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Banshee: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray Review)

3 Aug, 2013 By: Angelique Flores

Five-disc set, $39.98 DVD, $49.99 Blu-ray
Not rated.
Stars Antony Starr, Ivana Miličević, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison, Hoon Lee.

With a name like Banshee, this small, fictional Pennsylvania town is destined for trouble, which comes in many forms.

The story begins when a thief gets out of prison after serving 15 years and takes on the identity of the new sheriff moving in from Oregon. Living under the name Lucas Hood, he’s a lovable hero, but with questionable methods. And like most everyone in Banshee, he isn’t all good or bad and has his share of secrets.

Lucas has come to Banshee to reunite with his ex-girlfriend and former criminal partner, Carrie, who has relocated there and tried to leave her past behind her.

Lucas and Carrie are both hiding from a former associate, Ukrainian gangster Mr. Rabbit. But he isn’t the only villain in the story; there’s the town bad guy, Kai Proctor, a former Amish turned businessman who has most of the city on his payroll.

Helping Lucas navigate through Banshee is Sugar, another former ex-con who runs the local bar. And also there to help is the sassy Job, a transvestite computer hacker.

Among the other characters are the officers who work for Lucas; the Native American family that runs the local casino; and Rebecca, a devout Amish girl by day and knife wielding sex kitten by night. 

Like Cinemax’s other original series, this one comes with a healthy dose of bloody violence and steamy sex, but don’t think the plot gets dumbed down a bit for that. Each character has a well-defined story, and their lives intersect in the most surprising ways.

The discs come with some pretty interesting featurettes. “Banshee Origins,” further fleshes out the characters, showing more of their backstory, and “NYC Bus Crash” breaks down the special effects of one of the season’s most intense scenes.

Also included are audio commentaries, deleted scenes, more behind-the-scene featurettes and a bonus disc of the first two episodes of the first season of “Strike Back.”

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