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Mad Men - Complete Season 2 [DVD]

Jon Hamm , January Jones , Tim Hunter , Alan Taylor    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jon Hamm, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, John Slattery
  • Directors: Tim Hunter, Alan Taylor
  • Format: Colour, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 13 July 2009
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001T0HGGG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,832 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Mad Men is set in the glamorous world of a Madison Avenue advertising agency in the 60s. America is on the cusp of mass consumerism with all the excitement and glamour that this brings to its young businesses. Yet it still mired in misogyny, kids should be seen and not heard and every conversation is enveloped in cigarette smoke. Virtually dripping with atmosphere, this is a sophisticated drama highlighting the wheeling dealing and highly charged relationships of the Mad Men. Created by the executive producer of The Sopranos, Mad Men is multi award winning -Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Jon Hamm; Golden Globe Best Television Series – Drama, plus many more nominations - and has achieved widespread critical acclaim.

Season Two of Mad Men picks up on Valentine's Day 1962, two years after the first season ends. It’s the Kennedy administration, an era marked by the growing civil rights movement, Bob Dylan, free love, increasing feminine discontent, crumbling marriages and the threat of nuclear annihilation. While Don and Betty Draper experience marital problems, enigmatic Don experiences a full-blown existential crisis while on a business trip to sunny Los Angeles, Pete Campbell becomes disillusioned with his own "perfect" marriage and realises he is in love with Peggy and Joan gets into relationship with disturbing consequences, all amidst looming Cuban Missile Crisis. Mad Men remains television at its best.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At least as good as the first series 23 Sep 2009
By Frank T
Format:DVD
I can't think of much to say about this that I didn't say in my review of Season 1. If there's a difference, it's that the behavioural period details (misogyny, casual violence to children, ubiquitous cigarette smoke etc.) aren't rammed down our throats as much - a good thing.

As in Season 1, the acting is a joy to watch. There is not a weak link. I particularly liked Mark Moses as Duck Phillips, a character who'll be familiar to many who've worked in the private sector: the ambitious loser who won't settle for anything less than senior management, his career portfolio a catalogue of misjudgments.

I didn't give this 5 stars because beneath the style, there is some variability in the quality of the writing; while in most episodes it is excellent, in a couple of them the dialogue is a little predictable and the plotting contrived. I also observed numerous verbal anachronisms (e.g. "Your job is to manage people's expectations" - sorry, but no way did people talk like that in the 60s!). You may say this doesn't matter, but given the obsessive attention to period detail in the sets, I feel it's a valid criticism.

There is always a danger with long serials that they end up somewhat "soapy", with characters changing to fit plots and provisional climaxes gradually undermining the dramatic tension. I'm not saying this has happened with Mad Men, but I'm starting to wonder if there's any real answer to the question, "What is Don Draper like"? The promise of a resolution to his identity crisis still hangs in the air, and I don't feel it can be put off indefinitely.

Don't get me wrong, this is an excellent drama, with substance behind the style. As I said above, the acting is wonderfully subtle, and the writing often is too; where it's not, the acting and the direction still carry it.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The times they are a changing 17 April 2009
By Mrs. F. L. Marney VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Welcome back to wonderful world of Mad Men. Season 2 still has everything that made season 1 so perfect, the world class acting, the perfection of the sets and costumes, the gorgeous cinematograghy, the artfully chosen music, it's all here with little change yet somehow this season is even better.

Tuning into Mad men is like having your own time machine, I never saw the 60's, I'm from Gen X and have been raised in a world of fast food and quick edits, of "I want it all and I want it now", life is hard and fast, stressful and cruel but when I turn on Mad Men everything disappears and I'm transported to a world where the photocopier is a brand new state of the art invention, where people broke down and cried when Marilyn Monroe died because a sad and lonely lady had lost her life, not because they'd lost a source of gossip or someone to hound via gossip internet sites and hunt with packs of paparazzi, a world where a size 14 woman is seen as voluptuous goddess and not ridiculed and vilified for having the nerve to look like a natural woman.

It's not a perfect world, it's racist and sexist but here we see the green shoots of change, Peggy works doubly hard as any of men, who last season laughed at the idea of women being anything more than homemaker or secretary yet now they start to see her value and even begin to credit and encourage her. We see Joan make a decision to carry on working, even though her fiancé thinks it's not necessary and unseemly, we see the beginning of the space age and the roots of the technologies that will colour our lives today and most importantly of all we see the civil rights movement start to take it's wings, which we now know will eventually lead to a gentlemen called Barack Obama taking his rightful place in the Whitehouse.
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mad Men Season Two 12 July 2009
Format:DVD
I first stumbled across Mad Men on BBC Four early last year, but despite enjoying what little I saw, I never really invested my time or interest in it, and I ended up, after three episodes, neglecting to watch. However, after reading rave reviews and the show getting a hearty thumbs-up from Russell T Davies (and my Mum), I got myself a copy of the DVD. I'm so glad I did. I suppose the main benefit of owning a show on DVD is that you can watch the show back-to-back, and that's just what I did. In the run-up to the second season airing (again on BBC Four), I marathoned my way through the 13 episodes, and this time, the show really grabbed me. By the time Season 2 kicked off, I was up to speed and well and truly immersed in the brilliantly realised 1960s setting.

For those who don't know (and shame on you if you don't), Mad Men is an American period drama created by Matthew Weiner, one of the executive producers/writers of The Sopranos. Set in the smoke-filled offices of Sterling Cooper - a fictitious advertising company based on Madison Avenue, the show is replete with observation, atmosphere and some of the most well-drawn characters to appear on television. The 1960s setting immediately allows the show to stand out from the crowd, and permits the show to do things a little bit differently in comparison to your contemporary run-of-the-mill US drama series. The first season is set in 1961, using the Presidential Election Campaign between Kennedy and Nixon as an effective backdrop, whereas the finale of the second season played out during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The music score compliments the period tremendously, employing artists of the era to help add to the "feel" of the show.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love to hate.
Love this, but hate the male chovanistic type, but just have to watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Sends shivers up my spine, there but for the grace of God. Very Stylish. It stops me from criticising pc.
Published 1 month ago by Helen D. Smart
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.
This is honestly the most stylish tv series right now, the acting is superb, especially Jon Hamm. The costume and set designs are amazing and the writing is great. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars hooked!
I could quite happily watch episode after episode, I like this so much. The characters are developed further and we get to see more of Don Drapers past. Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. Galley
5.0 out of 5 stars More addictive viewing - groundbreaking
Jon Hamm's brooding, dark good looks & sexiness make for compelling viewing. Best drama series on TV. Welcome to the mad world of the '60's.
Published 6 months ago by Ruth Clements
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer quality
A latecomer to the whole mad men phenomena I at least have the luxury of being able to catch up with boxed sets. Read more
Published 7 months ago by D-rat
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good
The first and third DVD were perfect but the Second one was badly scratched and kept jumping, I had to fast forward and rewind most if it. Read more
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