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Story

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.

DVD Features

  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Complete Second Season: Episodes 14-26
  • Four Director Commentaries
  • 2 Featurettes
  • Web-links and more

Cast

James GandolfiniTony Soprano
Lorraine BraccoDr. Jennifer Melfi
Edie FalcoCarmela Soprano
Michael ImperioliChristopher Moltisanti
Dominic ChianeseJunior Soprano
Vincent PastoreSalvatore 'Big Pussy' Bonpensiero
Steven Van ZandtSilvio Dante
Tony SiricoPaulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri
Robert IlerA.J. Soprano
Jamie-Lynn SiglerMeadow Soprano
Drea de MatteoAdriana La Cerva
Aida TurturroJanice Soprano
Nancy MarchandLivia Soprano
Jerry AdlerHesh
Lillo BrancatoMatt Bevilaqua
Chris TardioSean Gismonte
Suzanne ShepherdMary DeAngelis
Bill CobbsReverend James Sr.
Louis LombardiSkip Lipari
Richard PortnowAttorney Hal Melvoin
Steve SchirripaBobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri
Peter BogdanovichDr. Elliot Kupferberg
David ProvalRichie Aprile
John VentimigliaArtie Bucco
Ajay NaiduOmar
Frank Sinatra Jr.Himself
Robert PatrickDavid Scatino
Jon FavreauHimself
Janeane GarofaloHerself
Sandra BernhardGina
Peter McRobbieFather Felix
Judy ReyesMichelle
Adrian MartinezRamone
Matt ServittoAgent Harris
Will McCormackJason La Penna

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