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Billions: Season One [Blu-ray]

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 11/5/16

I'm very glad to get this series because I don't have Showtime. I watched the first episode when it came out because it was free on the Web. I'm enjoying the rest of the season on DVD. The characters are so rich, and the actors are the finest out there. The struggle between these two men, and how their families and friends get drawn into it, is fascinating. You should definitely buy this, and you won't be sorry.

The DVD has some fun extras, like a segment where they talk about the various stock market lingo that's used in the show. There are many different features about the show, its characters, and how it was developed. When they show an excerpt from the show, there is a little bit of overlap, which is kind of annoying. I don't need to hear the same dialogue three times! But otherwise, they did a good job with the extras on the DVD set.


Billions: The First Season  
On DVD & Blu-Ray
Street Date: November 8



HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (October 10, 2016) – Starring Emmy and Golden Globe® winner Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Oscar nominee and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti (John Adams), the complex drama about power politics in the world of New York high finance BILLIONS – SEASON ONE arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on November 8 from SHOWTIME Networks, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution.

Garnering the best series debut performance ever for a SHOWTIME freshman series and proclaimed as “fast-paced and brimming with literate wit”
(The Los Angeles Times), BILLIONS
is a 21st-century examination of the profit and peril of chasing the American dream.  The series is a bold, contemporary drama that melds the worlds of ultra-wealth, influence and corruption as personified in two highly ambitious opposing figures: hard-charging, blue-blooded, politically connected U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) and brilliant, calculating, blue-collar billionaire hedge fund king, Bobby "Axe" Axelrod (Lewis).  Set amongst the Machiavellian machinations of New York City power politics and finance, BILLIONS weaves a complex, intricate narrative that moves seamlessly between the private and professional lives of Rhoades and Axe.  Maggie Siff (Sons of Anarchy) plays Wendy Rhoades, Chuck’s equally ambitious wife who also happens to be part of Axe Capital’s senior executive team, along with Malin Akerman (The Comeback), who stars as Lara Axelrod, Bobby’s fiercely loyal and street-smart wife. Toby Leonard Moore (Daredevil), David Costabile (Breaking Bad) and Condola Rashad (Money Monster) also star. BILLIONS 12-episode season is created, written and executive produced by Brian Koppelman, David Levien (Ocean's Thirteen, Rounders) and Andrew Ross Sorkin (Too Big To Fail). 

The BILLIONS – SEASON ONE Blu-ray and DVD will arrive as a four-disc collection that includes all 12 episodes of the debut season and is packed with bonus content including Street Slang, which features interviews with the show’s creators Koppelman, Levien and Sorkin, as they discuss developing an entire language of their own for the series. Fans will enjoy listening as they cut through the clutter of Wall Street lingo in this fun and graphically driven short. Also included in the bonus content is a Character Profiles featurette, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at Axe, Chuck, Wendy and Lara; while Character Development dives deeper into the characters of BILLIONS, Location: New York includes interviews with the locations manager and producers as they discuss exploring the benefits and difficulties of shooting in and around New York. Shadows and Light features a series of interviews with the locations manager as he discusses the lighting used throughout the series.

The Blu-ray is presented in a 1080p High Definition with English 5.1 Surround and Dolby TrueHD. The DVD is presented in Widescreen Format with English 5.1 Surround and Dolby Digital AC3. The Blu-ray and DVD are Not Rated in the U.S. and rated 14A in Canada.  The total running time is approximately 11 hours and 27 minutes. The disc breakdown is as follows: 

Disc One

·      Pilot

·      Naming Rights

·      YumTime

Special Features

o   Street Slang

o   Character Profiles:

§  Axe

§  Chuck

§  Wendy

§  Lara

Disc Two

·      Short Squeeze

·      The Good Life

·      The Deal

Special Feature

o    Location: New York

Disc Three

·      The Punch

·      Boasts and Rails

·      Where the F*ck is Donnie?

Special Feature

o   Character Development 

Disc Four

·      Quality of Life

·      Magical Thinking

·      The Conversation

Special Feature

o   Shadows and Light

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Street Date:                             November 8, 2016

Catalog #:                                59182029000

Runtime:                                  11 hours, 27 minutes

U.S. Rating:                             Not Rated

CAN Rating:                             14A – Violence, Sexual Content


Street Date:                             November 8, 2016

Catalog #:                                59182026000

Runtime:                                  11 hours, 27 minutes

U.S. Rating:                             Not Rated

CAN Rating:                             14A – Violence, Sexual Content


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