Blu-ray News: 1950’s Mobster Miami ‘Magic City’ Hits Home This Fall
by Marc Patterson
Speaking of brutal TV, has anyone else noticed that Starz has been really knocking it up lately? Whether you’re into the gladiator beatdowns of Spartacus, or if you would rather prefer a martini while you’re dumping a body overboard, it would seem these folks aim to deliver highly entertaining television of a more adult nature. One of the series that I’ve been catching up on this summer is Magic City. Featuring Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the owner of an upscale hotel in 1950’s Miami this series has all of the elements you want in good gangster drama. Blood, sex, and plenty of style. It’s like Madmen meets The Sopranos. Trust me, if you haven’t checked it out yet you should. Get all the details on this fall release below.
Nothing is what it seems in Magic City. Anchor Bay Entertainment releases the hit STARZ Original Series “MAGIC CITY: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON” on a 3-disc Blu-ray™ and DVD set on October 2nd. SRP is $54.99 for the Blu-ray™ and $44.98 for the DVD. Pre-book is September 5th. The release contains all 8 memorable episodes of the sizzling mob drama plus bonus features including behind-the-scenes footage and featurettes exploring the cars, fashion, glamour, set design, music and history of Magic City!
Dangerous and decadent, “Magic City” begins in 1959, in Miami’s Miramar Playa Hotel where hotelier Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Watchmen, Texas Killing Fields) is conjuring up ways to finance his dream. He has essentially sold his soul to the devil: mob boss Ben “The Butcher” Diamond (Danny Huston, The Kingdom). Ike’s wife Vera (Olga Kurylenko, Quantum of Solace), a former showgirl, and his three children think he is an honorable man, but he just can’t break his pact with the most notorious criminal in town. So Ike’s life is a façade: his home and his business must be kept separate – but does he have the sleight of hand to pull it off?
“MAGIC CITY: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON” also features stand-out performances by Steven Strait (City Island); Christian Cooke (Cemetery Junction); Jessica Marais (“Packed to the Rafters”); Yul Vazquez (American Gangster); Dominik Garcia-Lorido (City Island); Kelly Lynch (“The L Word”) and Elena Satine (Just Go With It).
Bonus Features Include:
Starz Studios: MAGIC CITY
The Cars of MAGIC CITY
The Style of MAGIC CITY
Building An Empire
The Golden Age of Music
Miami Beach: The Real MAGIC CITY
“MAGIC CITY: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON” was created by writer and executive producer Mitch Glazer (The Recruit, Scrooged). Geyer Kosinski (Changeling, The Astronaut Farmer) also executive produces the series along with co-executive producer Ed Bianchi (“Deadwood”) and Emmy Award® winning producer Dwayne Shattuck (“Mad Men”).
The second season of “Magic City” will air on STARZ in 2013.