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MI-5, Vol. 6 (2009)

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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: 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 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 586 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EHF3RS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,490 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Audio commentary
  • Behind the scenes
  • Featurette
  • Video diary
  • Cast interviews
  • Trailers

Editorial Reviews

Changes are afoot for both the BBC spy series MI-5 and the team of agents it revolves around in this sixth season of action and intrigue. Its sixth season marks the first time a season followed a single story arc; in this case, the agency seeks to ease tensions between the governments of Iran, Britain and the United States after the latter convinces Britain to conduct an air strike on an alleged chemical weapons train bound for Tehran. The show's strident anti-American tone also seems to have been toned down in favor of straight-ahead espionage, which is a welcome departure from previous seasons. And while the personal lives of the agents seem to have been back burnered this time around, viewers will still find plenty to keep their pulses racing, from a plague outbreak in London, bomb blasts and multiple assassinations to a cliffhanger conclusion that puts the lives of agents Adam (Rupert Penry-Jones) and Jo (Miranda Raison) in jeopardy. The change in story structure is a refreshing change of pace for MI-5, and boosts the suspense level in each individual episode; as usual, some of the story elements require some leaps of faith on the viewer's part, but as a whole, Volume 6 is a worthwhile addition to the show's canon.

Extras include commentaries by the production team on the first two episodes, as well as interviews with cast members Penry-Jones, Raison, Hermoine Norris and Peter Firth; Raison also gets her own separate video diary, which takes fans along for a peek behind the scenes of the show. A longer making-of featurette provides even more backstage glimpses, and a brace of sixth-season promos round out the special features. American viewers should know that the episodes presented here are uncut and include the ten or so minutes trimmed from Stateside broadcasts to accommodate commercials. --Paul Gaita

Product Description

he award-winning, edge-of-your-seat spy drama is back with another white-knuckle ride through the perilous world of deadly terrorists, international cover-ups and treacherous double-agents. Having survived the bombing of the Thames Barrier, Adam and Ros recover to find London facing an even greater threat. While attempting to thwart an attack that could jeopardise a historic peace accord between Britain and Iran, the team unwittingly unleash a deadly killer. But with a virus that mimics the pneumonic plague, there can be no negotiation. And when Zaf is kidnapped by armed mercenaries, the team realise that in a game of the highest stakes they hold none of the cards. As the stuff of nightmares becomes increasingly real, London faces total devastation...

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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art Thomas, Luzerne, MI February 18, 2009
Maybe The Best Ten Hours of Spy TV I Have Ever Seen!!! (Maybe the best TV of ANY GENRE!)

I have watched every episode of MI5 available through DVD - the only way U.S. viewers should do it in order to get the whole story. Season Six was riveting beyond any TV experience, including 24, which I have ever seen for this type of show. It was hard to stop watching, and a couple of nights I stayed up way later than I should have because I had to find out what happened next. Every episode flowed into the next to make what, in effect, was a ten hour movie.

One of the major factors that make MI5 so exciting, and probably somewhat real, is that no one, no one, is safe. They may not all die, but the "service" can take its toll in so many ways.

This can be very heartbreaking because another aspect of MI5 that makes it special is the characters. We come to identify and appreciate these folks because they are humanized more than is usually seen in these types of series - warts and all! Far from shining heroes in all their affairs, these spooks make all kinds of mistakes both on and off the job, they lie, cheat, steal, behave badly and come apart at the seams as the stress eats away at their psyches. In other words, they're just like you and me, only with a much tougher job description.

As a result, these all-too-human secret agents don't always win. They get played all the time, especially by other intelligent groups who are supposed to be allies. It is truly a looking glass world. Indeed, this is a major theme of Season Six.

Sadly, as mentioned in other reviews, the relentless action and intrigue pushes the private lives of Adam, Harry, Ross, Jo and others to the side. Unlike earlier seasons, there isn't a lot of down time.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Season Yet February 8, 2009
When I came to write a review, I was stunned to see the season only rated 3 stars from viewers--until I realized that the low rating was a result of people complaining about the price, not the show. Yes, the set is pricey, but the purpose here is to review the PROGRAM. And in my opinion, this was the tightest, most engaging season yet. Superb writing, heinous villains, a couple of complete surprises, and a great cliff-hanger. Instead of spending my money on most of the junk currently playing in the cinemas, this is much more rewarding entertainment. (And there are no cell phones ringing, noisy children, or candy munchers to contend with!)

