While I've now had the pleasure of seeing both seasons 1 and 2 of BOARDWALK EMPIRE I found the second season to be far more satisfying than the first by the end of viewing. However my review is not about the quality of the show but rather the quality of the package itself. The inner folder that holds the discs is very hard to remove from its slipcover, I noticed the finish is actually being rubbed from its corners it packs so tight. But, to make matters worse, disc 4 of the set is defective, there is freezing and skipping that occurs in the beginning of episode 11. I'm surprised at this, since I've purchased many an HBO series on DVD over the past few years and this is the first time it's happened. I should also mention that just as with BE season 1 all the discs are single layer. Is this HBO's way of trying to wean us off DVD and move us over to the slightly more expensive Blu-ray? Please, if anyone else has experienced this I'd like to know, so feel free to respond. In sum: five stars for the season, three stars for the package itself.