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The Americans Season 2 [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Run Time: 608 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ITT1FL2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 595,857 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Season 2 of the Cold War drama centres on the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. The arranged marriage of Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) - who have two children who know nothing about their parents’ true identity - grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War and the intimate and dangerous relationships they must maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control.

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By S. Broadbent TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Feb. 2015
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The Americans is a terrific show. It concerns the lives of two KGB agents living in the early 1980's
U.S.A. They are the perfect model of the American dream. However they are dedicated to the Soviet cause
and are involved in espionage, kidnapping, sabotage, blackmail and murder. This show can be very dark.
On the other side we see the life of an F.B.I. counter intelligence agent who is equally dedicated to catching
the Russians.
The plots are gripping, the acting superb, the writing brilliant and the attention to detail regarding life in the 1980's
Is wonderful.
This show is on a par with Breaking Bad, not quite as good but very close. It really is a terrific show and after a couple of episodes you will be hooked.
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Everybody lies in this powerful series: the husband to his wife, the parents to their children, the beautiful couple to its neighbourhood, etc.. The beauty of it is that it has hardly anything to do with the supercharged plot and its iconic family of spies posing as typical middle-class American family. Which means that you can enjoy the superb show without having to follow the intricate espionage story. The script has been so strongly textured that you can follow the twists and turns of a modern family's life and thereby forget that the beautiful couple is "not for real".
'The Americans' ranks easily among the best TV shows I have ever watched: remarkable psychological bent, strong writing, textured production values, outstanding acting and an unrelenting care for the details that make it perfectly realistic.
From what I hear, 'The Americans' is not a crowd-pleaser. Too bad. I only wish we had more psychological dramas on TV and less violence and gore.
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There are four currencies in the lives of the characters in 'The Americans': lies, sex, causes and murder.

Lies first. As another reviewer has so shrewdly observed, everyone lies to everyone else in this show all the time. Parents to their kids, kids to parents, neighbors to neighbors, employers to employees, employees to the bosses, husbands to wives, wives to husbands, husbands to mistresses, wives to honey trap targets, and on and on. There are so many lies being told all the time it's a miracle that anyone gets any spying done, ever.

Next, sex. There is so much of this that its almost inconceivable that any of the characters would have any time for their own lives, nor the double lives that most of them lead, far less the triple lives that some of them juggle.

Then there is the currency of causes. There's the Soviet cause that our Russian family planted in Washington DC utterly believe in. There's the dyed in the wool American cause the FBI characters embrace and then there are the infinite shades of doubt and uncertainty experienced by both sides when their faith is shaken.

And finally there is the currency of murder. This seems to be a double-edged sword for both factions on account of their ludicrous and respective enthusiasm for murdering not only the opposition, but also their own team.

This all makes 'The Americans' sound like a confusing mess. Surprisingly, it isn't. You end up liking both sides and also seeing both sides point of view. What this show makes abundantly clear is that there are no winners. What there is, is much madness, mayhem and chaos inherent in the state funded antics of both sides. The opposing forces - KGB and FBI - tend to cancel each other out.
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By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 April 2016
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Under President Reagan, top secret technological advances pose a growing threat. Undercover Russian agents Elizabeth and Philip Jennings are feeling the strain, it hard put to keep up the semblance of a typical American family. Teen daughter Paige is increasingly suspicious and poses a possible security risk. It does not help having FBI Agent Stan Beeman as a neighbour.

Enter here a world where duplicity is all, so many not what they seem.

Thirteen episodes, many disguises convincingly donned as information is uncovered, enemies removed, recruits sought. Elizabeth remains ruthless, dedicated to the cause. Philip is uneasy as killings mount.

Brooding and suspenseful. Complicated too - full attention needed. The season begins with horrendous carnage which has repercussions all the way through - culminating in a shock few (if any) will anticipate.

A tour de force for Teri Russell and Matthew Rhys as Elizabeth and Philip, they heading a cast where all emerge with credit.

Bonuses reveal that more than viewers might realize is based on actual instances - even the ones that seem most far-fetched. They pose the question can such sleepers still be around?

A thought-provoking delve into a very murky world, loyalties tested to the full. Viewers' loyalties also. Should we really be rooting for those representing the enemy? It is a tribute to writers and actors that many of us perhaps do.
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Excellent! Although this is superficially a spy story (and often moves along with considerable zip like a conventional thriller), it also looks closely at the relationships of the major characters with each other and their perceived identities. It's also a fascinating look back at the Cold War era and the 'tradecraft' that was used before computing, mobile phones & other electronic advances changed everything.

The actors are all very good but I save special commendation for Matthew Rhys who is quite brilliant.
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