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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 (140 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 (140 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003L77GME
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,579 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

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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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The fun continues... November 13, 2010
Format:DVD
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
Format:Blu-ray
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughing at Bored to Death June 10, 2014
By Tina
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I was all set to cancel my Amazon Prime Membership and then I decided to turn on my Kindle Fire and see what I could watch before it was all gone. Found the new HBO programs offered on Amazon Prime and ended up renewing my membership. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED LOVED LOVED this show. It was fun, honestly fun, to watch the 3 men get into and out of trouble plus be there for each other.

I can watch these over and over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! June 30, 2014
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This was laugh outloud funny for me...the slapstick leanings of this trio were very entertaining and I was disappointed that there were only 3 seasons!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Likeable & Fun September 15, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
It's often silly. That's probably what I like best about it. When I need something that's not "heavy" and just want some fun, this is a show I like to put on. Only half hour, so it doesn't take up too much time, but I find I'm smiling after watching it. The characters are good because they share a comrade-ry and loyalty with one another. That in itself is quite appealing. Fun, funny, easy. Some days that's just what you want.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Have fun and watch! July 27, 2014
By Temp
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
I own the series on DVD and enjoy rewatching them. Recently got a new TV and can watch Amazon Prime on it. Was happy to see it all with great picture clarity. But anyways Bored To Death is a hilarious way to pass your boredom. A good mix of actors to pull off a zany pot-infused comedy. If you've watched Season 1, Season 2 just gets better with its insane situations. Still laughing at even though I'm watching reruns.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Is it safe to eat the stalker's food?" November 14, 2010
Format:DVD
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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