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Oz: Season 2 (1998)

Ernie Hudson , Edie Falco  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (311 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: NR (Not Rated)
  • 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 (311 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000FBH2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,597 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Oz: Season 2" on IMDb

Special Features

Featurette: featurette including cast and crew members LL Cool J, Kathy Bates, and more Other: The Museum of Television and Radio Seminar Series: "Oz"- a 30-minute roundtable discussion conducted by the Museum of Television and Radio in New York, featuring tom Fontana, cast and crew including Edie Falco, Dean Winters, and many more.Featurette: featurette including cast and crew members LL Cool J, Kathy Bates, and more Other: The Museum of Television and Radio Seminar Series: "Oz"- a 30-minute roundtable discussion conducted by the Museum of Television and Radio in New York, featuring tom Fontana, cast and crew including Edie Falco, Dean Winters, and many more.Featurette: featurette including cast and crew members LL Cool J, Kathy Bates, and more Other: The Museum of Television and Radio Seminar Series: "Oz"- a 30-minute roundtable discussion conducted by the Museum of Television and Radio in New York, featuring tom Fontana, cast and crew including Edie Falco, Dean Winters, and many more.Featurette: featurette including cast and crew members LL Cool J, Kathy Bates, and more Other: The Museum of Television and Radio Seminar Series: "Oz"- a 30-minute roundtable discussion conducted by the Museum of Television and Radio in New York, featuring tom Fontana, cast and crew including Edie Falco, Dean Winters, and many more.Featurette: featurette including cast and crew members LL Cool J, Kathy Bates, and more Other: The Museum of Television and Radio Seminar Series: "Oz"- a 30-minute roundtable discussion conducted by the Museum of Television and Radio in New York, featuring tom Fontana, cast and crew including Edie Falco, Dean Winters, and many more.Featurette: featurette including cast and crew members LL Cool J, Kathy Bates, and more Other: The Museum of Television and Radio Seminar Series: "Oz"- a 30-minute roundtable discussion conducted by the Museum of Television and Radio in New York, featuring tom Fontana, cast and crew including Edie Falco, Dean Winters, and many more.Featurette: featurette including cast and crew members LL Cool J, Kathy Bates, and more Other: The Museum of Television and Radio Seminar Series: "Oz"- a 30-minute roundtable discussion conducted by the Museum of Television and Radio in New York, featuring tom Fontana, cast and crew including Edie Falco, Dean Winters, and many more.Featurette: featurette including cast and crew members LL Cool J, Kathy Bates, and more Other: The Museum of Television and Radio Seminar Series: "Oz"- a 30-minute roundtable discussion conducted by the Museum of Television and Radio in New York, featuring tom Fontana, cast and crew including Edie Falco, Dean Winters, and many more.

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Oz: The Complete Second Season (DVD)

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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


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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best TV series ever November 8, 2002
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Format:DVD
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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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fontana's Mythic Vision January 21, 2004
Format:DVD
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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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeper Down the Yellow Brick Road March 23, 2003
Format:DVD
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Continuation To An Excellent Show January 17, 2003
Format:DVD
The second season of Oz continues where the first left off. It has now been several months since the riot in Emerald City that killed seven inmates and two prison guards, and the first episode commences as prisoners move back into their cells after it has been repaired and things in Oswald State Prison have calmed down. Governor Devlin forms a committee to undertake the task of figuring out how the riot got started and who, if anyone, should be charged in connection to all that transpired during the ordeal. The committee finds that nobody is to blame for the riot, and therefore, no one is to be charged with any crime.
That's just the beginning of the season. The rest of the season shows how certain characters change as they acclimate themselves to prison life. Tobias Beecher (played by Lee Tergensen) undergoes the most notable change. He came to prison as a clean-cut lawyer who knew nothing of street life, and we now see him develop into a hardened convict. He is no longer the victim of aggression, and now assumes the role of aggressor. He wants revenge for all that Vernon Schillinger (J.K. Simmons) put him through, and he goes about getting revenge in several different ways. Also, in an interesting turn of events, the death of his wife has caused Beecher to develop certain homosexual tendencies.
There are many characters in Oz, and it isn't possible for me to describe what they all go through during this second season, but I will say that you'll be glued to your television once you start watching. This show is extremely engaging, and time seems to fly when I watch an episode of Oz. This is perhaps the best show that HBO has ever created, and this DVD is a definite must-buy for any Oz fan.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this show. It always keeps me guessing!
Published 2 days ago by LoloF
3.0 out of 5 stars Would be great to have it in HD
A gritty, character-driven drama. Has lost nothing over the years. Would be great to have it in HD.
Published 2 days ago by peter
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good story lines
Published 4 days ago by Hetep
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and Beautifully Violent!
Awesome Show! Addresses issues from the prison systems to personal issues that people deal with on an everyday level.The show is filled with drama and violent tendencies.
Published 4 days ago by Frenchie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
See above for review.
Published 7 days ago by barbara gehring
5.0 out of 5 stars We need a Re-union show
Great acting...great show....they should do a reunion....
Published 8 days ago by Donald Brochhausen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
LOVE THIS show!
Published 9 days ago by Yevette Stallings
4.0 out of 5 stars Good watch!
Good show w/ a good plot and actors. Way ahead if it's time; many of the stars went on to star in big hits, like the Sapranos, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and modern day... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Tiffany_H
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Prepared Before Watching
I am still hooked. Sometimes I am grossed out, but it is entertainment. Not for everyone, definitely R-rated, and don't think I would want my grown children watching it. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Nicki Tyler
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Show
Good. I am enjoying the series.
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