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MI-5: Vol. 8 (2011)

Peter Firth , Richard Armitage  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Firth, Richard Armitage, Hermione Norris, Nicola Walker, Robert Glenister
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,219 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Though American television seems to have no love for the UK spy series MI-5, its devoted fans can rest assured that the venerable program has a second life on DVD, as this eighth-season set can attest. Change has been the name of the game on MI-5 for the last few seasons, with major Section D figures meeting their untimely end at an alarming rate. Season eight is no exception, with no less than two series regulars killed and a third leaving the show due to age issues. There's also the return of Nicola Walker's Ruth Evershed, the arrival of a new character, tech expert Tariq Masood (Shazad Latif), and a new villain in the form of "Nightingale," a multinational organization bent on world domination. Section D's attempts to rout Nightingale before it can trigger a major nuclear conflict form the backbone of season eight's eight episodes, though the continuing question of the loyalty of Lucas North (Richard Armitage) becomes a tantalizing secondary story line. In short, it's a typically action-packed, intrigue-laded season of MI-5, and a solid setup for the show's ninth and most momentous foray, which settles the Lucas North issue once and for all. It's too bad that the content on the three-disc set is limited to a pair of boilerplate making-of featurettes concerning various stunts and two dry commentary tracks by director Alrick Riley and producer Chris Fry, but this keeps in line with the dwindling extras on previous MI-5 sets. --Paul Gaita

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Consistently hailed as a benchmark for modern drama, award-winning MI-5 returns for a rip-roaring eighth season. As the season begins, the fallout from Russia’s thwarted attack on London finds the team in a race against time to rescue Harry, who has been kidnapped by rogue Russian agents. But as they dig deeper into his disappearance, they find a trail that leads to Iraq, and a conspiracy that involves the CIA, MI-6 and some missing weapons-grade uranium. Could Harry know where it is? And how is former team member Ruth Evershed, returned to the security of MI5 having fled her new life in Cyprus, connected to it all?

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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Exception Season for MI-5 January 7, 2011
It's good to see Series 8 released to the American audience. This is one of my favorite series and has been since series 1. I already purchased mine at Amazon UK as "Spooks" because I couldn't wait and I own a region-free dvd player.

The stories are realistic and timely, the acting superb (with one exception), and the action is fast-paced. Actress Genevieve O'Reilly struggles with an American accent and some decidedly non-American idioms, but that's a minor complaint.

And in typical MI-5 fashion, Section D sustains personnel losses, often when the viewer least expects it. Long-time viewers will be pleased to see Ruth Evershed return in an exceptionally good storyline, and in another Lucas North is confronted by the man who imprisoned and tortured him for 8 years. I'm a fan of Richard Armitage, but I watched the series before he joined and will continue till the Powers That Be cease production.

On its' worst day, MI-5 beats 99% of other dramas' best days hands down.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Premier Drama Series February 11, 2011
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At eight years running, most TV shows begin to loose steam. Either the stories become increasingly far-fetched, the cast becomes tired and pushed into new settings to "freshen" the story line, or the series begins to realize that, after telling so many stories, there are simply no more to tell. We've seen this in series after series, and it reminds one of what Carl Reiner insisted upon after five years of unparalleled success in The Dick Van Dyke Show" back in the early 1960's: he ended the show at the height of its popularity to leave on a high point in order not to experience the slow and painful unwinding most shows suffer as they pass their apogee, yet continue to run because they remain economically viable.

MI-5 not only escapes that fate, but actually breaks it and throws it in the trash bin. After eight years, the series is strong, engrossing, intelligent, suspenseful, and continues to expand on it's base story line, the "defense of the realm" by common people who become officers of "5" from all walks of life. This is easily one of the best produced, acted, and scripted television shows ever made, and that's saying a lot, but, in my opinion, its absolutely the truth. These episodes are like 60-minute movies rather than TV shows, and the suspense and intrigue so immense that there can only be counted two, or perhaps three, truly "weak" episodes in the eight year run of some 70 - 80 episodes (and one of the weakest episodes is the pilot, which is typical as new shows get started and are unsure how to immediately handle all the show's components).
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars _Spooks_ is supernaturally good! January 25, 2011
I've never understood why the marketing people changed the name of this series from _Spooks_ to _MI-5_. I know why they changed the first Harry Potter title for the American market (it was called _Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone_ in the UK): they think we are stupid. But how is MI-5 more accessible for a US audience?

But, although I do think names are massively important (Juliet, let us remember, was wrong, wrong, wrong,) none of that really matters with this series. It's just so amazingly good . . . .

In most long-running series, the production values get better while the plots get worse. Not true here. The issues are timely and sharply focused and remarkably balanced. As an American, I feel the slings and arrows of British opposition to our foreign policy, but fair enough. I've started using clips from the series in my Humanities class as examples of how much the US resembles the Athens of Thucydides.

As the other reviewer says, the casting is impeccable. And I've been hoping for the return of Ruth, the dead-pan intel genius.

This is a great series at a good price. My only complaint is that there are so very few episodes.

PS and I agree with the first reviewer about the CIA woman's accent/vocab; who could believe a CIA operative saying "I don't like being messed about" ???
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Weak season in a great show -- hopefully not in decline February 21, 2011
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This is one of the best television series ever, in my opinion. Fascinating characters, carefully drawn, in grippingly suspenseful thrillers. The show also provides a really interesting view into one of the world's oldest democracies, as it struggles to maintain its essential British character in an age when empire is becoming a distant memory.

In short, love the show, and loved season 8 almost, but not quite, as much. Aspects of both the story arc and individual stories had strong echoes of seasons past and made me wonder if the shows best days are behind it.

Also a gripe -- as I write this episode 6 is not available. Why? Somewhat unlikely that a single episode in the middle of a series has different licensing issues than the rest of the season.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this show! February 13, 2011
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The MI-5 series is excellent. It is tense, suspenseful, well acted and thoroughly enjoyable. I was a fan of 24 when it first started, but grew weary. This series deals with the terrorist environment, but in a much more thoughtful way. It's also interesting (and quite amusing) to get the British point of view and their barbed comments about Americans and American politicians.

Thank you, Amazon, for making the complete series 8 available. It is most appreciated, but there do seem to be a couple of gaps. I believe that episodes 6 and 7 may have been cut short a bit. I look forward to future seasons.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars As advertised, I love it!
As advertised, I love it!
Published 11 days ago by Suzanne Thom
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, fast-paced British tv spy show
Fast-paced British spy tv drama. Clever plots, superb actors!
Published 1 month ago by Nica O
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 loved it 5 stars
loved it
Published 1 month ago by mybookchatter
4.0 out of 5 stars You need to see this series.
Very well done. Lots of action and suspense in all dvds.
Published 2 months ago by Loretta Stuckey
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense
The first of this season is extremely intense but introduces the team to a whole new threat. Well worth watching!
Published 3 months ago by Jessica Strong
5.0 out of 5 stars All Spy Fans Will Love this Show
MI-5 is a great show that ran for 10 season. Don't expect the American seasons of 20 to 24 episodes. Some have only six, a couple have 10 and others 8. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dee Ann Lindsey
5.0 out of 5 stars UK's 24.
American viewers beware... the authors are America bashers. It's somewhat comical how badly played and written the Americans are in the series. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars surprises continue
This series continues to surprise me with different variations on preventing disaster
to England and the rest of the world.
Published 6 months ago by Heyward Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars In it for Roz and Lucas
Bought this volume for Richard Armitage as Lucas North and wasn't disappointed. The bonus for me is the character of Roz - a no nonsense, do whatever it takes, to get the job done... Read more
Published 6 months ago by mcg
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