Set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Boardwalk Empire re-lives America’s tumultuous 1920’s prohibition era and is based on true events and characters. Boardwalk Empire peers deep into the lives of sundry unsettling gangsters and dishonorable politicians along with their numerous tagalong cohorts. Boardwalk Empire captures our collective television viewing hearts and souls like no other show of its kind. All 56 episodes (five seasons) are now available in a box set on 20 Blu-Ray discs. The audio and video characteristics are beyond the already excellent HBO original presentations.
The shining star of the series is Steven Buscemi (Enoch “Nucky” Thompson), the crooked treasurer who controls Atlantic City and he is based on the historical persona non grata, Enoch L. Johnson. With a balance of powerful multi layered characters, incredibly awe inspiring written story lines and impressive television sets each episode is a multi sensory treat, a real tour du force.
Terrence Winter (Emmy Award winner) creator / screenplay for the show was also involved in HBO’s smash hit The Sopranos. Ironically, both series (Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos) were about mobsters and both were also extremely popular. Oscar Award-winning director Martin Scorsese is also a producer on the series.
Episode 1: Boardwalk Empire: January 1920 and the U.S. begins Prohibition though you wouldn’t be able to tell in the far from dry Atlantic City.
Episode 2: The Ivory Tower: FBI Agent Van Alden (played by Michael Shannon) believes that there is plenty of illegal booze and maybe even murder going on in Atlantic City and that it is city Treasurer Nucky Thompson (played by Steve Buscemi) who is behind it all.
Episode 3: Broadway Limited: Van Alden pursues the men he feels are behind the massacre in the forest.
Episode 4: Anastasia: Jimmy (played by Michael Pitt) has fled to Chicago and is working under Al Capone (played by Stephen Graham) and his new boss, Johnny Torrio (played by Greg Antonacci).
Episode 5: Nights in Ballygran: Nucky plans to throw a big bash for St. Patrick’s Day but finds himself having to deal with problems from his brother Eli (played by Shea Whigham).
Episode 6: Family Limitation: Margaret (played by Kelly Macdonald) finds the courage to stand up to Lucy (played by Paz de la Huerta).
Episode 7: Home: Jimmy begins a partnership with a fellow veteran and Nucky deals with some bad childhood memories.
Episode 8: Hold Me in Paradise: Nucky is off to Chicago to attend the Republican National Convention but is suddenly called back to Atlantic City.
Episode 9: Belle Femme: Jimmy is back from Chicago in order to help Nucky deal with the D’Alessio brothers.
Episode 10: Outside: Nucky asks Margaret to support his candidate and to use her influence with the women of the Temperance Movement to get votes.
Episode 11: Paris Green: Jimmy has some problems on the home front and Van Alden deals with Agent Sebso (played by Erik Weiner).
Episode 12: A Return to Normalcy: Torrio tries to broker a truce between Nucky and Rothstein (played by Michael Stuhlbarg) while Margaret, Jimmy, Van Alden and Eli consider their futures.
Episode 1: 21: Nucky has to deal with some betrayal from those he most trusted. Margaret has to deal with her unruly son.
Episode 2: Ourselves Alone: Nucky has to deal with the fact that he might be losing control over Atlantic City. He also has to figure out who stabbed him in the back.
Episode 3: A Dangerous Maid: Nucky, who realizes his alcohol supply is not getting through, turns to a friend in politics for some help. Margaret deals with the house staff.
Episode 4: What Does the Bee Do?: Nucky makes a deal to try and get some alcohol into Atlantic City. Eli is not sure that The Commodore (played by Dabney Coleman) is the most capable leader.
Episode 5: Gimcrack and Bunkum: Nucky hires a new lawyer. One of The Commodore’s men teaches Jimmy a tough lesson.
Episode 6: The Age of Reason: Nucky tries to get some alcohol delivered to Philadelphia. Margaret finally goes to Confession.
Episode 7: Peg of Old: Margaret travels to New York to see her family. Jimmy goes a long way to prove his loyalty to his new ally.
