence. Meanwhile, Agent Sawicki's new partner, Warren Knox, sets about to end Nucky’s empire for good.

DVD and Blu-ray are jam-packed with exclusive bonus material, including audio commentaries, recap of Season 3 and three featurettes. In “The Onyx Club: A Step Back In Time,” get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the creation of, and historical inspiration for, the massive new set in Season 4. In “Becoming Harrow,” actor Jack Huston details the origins, story arc, and evolution of fan-favorite character Richard Harrow. And in “New Characters,” meet the new faces of Season 4: Dr. Valentin Narcisse, Roy Phillips, Agent Knox, Sally Wheet, Frank and Ralph Capone and Daughter Maitland. Exclusive to Blu-ray are three additional featurettes. “Boardwalk Chronicle” is an interactive, in-feature guide which offers character and location info as well as historical facts that are woven into each episode. In “Scouting the Boardwalk,” hear how the locations manager of Boardwalk Empire finds the unique buildings and neighborhoods that bring the 1920s to life in each episode. And “PaleyFest: "Made in NY" Boardwalk Empire Panel” is a Q&A with creator/executive producer/writer Terence Winter, executive producer/writer Howard Korder and cast members of Boardwalk Empire after a screening of episode five, "Erlkönig" - courtesy of The Paley Center for Media.

Boardwalk Empire's Timothy Van Patten has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.

Boardwalk Empire: Season 5, its final season, premieres on HBO on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Episodes:

  1. “New York Sour” - The fourth series begins in February 1924, as Nucky tries to make peace with Joe Masseria and helps Chalky clean up after an incident at a seedy hotel. Meanwhile, Gillian seeks custody of her grandson and tries to find a buyer for the Artemis Club; federal agent Warren Knox gets acquainted with business in Atlantic City; and in Chicago, Al Capone and his brothers make sure their last name is well-known.
  2. “Resignation” - Dr. Valentin Narcisse arrives in Atlantic City, and clashes with Nucky and Chalkie over the disappearance of an employee. Meanwhile, Dean O'Banion enlists Van Alden to keep an eye on Al Capone, starting with a political rally outside Chicago; Agent Knox reports to J. Edgar Hoover in Washington, D.C. and Eddie demands a promotion from Nucky after 11 years of service.
  3. “Acres of Diamonds” - Nucky heads to Florida to investigate a land deal in the Tampa area, but he's not sure he's buying what bootlegger Bill McCoy and his associates are selling. Back in Atlantic City, Valentin books a jazz singer for Chalky's club and gauges Dunn's loyalty to his boss; Gillian helps Roy impress a potential business partner; and Willie hopes Mickey will help him make a name for himself at college.
  4. “All In” - Nucky becomes more acquainted with Arnold Rothstein during a high-stakes poker game, but the evening yields another potential partner in the Florida land deal. Meanwhile, Van Alden helps Al and Frank Capone on their collection rounds outside Chicago; Dunn discusses business with Valentin in Harlem; and Willie and his college roommate carry a prank too far in Philadelphia.
  5. “Erlkönig” - Nucky goes to Philadelphia to deal with the aftermath of Willie's ill-fated prank; Eddie endures a marathon detention by Agent Knox; Gillian's desperation for a fix takes her to an unfamiliar part of town; Van Alden works for Al Capone on Election Day at a factory outside Chicago.
  6. “The North Star” - Nucky has a tense reunion with Margaret in New York, then heads to Tampa to iron out the details of his land deal and reconnect with Sally. Meanwhile, Richard returns to Atlantic City and makes a confession to an ailing Paul Sagorsky; Agent Knox tries to gain Eli's trust; Chalky vents his frustration; and Lansky leaves Luciano out of his Florida expansion when the latter is spooked by an investor's ties to Joe Masseria.
  7. “William Wilson” - Willie's unpopular decision pits Eli versus Nucky; Margaret has a surprise encounter at her job on Wall Street; Luciano is sent to Tampa to deal with Petrucelli; Gillian tries to kick her heroin habit with Roy's help; Valentin increases his control in Atlantic City while Chalky is distracted; Al Capone urges Johnny Torrio to go to war with Dean O'Banion.
  8. “The Old Ship of Zion” - Nucky's shipment from Florida comes with some unexpected cargo; Eli feels the heat from the Feds when Knox uncovers new evidence of the Thompsons' escapades; Willie reconsiders his recent choices after a talk with his uncle; Chalky clashes with Narcisse over control of the Northside.
  9. “Marriage and Hunting” - Nucky won't back Chalky in his turf war with Valentin Narcisse; Julia mulls her next move after Gillian makes her custody case in court; Van Alden tests the patience of two gangsters in Illinois; Rothstein hatches a plan to obtain some extra cash.
  10. “White Horse Pike” - Nucky gets a tip from Sally about some extra cargo in Florida shipments; Margaret mulls a deal with Rothstein to help her family; Capone becomes wary of Torrio's motives; Eli tries to mend his relationship with Willie.
  11. “Havre de Grace” - Chalky goes on the lam with Daughter following a close call, and takes refuge in Delaware with his mentor, Oscar Boneau. Meanwhile, Nucky heeds a prescient warning; and Gillian mulls selling her mansion and starting a new life with Roy.
  12. “Farewell Daddy Blues” - In the series 4 finale, Eli fears for Nucky when Knox puts his plan in motion to take him down; Al Capone and Johnny Torrio come to an agreement in Illinois; Chalky plots revenge on his foes; and Richard looks out for Tommy's welfare.

