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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Gomorra - La Serie" )

 

directed by Stefano Sollima, Francesca Comencini, Claudio Cupellini, and Claudio Giovannesi
Italy 2016

 

Inspired by Roberto Saviano's novel – previously adapted into the feature GOMORRAH by Matteo Garrone in 2008 – season two of GOMORRA (sold in English-speaking territories as GOMORRAH) spends its first episode tying up loose ends and unraveling other threads from the previous season's finale with Sevastano clan head Don Pietro (Fortunato Cerlino) in hiding in Calabria after being busted out by trusted second Malammore (Fabio De Caro) during a prison transfer after months of faking mental deterioration, his bullet-riddled son Gennaro (Salvatore Esposito) is clinging to life in the hospital, and one faithful Sevastano clan member Ciro (Marco D'Amore) has formed an alliance with Salvatore Conte (Marco Palvetti) – having assassinated all of Gennaro's men and left him in a coma – and proposed a free market model in which the dealers buy from Conte and run their territories autonomously. A year later, Gennaro has returned from another trip to Honduras to settle some old scores and intercept the drug supply before heading home.

With his assets frozen, Don Pietro finds himself having to do deals with equally desperate sources, including one who is assassinated right in front of him. With Don Pietro having realized that he cannot rely to Gennaro in order to reclaim what is his, and Gennaro realizing that he and his father will never agree on how to get the job done, the two part ways with Pietro leaving Malmmore and his other surviving senior officials as his eyes and ears while Gennaro to form a partnership with builder Don Giuseppe (Gianfranco Gallo) which includes a socially-advantageous relationship with the man's daughter Azzurra (Ivana Lotito, LETTERS TO JULIET). Conte has grown tired of his current arrangement with his main sellers – Ciro and Rosario (Lino Musella) who bought their way in by hijacking an armored truck and robbing a bank, Marinella (Denise Capezza), and coke-cutting brothers Prince (Antonio Folletto) and Gypsy (Gianluca Di Gennaro) – and uses his twisted sense of religiosity to side with the church when local priest causes a fuss with anti-drug campaign that puts Prince and Gypsy out of business and waits for them to strike back as an excuse to get rid of Ciro; but Conte's own actions against one of his own men who insults his girlfriend – transsexual but otherwise his idealized vision of the Madonna – could sign his own death warrant. Meanwhile, Gennaro has formed a new gang, with a number of Ciro's former rising to prominence, and Ciro must find a way to work with his enemy in order to avoid an all-out gang war while Don Pietro must risk capture to return to Naples when he feels power slipping out of his hands.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 10 May 2016 - 14 June 2016 (Italian TV)

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DVD Review: Arrow Films - Region 2 - PAL

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Arrow Films

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 9:58:52 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.0 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Italian Dolby Digital 5.1; Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Arrow Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
� Disc One:
� - Episodes 1 (16:9; 55:42), 2 (16:9; 57:56), and 3 (16:9; 51:26)

� Disc Two:
� - Episodes 4 (16:9; 52:56), 5 (16:9; 55:10), and 6 (16:9; 44:48)

� Disc Three:
� - Episodes 7 (16:9; 46:32), 8 (16:9; 46:06), and 9 (16:9; 47:52)

� Disc Four:
� - Episodes 10 (16:9; 44:46), 11 (16:9; 44:48), and 12 (16:9; 45:50)
� - Interviews (16:9; 13:48)
� - Behind the Scenes (16:9; 20:38)

DVD Release Date: July 25th, 2016
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Chapters 84

 

 

 

Comments

Arrow divide the second season's twelve episodes between four dual-layer discs. The film's edgy color correction with its dark and warm-toned interiors and night exteriors and contrasty day exteriors is rendered well-enough in SD but a couple shots with fine detail evince moire. Unlike Arrow's first season set, the season two DVD feature the 5.1 mix (a 2.0 mix is also included). The English subtitles are optional but are on by default since there is no set-up option for the subtitles or the 2.0 track. Extras include a cast interviews segment and another behind the scenes featurette.

Season two is also available on Blu-ray as well as Season 1 & 2 Blu-ray and DVD boxed sets from Arrow Films. Stateside viewers who are not region free can see the series via streaming outlets this fall through Sundance.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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