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Carnivale: The Complete First Season (DVD)

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Like a cross between TWIN PEAKS and THE GRAPES OF WRATH, HBO's acclaimed television drama CARNIVALE sets an allegorical fable about the mythic battle between good and evil against the surreal backdrop of a Depression-era traveling circus. Having lost both his farm and his mother to the 1930s Dust Bowl, prison escapee Ben Hawkins (Nick Stahl, IN THE BEDROOM) joins an itinerant carnival in a desperate bid to escape poverty, the police, and his own discomfort with his miraculous healing powers. Ben's story is juxtaposed with that of California preacher Justin Crowe (Clancy Brown, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION), whose evangelical ministries with his sister, Iris (Amy Madigan), take on increasingly sinister overtones and hint at an eventual confrontation between himself and young Hawkins through the mysterious figure of former circus showman and WWI veteran Henry Scudder (John Savage). As the main story arc builds to its apocalyptic showdown, the series takes dramatic detours into the daily lives of the carnival denizens. Lorded over by the unseen "Management" and a dwarf named Samson (TWIN PEAKS' Michael J. Anderson), the ragtag collection of sideshow freaks includes the blind soothsayer, Lodz (Patrick Bauchau); the bearded lady, Lila (Debra Christofferson); the snake charmer, Ruthie (Adrienne Barbeau); the troubled fortuneteller, Sophie (Clea DuVall); her catatonic mother, Apollonia (Diane Salinger); the wounded former-baseball player-turned-roustabout, Jonesy (Tim DeKay); and a family of strippers and prostitutes comprised of mother Rita Sue (Cynthia Ettinger), her daughters Libby (Carla Gallo) and Dora Mae (Amanda Aday), and their pimp-like father, Stumpy (Toby Huss). Creator Daniel Knauf surrounds this impressive cast with impeccable period-piece production design, a rotating roster of directorial talent that includes Alison Maclean (JESUS' SON) and Rodrigo Garcia (son of magical-realist writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez), and innovative storytelling that is at once sup...


UPC 026359885723
Studio Hbo/Warner
Format DVD
Extra Info 6-Disc Set
Genre Television: Series/Television: HBO/Drama
Rating TV-MA
Dimensions 5.75" x 2" x 7.75" WxHxD
Weight 1.2 lbs
Stars John Savage, Adrienne Barbeau, Ralph Waite, Nick Stahl, Clea DuVall, John Fleck, Amanda Aday, Tim DeKay, Toby Huss, Sarah Steben, Brian Turk, Patrick Bauchau, Michael J. Anderson, Cynthia Ettinger, Diane Salinger, Amy Madigan, Carla Gallo, Clancy Brown, Karyne Steben, Debra Christofferson

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    Intense drama taking place in the depression days of the 30's. It follows very strange and interesting characters traveling with their carnival show. Involves the ever present battle between good and evil. The ending of each episode really leaves you wanting more. I watched at least 2 episodes at a time on a weekend when I had a couple of hours to relax except I didn't relax waiting for the drame to continue. Definitely not for children.

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  • Carnivale is a thrill a minute

    One of the the best tv series ever put into a box set. Put the the kids to bed there is alot of adult content but it is not glamorized and is only used to develope the characters relationships between one another.If you enjoy the battle of good evil with a twist that has never been used before then this a must see..Way too bad they were only able to do 2 seasons......HBO has always done top quality entertainment and this is no exception. You really care about all the charecters and when you think you finally have it all figured out you are left with your jaw dropping open because of the twist and turns they take. The season ending episode of season 1 will have you rushing to the store the next day to purchase season 2 ITS REALLY THAT GOOD!!!!!!!!!!

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  • What a great show!!! I give it a 20 out of 10! Each episode leaves you wanting more. If you purchase this you definitely will want to purchase season 2 as soon as it's available.

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  • This show is incredible. There is not another program on television that I have ever watched with such fervor! Every episode leaves you on tenterhooks until the next one. Never have I ever been so engrossed, awed, and excited about a series.

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  • This is a great show!!!! So glad it is on DVD. When I first saw it, I knew I wanted the DVD for my collections. Intriguing and mysterious. Great cast of characters. This is a must see show.

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