Boardwalk Empire - Series 2 2011

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All 12 episodes from the second season of the Golden Globe-winning HBO period drama set during the 1920s Prohibition era. Atlantic County Treasurer Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson (Steve Buscemi) sets up a bootlegging business, hoping to get rich. As he progresses in his venture he crosses paths with politicians and mobsters alike but his lavish lifestyle soon leads the federal government to grow suspicious of his activities. In this series, Nucky's position of power is threatened by his former employee, Jimmy (Michael Pitt), his brother, Eli (Shea Whigham), and his predecessor, Commodore Louis Kaestner (Dabney Coleman), who formulate a plot to bring him down. The episodes comprise: '21', 'Ourselves Alone', 'A Dangerous Mind', 'What Does the Bee Do?', 'Gimcrack and Bunkum', 'The Age of Reason', 'Peg of Old', 'Two Boats and a Lifeguard', 'Battle of the Century', 'Georgia Peaches', 'Under God's Power She Flourishes' and 'To the Lost'.

Starring:
Paz de la Huerta, Shea Whigham
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Boardwalk Empire Season 2

Product Details

Discs
  • Boardwalk Empire - Series 2 - Disc 1 ages_15_and_over
  • Boardwalk Empire - Series 2 - Disc 2 ages_18_and_over
  • Boardwalk Empire - Series 2 - Disc 3 ages_18_and_over
  • Boardwalk Empire - Series 2 - Disc 4 ages_15_and_over
  • Boardwalk Empire - Series 2 - Disc 5 ages_18_and_over
Runtime 12 hours 12 minutes
Starring Paz de la Huerta, Shea Whigham, Michael Pitt, Stephen Graham, Aleska Palladino, Kelly MacDonald, Michael Shannon, Steve Buscemi, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Kenneth Williams
Director Allen Coulter, Jeremy Podeswa, Tim Van Patten
Genres Crime, Historical
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 3 September 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Boardwalk Empire - Series 2 - Blu-ray - Disc 1 ages_15_and_over
  • Boardwalk Empire - Series 2 - Blu-ray - Disc 2 ages_18_and_over
  • Boardwalk Empire - Series 2 - Blu-ray - Disc 3 ages_15_and_over
  • Boardwalk Empire - Series 2 - Blu-ray - Disc 4 ages_15_and_over
  • Boardwalk Empire - Series 2 - Blu-ray - Disc 5 ages_15_and_over
Runtime 12 hours 12 minutes
Starring Paz de la Huerta, Shea Whigham, Michael Pitt, Stephen Graham, Aleska Palladino, Kelly MacDonald, Michael Shannon, Steve Buscemi, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Kenneth Williams
Director Allen Coulter, Jeremy Podeswa, Tim Van Patten
Genres Crime, Historical
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 3 September 2012
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisatay8 on 8 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD
This is one of the best dramas I have watched addicted to it now on series 3 , carnt wait for series 4 , then I what will I watch it had everything blood sex and a story too .
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful By J. Duducu on 27 Dec. 2011
Format: DVD
Like a lot of modern dramas series 2 assumes you've seen the previous series and indeed if you haven't you've missed a treat so start there.

If you have seen the excellent first series and want to know can the quality be maintained the simple answer is "yes". By the end of series 2 some of the characters have developed in the most unexpected of ways. While the whole series hangs on the shoulders of the central character of "Nucky" Thompson (played by Stephen Buscemi) it's probably Jimmy's character arc that steals series 2. I won't say much except to say that you can almost feel the weight of power behind those doe eyes of his and the pay-off is epic.

More time is spent with Richard the war veteran with only half a face- my favourite character- such a sad and yet stoic individual and when the Klu Klux Klan attack Chalky White's boot legging operation you know vengeance will arrive sooner or later. So you have a number of key characters with really interesting story arcs that the series give time to breath. From Margaret Schroeder's conflicted conscience to Agent Nelson's continuing domestic issues getting in the way of his divinely inspired work enforcing prohibition.

The period detail is as always excellent and the way it brings in the larger historical picture, while never becoming a lecture is impressive."The Sopranos with spats" is a glib summary but an apt one and like the Sopranos this maintains the quality while having the bravery to develop into new and unexpected areas.

It's all good to the last drop.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Anderson on 26 Mar. 2013
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We just can't wait for Series 3 - worth every penny! Steve Buscemi is just brilliant. We pretty much watched Season 2 over one weekend, totally addictive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By shane white on 8 Aug. 2014
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I am a great fan of American drama and had high hopes for this. Have now watched both season 1 and 2 and I am disappointed in the one-dimensional characters. The violence is gratuitous and there is no humour. This period in American history is covered well but it is hard to root for any of the characters; they show no vulnerability. People are not evil all the time. The Sopranos, a much superior show, had violence but the characters were real. To sum up I found it boring. At times interest level was raised when it became more political. It was as if the makers came up with a great idea but found it hard to execute it properly.
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Format: DVD
I had great hopes for this series but ultimately found it a little tedious. Essentially , like many modern US TV shows , it is an extended soap opera , designed to be watched from start to finish,week after week. If you haven't seen the first series then best start there as much here will not make much sense otherwise.
Now , I quite enjoyed the First Series , sort of. Its a classy production, great cast ,great sets , a glossy portrayal of 1920s Atlantic City. Strives for authenticity although everything is just too clean and perfect - the grit has all been polished!. Nevermind. The real problem is with the characters , not one of which is the least bit attractive. They are immoral,violent,corupt,greedy,brutish...and thats just the good guys. But I stuck with it as it was so classy and well acted and was starting to move into political areas , so , give it another try.
Unfortunately about half way through it just started getting boring. Now fine if you want people being tortured,shot,beaten,scalped! , etc then theres plenty of that. But if you need plot and character development , a feeling that all this violence is serving a purpose rather than being merely titilating , then you wont find it. Its just one violent act after another. There is a subtext that some of this can be blamed on World War One, but as only 2 characters were involved in the war there is no excuse for the rest of them.
It becomes not just unpleasant , but boring.
There is a scarey bit in one of the extra features where a critic/historian claims the 1920s set the template for Modern America. Well if that is the point that the writers/directors were trying to make , then they must have a very low opinion of the US today!!
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By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Prohibition. Gangsters. An increasingly bloody battle for supremacy. Under investigation for rigging an election, boss of the Boardwalk Empire Nucky Thompson is in deep trouble. From all sides he is feeling the pressure. Whom can he trust with so many keen to betray and overthrow?

Certainly not for the fainthearted, this powerful second season truly grips. It has everything. The period evocatively recreated. Twelve superbly crafted scripts. A cast that does them full justice. All deserve praise, Steve Buscemi especially. A word too for Kelly Macdonald as his companion Margaret, she ever making her presence more felt. Worthy of particular mention is Jack Huston as Richard Harrow, half his face destroyed in The Great War. Although a ruthless killer, he is movingly loyal to those who befriend him, evoking amongst viewers more sympathy than many would expect.

The box set is great. Before Episode 1, check out the helpful fourteen minute summary of the first season. Each of the five discs sports an updated character dossier. Admittedly it is a bit fiddly to negotiate, but proves a useful means of keeping track. Also included are six illuminating commentaries. A fascinating feature on the early Twenties shows how an ill-conceived new Act had effects never intended - corruption (and booze) rife at every level, mobsters never having had it so good.

As so often with HBO, impressive talents have converged to create something special.
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