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Hour: Season 2 [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Ben Whishaw, Dominic West, Romola Garai, Peter Capaldi, Hannah Tointon
  • Directors: Sandra Goldbacher, Catherine Morshead, Jamie Payne
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009VYAVWI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,432 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Elegant and smart, from the sharp dialogue to the chiaroscuro cinematography, BBC's The Hour revisits the news landscape of the nascent television age, while shining a light on today's more fast-paced era. In this darker-hued season, the team struggles with a sex scandal, police corruption, and the rise of neo-fascism. A new boss, Randall Brown (In the Loop's Peter Capaldi, sly and subtle), takes over, and doesn't like what he finds, starting with the hard-living anchor, Hector Madden (Dominic West), whom he aptly describes as "self-destructive and highly corruptible." A professional on the set, Hector is a serial womanizer in his off-hours, and his socialite wife, Marnie (Oona Chaplin, more impressive than ever), couldn't be more miserable, until she finds a way to establish her own unique identity.

Brown also prefers the reporting of ITV competitor Uncovered, so he rehires journalist Freddie Lyon (Ben Whishaw) as cohost, to the consternation of Hector and producer Bel Rowley (Romola Garai), who fell out at the end of the first year (Lizzie Brocheré plays the new lady in Freddie's life). As his fame increases, Hector's situation worsens when Kiki (Hannah Tointon), a showgirl, accuses him of abuse, so Bel sets out to uncover what's really going on at the El Paradis Club, while Freddie shines a light on the white supremacists running rampant in his Notting Hill neighborhood, plot lines that involve a controlling club owner (Vincent Riotta) and an amorous ITV executive (Tom Burke). As these six episodes come to a conclusion, the story strands coalesce, and most of it works quite splendidly, even Brown's history with desk editor Lix Storm (Anna Chancellor), which starts off on an uncharacteristically soap operatic note. As long-buried secrets rise to the surface, The Hour ends on a moment of triumph for some--and tragedy for others. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Season two rejoins The Hour team in 1957 where we are introduced to new characters played by Peter Capaldi (The Thick Of It The Nativity) Hannah Tointon (The Inbetweeners) and Tom Burke (State of Play). They strive to broadcast the stories they believe in at the same time they grapple with the looming specter of the Cold War and changing social mores. With the advent of space race and the threat of nuclear annihilation forever looming Britain grapples with an era of unprecedented scientific advancement economic opportunity and cultural change in the face of new immigration from the Commonwealth. At the same time the members of The Hour team live in a world of cover-ups sexual intrigues and lurking fascism.

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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ashlee on December 17, 2012
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The minute I saw the preview for season one in 2011 this show was on my radar as a 'Must See', and it did not disappoint. After the season ended, I immediately pre-ordered the DVDs and have watched them repeatedly.

This year The Hour has returned with season two, and I have to say it has only stepped up it's game (which was a TALL order to accomplish in my book seeing as how I adored season one). In my foray through the world of tv I have found time and again that it is a rare show indeed that only gets better with season two, and this show is one of those rare gems. There is a reason it has received critical acclaim.

The writing is done brilliantly by Abi Morgan (Shame, The Iron Lady). It never fails to grip me and draw me into the characters and the conflicts which they face. What impresses me the most is both the dynamic writing for all of the characters and the fact that the historical setting (this year being the Cold War) is never romanticized, but examined through the eyes of these characters for it's unflattering qualities as it interweaves with the story line.

In addition, the cast is made up of some of the most talented actors of our time, headed by Ben Whishaw (Bright Star, Skyfall), Romola Garai (Emma, Atonement), and Dominic West (The Wire). These characters (and all the characters) are beautifully sculpted. Through both the performances of the actors and the writing given to them, we are made to care deeply about these flawed, realistic individuals working tirelessly to bring the truth to the people in the world of journalism where honesty isn't always regarded as the best policy.

Freddie Lyon brings all the heart to the show, as Bel brings the know how and strength to steer the ship that is 'The Hour'.
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When the BBC period drama "The Hour" premiered on American TV last year, critics were quick to draw comparisons to AMC's "Mad Men." While both shows might appeal to the same adult demographic, however, I never really gave much credence to this categorization. In fact, the two shows have little in common aside from being period piece dramas bolstered by an easy social atmosphere of drinking and smoking. While there is plenty of workplace intrigue inherent in both shows, Season One of "The Hour" also mixed in a fair share of government espionage. It introduced us to the birth of a TV newsmagazine show called The Hour (how appropriate) as it struggled to find its footing. With the six new episodes of Season Two, The Hour is battling to remain relevant in an increasingly competitive TV market (a timely subject that never seems to go out of style). Principle story threads include a nefarious local business man, a honey pot scandal, police corruption, racial unrest, as well as unexpected office romances and personal secrets revealed.

At the heart of "The Hour," Romola Garai continues to impress as a headstrong producer who is not afraid to make difficult choices for the program's integrity. Dominic West, as the host, is now a full-fledged celebrity stepping out to fashionable nightspots and receiving copious amounts of media scrutiny. And back on the scene is investigative reporter Ben Whishaw, who returns to The Hour with a new role and a pretty big personal surprise for Garai. Their unrequited love affair (or is it just a friendship?) gets quite a bit of play in these six episodes. When a dancer at a local club meets with an act of violence, West becomes an immediate suspect.
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Format: Blu-ray
No, don't come to this review expecting to find any "spoliers". That would be unfair, and I'm hoping others don't give too much away. I will say that I loved the first season of the wonderful BBC series when I reviewed it last year. It had been a while since I saw it and I guess I expected a "recap" or "Previously on..." section at the beginning. There isn't any (and no, I don't consider THAT info a "spoiler"). So it'll take even the fans of Season One to get acclimated - only about 10 minutes. But if you haven't seen Season One here is an alert: WATCH THAT ONE FIRST! It will set up the main characters for you and you'll enjoy the story of the BBC news show "The Hour" and how it breaks the big stories as it fights with the station's Board of Directors. (This is non-commercial TV so no need to fight with sponsors.)

The second season is somewhat different that the first because it's more of a mystery involving famous people who frequent a nightclub. Throughout the approximately six hours of the series (Ironically each episode of "The Hour" clocks in at 61 minutes!) the subjects covered are Nuclear War in the 50s - the period during which the show takes place - Immigration quotas , crooked politicans, the pornography trade and gay rights. (Note that I said this takes place during President Eisenhower's second term. Yet, don't we have those problems today? No this isn't a spoiler either but look for a reference to a quote from Abraham Lincoln (a hot film in theaters as I write this).

The cast is great - every one of them.
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