- Actors: Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Edward James Olmos
- Producers: Michael Mann
- Format: AC-3, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Spanish
- Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 3
- Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Universal Studios
- Release Date: Dec 13 2005
- Run Time: 1124 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000BKVKSA
Miami Vice: The Complete Second Season
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The groundbreaking detective series that defined a decade returns to DVD with all 22 thrilling episodes of Miami Vice: Season Two! In this electrifying Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning second season, Vice cops Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Rico Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas) are back in their sleek Ferrari pursuing every ruthless criminal under the relentless Miami sun. With a sizzling soundtrack of all the original hit songs remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound, including music by Phil Collins, U2, The Who and more, it's no mystery to see why Miami Vice was the supercharged action series that People magazine hailed as "the first show to look really new and different since color TV was invented."
In its second season, Miami Vice walks that fine line between hip and cool. Hip fades, but cool is timeless. Then, as now, it doesn't get much cooler than this groundbreaking and trendsetting series' promise of a "life of adventure, exciting folks, and exotic locales," to quote one sardonic character. But the compelling stories, cinematic trappings, and lightning-in-a-bottle chemistry between costars Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas elevate Miami Vice from time capsule status. Likewise, the eclectic soundtrack, that would be painfully dated had it been stuck in the '80s, is a mind-blowing shuffle of genres and mainstream, alternative and world artists. "Prodigal Son," the double-length episode that opens the season, features Glenn Frey, U2, the Neville Brothers, Debbie Harry, Brian Ferry, Lou Reed, Traffic, and Phil Collins. Collins himself portrays a con man in one of the season's most entertaining episodes, "Phil the Shill." Not content to just be heard, other musicians who generally eschewed television, appeared on Miami Vice this season, adding to the series' considerable cachet. Among them: Kiss frontman Gene Simmons ("Prodigal Son"); Miles Davis ("Junk Love"); Leonard Cohen ("French Twist"); Ted Nugent ("Definitely Miami"); and Frank Zappa ("Payback"). Miami Vice instantly established itself as an oasis for character actors, many at the beginning of their careers. The second season offers early glimpses of Nathan Lane ("Buddies"), Harvey Fierstein and a pre-Seinfeld Michael Richards as a menacing heavy ("The Fix"), David Strathairn ("Out Where the Buses Don't Run"), Bob Balaban ("Back in the World"), and John Leguizamo ("Sons and Lovers," which also features the unfortunate stunt-casting of Lee Iacocca as a gun-toting parks commissioner).
Most of Miami Vice's buzz-generating episodes were in season 1, but season 2 offers several series benchmarks. Two of Johnson's finest hours are "Back in the World" (which he directed) and "Buddies," two episodes that explore Crockett's Vietnam War experience. Thomas got his chance to shine in "Prodigal Son" and "Sons and Lovers," in which Tubbs becomes a target of the vengeful Ivan Calderon. "Bushido" is an always-welcome showcase for Emmy-winner Edward James Olmos as Castillo, who helps shield an associate's Soviet wife and son from the CIA and KGB. "Out Where the Buses Don't Run" boasts an Emmy-worthy performance by guest star Bruce McGill (D-Day in Animal House) as an unhinged former vice cop. Miami Vice stylishly subverted TV cop drama convention, but despite one too many downbeat endings that freeze on a devastated Crockett, it remains exhilarating to re-visit. There are no extras on this three disc-set, but the episodes are enough to make you want to party like it's 1985. --Donald Liebenson
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I've returned a few dvd sets (Double-layered double-sided discs) in the past for a new set due to this flaw but the same thing would happen again to the point I'd get fed up and ask for a refund from the store I gotten the DVDs from in the past.
Past sets: Miami Vice season one and season two where double sided disc but season three and season four and season five where single sided and those season sets played fine with no flaws. This Miami Vice season two set has six disc (Single side)and not three disc (DBL side) lets me go back to the start and re-watch them all over again with out this flaw.
I just finished watching season two and the playback was very good as they did not freeze/skip at once in this set.
Note: Season three,four and season five are single sided dvds therefore I won't be replacing those past sets as the playback is fine due to Universal Studios not using Double-layered double-sided discs (Flip disc) in the last three seasons.
This is a must have for anyone who is a fan of cop shows or 80's shows. The episodes in this season are fresh and different, going with the Miami Vice flow. Music is awesome and goes well with each episode. Guest stars are phenomenal! Must have for any MV fan or anyone looking for a great TV shows!
Initially, my copy of MV season 2 had a corrupt disc, which would not play in 3 of my DVD players. However, when exchanged for a new one, it played well. Other than that, no problems. =)
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