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MI-5, Volume 4 (2007)

Rupert Penry-Jones , Peter Firth  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rupert Penry-Jones, Peter Firth, Anna Chancellor, Raza Jaffrey, Olga Sosnovska
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • 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: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IJ7AEC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,732 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "MI-5, Volume 4" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 10 episodes on five discs
  • Commentary on every episode
  • An Elusive Peace: Series 4 documentary
  • Regnus Defends: an interview with series producer Andrew Woodhead
  • A View from the Grid: interview with episode director Julian Simpson

Editorial Reviews

British intelligence unit MI-5 has survived terrorists, assassins, political intrigue, and American interference, but can it withstand the loss of some of its main characters? In fact it can! Rupert Penry-Jones, as wily agent Adam Carter (intoduced last season), comfortably takes the lead while some fresh faces (like Anna Chancellor, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) fill out the solid continuing supporting cast. The show's strengths are uninterrupted: Zippy exposition that crams a season's worth of plot into a single episode; cunningly intertwined plot threads and compelling twists; clever use of gadgetry and surveillance devices; and sterling guest stars, including Martine McCutcheon (Love Actually), Rupert Graves (Different for Girls), and Douglas Hodge (The Way We Live Now).

All ten episodes of the fourth series of MI-5 (known as Spooks in the U.K.) mix high-tension plots with thorny political debate--is torture justifiable to save lives? Can dirty tricks be used for democratic ends? Naturally, since our heroes are the agency, the show comes down on their side...but enough shades of gray exist to give the show some intelligent bite. When it turns out an innocent man has been imprisoned for two years, has his imprisonment turned him into the terrorist he didn't used to be? Combine this with crisp dialogue, tense performances, and moments of inspired direction (like the gripping gunfight lit almost exclusively by muzzle flashes) and you've got a top-notch spy series. The extras are few but include interviews with actors, directors, and producers. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

As the fourth season of MI-5 begins the stories are more relevant than ever before. The series has always been fast-paced and hard-hitting but now the battleground of national security provides an even more dramatic backdrop to the challenges facing the team from MI-5. The group were left reeling after the shocking death of Danny at the hands of hostage-takers as the last season concluded. Now Adam, Harry, Ruth, Fiona and rising star Zafar set out to become even stronger in their battle to safeguard the nation.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary
Documentaries:Two-part documentary about the making of Series 4 of MI-5, including interviews with cast members, episode clips and extensive behind-the-scenes footage from both the set and location
Interviews:Exclusive interview with MI-5 director Julian Simpson Peter Firth (Harry) Interview
Other:Spy drama is at an all time high on TV with the success of Alias and 24.

Customer Reviews

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You're being watched! December 30, 2006
The fourth series of MI-5 (Spooks) packs a slightly lesser punch than the previous three, but fascinating and entertaining nonetheless.

For my money, this series leaves stuff like 24 at the starting gate - it retains a good grip of the real world and does not treat other countries as either idiotic or as a fiefdom. The fact that the series is working through its' second team of actors is edge of the seat stuff and validates plotlines nicely.

The issues of state sponsored torture, big brother, personal privacy and civil rights are raised throughout, but never challenged to any great extent.

Well produced, slick and gives Mr Bond a run for his money.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Show NOT on US Television. March 19, 2007
By Scrabo
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Why, Why, Why does a US cable station not pick up this wonderful show. A&E showed the first 3 seasons but even them, it was when A&E decided and did not really care if anyone watched.

This show, espec. seasons 1 & 2 are miles ahead of anything else on US television today.

My recommendation, buy all 4 box sets, get tons of popcorn and spend your entire weekend watching a 10 out of 10 show.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MI-5, Vol.4 January 5, 2007
This series captures the best of the thriller, English spy game with plots that reflect current global events. It is a roller coaster thrill ride with every new episode, and unlike American TV drama, they aren't afraid to put key characters in mortal danger. Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helluva finish! January 4, 2008
Season 4 did not disappoint...

Like a lot of other fans, we first caught MI-5 on A&E and BBC America, but couldn't watch it consistently. DVD Boxsets are a God-send. My wife and I blazed through the first 3 seasons between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and just finished Series 4 a couple days ago. Thank goodness Series 5 will be out next week, because I don't think we could wait too long to see how the cliff-hanger gets resolved.