Cast:

  • Steve Buscemi as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson
  • Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Thompson
  • Michael Shannon as Nelson Van Alden/George Mueller
  • Shea Whigham as Elias "Eli" Thompson
  • Michael Stuhlbarg as Arnold Rothstein
  • Stephen Graham as Al Capone
  • Vincent Piazza as Charlie Luciano
  • Michael Kenneth Williams as Albert "Chalky" White
  • Anthony Laciura as Eddie Kessler
  • Paul Sparks as Mickey Doyle
  • Jack Huston as Richard Harrow
  • Ron Livingston as Roy Phillips
  • Jeffrey Wright as Dr. Valentin Narcisse
  • Gretchen Mol as Gillian Darmody
  • Brian Geraghty as Agent Warren Knox/James "Jim" Tolliver
  • Margot Bingham as Daughter Maitland
  • Ben Rosenfield as Willie Thompson
  • Domenick Lombardozzi as Ralph Capone
  • Patricia Arquette as Sally Wheet
  • Erik LaRay Harvey as Dunn Purnsley
  • Christina Jackson as Maybelle White
  • Eric Ladin as J. Edgar Hoover
  • Brady and Connor Noon as Tommy Darmody
  • Wrenn Schmidt as Julia Sagorsky
  • Jacob A. Ware as Federal Agent Selby

DVD Special Features:

  • The Onyx Club: A Step Back In Time - An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the creation of, and historical inspiration for, the massive new set in Season 4.
  • Becoming Harrow - Actor Jack Huston details the origins, story arc, and evolution of fan-favorite character Richard Harrow.
  • New Characters - Meet the new faces of Season 4: Dr. Valentin Narcisse, Roy Phillips, Agent Knox, Sally Wheet, Frank and Ralph Capone and Daughter Maitland.
  • Season 3: Revisited - Get reacquainted with Season 3 of Boardwalk Empire with this recap featuring creator/executive producer/writer Terence Winter.
  • Audio Commentaries - Six commentaries with the cast and crew including Terence Winter, Steve Buscemi, Michael Kenneth Williams, Gretchen Mol and more.

Blu-ray Special Features:

Includes all DVD Special Features plus:

  • Boardwalk Chronicle - An interactive, in-feature guide which offers character and location info as well as historical facts that are woven into each episode.
  • Scouting the Boardwalk - Hear how the locations manager of Boardwalk Empire finds the unique buildings and neighborhoods that bring the 1920s to life in each episode.
  • PaleyFest: "Made in NY" Boardwalk Empire Panel - A Q&A with creator/executive producer/writer Terence Winter, executive producer/writer Howard Korder and cast members of Boardwalk Empire after a screening of episode five, "Erlkönig" - courtesy of The Paley Center for Media.

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  • Best Buy - Save 15% when you purchase 2 or save 25% when you purchase 3 TV titles $14.99 and up. Offer valid 8/10/14 - 9/27/14.
  • Target - Get $5 credit at TargetTicket.com when you purchase Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Fourth Season DVD.

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