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Get even closer to the truth about America's gangs in Season Two of Gangland. Rarely seen footage and unique access to the lives of both former and current gang members provide a solid insight into why gangs exist, how they operate, their increasingly destructive methods, and the alarming rate at which they're spreading to suburban and rural areas. Delve deep into the rich and bloody history of gangs in America, from the long-stretching tradition of the Asian Triads, to the full-blown motorcycle gang war between the Outlaws and the Hells Angels, to the growing occurrence of girl gangsters, as this season of Gangland goes to the darkest corners of America to infiltrate some of the most dangerous terrain in the world. Other gangs featured in Season Two include the Maniac Latin Disciples, the Texas Syndicate, Los Angeles' 18th Street, and the Mongols.

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Gangland: Complete Season Two continues the History Channel program's focus on the gang phenomenon all over the United States. While the 12 episodes in this box set speak to the cultural and ethnic diversity of gangs in different parts of the country, there are some fascinating common threads. Among them, many gangs begin not as organized criminals but have roots in protecting a vulnerable community. A lot of gangs offer protection to individual members both on the streets and in prisons, testimony to their powerful reach. Finally, some gang members grow up to become repentant community activists, forsaking violence after seeing too much of it.

Aside from those sociological observations, episodes of Gangland offer collective portraits of different gangs in different cities. Two shows--"Crip or Die" and "The Blood"--tell the story of the longtime rival gangs Crips and Bloods in Los Angeles and their bloody war in neighborhood streets. Brutal and gruesome, the show tells a number of stories of arrogance and impulsive actions that took the lives of many innocent people. "Maniacal" is the story of the Maniac Latin Disciples out of Chicago, waging a war with rivals for drug turf in the city's Humboldt Park. The Maniacs are among the few gangs talked about in Gangland with a female membership as destructive as the gang's men. "Deadly Triangle" focuses on Asian gangs in America, including Chinese tongs, which began as protectors and enforcers for different industries (a garment industry tong, for example). "Texas Terror" concerns the Texas Syndicate, a very different kind of crime organization comprised of everyone from common street thugs to white-collar lawyers, all involved in the lucrative drug trade. --Tom Keogh


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  • Actors: Ken Bell, Frank Lucas
  • Directors: History
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: December 16, 2008
  • Run Time: 568 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HNDR3Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,323 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gangland: Season 2" on IMDb

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jazzin Knight on May 16, 2009
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It's been over 10 years since I've witnessed firsthand the destruction that gangs have on the fragile thread that ties American society together. In reality, I've had friends who were gang members and this was a time where I learned about being careful about the friends I choose and watching my back for potential enemies.

Gangland is a series that not only revives those memories of my past vividly, but also informs everyone that the gang problem in the United States is a bigger problem than anyone could have imagined.

This a 3 disc set that includes information that is broad in its spectrum, covering history and current events of all various types of gangs from the bloods and crips of Los Angeles, Biker gangs such as the Mongol Nation, and even asian gangs such as the Chinese Triad in San Francisco.

What I found interesting about all the episodes in season 2, and the entire series in general, is that this program does an excellent job of denoting each gang's history, their rise to fame, the key players of each gang, how each gang finances their activities, and accounts from either current or former gang members. For example, this documentary did a great job in describing who Tookie Williams and Raymond Washington were and their significance in how the Crips came to power in South Central Los Angeles. In addition, the Bloods, who are outnumbered by 2-1, came to existence to protect other gangs who were not enticed to join True Blue. Chicago's history was well covered with the Vice Lords and especially the Gangster Disciples AKA GD6 who continue to terrorize the midwest. After watching this season, I kinda felt that this season should have actually been season 1 since the Bloods and Crips are known to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lora Bradley-jackson on April 13, 2009
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We have used some of these DVDs for training, and the evaluations have been very good. In addition, these DVDs will be placed in our media library for our entire staff to check out and view.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luc on April 4, 2013
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The screen constantly flashes and they keep on showing gang symbols instead of the show. The constant switching from one scene to another makes it very hard to focus on and follow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eryn on November 26, 2012
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got season 1, now season 2. this is a very interesting show. it comes on the history channel. good watch
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Very well made series. Each episode is focused on a different gang, inclusing interviews from current members, former members, aswell as the law enforcement agencys attached to investigating that gang. Definately some parts that may be hard to watch for some people, it is an understatement to say that this contains violence. My only 2 issues with this show is that it was made for people that watch 1 episode at a time, if you plan to sit down and watch a few in a row, you will find it gets repetative. Aswell, the first season is the best one by far, contains all the major gangs, the show kind of goes downhill from there, but thats not to say it gets worse, just not as good as the first season. I grew up in a very gang dominated city and throught i knew a fair ammount about gangs, apparently i was wrong. This series is a definate eye-opener.
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By Amazon Customer on December 29, 2013
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If you like crime shows this is sort of a bad guy for dummies series. Nothing new here unless your a dummy to the everyday world around you.
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Seems pretty generic and doesn't differentiate from all the other shows of this genre. Some episodes are obviously better than others but it rarely elicited any real excitement
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I'm fascinated by gangland tattoos so if you're like me this show is for you. you will learn a lot about the ins and outs, dos and don'ts of gang life. all police and law enforcement should watch this series, other groups such as the armed service and sports franchises could learn from this as well. I found each episode to be well done on all levels from production to plot, each episode left you with a hunger to see more.
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