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The Sopranos: Complete Series 2 [DVD] [1999]

James Gandolfini , Lorraine Bracco    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Dominic Chianese
  • Writers: David Chase
  • Producers: Dan Kaplow, Omneya 'Nini' Mazen
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • 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: 18
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct 2001
  • Run Time: 674 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KIVK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,897 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The second series of The Sopranos, David Chase's ultra-cool and ultra-modern take on New Jersey gangster life, matches the brilliance of the first, although it's marginally less violent, with more emphasis given to the stories and obsessions of supporting characters. Sadly, the programme makers were forced to throttle back on the appalling struggle between gang boss Tony Soprano and his Gorgon-like Mother Livia, the very stuff of Greek theatre, following actress Nancy Marchand's unsuccessful battle against cancer. Taking up her slack, however, is Tony's big sister Janice, a New Age victim and arrant schemer and sponger, who takes up with the twitchy, Scarface-wannabe Richie Aprile, brother of former boss Jackie, out of prison and a minor pain in Tony's ass. Other running sub-plots include soldier Chris (Michael Imperioli) hapless efforts to sell his real-life Mafia story to Hollywood, the return and treachery of Big Pussy and Tony's wife Carmela's ruthlessness in placing daughter Meadow in the right college. Even with the action so dispersed, however, James Gandofini is still toweringly dominant as Tony. The genius of his performance, and of the programme makers, is that, despite Tony being a whoring, unscrupulous, sexist boor, a crime boss and a murderer, we somehow end up feeling and rooting for him, because he's also a family man with a bratty brood to feed, who's getting his balls busted on all sides, to say nothing of keeping the Government off his back. He's the kind of crime boss we'd like to feel we would be. Tony's decent Italian-American therapist Dr Melfi's (Loraine Bracco) perverse attraction with her gangster-patient reflects our own and, in her case, causes her to lose her first series cool and turn to drink this time around. Effortlessly multi-dimensional, funny and frightening, devoid of the sentimentality that afflicts even great American TV like The West Wing, The Sopranos is boss of bosses in its televisual era. --David Stubbs

Product Description

All thirteen episodes from the second series of the Mafia family saga. In 'Guy Walks in to a Psychiatrist's Office', Tony is now in control of the family business, but faces further professional and famiglia problems in the form of the Feds, long-lost sister Janice, nephew Christopher and a returned Big Pussy, keen to prove that he is no rat. 'Do Not Resuscitate' sees Junior out of jail on medical release, while the ailing Livia fears that her son is planning to pull the plug on her. In 'Toodle-F**king-oo', Richie Aprile - brother of the late, great mobster Jackie, is out of jail after ten years, and tells his former protégée Tony that he wants his turf back. 'Commendatori' sees Tony travelling to the old country to discuss the family car 'export' business with Zi Vittorio, head of the Napoli branch of the family. In 'Big Girls Don't Cry', Tony reorganizes the pecking order of his various employees, and while Paulie and Silvio are happy with their respective promotions, Christopher and Pussy are less than impressed. 'The Happy Wanderer' sees Tony back in therapy with Dr Melfi, and railing against having to organise an 'executive' game of poker for various Mafia high-flyers. In 'D-Girl', Christopher decides he would like to become a Hollywood player, while Pussy is threatened with prison unless he goes into Tony's house wearing a wire. 'Full Leather Jacket' sees Richie attempting to make peace with Tony, while Carmela turns to her neighbour for advice about Meadow's prospects at college. In 'From Where to Eternity', Christopher has an out-of-body experience during surgery, while Dr Melfi turns to her own psuchiatrist for help over her substance abuse. 'Bust-Out' sees Richie approaching Junior regarding a possible alliance, and Tony decides to drive David Scatino out of business just as Carmela hired Scatino's brother-in-law to decorate their living room.In 'House Arrest', Tony is advised by his lawyer to spend more time on his legitimate business ventures. 'The Knight in White Satin Armour' sees Tony preparing to sever all ties with an out of control Richie. Finally, in 'Funhouse', a doubt-ridden Tony decides to find out where he really stands with Pussy once and for all.


