Thursday, 25 January 2018

The Deuce: The Complete First Season Digital HD Review

Now available on Digital HD from HBO Home Entertainment is the 1970s drama The Deuce: The Complete First Season, featuring all 8 episodes. Created by George Pelecanos and David Simon, the series stars James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Chris Bauer, Gary Carr, Chris Coy, Dominique Fishback, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Margarita Levieva, Emily Meade, Natalie Paul, and Michael Rispoli. It will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on February 13, 2018.

Set in New York City during the early 1970s, the series centers on a variety of characters that get caught up in the gritty world of sex, crime, and the rising porn industry.

James Fransco plays dual roles as Vincent and Frankie Martino, twin brothers from Brooklyn, who end up working as fronts for the mob. The series focuses on multiple characters, such as prostitutes Eileen "Candy" Merrell (played by Maggie Gyllenhaal) and Lori (played by Emily Meade), the Martino's brother-in-law Bobby Dwyer (played by Chris Bauer), and an ex-college student turned waitress Abigail "Abby" Parker (played by Margarita Levieva). 

Digital HD special features include:
  • The Deuce in Focus- Delve inside The Deuce with Michelle MacLaren, James Franco and Roxann Dawson as they talk about bringing the show to life.
  • The Wild West: New York in the Early '70s- Head back in time in this featurette that focuses on the frontier of the pornography business--New York City in the early 1970s--with the cast and crew of The Deuce. Creators David Simon and George Pelecanos plus James Franco and his co-stars open up about this unique period in NYC history as porn moved from the street to the mainstream screen.

Final Thoughts

I had originally watched The Deuce: The Complete First Season on Digital HD in early December, but due to the holidays I got a little sidelined with stuff, so I'm just now getting around to writing this review.

The series is about pimps, prostitution, and the porn industry in New York City during the early 1970s. Since it airs on HBO, the series can be quite graphic, and might not be suitable for some adult viewers.

Personally, it took me a couple of episodes to get interested in the series. The writing is really good, and the acting from the entire cast is excellent. The only downside I found with the series is that it's a little too graphic, even for HBO's standards; some of the content should have been toned down.

Overall, The Deuce: The Complete First Season is a well-made, intriguing series, but it's not very everyone.

*I received a complimentary digital copy from HBO. All opinions are my own.

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