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Breaking Bad: Season 2 (2009)

Bryan Cranston , Aaron Paul  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (921 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, RJ Mitte, Dean Norris
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 615 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (921 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,929 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Breaking Bad: Season 2" on IMDb

Special Features

Cast and Crew Commentaries
Deleted Scenes
Inside Breaking Bad - 13 Featurettes About The Making of Each Episode
Season 1 Recap
Walt's Warning Featurette
"Negro y Azul" Music Video
"Better Call Saul" Commercial
11 Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
Cop Talk with Dean Norris
Gag Reel
6 Breaking Bad Original Webisodes
Season 3 Sneak Peek
Vince Gilligan's Photo Gallery

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Walt (two-time Emmy® award winner* Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul) are in way over their heads in Breaking Bad: The Complete Second Season. As their partnership reaches new heights, Walt and Jesse begin to see the extremes of the drug trafficking business. Their trademark blue meth is making them rich, but it's getting more difficult than ever for Walt to conceal the truth from his wife Skyler (Anna Gunn), his son Walter Jr. (RJ Mitte), and his DEA agent brother-in-law Hank (Dean Norris). Walt struggles to maintain control of his life as he contends with vicious drug dealers, an increasingly distant wife and son, the impending birth of his daughter, and a strung-out business partner – all while battling terminal lung cancer. Breaking Bad: The Complete Second Season includes cinematography from Michael Slovis as well as Emmy® award-winning** editing from Lynne Willingham, A.C.E. Executive Produced by Vince Gilligan and Mark Johnson.

As Breaking Bad's first year concluded, chemistry teacher Walt (two-time Emmy-winner Bryan Cranston) and his meth-making partner, Jesse (Emmy-nominee Aaron Paul), hooked up with drug kingpin Tuco (Raymond Cruz), and the money started to roll in. They expected some degree of danger--but not a homicidal maniac. When DEA agent Hank (Dean Norris) starts to close in on Tuco, he kidnaps the duo, who eventually escape, but the experience creates a host of new complications, leaving Jesse temporarily homeless and driving a wedge between Walt and his pregnant wife, Skyler (Anna Gunn), and their 15-year-old son, Walt Jr. (R. J. Mitte). In his commentary, creator Vince Gilligan explains that the "chickens come home to roost" in season 2 as Walt's criminal activity catches up with him. In effect, he lives out the psychological version of The Fly, with his double life merging into one, such that he starts to become as ruthless as Tuco. Hank, meanwhile, gets a promotion that expands his jurisdiction to El Paso, while Skyler takes an accounting job that could cause her to "break bad" in season 3.

If this AMC hit lacked a sense of humor, it just might be too hard to take. Aside from Walt's incurable illness and Hank's post-traumatic stress disorder, there's a head crushing, a shooting, an explosion, and an overdose. Though Walt and Skyler get few humorous moments, Jesse, Hank, and ambulance-chasing attorney Saul (Mr. Show's Bob Odenkirk, an inspired addition) make the most of theirs. Jesse even gets a girlfriend (Krysten Ritter), who comes with a wary father (John de Lancie)--but there's still more shadow than light (not counting those panoramic desert shots). Strong stuff, but it's impossible to look away. Extensive extras include commentaries, deleted scenes, and featurettes on every episode. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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137 of 151 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good as The Shield and The Sopranos November 15, 2009
I'll try to keep this short. If you've read the other reviews, you know the premise of the show. It has received many accolades and some awards. But you know what, there are many really good shows out there now, and it can be hard to keep up with all of them. So if you are still undecided as to whether this show is worth an investment of your time and money, I hope this helps.

If are an avid fan of the Sopranos and The Shield, you will love Breaking Bad.

Do you remember how both of those shows would, at their very best, leave you staring at the screen, with your heart pounding, saying to yourself "Holy S---"? Well, there are moments like that in Breaking Bad. Like the Sopranos, it effectively mixes dark comedy and violence. Like The Shield, it has episodes and plotlines that are incredibly intense. And like both of those shows, it features a protagonist leading a double life. The performance of Bryan Cranston, like those of James Gandolfini and Micheal Chiklis is one of the finest ever seen on televison. Your move.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best thing on TV these days September 30, 2009
I watch A LOT of TV and I can honestly say there has never been a show that was so riveting and so gripping from beginning to end as Breaking Bad. This show is a masterpiece through and through.

During the first season, we come to see how Bryan Cranston's character (acted brilliantly, by the way) could not be any more desperate. And just when you think things couldn't get more low, in comes season two with more problems and more desperation.

