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Oz: The Complete Second Season (DVD)
All that glitters is not Emerald City. Following the bloodbath that ended the prison riot, life is returning to far from normal for those who survived....]]>
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
Oz, the prison show that got me drinking at home and not driving. Seriously, the way a society treats the lowest members indicates the level of civilization, not very high in our... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Daniel Allen Hill
Very graphic and raw. Fascinating to watch a series that permits one to experience what hopefully will remain the unknown!Published 1 day ago by Eduardo Perez
Oz is nasty, raw, disturbing and I can't get enough! After watching Breaking Bad and Dexter, I thought the TV series watching was limited, but I love Oz also.Published 4 days ago by Nancy
Good Story. Interesting characters with a good story. Not a realistic show, but a fun soap opera of men dealing with the brutal life in the OZ-wald penitentiary prison. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Raven Crow