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Prime Suspect 2

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Editorial Reviews

Helen Mirren is Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison in the second season of Prime Suspect. This case involves a death in the Afro-Caribbean community that puts D.C.I. Tennison and the rest of the police force in the middle of a racial controvery.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Helen Mirren, Colin Salmon, John Benfield, Jack Ellis, Craig Fairbrass
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 208 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000X2ET2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,019 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Prime Suspect 2" on IMDb

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Beth Scalet on January 13, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is quite probably the best episode in what is already a very fine British detective series. Jane Tennyson is played by Helen Mirren, who gives a brilliant performance as the complex, extremely capable investigator whose personal life is rather messy and who continually struggles to be accepted by her male colleagues. This episode also explores the tense racial situation that has developed in London with the arrival of thousands of Caribbean immigrants. Colin Salmon is beautiful to look at and also gives an outstanding performance. If you've seen any of the other episodes and liked them, or if you like other BBC mysteries like Silent Witness or Inspector Frost, this is a must-have.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 2002
Format: DVD
Superb series, well written. Helen Mirren is a miracle.
At last, the whole series has been reissued on DVD. Worth the investment...unlike most TV shows on DVD (hello, HBO and Fox?)
Beware of the old DVDs floating around from the original PBS presentations in the early 1990s. Strong language was dubbed over, rather poorly.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert Huggins VINE VOICE on April 1, 2001
Format: DVD
Helen Mirren returns in the second go-round of "Prime Suspect". The story is a superb "who dunnit" with outstanding writing and acting all the way around. In addition to being a great crime solving drama, "Prime Suspect 2" succeeds as a character study of a middle-aged, professional woman who has sacrificed much of her personal life to rise among the ranks of the police force.
The rating gets only 4 stars rather than 5 for Anchor Bay's DVD treatment. Normally they have done a great job with their releases, but "Prime Suspect 2" is, unfortuantely, not among their best. I'm not sure about the source material that was available to them, but the picture doesn't appear to be as crisp as one would expect from a DVD, particularly for material that was produced in 1993. You must also flip the disk over . . . it's presented in two parts, just as it was released on PBS in America. This release also replaces some minor profanity with toned-down language. Save for 20 chapter breaks (10 on each side) and English subtitles, there are no extras on this DVD. Still, the story and characterizations merit a view.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Snowbrocade VINE VOICE on March 17, 2006
Format: DVD
Be prepared to love Jane Tennyson, a British police detective who is as competent and talented as the actress playing her, Helen Mirren. The story is well crafted and builds suspense while weaving a complex psychological portrait of a driven passionate women who beyond anything wants to capture the criminal. Tennyson in the tradition of the talented detective does not always follow the rules but with a combination of intuition and dogged persistence brings the criminal to justice. In addition to the complex relationships she has as a woman in a primariy male environment, she also has an inter-racial relationship. If you havent seen the first one yet, go back and watch it as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Baker on January 9, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The second installment of DCI Jane Tennison finds a story that pursues both the politics and the reality of race relations in Britain. Still battling the "old-boy" network, she is assigned a case that has both political and racial overtones, one that many would be happy if she failed to resolve. As usual, the messy overtones of her personal like intrude into the story.

Following on the success of the first Prime Suspect, this would be just another sequel if it weren't for the compelling story and the performance of Helen Mirren. Driven to succeed against both forces outside and inside the department, she looks for the unpleasant truth against those who would use this tragedy for their own purposes.

Another "must see" this second installment cemented the series as great viewing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan K. Schoonover VINE VOICE on April 23, 2007
Format: DVD
Prime Suspect 2 is just as well made and compelling as its predecessor. This story was especially interesting because of the race relations angle that was a focus of much of the program. Helen Mirren's Jane is not always a likable character but she seems very very real and the series really showcases what a fine actress Mirren is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lady Di on February 15, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This DVD was disappointing given that I am a HUGE fan of Helen Mirren - I had seen it originally on TV long ago and even allowing for the fact that the English Cockney accent is very hard to understand, the volume on my TV had to be turned way up to even hear the dialogue............. I had previously gotten Prime Suspect 1 and that was much the same, so I am not going to be in the market for the following episodes which I had originally looked forward to purchasing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Warren B. in C. B. on December 1, 2011
Format: DVD
Simply put: Get the whole series.I completely agree with the 4 and 5 stars on each of the series and the reviews.
I think Dame Helen would agree that this series is some of her best work and moved her into more feature films and her Academy Award.
Just a add on comment. I agree with one reviewer that Anchor Bay is not the best when it comes to quality DVDs. The big problem I have with them is very
few have closed-caption.
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