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The Sopranos: Season Six – Part Two (DVD-Video)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C+    Episodes: B



*With Italian Accent* Hey, forget about it!  Well, that statement pretty much sums up the end of The Sopranos.  Season Six- Part One (reviewed elsewhere on this site) brought us the killing of many main contributors to the series and Season Six-Part Two just added a dash more of that constant paranoia of ‘who’s next?’  The final nine episodes of the hit series are not the mob inspired drama’s best, but definitely deliver in one way, shape, or form.  Many are upset that the ‘series ended so abruptly,’ but truly the series had developed so much over the past 6 Seasons that there was not much left for the writers and/or actors to do with the plot.  In a manner of speaking the series to fans was like eating a delicious pasta meal and now you are sad that it is all gone, because you would have liked just one last serving; when in truth it is for the best you did not have anymore.


David Chase’s 86-episode run with The Sopranos was strong and admirable, bringing back to television a level of grit, truth, and depth that had not been seen for a long time.  Chase managed to create a serendipitous series in which our main character Tony Soprano attempted to balance his family life with his crime life, all at the same time as trying to figure out the meaning of life.  The family dynamics are so flawless at times that it makes the viewer think it could be anyone’s family sitting there fighting, laughing, crying, or whatever.  After six seasons with this mob (pun intended) it is sad to see them go, but know that they will be around forever in pop-culture, merchandise, and especially syndication land.


The series was grounding braking for an array of reasons, even down to the music that was used throughout the series.  Apparently David Chase and few select others pick out all of the episodes’ music in postproduction, only on occasion actually filming an episodic sequence with predetermined music.  The show is interesting that it does not stick to just one genre of music but utilized everything including Britney Spears, classical, rap, and even Journey (music spoiler).  It is also interesting to note that it seems that since music was not chosen to be in scenes ahead of time the most dramatic and gripping sequences stand on their own two feet (i.e. - tension and acting ability) for the realism and drama, rather than using music as a crutch to tell the audience THIS IS THE DRAMA.  The couple of soundtracks that were released from the series even did fairly well on the Billboard Charts.


In the end, the series ended where it began, in New Jersey.


On a more serious note this viewer has to say that The Sopranos is one of the best series to ever grace our television sets (whether that set fell off a truck or not…we won’t talk about).  Critics across the board agree that The Sopranos added something to television that had been missing for a long time, heart and soul.  We may never know where these (surviving) characters lives may take them, but we do know we enjoyed watching their Journey up to this point.


The technical features on this HBO, 4 Disc, box set are like most HBO releases with nothing that stands out too much, but just slides by as adequate.  The picture is presented in a 1.78 X 1 Widescreen aspect ratio that is clean for the most part, but does still have some noticeable light/dark issues and does at times lean towards a more gritty appearance.  The sound is nice in its Dolby Digital 5.1 Surrounds and does highlight the music to a fair degree, yet leaves the characters’ dialogues sounding a bit distant or muffled at times.  The extras are nothing too special and leave this reviewer wishing the creators had added more.  Extras include a featurette entitled ‘Making Cleaver’ that looks into the ‘making of’ of Christopher’s horror film that slightly amused this reviewer, an in depth look into ‘The Music of The Sopranos’ that is probably the best extra in the set, and finally some audio commentaries by actors Dominic Chianese, Robert Ller, Arthur Nascarella, Steven R Schirripa, and Stevie Van Zandt on about four episodes.  The commentaries were nice and showed the love and devotion these people had to their character, craft, and the series but in the end the commentaries were forgettable.


We loved this people in their darkest hours and laughed through the brighter moments.  Though Tony is a sociopath, we somehow understand his struggle on a deeper level.  ‘Try to remember the times that were good.’



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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