Uncut - 03/01/2007 4 stars out of 5 -- "Not for the faint-hearted, but gripping viewing."
The Oswald Maximum Security Prison has opened an experimental new ward reserved for especially dangerous criminals. This unit, Emerald City, focuses on rehabilitation, but the world inside is even more corrupt and violent than the mean streets where these inmates come from. Inside the walls there are also two sets of rules, those laid down by the warden and those understood by the racially divided prisoners.
This HBO series is full of gritty, violent imagery and deftly handles sensitive issues about the American Justice System. This collection chronicles the entire first season which culminates in an unforgettable takeover of the prison by the inmates. Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana created the gritty series. The acclaimed cast includes Rita Moreno, B.D. Wong, Ernie Hudson, and Lauren Velez. Eight one-hour episodes.
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