Banshee: The Complete First Season DVD
Banshee: The Complete First Season is a brutal, violent set of episodes offering a look into a small town chock full of dark secrets. There’s enough sex to prove the series has Alan Ball behind it and enough thought involved to make Banshee more than the average action flick. Cinemax has found success with shows like Strike Back, but none has found a niche like Banshee, a show that may set the tone on Cinemax for years to come.

Programs featuring violence are fond of writing male characters who prefer action to thought. Over at Syfy this year, Defiance introduced us to Lawkeeper Nolan (Grant Bowler), a man whose first instinct is to react rather than think his way through a given situation. On the surface, Nolan and Banshee’s own Sheriff Lucas Hood (Antony Starr) are similarly action-oriented, but unlike Nolan, Hood always keeps his wits about him. His violent tendencies are calculated and his tongue is sharp. There’s plenty that’s complicated about Hood, and Banshee is full of characters like him, including Menonite turned crime lord with perverted sexual tendencies Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen) and gangster daughter turned housewife Carrie (Ivana Milicevic), who have bent the rules and shaped their environment and personalities to be unlike anything else television has to offer.

Subscription cable networks have offered us intricate characters and violence before, but Banshee’s wild, small town antics are a little different. From a New York City chase scene to a rave on an Amish farm, the show always feels a little larger than life, but that’s half of its charm, and its horror.

Interestingly, if you purchase a copy of Banshee, HBO Home Entertainment is also offering fans a copy of the first episode of the aforementioned Strike Back, likely hoping to get you to subscribe to HBO’s sister station Cinemax, which Banshee calls home. These pilot episodes are always nice if its something you’ve been wanting to get into, but Strike Back is already gearing up for a third season on the network and a first season episode is not helpful for anyone who has watched the show at all.

You can order Banshee: The Complete First Season over at Amazon.

Best Special Feature: The Blu-ray has some bonus features the DVD does not, but since we are working with a DVD copy, here, the most exciting extra is probably “Banshee Origins,” which takes a look at where different characters were at different points of time before the events taking place during the show. Added scenes include time with Hood before he was Hood and other people related to Rabbit in the time period before the town of Banshee comes into play. Banshee often uses flashbacks to help us understand the history of some of the show's characters, but these flashback sequences help to flesh out each character's history even further.

Other Special Features:
“NYC Bus Crash”
“Town of Secrets”
“Zooming in: Episodes 7 & 8”
Audio Commentaries
Season 2 Teaser Trailer
Deleted Scenes

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