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Oz: Season 2 (1998)

Ernie Hudson , Edie Falco  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ernie Hudson, Edie Falco, Rita Moreno
  • Producers: Tom Fontana
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 7, 2003
  • Run Time: 465 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000FBH2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,018 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Oz: Season 2" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 8 episodes on 3 discs
  • Two audio commentaries by series creator Tom Fontana and star Lee Tegesen
  • The Museum of Television and Radio Seminar Series 30-minute roundtable on "Oz"
  • Featurette
  • Deleted scenes
  • Music video

Editorial Reviews

If the title of HBO's brutal prison drama suggests a fairy tale, be warned that this Oz lies on the other side of the rainbow. This gritty portrait of men behind bars is a testosterone-driven soap opera packed with murder, suicide, sadism, and savage battles for dominance in the concrete jungle.

Season 2 opens in the wake of a prison riot that shut down the experimental cell block known as "Emerald City" among the inmates, but it doesn't take long to build a whole new head of steam after prison reformer Tim McManus (Terry Kinney) reopens the unit. The drug wars pit the Italians against the blacks, the Aryan Brotherhood re-establish their campaign of intimidation, and Alvarez is pushed to desperate measures when he's ousted by the new Latino leader (Luiz Guzmán). Even more volatile than the physical brutality (this season offers up a bloody blinding and a crucifixion) is the soul-crushing psychodrama played out between vicious Aryan leader Schillinger (J.K. Simmons) and Beecher (Lee Tergeson), the meek lawyer transformed into a drug-addicted wild man by prison's predatory world and seduced by cold-blooded killer Chris Keller (Law and Order: SVU's Christopher Meloni).

Some the stories get lost in the thrilling runaway pacing, but at its best Oz's searing stories of men penned in and pushing back goes straight for the jugular and invariably draws blood.

In addition to HBO's four-minute promotional short is an interesting featurette in which the creators and select actors discuss the show. The three-disc set also features cast and crew bios, an episode index, and episodic previews.--Sean Axmaker

Product Description

If the hellhole known as Oz (a.k.a. the Emerald City) resembles actual prisons in any way, the message is clear: Stay on the right side of the law. An extensive cast of naturalistic actors animate the multiple plot lines woven together in this daring HBO original. Not for the faint of heart or those offended by raw prison patois; definitely for those who like their drama undiluted. 8 hours on 3 DVDs. Simon Says: Though definitely modern and American, Maupin also shares something with Old World giants such as Dostoyevsky and Dickens: legions of devotees who map and tour the real-life locales of his books. And all of the above authors had their work serialized in newspapers, Maupin's in the San Francisco Chronicle. Now, which way to 28 Barbary Lane?

