The Sopranos - The Complete Second Season (2000)
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Sopranos
James Gandolfini
Lorraine Bracco
Dominic Chianese
Edie Falco
Robert Iler
Michael Imperioli
Nancy Marchand
Vincent Pastore
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Tony Sirico
Aida Turturro
Steven Van Zandt
Movie Details
Director Henry J. Brochtein; Martin Bruestle; Allen Coulter; John Patterson; Lee Tamahori
Writer Mitchell Burgess; Jason Cahill; David Chase; Robin Green; Michael Imperioli; Todd Kessler; Frank Renzulli; Terence Winter
Studio HBO / Rysher Ent.
Language English
Audience Rating NR (Not Rated)
Running Time 696 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
In its second season, The Sopranos sustains the edgy intelligence and unpredictable, genre-warping narrative momentum that made this modern mob saga the most critically acclaimed series of the late 1990s. Creator-producer David Chase repeatedly defies formula to let the narrative turn as a direct consequence of the characters' behavior, letting everyone in this rogue's gallery of Mafiosi, friends, and family evolve and deepen.

That gamble is most apparent in the rupture of the relationship that formed the spine of the first season, the tangled ties between capo Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and monstrous matriarch Livia (Nancy Marchand), whose betrayal makes Tony's estrangement a logical response. Filling that vacuum, however, is prodigal sister Janice (Aida Turturro), whose New Age flakiness never successfully conceals her underlying calculation and opportunism. Soprano's relationship with therapist Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) also frays during early episodes, as she struggles with escalating doubts about her mobbed-up patient. At home, Tony contends with wife Carmela's ruthless ambitions on behalf of college-bound Meadow, as well as son Anthony Jr.'s sullen adolescent flirtation with existentialism--the sort of touch that the show handles with a smart mix of sympathy and amusement.

Without spoiling the surprise of the season's climactic last episode, it's worth noting that only on The Sopranos could we expect a scene that sets up a mob hit with a perversely funny touch of magic realism--a talking fish, lying on a fishmonger's iced display, speaking with the voice of the victim. It's a touch at once morbid and goofy, and consistent with the show's undimmed brilliance. --Sam Sutherland

Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 139
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single side, Dual layer
UPC 026359924729
Release Date 2001
Packaging Custom Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Nr of Disks/Tapes 4
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Box set