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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just keeps getting better 14 July 2001
By Mikey
Format:DVD
If you're wondering how the greatest TV series of all time can get better, just watch this. The scripts are as sharp as ever, the production values are flawless, and the acting from Gandolfini, Falco, and crew deserves all the awards they got (and didn't get)!!! Among the newcomers to the cast here, Aida Turturro and David Proval as the loving couple from hell, and Louis Lombardi as the everyman, lisping FBI agent Skip Lipari excel.
The mini-documentaries, interviews, etc that make up the DVD extras are great too.
The only criticism I have, in fact, is where's Series 3???
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IT GETS BETTER & BETTER 8 Jun 2001
Format:DVD
series 2 doesn't let up, the writng acting and direction are on a par with series 1. You feel a lot of emotions brewing whilst watching this excellent programme, pain ,anger, hatred not to mention empathy. The lighter side of the writing is very funny and keeps your feet on the ground. All in all this is by far the best tv series ever made
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best TV series made!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 21 Oct 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This series is amazing and gets better by the episode, Its captivating, humorous and full of action, a perfect reflection of the modern day mafia, and if Don Corloene (The Godfather) watched this he would be very very very impressed!!!!! A masterpiece 100/10 praise the mighty HBO :)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER MOB HIT!... 15 Dec 2002
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
If you are looking at this review, you probably already have the first season. All I can tell you is that the second season is as good, if not better, than the first.
There are some major plot developments. Livia and Tony's uncle hatch a plan that can have murderous consequences for Tony. Carmela is doing all in her power, and I mean all, to help Meadow get into a good college. In her own sweet way, Carmela can be just as scary as Tony. Janice (Aida Tuturro), Tony's sister, comes back home, wreaks havoc, marries the former mob boss's jailbird brother, and then leaves town with a bang. One of Tony's best friends becomes a snitch for the Feds. No wonder Tony continues to have anxiety attacks and still needs to see his psychiatrist, Dr. Melfi.
The writing continues to be intelligent, and the story lines are as well thought out and engrossing as ever. I have watched the entire first, second, and third seasons and am eagerly awaiting the fourth season. I absolutely love this series!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
I was not completely bowled over by the first season of "The Sopranos" the way I was about the first season of HBO's "Six Feet Under," but I think that was mainly because no show in the history of television could possibly fulfill the expectations I had when I started watching. The important thing is that however highly you graded that first season that the second season of the show is even better. I think there are several reasons for this:
First, Carmela Soprano (Edie Falco) is given ample opportunity to show some teeth in these episodes. My oldest daughter is currently caught up in the college application rat race so I totally appreciated Carmela going to the mattresses for Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler). By the same token I thought it was a good move to make the Soprano kids more background figures in the second season.
Second, David Chase and the writers wisely backed off forcing the whole bit with Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) seeing his shrink Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco). I bet on balance Melfi spent more time seeing her own shrink (Peter Bogdanovich) than she did Tony during season two. This had the great effect of recalibrating their relationship because now she is having about as many problems as he does. Consequently, it was not just more of the same and by the end of the season Tony's problems have been clearly defined, giving them something to work on in season three.
Third, rather than continue the attempt by Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese) and Livia (Nancy Marchand) to take out Tony the threat comes from a pair of new characters, Richie April (David Proval), recently released from a 10-year prison stint, and Tony's sister Janice (Aida Turturro). Actually, I think that it is wickedly funny that Livia is reduced to weeping harridan for most of these episodes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bada bing bada boom !! 6 Jan 2014
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what else can you say about this emmy award winning tv series. the writing,acting and direction is first rate and has to be one of the greatest tv dramas of all time. just buy it and see !
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not sure what I'm missing but... 13 Oct 2012
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I'm not sure what I'm missing as this series seems to have universal approval, but...having really enjoyed the first series I thought this one had gone badly wrong. The loss of Tony's mother (who becomes a minor bedridden character prior to the actor's untimely death) is one problem, the fact that the psychiatrist has essentially been written out another. I found the mix of Tony's psychological journey (albeit necessarily somewhat simplistic) combined with his mafia journey an excellent device in the first series. Because she was threatened by the events of the first series, the psychiatrist has to make a come back and is marginalised, becoming a very minor character here, and the few analysis scenes are brief and tacked onto the action rather than being a driving force. The battle between Junior and Tony also disappears and is replaced by much less interesting characters of Tony's sister and ex-con Richard. Episode after episode Richard does something outrageous and Tony simply accepts it.

Major plot lines revolve around the nephew's interest in writing film scripts (with some dreadful sequences of him attending acting classes) and a badly misjudged and sentimental treatment of an attack on his life (lots of ridiculous sad music with shots of him in bed). These are symptomatic of what seemed to me flaccid writing and a palid reflection of the much stronger first series.

I gave up in episode 9 finding this series unbearable. Perhaps it improves in this and subsequent series, but with so much excellent television available on dvd these days I'm going elsewhere.
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