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Bored to Death: Season 2 [Blu-ray] (2010)

Jason Schwartzman , Zach Galifianakis  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, Ted Danson
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 326 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003L77GME
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,352 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bored to Death: Season 2 [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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5 Audio Commentaries with Jason Schwartzman, Jonathan Ames, Ted Dansaon, Michael Lehmann & Alan Taylor

Editorial Reviews

When we last dropped in on Jonathan Ames – New York writer, romantic, unlicensed private detective – he was taking a pounding in the boxing ring while still licking his (more painful) breakup wounds. Now that his second novel has been completed (and rejected), Jonathan is augmenting his income by moonlighting as a creative-writing teacher, while taking on some new, desperate clients, ranging from a kinky policeman to the publishing rival of his sexagenarian pal, George Christopher. How he solves anything is a mystery.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The fun continues... November 13, 2010
After the insanely funny, original and stylishly quirky Season One, I seriously doubted that the creator of "Bored to Death", the real Jonathan Ames, would be able to match, much less surpass, what I so admired about his HBO series. But I'm happy to say that the adventures of Jonathan (Jason Schwartzman), George (Ted Danson), and Ray (Zach Galifianakos) continue in high hilarity and unmatched style.

As the season opens we find Jonathan, as usual, down on his luck. His second novel has been rejected and he has to pay back his advance to his publisher (we don't see Bebe Neuwirth this season, worse luck). To help make ends meet, he is teaching a night class in writing at a Brooklyn public high school. The class, in Ames' gifted hands, offers all kinds of opportunities for fun, from a dark, angry Asian writer to a Lolita-like student who has an immediate crush on Jonathan. Jonathan is a bit ashamed of this venue, but as always, aspires earnestly to please.

Ames explores some of society's taboos this season, played out in Jonathan's now full-time occupation as an unlicensed private detective. S and M, adultery (of course), transgenderism, menage a trois, all are explored with Ames' usual witty, sometimes uproarious, but always somehow endearingly earnest, goofiness. He borrows from older movies ("Chinatown" and "On the Waterfront", even "Casablanca") and once again I am reminded of Woody Allen, but Ames puts his own stamp of genius on these monoliths, and makes them his own.

Some old friends re-appear -- Oliver Platt and Kristen Wiig among them -- and some new ones enhance the episodes (Kevin Bacon, F. Murray Abraham, Mary Kay Place). But always it is the magical chemistry of Schwartzman, Danson, and Galifianakos that make it work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stoned to death September 2, 2011
The excellent original series from writer Jonathan Ames returns for a second series with Jonathan (played by Jason Schwartzman) continuing his private detective work while trying (admittedly not very hard) to get his second novel published. The series opens with Jonathan now teaching an evening creative writing class to repay the advance his publisher gave him for the second novel which was rejected. Meanwhile Ray's (Zach Galifianakis) girlfriend Leah (Heather Burns) breaks up with him so he tries to win her back by putting all of his effort into his comic book "Super Ray" which doesn't win her back but makes his comic book an unexpected success. George (Ted Danson) receives some bad news in this series which he takes with his usual good humour and which subsequently changes the character's world.

"Bored to Death" gets better with this second series. Ted Danson is still the most likeable man on television and still doesn't look like he's in his early 60s and his performance as George is so charming and enjoyable to watch. He is by far the best actor in the series but Zach G and Jason Schwartzman both perform very ably as well. This series might be good for fans critical of Zach G who don't like his overly crazy comedic roles as he plays probably the most balanced character in this group and comes across as almost normal.

There are some excellent cases in this series too, involving S&M dungeons, kidnapping and ransoming, a fight between Jonathan and rival Louis Greene and some drug dealers, an attempted robbery of a café, the rescuing of an Asian transvestite, and a plan to assassinate Ray.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Is it safe to eat the stalker's food?" November 14, 2010
His second book has been rejected, and Jonathan Ames has some soul-searching to do... when he isn't working as a private eye or juggling his friends' problems. "Bored to Death: Season Two" maintains the same quirky mix of comedy, mystery and Ames' own personal experiences -- and the trio of Jason Schwartzman, Zak Galifianakis and Ted Danson is perfectly hilarious.

After his book is rejected, Jonathan (Schwartzman) is teaching a writing class at a night school. But of course, he's still doing his oddball detective job -- hired to infiltrate an S&M dungeon, following possibly-adulterous spouses, being kidnapped by drug-running thugs, tracking down a valuable book, busting a dognapper, delivering a love letter at a Chinese spa, and dealing with Ray's psycho stalker.

And though his love life is still a disaster, Jonathan is reinspired as a writer -- he starts turning his detective stories into fiction. At the same time, Ray (Galifianakis) is devastated when his girlfriend dumps him because he didn't like yoga class, and channels his sorrow into his comic books. And George (Danson) discovers that he may have prostate cancer, which unsurprisingly throws him into devastating tizzy.

The second season of "Bored to Death" is not too different from the first one -- it's arty, quirky, infused with New Yorkitude, and full of funny moments that never stray into outright ridiculousness. But while the tone is much the same, the writers weave in some very different subplots, particularly the serious subplot about George's prostate cancer.

And the writing is really, really clever. Without resting too long on any one joke, the writers dabble in humor of all kinds -- elf ears, polyamory, penis-centric comic books, rubber bullets, transvestitism, S&M, and medical mixups.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dialogue
Great writing. Nice to see a show that is dialogue driven. I find I like almost any of the HBO original material and have purchased all 3 seasons of this show.
Published 1 month ago by blu-ray!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it, watch it, watch it!!!!
Just watch it, it is way too good to have been canceled. Loved "Pushing Daisies", and this is also fun and quirky in other ways. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cannington De Ness
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny!
I love this series, and the second season is even funnier than the first. The actors are really great, the plots complex without being cloying.
Published 3 months ago by humboldt honey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show
Husband and I loved this show when it was on, and bought HBO just so we could watch it. I'll havea happy Husband this Christmas when he gets his favorite show on DVD.
Published 4 months ago by Jeanne K. Aber
2.0 out of 5 stars Bleh
Boring. We liked the first season, this one we could not finish, waste of!
Do not recommend at all.....
We really were bored to death.
Published 4 months ago by Supercat
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
This season was stupid, REALLY We stuck with it but fell asleep most of the times.
Love Ted Danson but it fell off this season
Published 9 months ago by Carlbella
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I absolutely love this series and own all 3 season so far. I really hope they come out with more and I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys humor!
Published 13 months ago by farmerCHIC
5.0 out of 5 stars Have a Good Laugh!
This series just gets better with every season. A great show if you like to laugh. These guys go together seemlessly.
Published 14 months ago by Nance
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show
Hilarious show from Jersey/Brooklyn writer Jonathan Ames, author of "Wake Up, Sir" and the "Extra Man," which I would heartily recommend if you liked bored to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Joel B
5.0 out of 5 stars bored to death rox
love borded to death absolutely coolest hbo show i hope they revive it breaks my heart to hear it's cancelled
Published 15 months ago by jessica
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