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fontana's Mythic Vision January 21, 2004
At first glance, Tom Fontana's extraordinary television series "Oz" seems to be a hyper-naturalistic view of the hellish life behind bars in American prisons. It is that, of course. But the title is a tip-off that Fontana also has larger, more mythic concerns on his mind. His tortured Catholicism plays a role in the world-view presented here, as it did in his wonderful earlier series "Homicide: Life on the Street" and "St. Elsewhere." It turns out that Oz (the prison) is a kind of purgatory where wounded spirits struggle with good and evil. Even the best (like administators Tim McManus and Leo Glynn) are highly fallible, even misguided and foolish at times. And even the worst prisoners have sparks of humanity in them. These worst include the amazingly terrifying Simon Adebisi, the larger-than-life Nigerian criminal who controls the heroin trade in Oz. And J.K. Simmons deserves some kind of special award for his portrayal of Vern Schillinger, the leader of the neo-Nazi prisoners. He is the worst human being imaginable, but Simmons plays him with such style and elan that you have to grant the devil his due. As the recappers on "Television Without Pity" put it, if "Oz" were more well known, Schillinger would join Hannibal Lecter and Norman Bates in the Fictional Villains Hall of Fame.
The battle for the souls of these men is best shown in the ordeal of Tobias Beecher, an upper-class lawyer who is convicted of a drunk-driving homicide and finds himself in the middle of this inferno. His horrible experiences in Oz reach a Job-like intensity. The second season sees the arrival of actor Christopher Meloni as the sociopathic Chris Keller. The three-way tango of betrayal between Keller, Beecher, and Schillinger is absolutely chilling.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best TV series ever November 8, 2002
By A Customer
OZ continues its DVD treatment with the second of six seasons, which originally aired in 1998. As the first season dealed more with episodic themes (capital punishment, conjugals, drugs, etc.) this is the season where the individual character arcs really began developing.
For those who do not know, Oz deals with life in a fictional prison and an experimental unit called Emerald City. It's about hope and survival. This was HBO's first drama, and paved the way for much more successful shows like The Sopranos and Six Feet Under. However in my mind, Oz will always be the best: no other drama can shock you like this one. But it's not all violence; creator/writer Tom Fontana deals with real issues and really makes you think about stuff. Some of the questions addressed in this season: Should neighbors be notified when a convicted child molestor moves into the neighborhood even though he's paid his debt to society? How far will you go to be part of a gang? What's more important: revenge or safety? Is there any hope at all for a prisoner serving life without the possibility of parole?
Many of the fan-favorite characters return: Hill, Beecher, Said, Schillinger, Alvarez, McManus, Rebadow, Adebisi, Wangler, Glynn, Mukada, Sister Pete, O'Reilly, Dr. Nathan, Peter Schibetta, Poet, Arif and others.
Plus many new characters are introduced: Nappa, Robson, Keller, Hoyt, Cyril, Busmalis, El Cid, Bellinger, Guerra, Pancamo, Kirk, Coushaine and others.
This is a great show that deserves a wider audience. I highly recommend it.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeper Down the Yellow Brick Road March 23, 2003
Whereas many second seasons tend to disappoint, the second season of OZ not only doesn't disappoint, it continues boldly and bravely with some powerful storylines and even more powerful acting performances.
Picking up after the amazing prison riot at the end of the first season, the second season has a big hurdle to overcome. Instead of trying to overcome it, it is a companion to the first season by allowing us to delve into the characters and their lives more deeply. The season explores relationships, sexuality, health issues, love, as well as continuing the "be aware and beware" feeling so important to the success of the story.
Strong performances continue this year, with the addition of Chris Meloni as an Aryan "spy".
Oz doesn't let you down. If anything, the lesson sent is: NEVER go to prison, just watch it on TV.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Oz" continues, even more brutal than the first February 22, 2003
By A Customer
After seeing the pilot episode of the first season of "OZ" I was instantly hooked. I purchased the first season on DVD and loved it. I couldn't get enough. I was watching each episode twice, to make sure I didn't miss anything. Then finally the second season came out, and I loved it even more!
The second season starts just where the finale of season one left off. After the brutal prison riot. The second season I thought was very different from the first, but much better and more entertaining. This time, we are introduced to brand new chatacters, like Beecher's new cellmate Chris (played by Christopher Meloni), Ryan O'Reilly's mentally ill brother Cyril, the late Nino's son, Peter (who takes control of the wiseguys) and many more. This season is much more shocking than the first, including more violence and brutal rapes. The suviving characters from season one are still in Oz, including the on-going battle between Beecher and Aryan leader Schillinger. Adebesi is back, who has numerous confrontations with Italian leader Peter Schibetta, who discovers Adebesi was behind his father Nino's death.
Season 2 of Oz is a truly breathtaking experience, and should not be missed by anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent best series ever. Very gritty and intense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great show, but I wouldn't mind a little less male nudity
Published 13 hours ago by william t hylton
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Shows dumb
Published 1 day ago by john faust
3.0 out of 5 stars Focused
Story lines start getting a bit deeper this season. Not as obscure as the first season and I appreciate that they are starting to head on a focused path.
Published 1 day ago by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
From the first show it grabs u.
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Published 3 days ago by Ryan shields
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch watch watch
Captivating, Harsh, Alive with story.
Published 3 days ago by dcaptainp
5.0 out of 5 stars Season 2 gets better
Season 1 introduced inmates & this one does too but the thing I loved most is Toby & Chris' relationship... Spoiler alert? Nah, not really...
Published 3 days ago by Mizz Brwn
5.0 out of 5 stars OZ - intimate look inside the prison walls.
This is a realistic view of horrors that often occur behind prison walls. Not often brought to the public's eye, OZ does an excellent job. Read more
Published 3 days ago by ml54
5.0 out of 5 stars Story line flows nicely from one season to the next
Story line flows nicely from one season to the next. Actors keep things interesting. A lot of 'healthy''ll see what I mean about that after you watch it. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Leslie
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