I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen this season, but my God, if you haven't seen it, get this DVD collection it will be so worth your time.
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53 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surpasses the first in every way June 14, 2009
Now that everything was established in the short first season (writers strike) the second season gets things really going.

I will not spoil but I will say this show is now falling into history. It's one of the greatest shows of all time and will most likely only get better from here.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best series of all time? October 3, 2011
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In a nutshell, the story is about a high school chemistry teacher/husband/father who finds out he has terminal cancer. Realizing his family will be burdened beyond belief after his death, he sets out to secure their financial future by cooking and selling crystal meth with what little time he has left. Encountering all the problems one would expect from the situation, he seeks out and employs a former student of his who is a small-time CM dealer/user, all while trying to keep his cancer and newfound "hobby" a secret from his wife and DEA agent brother-in-law.

The writing is superb. Just further proving that all of the best creative work right now is in 60-minute TV, not films. The acting is fantastic - Bryan Cranston walks away with the Best TV Actor award each year. The show is also far and away above all others in their artistic use of light and camera.

But here's the thing: I've never seen a better "save the cat" show in my life. It's one thing for a show to place their characters in seemingly impossible situations but it's an entirely different thing to be able to creatively get the characters out all while maintaining believability. Despite the absolutely absurd situations these characters put themselves in, at no point do you question their motives or their decision making.

Yes, this is what would happen if this person tried to do this. Yes, this is how they would behave.

And it's always nothing short of fascinating.

I originally thought they would take a more absurdist/comedic POV to the story but, to my surprise, they went in the opposite direction. The story goes to some very dark, very real places.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best drama I've watched in years June 28, 2011
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Many people I know will say that Mad Men is the best drama on AMC and TV in general. Honestly, I enjoy Breaking Bad much more than Mad Men, especially the second season. While Mad Men is a great show that makes you feel like you are in the time period, Breaking Bad offers the full spectrum of entertainment. Awesome acting, gripping storyline, funny moments, action packed scenes (from time to time), and the list goes on and on. I feel that this series is a must watch for anyone who enjoys drama.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking Bad Seasons 1 and 2 September 2, 2009
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This is the very best program on television I've had the pleasure in seeing in years. I am not, nor know anyone who is a meth user but am riveted by this show.
AMC's "Breaking Bad" is extremely well written. The Emmy Brian ("Walt, Heizenburg") won for best TV actor last year was well earned. I only wish Brian and Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman) could both win the Emmy for this seasons top prize, however only one can receive that coveted award.
Thanks for listening and Blessy Heart! Saffernellie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best TV July 15, 2010
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If you thought season 1 was great, wait til you see season 2 (and season 3!). This show just keeps getting better and better. Great acting by all, especially Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston and fantastic writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First season better -- but fantastic just the same June 22, 2011
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Emotionally and socially accurate. What happens matches reality. But with a black-humor twist. First season had more optimism and action than second season. Picture's not quite so rosy -- but the show is just as addictive as the meth they cook. Slamming boring suburban life against high-octane drug dealer adventures, and watching the characters mature, their personalities grow, is awe inspiring in its brilliance and highly entertaining. Throw in loser side-kick with street smarts against socially challenged brilliant scientist, and you get someone like me spending this much time writing a review because it's so good I want to share.
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english subtitles?
i found this out last night.. on these new breaking bad season 2 disc.... no english subtitles!!!!!!!!!!!! it is ''french only"

i had to check my dvd player and menu set up.. but no.. its the discs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
it hacks me off, if you have old tv with no closed caption.. you can not... Read More
Mar 19, 2010 by PhotoGirl |  See all 20 posts
Spanish subtitles?
I am wondering the same thing, I need it with spanish subtitles for my dad and I cant seem to find it. Season 1, 3 and 4 have spanish subs. so ridiculous, how are u supposed to follow the series....have them all, or have none.
Dec 4, 2012 by Bloodpool11 |  See all 11 posts
Breaking Bad Bluray
I agree. Hopefully season 2 will see a bluray release. AMC's Mad Men is on bluray, so fingers crossed.
Sep 10, 2009 by Clover904 |  See all 6 posts
Is there ever going to be a third season of Breaking Bad??
Breaking Bad season 3 starts this coming Sunday March 21st on AMC at 10 ET.
Mar 15, 2010 by M. Powell |  See all 3 posts
AMC Channel
AMC is a cable channel. If you have a cable box from any of the major cable providers or a satellite service you should get it.
Aug 28, 2011 by JMM |  See all 2 posts
subtitles in spanish? Be the first to reply
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