Ray Donovan: Season Two (DVD)
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|Contributor||Daniel Attias, Liev Schrieber, Jon Voight, Michael Uppendahl, Various Others, Paula Malcomson, Devon Bagby See more|
|Number of discs||4|
|Runtime||10 hours and 37 minutes|
All 12 episodes from the second season of the American crime drama starring Liev Schreiber. Set in Los Angeles, the show follows Ray Donovan (Schreiber), a professional 'fixer' working for the successful law firm Goldman and Drexler, whose clients include the wealthiest of Hollywood's elite. In this season, Ray tries to secure his daughter Bridget (Kerris Dorsey) a place at a school she desperately wants to attend and struggles to keep his con man dad Mickey (Jon Voight) out of trouble. The episodes are: 'Yo Soy Capitan', 'Uber Ray', 'Gem and Loan', 'S U C K', 'Irish Spring', 'Viagra', 'Walk This Way', 'Sunny', 'Snowflake', 'Volcheck', 'Rodef' and 'The Captain'.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Package Dimensions : 18 x 13.8 x 1.5 cm; 135 Grams
- Director : Michael Uppendahl, Various Others, Daniel Attias
- Media Format : DVD, PAL
- Run time : 10 hours and 37 minutes
- Release date : 24 June 2015
- Actors : Devon Bagby, Paula Malcomson, Liev Schrieber, Jon Voight
- Dubbed: : English
- Studio : UniversalSony
- ASIN : B01DJ6426Y
- Country of origin : Australia
- Number of discs : 4
- Best Sellers Rank: 31,726 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Season one was a cracking introduction to the characters and their motivations and season two builds upon that solid foundation. No time is wasted on deliberate character development; it just happens organically as the season progresses so there is nothing to interrupt the pace of the various narrative threads. The season opens with Ray’s life looking pretty normal – his father is ‘missing’, his marriage is falling apart and his brothers are doing the best they can while the FBI are looking into Sully’s death and Ray’s boss’ behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic. Everything is set for the anticipated spiral into chaos and, of course, it does. To say too much more would definitely constitute a spoiler, but suffice to say a lot happens and along the way we have some splendid new characters (it is great to see Bunk from The Wire as Micky’s … nope, I won’t say), the new FBI chief Ed Cochran (who just happens to play in a band) and a Boston Globe reporter following her own leads into Sully’s death.
Much as in Season one, Ray lurches from one catastrophe to the next, but season two is much more coherent with very strong plot lines underlying each episode and this season is, darker, deeper and far more unsettling than the first. An easy, light and fluffy show it is not but it is utterly engrossing and the twelve episodes are over far too quickly. Ray Donovan is an astonishingly clever, well written, casted and directed bit of TV which, somehow, only the Americans can do this well. Season three is currently airing in the US so hopefully we will not have to wait too long for the Blu-Ray release (which will give us an excuse to watch the first two seasons again in preparation). We’re still hoping, too, for the cross-over episode where Blueblood’s Regan family meets the Donovans – the writers have just got to find a way to get Ray and Micky to New York!
That being said, it's easy watching - just don't take it seriously or expect it to make much sense.