I'm a huge fan of the way the show tackles all the thorny issues that go hand-in-hand with fighting enemies, who have declared to the world that your destruction is their reason for being.

The themes that run through Series 4, are all too real -- Abuse of power, misuse of intelligence agencies for political purposes, controlling/manipulating the media, disillusioned officers, etc., etc., etc..

The episodes are written in a fast-paced manner, and the emotional impact of each crisis on the officers' humanity, as well as on the victims and conspirators is always obvious. This isn't a show where violence is gratuitously presented; it's always the honest, realistic result of the circumstances leading up to it.

There are moments where we are reminded that spooks are a breed-apart, and dispite the temptation to romanticize them, there's a great deal of pain (physcial and psychological) that goes with the territory. Spooks lie for a living, but they also have to be singularly brilliant to get the best of fanatics, psychopathic-killers, and homicidal-idealists, hell-bent on raining terror down on society.

MI-5 is a great show, and Series 4 did not disappoint.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best spy series out there February 21, 2007
By Maggie
After three seasons of a series one always wonders if a formula becomes old.... not so with SPOOKS. The fourth series is definitely worthy of the other three, with some excellent new cast members and tension-filled episodes, that introduce terrorist plots to destabilize the country by different British and foreign cells (and not just Muslim fundamentalists). Moreover, throughout the season MI-5 gets increasing competition from other government agencies and is pressured to slowly infringe on the privacy of citizens. It makes the leading characters and the viewer wonder: when does the good guy become a bad guy, or is everything allowed in the war on terror?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As good or better as previous seasons October 22, 2007
The energy of this series starts out strong and doesn't flag through the series ten episdoes. It's hard to compare to the first seasons, since hardly any of the cast is left. Is killing off or retiring characters due to burn-out becoming a crutch to create drama in the program? So far, it doesn't seem to have hurt.

I think they've picked up the pace of action in season four. In many of the climaxes they are fighting a ticking clock down to the final seconds. Episodes from earlier seasons seem to develop at a bit more leisurely pace, which is more realistic, but less riveting.

Whereas 24 has gone downhill over 6 seasons, MI-5 has improved. This may be the best espionage series on TV. If you liked previous seasons, there is no reason you shouldn't like season four.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MI-5 Volume 4 June 22, 2007
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While I found it hard to lose most of the original main characters from the first 3 years, season 4 still delivers a great series that is head and shoulders above 24 and anything else on U.S. television. Also, as of the date of this review I have discovered (much to my delight) that BBC America has picked up MI-5 and is showing it from the beginning. The bad news is, they seem to be putting in even more commercials than A&E did. However, that just makes viewing the DVD version that much more enjoyable.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MI-5 April 1, 2007
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It's too bad that A&E dumped the series to a one day extravaganza. One of the best shows of its genre, it deserves to be owned. Unforntunately it does appear next season will be picked up by A&E, so, fans stay alert for the DVD release.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 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 Great Series!
I thought this was an amazing story about the British Intelligence. Can't wait to see the rest of them! Rupert Penry-Jones is an excellent actor and good-looking also! Read more
Published 8 months ago by J. Flanagan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Series!
This series was so real. It was more of a current historical series. You are on the edge of your seat during every single episode. If you missed it, it's a must get.
Published 9 months ago by Lucille Keller
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very exciting series. This gives a different perspective on world situation and how the U.S. is perceived as well as how the UK deals with problems and their politics. Read more
Published 12 months ago by J. Erin Dugan
4.0 out of 5 stars What a series
Don;t get attached to anyone. Brits kills off their stars like no one else. Amazon started charging for the series when we were half way through. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Douglas A McIntire
5.0 out of 5 stars MI-5 rocks
I love this series, and Season 4 does not disappoint! On the contrary, it is hard to stop watching. The Brits really have this spy stuff down to an art and a science!
Published 17 months ago by Poppy
1.0 out of 5 stars They made it too political!
I have been enjoying this series until Volume 4. Then I realized even BBC is sometimes trying to indirectly affect its audiences. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Saban
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
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