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Portlandia: Season 2 [Blu-ray]

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Portlandia is IFC's hit sketch comedy series created, written by, and starring Fred Armisen (SNL) and Carrie Brownstein (WILD FLAG, Sleater-Kinney vocalist/guitarist). The show is driven by a series of hilarious character-based shorts all of which take place in ""Portlandia"", the creators' dreamy and absurd rendering of Portland, Oregon where 90s culture reigns supreme and political correctness is all the rage.

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The sophomore season of the comedy series Portlandia expands upon the promise of its six-episode television debut with more offbeat, inspired, and frequently hilarious sketch comedy. Saturday Night Live alum Fred Armisen and musician Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag) remain the core of the show, bringing back favorite characters from its first season (feminist bookstore owners Toni and Candace, sappy married couple Peter and Nance) while introducing a host of new eccentrics, including Doug and Claire, who develop an unhealthy obsession with the revamp of Battlestar Galactica, and Sanitation Twins Marcus and Madeleine. Kyle MacLachlan is also on hand as Portland's hapless mayor, while notable guest stars include Kristen Wiig (as an unhinged fan of the two-person-one-cat band Cat Nap), Jack McBrayer, Battlestar creator Ronald D. Moore and stars James Callis and Edward James Olmos, as well as rockers Eddie Vedder, Johnny Marr, and Steve Jones. In its best moments, Portlandia is a direct descendent of such alt-comedy landmarks as Kids in the Hall and Mr. Show--big shoes to fill for a show with only 16 episodes to its credit, but the quality of the material in this season-two set shows plenty of potential to rise to that level. The two-disc Blu-ray set includes funny, informative commentary by Armisen, Brownstein, and co-creator Jonathan Krisel on four episodes, as well as clips from the stars' promotional tour in 2011 and 2012 and a lengthy making-of featurette; an extended version of the season finale, "Brunch Village," includes a throwaway "behind the scenes" mockumentary featuring series executive producer Lorne Michaels, while a single deleted scene and an excerpt from Armisen and Brownstein's upcoming spinoff book round out the extras. --Paul Gaita

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  • Actors: Carrie Brownstein Fred Armisen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VIDEO SERV
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 220 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089AJE96
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,465 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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What I love about this show is there isn't one second that isn't outright silliness.

There is so much comedic creativity here. The two lead characters even do gender reversals with the woman dressed as a man with his girlfriend in her red wig played by the man. And they do it so well including the voices, that it's easy to forget who is whom and just laugh.

The people are all whacky, the situations are all outlandish, and the entire city apparently is off kilter. I can't wait to go there after watching this. While this is extreme craziness I do feel that there is a lot of truth here about how Portland actually is after knowing some charming delightful people from there. I was wondering if it was just this particular group of friends that seemed funnier than people I know on the east coast or what but now I'm thinking it's a funny place in general.

This show keeps the spacey hipster goofiness coming at you non stop. It seems like the initial burst of steam the first season displayed has quieted down several notches.
It's still funny but not hilareous like it was. And what makes it so special is it seems to frequently feature situations we are all familiar with. Waiting in line for hours at a popular restaurant for a table, overeager parents of a preschooler trying desperately to get their boy into the right preschool, the child hearing his parents making funny sounds in the bedroom, are some of the episodes.

This show is more creative than most things out there and is a breath of fresh air. Not many shows make me smile and laugh any more but this one lightens my mood better than any.
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I used to live in Portland, kind of get the self-conscious posturing of Portland denizens; kind of phony, but at heart sincere and well-intentioned. Carrie and Fred have nailed the lifestyle-I remember waiting in line for an hour for famous pancakes that supposed to be organic, natural and healthy, but were as dense as corrugated iron. Enjoy the easy-going spoofing and seeing the sites of Portland-it really is a beautiful place.
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This season doesn't differ much from the rest of Portlandia. There are some hilarious skits and some that you just sit through hoping it'll end. Overall, it is enjoyable enough that I will put it on while doing other things and can get some good laughs out of it.
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I recommend it but some skits remind me of others I've seen. It's like they've just recycled old ideas. I hate when I can see vestiges of old episodes in "new material." Not cool. Maybe they need more creative ideas or new writers joining their team.
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I was hesitant about this show. I am not sure why, but I put off trying it for a long time. Then I heard some interviews with Carrie Brownstein and she seemed like an interesting and intelligent person so I decided to watch the first season. I liked it, but I was not blown away. At some point in the second season that changed. I laughed as hard as I have ever laughed in my entire life at some of the sketches in this second season. I was actually in physical pain from laughing at some of the sketches. That is when I knew I was a convert.

The writing on the show is excellent and very consistent. Obviously, some sketches are funnier than others, but the percentage of really funny sketches on this show is, I think, higher than any other sketch show I have ever watched. I have also come to really love the recurring characters. I think that is part of the reason I liked the second season better than the first. It took a little while for some of the characters to grow on me, and I think it took me a little while to really figure out the sensibility of the show, but now that I have figured out the sensibility, and gotten to know the characters, it has really become one of my favorite shows.

Fred and Carrie are also really good comic actors. That is probably no surprise with Fred since he has been a staple cast member on Saturday Night Live for ten years, but it is amazing to me what a great comic actor Carrie is. She delivers her lines perfectly. Some of the humor in this show can be subtle. Some of it is not subtle at all. But a lot of it is the kind of comedy that would not necessarily crack you up on the page, but delivered correctly it is genius, and Fred and Carrie always deliver it beautifully.

The whole show just has a really great feel.
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Love Fred.
Love Carrie.
Love Portland.
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A silly requirement.
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In their continued, playful lambasting of hipsters, progressives, and weirdos of Portland (not to mention their smaller sister of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, ahem), Carrie and Fred do a marvelous job of bringing fresh fun to sketch comedy. Not only can they pickle eggs, cucumbers, and assorted inedible objects, they can also give just about any concept their funky "pickling" treatment.

The chemistry between these two is downright magical, and the variations in the identities they assume is stunning. You always know that it's Fred and Carrie (obviously), but the transformation in their delivery and personality as they change roles is fascinating to watch, along with the mostly subtle visual changes (like Fred's awesome selection of wigs).

Favorite moments from Season Two include Andy Samberg starring as a mixologist in one episode, Fred and Carrie attempting to take over the role of Portland law enforcement, and the induction of Kevin into the band "Cat Nap". Looking forward to Season Three!
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