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|Brotherhood Three Season Pack|
Actors: Jason Isaacs, Jason Clarke, Annabeth Gish, Kevin Chapman, Fiona C. Erickson
Genres: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
A working-class Irish family is torn between right and wrong when two brothers live out their destinies on opposite sides of the law. While Tommy pursues ambitions as a rising star in politics, Michael seeks power the only... more »
A Great & Well Put Together Showtime Series That Was Short-L
MUZIK4THAPEOPLE!! | Orlando, FL | 11/06/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Though, sadly, it ended after only 3 seasons, Showtime's "Brotherhood" was a
well-written, well-acted series about conflicts within an Irish-American
family based in Rhode Island who has ties that extend on both sides
of the law, and ultimately of wrong & right.
Part Irish mob drama and part cop / city political intrigue drama,
"Brotherhood" covered a lot of ground during it's short run and did
it in such a way that was easy to follow.
For some reason, it just couldn't find a huge audience like HBO's SOPRANOS
did and it was cancelled earlier this year.
However, this is a great box-set of all 3 seasons for a decent price
to have this in your collection for those days when there's absolutely
nothing on the over 125 channels that you already have!--Good stuff."
The Bulger brothers by proxy
Ocarolan | East Coast, USA | 03/20/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This series, whether acknowledged or not, was inspired by the Bulger brothers of Boston, whose story is detailed in a number of books, among them "Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob" by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill. James "Whitey" Bulger, a brutal career criminal, rose to control the Irish mob in Boston while his brother Billy rose to be the kingpin of Massachusetts politics. As an FBI informant, James Bulger cannily exploited the FBI's tunnel-vision focus on the Boston mafia to the point his FBI handler, whose roots, like Bulger's, were in South Boston, sabotaged efforts by the State Police to bring Bulger down. Alerted by his FBI handler that indictments against him were coming down, Bulger disappeared in 1995. Despite a spot on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List and a $2-million reward, he remains at large.
Here, the setting is shifted from Boston to Providence, RI, and while there are alterations and embellishments in the name of dramatic license, the major elements of the Bulger brothers' story remain in Tommy Caffee's ascendance in the State Legislature; in Michael Caffee's wresting control of the local Irish mob and in his relationship with the local mafia family; in the FBI's arrogance and single-minded pursuit of the mafia; in the fierce tribalism of the Irish community; in the series' denouement.
I found none of the characters particularly likeable or sympathetic. That is not, however, a reflection on the acting, which is uniformly top-notch, it's just the nature of the story. (The one quibble I have is that the facial features of the actors playing the Caffee brothers are so disparate that not even fine acting convinced me they were brothers.) Though neither the story nor the characters are as rich as those of The Wire or The Sopranos, this series is one worth owning.
YOU GOT ME-HOOK, LINE & SINKER!
Edward A. Jones | Reading, PA | 11/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I caught unto this series via the Dexter box sets we purchased at a local Target store (series 1 & 2 which were on sale). Included with each was a complete 2-episode teaser from season 1 & 2 from the Brotherhood. Needless to say, we had to have the Dexter Season 3 and now wait anxiousily for Season 4-Dexter! The fact of the matter is I got hooked on the Brotherhood series thru Dexter and I am now waiting for it to arrive in the mail! This show is so great and no, it's not an Irish Sopranos!!! It's terriffic!!! Showtime was real smart to throw in teasers like this; especially for folks like myself who do not subscribe to Showtime (the new HBO). Keep up the good work Showtime!!! You got me to purchase the entire set of the Brotherhood in one swoop!"
Brotherhood: Three Seasons
J. Gard | Northern Kentucky | 02/18/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This Showtime television drama ran between 2006 and 2008. The series compares favorably with the HBO dramas, "The Wire" and "The Sopranos", in writing, direction and acting. It interrelates the operation of the mob and government through the lives of two brothers, one a brutal Irish mob figure, and the other a conflicted State Representative in Providence, RI.
The characters are well drawn, the acting--particularly from the main characters--is extraordinary, and the story is absorbing throughout the three seasons. The moral dilemmas and human frailty portrayed are thought provoking.
My only complaint is a technical one. The DVDs skipped often during the credits, giving me little opportunity to review the actors and crew."