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Volume 2 of the Brit-teen cult favorite is finally here, and there's a lot of drama in store as the Skins gang takes a turn for the worst. Our old crew is back with a vengeance as they desperately try to figure out their place in the world, but all while having a spectacularly explosive time. After all, it's not considered living without drugs, stalkers, deep dark secrets, contorted romantic entanglements, and, oh yes, school.

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British drama Skins remains leagues above U.S. teen shows like Gossip Girl and the revised 90210 in quality, emotional impact, and fun. Teen dramas don’t generally get a lot of acclaim from critics (and usually they don’t deserve any) but the surprisingly great Skins returns for Volume 2 with a whole lot more sex, drugs and angsty confusion, neatly conveyed via sharply written dialogue, spot-on performances and absorbing plotlines. The show has gotten a lot of press for the racier scenes and questionable (mostly bad) choices made by the teens, but there’s a tender and sweet side to these characters. It’s impossible not to empathize when party-boy Chris faces parental abandonment with no explanation; or Sid’s heart breaks over Cassie’s departure and their mutual difficulty in successfully pursing a long-distance relationship at 16. In general, Cassie remains in a state of complete disaster, fighting an eating disorder, loneliness and mostly, not fitting in wherever she is. After Volume 1’s shocking ending where Tony (About a Boy & A Single Man’s Nicholas Hoult) gets abruptly hit by a bus, his character has the most compelling journey in Volume 2, as he works to rebuild not only his physical strength, but all those relationships his arrogance and selfishness destroyed in Volume 1. Whether it’s because they’re all just trying to make their way in a world that’s not very accommodating or because everyone can relate to being young and miserable, Skins is mostly about finding joy in those in-between moments with your friends, and remains relatable well beyond adolescence. Skins continued on BBC America after the final episode featured here, but with a new set of teens, led by Effie, the mostly mute younger sister of Tony. It’s an exciting and interesting concept, but also really sad to say goodbye to this specific cast after these two compelling seasons. --Kira Canny

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Product Details

  • Actors: Joseph Dempsie, Mike Bailey, Mitch Hewer, Nicholas Hoult
  • Directors: Simon Massey, Adam Smith
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 14, 2009
  • Run Time: 460 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001P7YD82
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,589 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Skins Bloody Rules!!!
Raynesha Mcghee-reed
Love this -- if you like your entertainment cutting edge, this will keep you mesmerized.
Paul Grupp
The first and second were the best ones but its still a great over series.
vampy

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Chris Swanson VINE VOICE on February 17, 2009
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Well, you all know how things left off at the end of the last series. Tony got hit by a bus, Sid and Cassie met at a bench, Maxxie and Anwar made up and everyone had a nice little singing number (?!).

Now we pick up some months later with a whole series of interesting story lines! We follow Tony on his slow road to recovery (apparently getting slammed into by a bus is not something one gets over right away). We see him and Maxxie getting closer even as Sid and Michelle turn slowly away from Tony. We also get to see Maxxie pick up a stalker, which is all sorts of fun.

Moving on, we have a lovely love triangle developing between Sid, Michelle and Tony (who I've always thought really wanted to have a three-way relationship with Sid and Michelle), Jal and Chris start hooking up (I still think she could do better), Cassie disolves and becomes even more mad than before, and Anwar, well... Anwar starts thinking with the wrong part of his body and does wrong by Maxxie. Even Effie starts to get more attention, which makes sense given her expanded role in series three. All of this builds to an astonishing and rather tear-jerking climax that one doesn't soon forget.

As in the first series, the writting in the second is sharp and intelligent. The actors are all in top form, particularly Nicholas Hoult, who has a real challenge playing a damaged version of Tony (well, more damaged than usual). There's also some incredibly funny dialogue and some great scenes.

I really enjoyed one scene with Maxxie's father and the father of a bully/gay basher, talking with each other. These are men who look like your basic longshoremen, yet neither has a problem with Maxxie being gay.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Kelley on August 10, 2010
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This show is absolutely amazing with well written character development, each character has there thing that makes them tick. For Tony, being a bit of a prick, Anwar, chasing girls, Chris, drugs of course, Jal, her impending future. Everything about this show is great to the soundtrack, the humor, to the drama. I don't think I've seen better acting from US actors as I've seen with the cast of "Skins". Both seasons one and two are uncannily great, with the first season the kids living to get away, to the second, graduating college and wondering "What will I do?".

Trust me this series is particularly something special to me. If you like a mixture of great drama, comedy, and wanting to live your youth again, watch this show.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Christensen on June 8, 2010
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I watched the first season on Netflix and bought the second season.

It's funny, irreverent and sexy as only British TV can do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Kirby on April 8, 2014
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This season, some of the characters are working for a future, while others are just fighting to live. Love and Death in this series really puts them into perspective, while still being funny. It really shows how f'd up love and death can make someone react in all kinds of different ways.

My favorite part is Tony's sister Effy. I have already seen seasons 3, 4, so I know how big a role she plays in the future. She started off like a big mystery, we always would see her sneaking off in season 1, until one episode followed her through her worst night, where she almost died. Season 2 Effy is taking care of her mom and brother, while her dad is away on business. She enrolls in a private school, and the teacher tasks Effy with showing the new girl 'Pandora Moon' around. Panda is also a huge part of the next two seasons as well. It's nice to already know a couple of characters, while the next season becomes a mostly new cast.

If you are no fan of Effy though, Season 2 is a good stopping place in the series, as most of the characters are moving on at the end. If you are intrigued by Effy like I am, then defiantly order seasons 3 and 4. -Season 7 also returns with a lot of the seasons 3 and 4 cast, but is not available region 1 at this time, but i will defiantly snag that whenever its available.
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By Paul Lawrence on October 3, 2009
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At the end of series one we have the core crew pretty much all having major cataclysms in their life. Whether it's the concept of facing life alone, descending into a drug induced stupor or being hit by a bus, really only Maxie and Anwar have any stability or happiness going on. As I noted in my review of series one, it was the collective strength of the group that kept them all together - in as much as they were. And at the centre of the group, the axle around which many of the interpersonal relationships revolved, was Tony. Charming and caclulating in equal measure he provided a lot of the glue that kept the group together.

Well in series two of this British series concentrating on the lives of teenagers from the city of Bristol Tony is out of action. Who would of thought that being hit by a bus at the end of series one would of been a problem? With Tony out of sorts and unable to manipulate the group, which at least gave them direction, the different personalities are left to stumble along on their own as they face a growing pile of consequences from their teenage indiscretions. But being Skins they don't actually move to fix anything, rather they seem to drive headlong into more flippantly self destructive modes of operation. The madcap adventures played out here are aided by the tight writing and they way that the show does not treat the concerns of these teenagers with a knowing wink, the show portrays them in all their idiocy without making excuses but it also never stoops to being condescending towards young people and that is one of the reasons why the gritty aspects are able to co-exist with the outrageous segments.

This second instalment of Skins is probably less satisfying.
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