“Boardwalk Empire” released its third season on DVD and Blu-ray four weeks before the premiere of its fourth season on September 8 leaving plenty of time to catch up.
The third season follows the shocking conclusion to season two with the violent gangster Giuseppe “Gyp” Rosetti (Bobby Cannavale) being introduced into the cast as new competition for Enoch “Nucky” Thomson (Steve Buscemi), bringing the best and worst out in him all the way until the climactic facedown.
The list of episodes are as follows:
- “Spaghetti and Coffee”
- “Bone for Tuna”
- “Blue Bell Boy”
- “You’d Be Surprised”
- “Ging Gang Goolie”
- “Sunday Best”
- “The Pony”
- “The Milkmaid’s Lot”
- “A Man, a Plan…”
- “Two Imposters”
- “Margate Sands”
This season continued the serial drama with the season peaking with the fifth episode, “You’d Be Surprised” before slowing down to its set-up episodes before the climactic finale. This is a show that if you’re at the third season, you’ll be interested in the characters and plotline already and not much will defer you from continuing. The introduction of “Gyp” was a good addition, as his sadistic personality was almost mesmerizing, although a little textbook. Whenever he was onscreen, the atmosphere was tense.
“Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Third Season” has a run time of approximately 720 minutes, and is rated TV-MA for adult situations, graphic violence, nudity, strong sexual content and language.
The Blu-ray features a 1080p/AVC-encoded presentation in the original 1.78:1 aspect ratio. As usual with HBO releases, and “Boardwalk Empire” in general, the picture is impressive. Blacks are consistent, flesh tones are natural, and color is accurate. This keeps up with the consistent high definition presentations seen from past HBO Blu-ray releases.
As with the previous seasons, these Blu-rays feature a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track. Again, the sound is stunning. Dialogue is clear through the front channel throughout the season, but the action is where this track should be recognized. Sequences that utilize the surrounding channels are perfectly matched with what’s on the screen. Ambience is immersive, as is the shattering gunfire and explosions. This is one of the best audio releases out there, especially for a television show.
The DVD and Blu-ray includes multiple commentary tracks as well as high definition bonus features. The bonus features include:
- Commentary with Creator/Writer/Executive Producer Terence Winter, Director/Executive Producer Tim Van Patten, Actor Steve Buscemi and Actor Jack Huston
- Boardwalk Chronicle: “Resolution”
- Boardwalk Chronicle: “Spaghetti and Coffee”
- Distilling Season 2
- Commentary Executive Producer/Writer Howard Korder, Actor Michael Stuhlbarg, Actor Bobby Cannavale, and Actor Stephen DeRosa
- Boardwalk Chronicle: “Bone for Tuna”
- Boardwalk Chronicle: “Blue Bell Boy”
- Boardwalk Chronicle: “You’d Be Surprised”
- Commentary Executive Producer/Writer Howard Korder, Director Allen Coulter, Actor Shea Whigham, and Actor Gretchen Mol
- Commentary Creator/Writer/Executive Producer Terence Winter, Actor Michael Shannon, Actor Charlie Cox, and Actor Meg Chambers Steedle
- Boardwalk Chronicle: “Ging Gang Goolie”
- Boardwalk Chronicle: “Sunday Best”
- Boardwalk Chronicle: “The Pony”
- Commentary Executive Producer/Writer Howard Korder, Director Allen Coulter, Actor Steve Buscemi, and Actor Michael Kenneth Williams
- Boardwalk Chronicle: “The Milkmaid’s Lot”
- Boardwalk Chronicle: “A Man, A Plan…”
- Boardwalk Chronicle: “Two Impostors”
- Commentary Creator/Writer/Executive Producer Terence Winter, Director/Executive Producer Tim Van Patten, Actor Bobby Cannavale, and Actor Chris Caldovino
- Boardwalk Chronicle: “Margate Sands”
- American Empires*
- Boardwalk Empire: Director’s Chair
- Scorsese on Season 3
- New Characters
“Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Third Season” is another addition to HBO’s lineup of solid Blu-ray releases with fantastic visuals and audio, plus a huge amount of bonus features and audio commentaries.
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