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The Sopranos: The Complete Second Season

James Gandolfini , Lorraine Bracco , Allen Coulter , Henry Bronchtein    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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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

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Sopranos ~ Season 2

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Thank God for the 21st century, we live in a great time of great
movies like The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, Crouching Tiger
Hidden Dragon, A Beautiful Mind, and Chicago. A great time of
great music like: Linken Park, and Fisher Spooner. A great time
of miniseries: Band Of Brothers, the miniseries of Ken Burns, and Angels In America. A great time of Books: Film books, and
all other types of reading. And also a great time of great TV:
HBO's Oz, Deadwood, Six Feet Under, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Family Guy, and of course The Sopranos. What I love about this show is everything, it is completely flawless from the fascinating storylines to the outstanding performances from
everyone involved. James Gandolfini not only plays mafia family
man Tony Soprano with character and depth, but with his persona-
lity he captures the works of Hollywood legends Robert De Niro,
and the late Marlon Brando, who was such a legendary actor with
classic films like The Godfather and On The Waterfront (I coulda
been a contender) which De Niro used for his Jake La Motta role
in the flawless masterpiece Raging Bull. Edie Falco brings
human emotion to her role in the show as Carmella Soprano, and
another standout is Michael Imperolli (Who played Spider in
Goodfellas). This is what TV should be. Five Stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every time I think I'm out, it pulls me back in! May 30 2004
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Things are going pretty well for Tony Soprano at the beginning of the second season of "The Sopranos." With most of his enemies safely sidelined, he is the unchallenged boss of the New Jersey mob, with lots of lucrative business opportunities presenting themselves. Yet, as always, new problems present themselves. His kids Meadow and A.J. are as rebellious as ever, and wife Carmela is increasingly fed up with Tony's absences, infidelities and fits of temper. Janice, his hippie-dippy sister, shows up unexpectedly. Richie Aprile, a mobster so greedy and violent that he scares even Tony, is released from prison and starts muscling in on Tony's business. Dr. Melfi, Tony's shrink, refuses to talk to him. And then, as always, there are the feds... As always, "Sopranos" creator David Chase and his superb team of writers cook up a fascinating, mesmerizing witch's brew of money, murder and various misbehaviors, enacted by what may well be the best ensemble cast in the history of television. (If there were a Nobel Prize for TV acting, James Gandolfini and Edie Falco certainly would be on the short list every year.) Once again, if you're offended by rough language, nudity and violence, stay away. Otherwise, be prepared to get hooked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Family Thing.... March 26 2004
Format:DVD
The Sopranos is one of HBO's greatest achievements (although I admit that I think it lost some of its momentum and spark with seasons three and four). When I first saw the show, I was hooked. I'd watch anywhere from three to four episodes a day. One of the great things about first watching this show on DVD was that I could watch any number of episodes instead of just watching one per week.
"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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great second Season Feb. 25 2004
By AAI
Format:DVD
I reviewed season 1 of the Sopranos and I said that it was a modern masterpiece. I still stay true to what I said with that. Season 2 carries story lines from Season 1and as with any piece of work the characters all progress. We are introduced to new characters such as Richie Aprile & Janice Soprano.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the show... but not so much the price when they come out for...
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 more
Published on May 6 2007 by D. Landry
5.0 out of 5 stars Can you survive thirteen episodes with The Sopranos?
I was totally looking forward to this second series of The Sopranos. Its amazing writing and compelling story lines are the finest ever to emerge from TV. Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by Joe Lemondeo
5.0 out of 5 stars Back , better and badder
I was told to go out and buy series one because I was always moaning there was nothing worth watching on TV.
"You always have to go to the cinema. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2004 by Chris
3.0 out of 5 stars makes me want to condone pirating
"List price: $99.98"? These guys have some nerve to ask for a hundred bucks for these four dvds. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2004 by Chris
1.0 out of 5 stars Lower your expectations!
The first 11 episodes of the Second Season don't live up to the first season standards. Some new characters and subpots are introduced with mixed results. Read more
Published on Dec 18 2003 by B. Dalton
5.0 out of 5 stars Smoking Season--Carmella is something
Here we're all feeling sympathetic toward poor Carmella and she pops off and uses that mob connection, baby. Her mama didn't raise no fool! NICE season here, folks. Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2003 by Alicia White
5.0 out of 5 stars Ajay Naidu and Frank Sinatra Jr. appear.
After seeing the first season of Sopranos on DVD, I'm hooked. I just have to see the second season. Season two picks up speed and becomes more dramatic and grittier. Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2003 by James McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Smoking Season--Carmella is something
Here we're all feeling sympathetic toward poor Carmella and she pops off and uses that mob connection, baby. Her mama didn't raise no fool! NICE season here, folks. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2003 by Alicia Walker
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