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Carnivale Season 1
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40685503
UPC: 026359885723
UPC 14: 00026359885723
Rating: NR
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1934. The Dustbowl. The last great age of magic. In a time of titanic sandstorms, vile plagues, drought and pistilence - signs of God's fury and harbingers of the Apocalypse - the final conflict between good and evil is about to begin. The battle will take place in the Heartland of an empire called America. And when it is over, man will forever trade away wonder for reason. See the conflict of good vs. evil played out against a pair of vivid and unusual backdrops: a traveling carnival working the American Dustbowl circuit, and an evangelical ministry in California.Episodes:1 - 1.Milfay2.After the Ball is Over2 - 3. Tipton4. Black Blizzard3 - 5. Babylon6. Pick a number4 - 7. The River8. Lonnigan, Texas5 - 9. Insomnia10. Hot and Bothered6 - 11. Day of the Dead12. The Day that was the DayBonus ContentDVD Features:Audio Commentary: 3 Audio Commentaries with Creator Daniel Knauf, Executive Producer Howard Klein and Directors Rodrigo Garcia and Jeremy PodeswaFeaturette: "Making of Carnivale" Featurette detailing how set and costume designers collaborated to achieve the look of the Dustbowl in the 1930sSystem Requirements:Running Time 720 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE
Editor's Note
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 supremely creepy, intellectually provocative, and emotionally gripping. This collection includes all 12 episodes of the series' highly addictive first season.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: HBO
Video Release Date Release Date: 12/7/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 720 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2003
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 98857
Video UPC UPC: 00026359885723
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 6

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Amy Madigan
Video Cast Info Michael J. Anderson
Video Cast Info Nick Stahl
Video Cast Info Patrick Bauchau
Video Cast Info Daniel Knauf - Created By

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"[The] writers are assured, relishing the chance to explore nuances without the usual TV fear." 12/10/2004 p.72

"Bearded ladies, Siamese twins and ghost towns heighten the already creepy atmosphere." 03/01/2005 p.138

Sight and Sound
"The leisurely, sometimes languid pace shows the same confidence as the impeccable compositions and relishably ambiguous performances?" 04/01/2005 p.85

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Carnivale
Product attributeLabel:   HBO Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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