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MI-5, Vol. 2 (2005)

Matthew MacFadyen , Keeley Hawes , Bharat Nalluri , Ciaran Donnelly (II)  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew MacFadyen, Keeley Hawes, David Oyelowo, Peter Firth, Nicola Walker
  • Directors: Bharat Nalluri, Ciaran Donnelly (II), Rob Bailey, Sam Miller, Justin Chadwick
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2005
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00064AME4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,087 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "MI-5, Vol. 2" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Cast and crew commentaries
  • Interviews with cast and crew
  • Deleted scenes
  • Character bios
  • Galleries
  • Exclusive featurettes: Creating Season 2, Controversy, Scoring MI-5

Editorial Reviews

When it comes to delivering exciting and dramatic espionage stories, few do it as well as the British, as evidenced by the BBC's high-tech spy series MI-5 (known to U.K. audiences as Spooks). And the hit show's second season, which is compiled and well-annotated in this five-disc set, serves up more international intrigue while ratcheting up the drama in the lives of its main characters, most notably team leader Tom Quinn (Matthew MacFayden). Season 2 opens quite literally with a bang, with Tom's girlfriend and young daughter are trapped inside their house with a booby-trapped laptop set to explode ("Legitimate Targets"). From there, the tension escalates in each episode, with the MI-5 team facing extremists ("Nest of Angels"), computer espionage ("Hackers"), and illegal arms trading ("Clean Skin"). But the series' most intriguing wrinkle comes in its final episodes, starting with a visit by the U.S. President, and concluding with a cliffhanger season closer that calls Tom's loyalty into question. Solid performances by the program's cast and intelligent scripting should help boost MI-5's rapidly growing and rabidly loyal viewership, who should also appreciate the extensive supplemental features in this boxed set. As with the previous MI-5 set, all 10 episodes are uncut and presented in widescreen format, with commentary by cast and crew, nine behind-the-scenes featurettes, and two hours of deleted scenes chief among the bonus material. --Paul Gaita

Product Description

The stakes are raised in volume 2 of the award-winning MI-5, as the threat to national security increases and the need to thwart the activities of terrorists operating within the UK becomes more urgent. Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) and the team find themselves at the heart of the action and must deal with the psychological fall-out of leading such dangerous double lives.

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Show Gets Better January 17, 2005
I continue to be riveted by this show. There is no show on television in America that presents a truer picture of what it means to serve your country in the War on Terror. This season ratchets up the suspense and personal angst of the main characters. There were times as I watched this show that I was literally floored by the actions of these men and women, the lengths they were willing to go in order to do their job as they saw it should be done. Matthew MacFadyen once again turns in a bravura performance and by the end of the season you are actually on the edge of your seat to know what happens. This series continues to be one of the most well-acted and well-written spy shows I have ever seen. Should not be missed by anyone who loves great drama and the spy thriller genre.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By D. Mok
The fabulous cast, ambitious stories and dry humour all return in Series 2 of this hit UK show.

The arc of the quality here seems to be the complete reverse of Series 1. While I enjoyed both series, Series 1 had been marred by a pilot that made precious little sense and carried almost no sense of danger. Series 2 starts off on a roll and retains its momentum all the way until the final episode, when a somewhat contrived plot, too much exposition and a forced ending (which the writer admits was necessitated by a question about whether a cast member would return for Series 3) mar the enjoyment.

But it remains a strong 10 episodes. All the talent involved -- directors, writers, actors -- appear to be more comfortable since the template of the show was already so clear from the first series. Matthew MacFadyen is given more of a chance to chomp scenery, and he excels at it -- his marvellous way with confrontational dialogue is made more enjoyable by the fact that he still has that boyish face which sometimes can sneak into '80s Tom Cruise territory, but when he turns on the heat, MacFadyen's intensity is electrifying. Keeley Hawes still has the ability to light up the screen with her English-rose beauty, but she's also given a mix of a heartbreaking subplot as well as some deadpan jokes, both of which she delivers with aplomb. Megan Dodds is superb as CIA agent Christine Dale, an oddball cross of mischievous schoolgirl and vicious ice goddess. The fact that she never completely slides into either role makes her endlessly interesting to watch, and Dodds makes for a much stronger romantic interest for MacFadyen than Series 1's Esther Hall (Ellie).
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best show on TV November 29, 2004
The BBC nails another one. This is the best show on television. If you like 24, this is better. The writing is more crisp, the plots believable and exciting, and the acting is far better than anything on American tv. You don't get scenery chewing 101, you get real characters with wit and intelligence who occasionally screw up.