Episode 8: Two Boats and a Lifeguard: While recovering after being shot, Nucky finds out some shocking information about his father. Now that he is more powerful it is causing Jimmy to rethink his relationship with Angela (played by Aleksa Palladino).
Episode 9: Battle of the Century: Nucky goes to Belfast in order to make a deal with the Irish. Margaret gets some bad news about Emily (played by Lucy and Jose Gallina).
Episode 10: Georgia Peaches: Jimmy tries to set up a new stream of incoming money. The city’s striking workers have to be dealt with by The Commodore.
Episode 11: Under God’s Power She Flourishes: The police suspect Jimmy in the murder of his own wife. Nucky finds out that Margaret has had an affair.
Episode 12: To the Lost: Jimmy is set to make a statement at Nucky’s trial. Margaret decides to change her life.
Special Features: Making of Boardwalk Empire, “Atlantic City: The Original Sin City”, Speakeasy Tour, “Creating The Boardwalk”, Character Dossier: evolving character guide, Enhanced Viewing Picture-in-Picture on all 12 episode, Character Dossiers, Back to the Boardwalk, Secrets of the Past: Storytelling in Episode 11, Living in 1921, The Money Decade, New Characters, Updates to the Boardwalk, Season Two Promo Spot
Episode 1: Resolution: It is New Year’s Eve 1923 in Atlantic City, New Jersey and Nucky decides to throw a big party. Despite the tension between husband and wife, Margaret (played by Kelly MacDonald) helps her husband with the organization of the bash.
Episode 2: Spaghetti and Coffee: Nucky is allowing his feelings get in the way of his business decisions. Margaret is trying to be successful as a philanthropist.
Episode 3: Bone for Tuna: Nucky is haunted by visions of Jimmy. Margaret tries to get a women’s clinic to open at the hospital.
Episode 4: Blue Bell Boy: Nucky and Owen (played by Charlie Cox) deal with a young man who is stealing booze from them. As time goes on, Nucky begins to regain his moxy and begins to take on his enemies.
Episode 5: You’d Be Surprised: Eli (played by Shea Whigham) tells Nucky and Rothstein (played by Michael Stuhlbarg) about Gyp (played by Bobby Cannavale) taking over the road between Atlantic City and New York. The brothers, Eli and Nucky, undergo a reconnection.
Episode 6: Ging Gang Goolie: In the middle of the night, Teddy (played by Declan and Rory McTigue) wakes up Margaret to tell her there is a fire. Gillian (played by Gretchen Mol) seduces a stranger at a bar that looks like Jimmy.
Episode 7: Sunday Best: Margaret, Nucky and the children go to Eli’s for Easter. Gyp also spends Easter with his family and also meets with his boss.
Episode 8: The Pony: Nucky decides to take on the Attourney General. Gillian begins her plan for revenge.
Episode 9: The Milkmaid’s Lot: Nucky is at the Ritz Carleton recovering from a concussion. There he tries to gather allies for a war against Gyp and Joe Masseria (played by Ivo Nandi).
Episode 10: A Man, a Plan…: Nucky sends off Owen to assassinate Joe. What will be the repercussions of Margaret and Owen’s affair?
Episode 11: Two Imposters: Nucky is crushed when he discovers Margaret and the children are gone. Eli is in Chicago looking for more allies in the fight against Gyp.
Episode 12: Margate Sands: A full out gang war erupts in Atlantic City. Richard (played by Jack Huston) is focused on protecting Tommy (played by Brady and Connor Noon).
Special Features: Boardwalk Empire – Director’s Chair, Newsreels, Scorsese on Season 3, New Characters, American Empires, Boardwalk Chronicle, Distilling Season 2, Digital Copy
Episode 1: New York Sour: Coming off his clash with Gyp Rosetti, Nucky makes a peace offering to Joe Masseria (played by Ivo Nandi). Chalky (played by Michael K. Williams) has his hands full running the Onyx Club on the Boardwalk.
