The Sopranos: The Complete Second Season
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Sopranos, The: The Complete Second Season (DVD)
In its second season, The Sopranos sustains the edgy intelligence and unpredictable, genre-warping narrative momentum that made this modern mob saga the most critically acclaimed series of the late 1990s. Creator-producer David Chase repeatedly defies formula to let the narrative turn as a direct consequence of the characters' behavior, letting everyone in this rogue's gallery of Mafiosi, friends, and family evolve and deepen.
That gamble is most apparent in the rupture of the relationship that formed the spine of the first season, the tangled ties between capo Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and monstrous matriarch Livia (Nancy Marchand), whose betrayal makes Tony's estrangement a logical response. Filling that vacuum, however, is prodigal sister Janice (Aida Turturro), whose New Age flakiness never successfully conceals her underlying calculation and opportunism. Soprano's relationship with therapist Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) also frays during early episodes, as she struggles with escalating doubts about her mobbed-up patient. At home, Tony contends with wife Carmela's ruthless ambitions on behalf of college-bound Meadow, as well as son Anthony Jr.'s sullen adolescent flirtation with existentialism--the sort of touch that the show handles with a smart mix of sympathy and amusement.
Without spoiling the surprise of the season's climactic last episode, it's worth noting that only on The Sopranos could we expect a scene that sets up a mob hit with a perversely funny touch of magic realism--a talking fish, lying on a fishmonger's iced display, speaking with the voice of the victim. It's a touch at once morbid and goofy, and consistent with the show's undimmed brilliance. --Sam Sutherland --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"The Sopranos: The Complete Second Season" has to be my favorite season. As much as I love the first one, this was when things were really funny, intense, dramatic and involving. The season doesn't let us down when it comes to Tony having more problems than ever before. Both in his Mafia Family and his immediate family, Tony can never get a break. His wife gives him grief while his kids keep doing things that upset him. And don't get me started on his ill mother and self-centered sister. Life isn't much better in his Mafia Family when the brother of Jackie is released from prison and is giving Tony a hard time both personally and professionally. Not to mention that his long time friend, Big P. comes back from a long hiatus when he was first suspected of turning rat to the Feds. All of this leads to one incredible and unpredictable season that showcases the show like none other.
For me, this was the most entertaining season of them all. I loved the characters, the constantly changing storylines, and the personal and business life of Tony Soprano, which is superbly balanced in this season. There's still the much appreciated humor in these episodes that were found lacking in the next two seasons. It doesn't feel like a soap opera, but a more enhanced look into the Mafia world.Read more ›
I think that the main theme of Season One was to introduce you to Tony and his crew and what they were about. Season 2 goes deeper and I would say simply the main themes are that Tony has a huge mess on his hands. If you don't want to spoil things don't read the rest of this paragraph. He still doesn't know what causes his panic attacks and Dr. Melfi doesn't want to treat him.His sister Janice is in town from Seattle and she is being a pain in Tony's ass by trying to take their mom's house and her inheritance. Tony's old friend Richie, brother of the late former mob boss Jackie, is in town and he wants a big piece of action and wants what Tony has. Most of all Tony is trying to figure out if he has a rat on his hands with Big Puss. With that said there are alot of other themes going on but those are the biggies.
This season transends perfectly from season 1 and it is the second best season of the show. It never will bore you (atleast not for me). All of the characters mature and grow.
Now that I said my piece for season two, I will discuss a bit about the actual dvds. The Soprano's Season 2 was released back in late 2001 and it is a four disk set. The menus are animated nicely and look pretty slick. The downside is that there aren't many special features and I think that they could have created a few for the viewers. I mean there is a featurette that is pretty boring and a few directors commentaries. Nothing really special in that department.Read more ›
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Bought season 1 for my husband for Christmas and he enjoyed it so much I thought I'd treat him to season 2. Started off with the first disc and found it had scratches on it. Read morePublished 26 days ago by MEENO
I was decepointed because i couldnt watch disk 3 because it has scuff marks but the item was new and sealed so its not amazons fault but still very disapointedPublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Beautiful follow up to season 1. The characters and their dynamics are now formed. A main character's betrayal to both Tony and his business erupt with poignant and violent... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Carolyn Dillon
After watching season 1, I had to get right into the 2nd season. It's great to watch this series in order as the names and stories make so much more sense! Great characters.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This show is great, but come on, does it really need to be so pricey when it comes out for sale? After all, you only get 4 CD's for this price. Read morePublished on May 6 2007 by D. Landry