This show makes Alias look like Romper Room. These 1-hour versions give you the WHOLE show, not the 44-minute A&E butcher jobs. It's like watching a densely plotted mini movie with continuing characters. Macfadyen, Hawes, and Firth are terrific, etching flawed but believable characters. Wonderful stuff.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blarney Barney's DVD Review October 21, 2004
Magnificient reproduction and true to fact of the politics involved in espionage. Gritty, with no punches held back in this, the second feast from Britian's MI5 brigade. Especially fortright in it's portrayal of the civil service's "Yes Minister" attidues and how in fact senior civil servants run government departments and not the figure headed ministers themselves placed in charge. Excellent stuff once again from the BBC. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Promise fulfilled! July 29, 2006
By Maggie
After having greatly enjoyed the first series (which had only 6 episodes), I was a bit worried that the second series would start to get predictable, as so many spy/action/detective-series do. However, I was not disappointed! Although the personal experiences and job frustrations of the characters bring lots of tension into the series, they do not dominate and each episode has a worthy plot in itself. In other words, if there's a standard formula for episodes, I haven't discovered it yet and each new plot has kept me sitting on the edge of my chair. On to the third series!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like 24 and Alias you will like this October 6, 2006
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This is such an excellent show. The 2nd season is just as good as season one and in fact is a bit more exciting. The plots are not nearly as over the top as '24' and the realism is much much higher than in Alias. The characters are well portrayed as everyday people which makes it easy to connect with them. Again, I like the fact that the show has a British view on world politics and seeing the landscape through their eyes is very interesting compared to how American TV portrays the world. Buying this show is money well spent.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Drama Series January 15, 2005
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I have both Volume 1 and Volume 2 of this outstanding series and can't say enough about it. The stories are dramatic and compelling and the DVD's contain both the uncut versions of the episodes as well as an impressive number of quality extras including interviews, stills and documentaries. If you're a fan of the spy genre, this series is a must-have addition to your library.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast delivery product as promised
Fast delivery product as promised
Published 1 month ago by David S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
enjoy all MI-5
Published 1 month ago by Judith L. Long
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I collect DVDs,I have over 3,500 and this is part of the collection
Published 2 months ago by R D F
5.0 out of 5 stars An Intelligent Thriller
Like many shows, a series grows on you as you feel more acquainted with the characters. Such familiarity fleshes out the story lines that are also necessary for a successful show. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. M. Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars MI 5 review of show and characters on screen
Love the show and love Amazon making it affordable. Very exciting show! The cast is amazing and very believable as covert operators. Love it!!
Published 6 months ago by kaydee
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting...
Exciting drama with both an intellectual twist and a lot of realism. Each episode moves at a very fast pace. The first season is also very good.
Published 6 months ago by john kimmel
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST and most realistic series I have seen!
MI-5 was an eye opener. The no holds barred looked at what happens to protect society is amazing. Also, the acting is very realistic. This series will hook you. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Struan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, not as good as Season I
Good, not as good as Season One, but worth the watch. Character development is a tad stalled at this point. Stories slightly less interesting,
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoy a good crime drama check this out.
I have watched the entire series and loved it so I bought the first 3 volumes for my mom for Christmas. Read more
Published 9 months ago by mas
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
Just OK as a believable spy series. Resorts to hokie unbelievable situations especially in the heat of the urgency of time. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Larry D. Swearingen
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