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DVD: 'Carnivale' The Complete First Season
by Rich Rosell, Digitally Obsessed (December 6, 2004)

"Before the beginning, after the great war between Heaven and Hell, God created the Earth and gave dominion over it to the crafty ape he called man. And to each generation was born a creature of light and a creature of darkness. And great armies clashed by night in the ancient war between good and evil. There was magic then, nobility, and unimaginable cruelty." - Samson (Michael J. Anderson)

Leave it to HBO to come up with yet another piece of original programming that raises the bar above and beyond the norm, proving once again that the new face of series television belongs to a pay channel, and not the big three networks. Those days, it seems, are long gone.

The Sopranos, Band of Brothers, Oz, Six Feet Under (even the perplexing phenomenom of Sex and the City) sort of reinvented the playing field, and in the process revealed the kind of television reality that audiences would not only clamor for on a weekly basis, but that they would pay extra for. The DVD releases do a brisk business as well, drawing in viewers who maybe weren't subscribers. With the release of the 12-episode Carnivàle: The Complete First Season-in stores just a month before the start of Season Two-those who haven't yet taken the HBO leap will get yet another chance to see what all the commotion is about.

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