PS Where can we start the Hermione Norris fan club? :)
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the Price: Review the Show February 14, 2009
I was looking for TV Shows on DVD when I saw the 3 star average for MI 5 and just had to comment. The negative reviews are about price and while I understand that as a legit observation in a review, it isn't the fault of the creative team....actors, directors, writers....of one of the best shows ever for TV (The Wire and The Shield being the "others") that the "money folk" put a high price on the product. I just saw Equus in New York with Daniel Radcliffe and paid 250 dollars for two tkts and it was wonderful! Worth 250 dollars? In a fair and just world probably not but that again is not the aesthetic fault of the production. So those of you who are new to MI 5... and yes Spooks is better and cheaper if you have an R 2 system....don't be mislead by the talk about price. TV doesn't get any better than this. So don't spend money on "blockbuster" drivel and save your money for MI 5
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting & Realistic!!!! July 15, 2009
This is a great series, just as good as season 5. The first 4 epi's of S6 were dynamic, but not all of the epi's captivated and held my attention like S6. Now on to S6, Wow! I love this show. The actors were effective as agents and heartwrenching as characters. The last epi did it for me. As the other commentors stated, epi 10 and a few others were dark and realistic. Rupert is the man. As always Harry Pearce was dapper, intriguing, SEXY as hell, and was totally the leader of the group. More insight into quirky Malcom also. Jo was sweet and resourceful. The new guy is still new, but very promising. He listens to his instincts which is good. I can't wait for S7.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One reason the price is LOW in the UK June 24, 2009
The MI-5 (Spooks in the UK) series is simply fantastic! However, it seems that the US pricing is rather high compared to that in the UK. The reason why it is reasonably priced in the UK is that the BBC, unlike commercial broadcasters, being a publicly broadcaster, is directly subsidised (paid for) by the UK population to the tune of $200 (approx) per year per license. This is the main funding source for the BBC as, by law, it is not allowed to raise funds through commercials on its mainstream TV and Radio channels. Long may it continue ...
So dear US friends: Please support the BBC and keep our license fee down by buying BBC material and don't moan about the price ;-)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BBC does it again February 27, 2009
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MI 5 is one of the best spy thriller shows out there. I like it better than "24". This season was the Iran story. They did something different for this season The story arc begins with a british planned and staged bomb in Tehran. Then epissode after episode follows this story arc until the season finale. BBC knows how to create entertaining television. Its a shame all we get here in the US is BBC America.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great TV series, well worth watching.
I love it. MI-5 is one of the best TV series ever made and produced by the British since the 1960s cult classic The Avengers. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Charles Hung
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best adventure series ever.
Published 1 month ago by barbcharity
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
enjoy all MI-5
Published 1 month ago by Judith L. Long
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this series so much
I love this series so much, you never really know where they're oging with things until they get there. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Jacovino
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Spy Thriller
If you want a well made and well acted spy thriller, the entire series is for you.
If you're interested in purchasing season 6, you probably already know this. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Elle Szel
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series
MI-5 is what 24 wanted to be if it ever grew up. Realistic plots with (mostly) realistic solutions. A great choice if you like spy stories.
Published 14 months ago by Tracy Clayton
4.0 out of 5 stars I missed one chacter.
Of course MI5 is know for killing the favorites usually when they want to leave the show. Wasn't the case in season 10 so all is fair until the last season.
Published 16 months ago by Dee Ann Lindsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
This Volume has the same great writing and story lines of the previous volumes. A must have collection for anyone!
Published 17 months ago by Pilotguy299
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific characters and never ending action and suspense.
Way above in quality over your usual 'action' movies. Complex and interesting characters, smart, attractive and sometimes flawed. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Zinger
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