Episode 2: Resignation: Van Alden (played by Michael Shannon) is instructed to keep an eye on Al Capone (played by Stephen Graham). With the opportunity for some business, Nucky leaves for Florida.
Episode 3: Acres of Diamonds: Nucky has some doubts about the potential land deal between himself and bootlegger Bill McCoy (played by Pearce Bunting). In order to impress a business associate, Gillian (played by Gretchen Mol) agrees to pose as Roy Phillip’s (played by Ron Livingston) wife.
Episode 4: All In: While playing cards Nucky gets a better picture of Arnold Rothstein (played by Arnold Stuhlbarg). Chalky’s eye is caught by Daughter Maitland (played by Margot Bingham).
Episode 5: Erlkonig: Nucky has to travel to Philadelphia to deal with Willie’s (played by Ben Rosenfield) prank gone wrong. On Election Day Van Alden works for Al Capone.
Episode 6: The North Star: Nucky has a reunion of sorts with Margaret in New York. Chalky takes out his frustrations on Daughter Maitland.
Episode 7: William Wilson: Roy Phillips helps Gillian go cold turkey. Al Capone is still furious about the death of his brother and tries to get one gangster to turn on another.
Episode 8: The Old Ship of Zion: Chalky and Narcisse (played by Jeffrey Wright) class over the control of the Northside. Nucky gets something unexpected in his shipment from Florida.
Episode 9: Marriage and Hunting: Nucky will not stand behind Chalky in his battle with Narcisse. Van Alden stands up to Al Capone and tells O’Banion (played by Arron shiver) the truth.
Episode 10: White Horse Pike: In order to make things better for her family Margaret thinks about making a deal with Rothstein. Al Capone’s suspicion of Torrio (played by Greg Antonacci) grows.
Episode 11: Havre de Grace: Chalky and Daughter have to go on the lam and take shelter with Oscar Boneau (played by Louis Gossett Jr.). Gillian is thinking about selling her mansion and starting a life with Roy Phillips.
Episode 12: Farewell Daddy Blues: Agent Knox (played by Brain Geraghty) puts a plan in motion to take down Nucky. Chalky has a score to settle.
Special Features: Boardwalk Chronicle, PaleyFest: Made in NY Panel, The Onyx Club: A Step Back in Time, Becoming Harrow, New Characters, Scouting the Boardwalk, Season 3 Revisited
Episode 1: Golden Days For Boys and Girls: The year is 1931 and Nucky is in Cuba attempting to set up shipping lines to the U.S. Chalky (played by Michael Kenneth Williams) is fighting for his freedom.
Episode 2: The Good Listener: After he returns to New York Nucky tries to find out who tried to have him killed in Cuba. Gillian (played by Gretchen Mol) is now living in a psychiatric facility for women.
Episode 3: What Jesus Said: Chalky is on the run. Margaret (played by Kelly Macdonald) finds herself in trouble due to a deal she made with Arnold Rothstein before his death.
Episode 4: Cuanto: Luciano (played by Vincent Piazza) runs into Capone (played by Stephen Graham) in Chicago. Sally (played by Patricia Arquette) does some business in Cuba.
Episode 5: King of Norway: Chalky shows up at Nucky’s looking for some information on Narcisse (played by Jeffrey Wright). Eli (played by Shea Whigham) and Mueller (played by Christian Seidel) are both arrested.
Episode 6: Devil You Know: Nucky begins drinking heavily and hanging around with a different crowd of people. The Feds are using Eli and Nelson (played by Michael Shannon) to infiltrate the Capone crew.
Episode 7: Friendless Child: Nucky desperately tries to keep control in Atlantic City. His time as a crime boss is coming to an end for Maranzano (played by Giampiero Judica).
Episode 8: Eldorado: Nucky visits Gillian. Capone is getting ready to face trial in Chicago. Living in New York Margaret has become a stock operator.
Special Features: Scouting the Boardwalk, Digital Copy, A Final Shot: A Farewell to Boardwalk Empire, Anatomy of a Hit, Building the Boardwalk, Shooting the Series, Designing the Series, Visual Effects