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Carnivale: Complete HBO Season 2 [DVD] [2006]

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  • Actors: Nick Stahl, Clancy Brown, Clea Duvall, Amy Madigan, Adrienne Barbeau
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Hungarian, Dutch, Arabic, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish
  • Dubbed: French, Hungarian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 8 July 2005
  • Run Time: 720 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EHPOMI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,016 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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As the final war between Good and Evil looms two powerful avatars divided by fate share one mission. For Ben Hawkins and Brother Justin, the race is on to find the elusive Henry Scudder--and the fate of the world depends on who finds him first.

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The second season of HBO's Depression-era gothic--John Steinbeck by way of Tod Browning--picks up where the first left off. Professor Lodz (Patrick Bauchau) is dead. Ben (Nick Stahl), the show's protagonist, appears to be the culprit. Samson (Michael J. Anderson) helps him dispose of the body. Later he tells the other carnival workers that Lodz "took a powder." Lila (Debra Christofferson) doesn't buy it. Meanwhile, Sophie (Clea DuVall), who lost her mother to fire the previous year, feels unmoored without her guidance. A few states away, Brother Justin (Clancy Brown) harbors ever greater delusions of grandeur--and inappropriate thoughts about his sister, Iris (Amy Madigan). In "Alamagordo, NM," he decides to establish a temple, which he dubs Jonestown, er, Jericho. At the same time, life amongst the carnies, who are heading towards Justin's California, is becoming increasingly tense. Ruthie (Adrienne Barbeau), for instance, is starting to see dead people--like Lodz--and Stumpy (Toby Huss) is no longer able to keep his gambling in check. As with the first season, the action continues to alternate between the carnival and the congregation. What binds the two is a man named Scudder (John Savage), who has connections to Ben and Justin. Although writer/creator Dan Knauf had planned to tie things up between seasons three and six, HBO did not renew Carnivàle a second time. Nonetheless, a surprising number of questions are answered, like the identity of "Management" (voiced by an un-credited Linda Hunt) and whether Ben and Justin will have a final showdown. The answer to the latter question is: Yes, they will--and there’ll be casualties. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Oct. 2006
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When the first series was released it was something totally different and a real must watch experience. It was always going to take something of an effort to better it and you have to give credit where its due they have certainly tried.

Nick Stahl continues to struggle with his powers but this time around he's starting to assert himself and searches continually for answers. Clancy Browns preacher goes from mad and scary in the 1st series to a complete loon in this.The writers have tried something different with this series, it's much more quickly paced and the characters rapidly begin to show their true colours. The editing lingers far less over detail and atmosphere but if you saw series 1 then thats already been set up and now the show goes straight for the throat and hurtles towards the inevitable showdown. It may sound odd to say a series that lasts over 10 hours hurtles but this is in a real hurry and before you know it you're taking out the last disc and it's all over.

The show on it's own would be value for money but it's nice to see some extras added, a doc. on what it all means, scene breakdowns, a discussion and some commentaries on chosen episodes.

The picture is strangely not as good in quality as last time, there is some grain and even though it is meant to have a sepia tinge colour is a little disappointing. Sound on the other hand is very good even by film standards and detail and effects are spot on.

This carries on the main character arcs of the 1st and there's not a duff turn by anybody involved, including the writers and directors. Eventually it's Nick Stahl and the screen filling Clancy brown who grab you the hardest and so it is only fitting that their face off is the apocalyptic high point that satisfyingly finishes this great series.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lucy C on 23 Aug. 2006
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If you thought the first series was good, the second is ten times better!

It hits the ground running and never flags from there, building up to a showdown between dirty-but-good Ben Hawkins and clean-but-evil Brother Justin that delivers on all accounts.

Nick Stahl, this guy is amazing, and Clancy Brown head a uniformly excellent cast that is well served by a gripping plot and breath-taking visuals.

WATCH THIS! You won't be disappointed!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 6 Sept. 2006
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I almost didn't buy Season 2, although I thoroughly enjoyed the first season. This is because I had heard that the show had been cancelled after Season 2, and the story would never be completed.

It is true that the producers had plans for a third season, and there were sufficient unanswered questions to provide material for it. However, I was delighted to see Season 2 bring the story we had been following to a satisfying conclusion, with a showdown between the forces of dark and light. And although there were some deliberate (and tantalising) dangling threads, the end of the season didn't leave the story hanging.

So don't be put off from seeing this. It is not to be missed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pedro Veiga Grilo on 4 Nov. 2006
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Outstanding cast, exceptional script and superb filming are the perfect recipe that I just hunger for...and I got it, again, with season two.

This "Dust Bowl" almost road movie (literally) drives us through one of the most unknown epoch of US history, along with a group of "Carnies", so famous and appreciated back then; They were, besides the rare theatres and cinemas, the only entertainment for inner population. These "Carnies" are indeed a special, odd and mysterious group.

All of us, one time or another, have heard about the 1930's crash, and the terrible effects it had on US population, but mainly centred in one or few characters living in a big city. This show takes you deep inside the US, across some inland south/central states, as Texas, and gives us an outstanding image of what "Dust Bowl" really meant. All together, with an intelligent some how new vision and not so obvious story line about the eternal fight between Good and Evil. Intelligent viewers are needed to catch the religious, social/professional and also magic liaisons of all characters involved.

Some viewers could be tempted to compare this show with David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" (there's even two actors from TP), however we eventually find this show to be not as a surreal exercise that flows around the creators twisted mind (even though I loved it, when first shown), but as a studied pre-conceived and for long imagined story line.

This second season gives us a moments ending, but Good and Evil's fight is supposed to be eternal, also the "Omega" created a new window of continuance, so there is space for a sequel. As for me, I would love to further watch it.

Granted satisfaction.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By P. Cox on 22 Aug. 2006
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Season 1 of Carnivale totally blew me away, and I was eager to see how the show developed into it's second (and alas final) season. Needless to say from the five stars that lead this review, it delivers. And then some. Many questions are answered, the pace accelerates and the stakes are raised on all sides. Revelations seep out of the woodwork, and everything gets pretty darn tense. Obviously this was not where the show was meant to finish (the references to an atomic blast are never paid off, the fates of several characters are left in question etc) but there is enough closure of a kind to make this season satisfying and not simply infuriating.

As ever the show is, from a production standpoint, unequalled. Every element is used to maximum effect. From the painterly photography through to Jeff Beal's involving score. Television has NEVER looked this good. What has been less well articulated though are the performances involved. Clancy Brown in particular never fails to steal the show with his deeply unsettling portrayal of Brother Justin. Nick Stahl as Ben Hawkins has a far harder job to do and though his performance is subtle, it is spot-on. Strong support comes from Carla Gallo and Tim DeKay, especially in the episode "Lincoln Highway" - perhaps the show's finest episode other than it's shattering finale.

The DVDs are just as they were in the first season box; well packaged and presented, with the show's fantastic theme music again floating over the menu. Anyone hoping for all of the show's secrets to be revealed on the commentaries will be disappointed, but there is a helpful featurette Magic & Myth: The Meaning Of Carnivale that serves as an appraisal of the series and a guide to it's themes both apparent and unexplored.

If you have the first series, you shouldn't need convincing. If you haven't got the first series, buy both! Then coerce your friends into doing the same! Something of this quality is all too rare.
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