|Originaltitel:||Magic City – Season 2|
|Genre:||TV series, Drama|
|Regie:||Ed Bianchi, David Petrarca u.a.|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 390 min.|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
|Anzahl der Disc:||3|
|Sprachen:||German, English, French (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
|Label:||Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment|
Content: Miami Beach, late 1950s: Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), owner of the luxury hotel Miramar Playa, was arrested on suspicion of murder. While his wife Vera (Olga Kurylenko) desperately tries to get him free again, his silent partner, the mafia boss Ben "The Butcher" Diamond (Danny Huston), has to fear that Ike will not withstand the pressure behind bars and will make a deal with the district attorney Jack Klein (Matt Ross). To get him out of the way, Ben contacts his boss Sy Berman (James Caan) in Chicago, who is supposed to take over this task. When Ike is released, he does everything he can to get away from Ben once and for all. In return, he makes contacts in Cuba, which in turn puts a strain on his friendship with his hotel manager Victor Lazlo (Yul Vázquez). His sons also worry about Ike. While Stevie (Steven Strait) continues his dangerous affair with Ben's attractive wife Lily (Jessica Marais), Danny (Christian Cooke) decides to work for Klein of all people. All this could endanger the future of the hotel and destroy Ike's big dream forever. But when the gambling law is to be passed in Miami, the cards could be reshuffled completely...
"Magic City" continues its style in the second (and unfortunately also last) year. In addition to the simply knitted, yet quite exciting dramaturgy, the series relies especially on its mixture of suspense, lots of sex and a little violence. Paired with a stylish 50's set and a convincing cast, which will be supported in the second season by the great James Caan, the stories around Miramar Playa offer enough entertainment and food for the eye. This is not quite enough to play in a league with obvious role models like "Boardwalk Empire" or "Mad Men". First-class material for serial junkies is always offered here, however.
Besides the continuation of the events from the first season, the makers also try to give the series some new impulses through Ike's relations to Cuba or Ben's trip to Chicago. Since this also changes the dynamics of the figures among each other, these attempts can be regarded as successful. Admittedly, this does not create the right depth. And still many of the figures are drawn in a bad way. Of course, this doesn't change much about the high entertainment value of the series. Because a gangster series needs classic characters like a really good bad guy. And when this one is extremely overdrawn, but as wonderful and mean as Danny Huston's Ben Cross, then you as a spectator don't mind such clichés much. The same is true for the anti-hero (Ike) or the femme fatale (Lily), which also work very well in this series.
The season end brings the events to a proper conclusion on the one hand, but at the same time provides the foundation for new events that could have been worked out in a third season. It's a shame that it won't happen, but you won't have to say goodbye to Miramar Playa after all. A cinema version of "Magic City", in which Hollywood stars such as Bruce Willis and Bill Murray are supposed to play along with some of the serial actors, is already in development and is supposed to be set in the 1960s. So you can be curious if there will be a reunion with Ike, Vera, Ben and Co. after all. Until then, however, it's definitely worth taking a look at this exciting, entertaining second season, which deserves a very clear "worth seeing"!
Picture + Sound: Compared to the first season, nothing has changed here. The picture quality of the DVD once again does the very good 50s look of the series absolutely justice. The colour scheme is very authentic, whereby the warm tones in particular come into their own. The image sharpness is on a very good level and even in the darker scenes there are hardly any visible quality losses. The sound is present in a harmonious Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, whereby strong surround moments are rather scarce here. It's more the ambient noise and more subtle sound effects that bring some life to the multi-channel area. Apart from that the dialogues and the great soundtrack set the tone, whereby both sound well coordinated from the speakers. Good!
Extras: On the third disc there are a few short promo featurettes about the relationship between Miami and Havana (approx. 2:57 min.), about the criminal elements in the series (about 4:35 min.), about the guest stars (about 4:47 min.), the style (about 1:47 min.) and the music of the series (about 5:38 min.). Not really extensive, but well worth seeing!
Fazit: "Magic City" says goodbye to their fans with a good, very entertaining and stylish second season. Unfortunately, the final of the season is also the (too early) end of the series, which would have had enough potential for a few more exciting seasons. Despite some clichés, dramaturgical pangs and overly stenciled characters, a very high entertainment value prevails, which is intensified by the engaging visual style, the good music and the convincing actors. The DVD presents the series in good picture and sound quality. The extras offer commercially available promotional material, which has some really worth seeing moments to offer. There's a very clear one for that. Recommended
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