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Second Sight Complete Collection (2010)

Clive Owen , Claire Skinner , Charles Beeson , Edward Bennett  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clive Owen, Claire Skinner, Stuart Wilson, Eddie Marsan
  • Directors: Charles Beeson, Edward Bennett, Maurice Phillips, Jonas Grimas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: 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: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 476 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030Y11T2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,325 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Second Sight Complete Collection" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

His second sight is his second chance.


In this mystery thriller series created by award-winning writer Paula Milne (The Politician's Wife), dynamic and successful Detective Chief Inspector Ross Tanner (Clive Owen Inside Man) is investigating the brutal murder of a 19-year-old youth. Ambitious Detective Inspector Catherine Tully (Claire Skinner Bridget Jones's Diary) is seconded to Tanner's team to assist with the case.

During the inquiry, Tanner discovers that he is losing his sight. At first, he is defiant about the diagnosis, insisting on a second opinion, but increasingly, he is unable to escape the appalling truth about his condition. Terrified, he tells no one. When Tully realises the nature of his secret, she agrees to guard it - on certain conditions that will further her career.

As a disturbing side-effect of his diminishing sight, Tanner experiences bizarre visions and his other senses erupt to fill the growing black void. Instinctively, Tanner uses the hallucinations as clues to solving the murder, knowing that he must re-invent his methods and develop this "second sight" to keep working and survive.

INCLUDES: Second Sight, Parts One & Two / Hide and Seek / Parasomnia / Kingdom of the Blind

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SPELLBINDING HERO MAKES SERIES CRACKLE. October 10, 2001
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Fans of the art house cult hit CROUPIER will delight in this first entry in yet another first-rate British mystery series. Clive Owen, who made Jack Manfred a classic antihero in CROUPIER, fleshes out a fascinating character in DCI Ross Tanner as the SECOND SIGHT series begins with this two-tape set. Tanner is a divorced (aren't they always?) workaholic with an ambitious ex-wife and an adoring young son who seems to double as Tanner's only real friend. In this go-round, Tanner is beginning to lose his eyesight to a rare disease for which there stands no present cure. Hiding his condition and his terror is not going to be easy, however. The fadeouts are unpredictable and often frightening and his new partner, Catherine Tully, is on to him. Equally ambitious, and out to correct an old wrong, Tully offers to be Tanner's eyes if he will give her a crack at their new case--the death of a young university student in his own backyard while no one in the family seemed to notice.
Claire Skinner is, as always, expert and enjoyable to watch but its Clive Owen's show all the way. His unconventional good looks and rugged exterior share space with a tender, devoted father and a fair-minded, ingenious detective but Owen also gives Ross Tanner something else, that rarest of things in movie characters--the suggestion of an inner life which is every bit as fascinating as his day-to-day crime solving. Great production values and fine supporting performances (especially from Stuart Wilson and Phoebe Nicholls) make SECOND SIGHT a must for any British mystery video library.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Riveting Mystery, Very Similiar to Prime Suspect January 9, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
I found "Second Sight" to be very interesting and enjoyable. For someone who misses the "Prime Suspect" series I found "Second Sight" to be an excellant substitute. I also found the two stars to be excellant actors and the mystery a true mystery. If you like "Prime Suspect" or just British mysteries period I would recommend this one.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I found this show on at 1 am one night, and was caught. I didn't know what day it played, or at first what channel it was on, so I found myself staying up, flipping channels to find it. After that I realized it might be better to use the TV Guide. This is a wonderful show. It's star is arresting, both vulnerable and strong at the same time. I try to avoid watching anything that doesn't catch my creative eye, and this did, completely. Such a show you would normally assume to be firmly within the usual "detective show" genre. It wasn't. It was wonderful. Creative, imaginative, touching and appealing. Beginning to end it was awesome.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
Clive Owen is amazing as he plays both a tough detective and as a man struggling with some very intense personal issues. Great as both a mystery and as a human nature study. Loved every second.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars America's introduction to Clive Owen January 17, 2010
Second Sight premiered in America on PBS' Mystery. For most American's this was their introduction to Clive Owen.

Clive Owen stars as DCI Ross Tanner, the head of the Elite Murder Unit. Like the other great British police detectives of the time, Ross Tanner had an issue that he had to contend with. But unlike the others, this cannot be cured. He has a rare eye disease and is slowly loosing his sight. The only person who knows his secret is DI Catherine Tully. Like most British shows, this focuses on quality over quantity. Therefore, there are only five two hour episodes.

The following are the episodes:

Second Sight Pilot: Tanner discovers he is losing his sight but has been made the head of an elite murder unit. The first case has a number of suspects including Tanner's stepfather.

Hide and Seek: Vicki Inghram has been brutally murdered. Tanner wants to recreate the scene but the use of Vicki's son causes more issues than tanner expected.

Parasomnia: A man is bludgeoned to death after his stag party. His fiance wakes up covered in blood but has no recollection of the murder. Tanner starts having hallucinations due to his losing his sight.

Kingdom of the Blind: Tanner is investigating a hate crime. Everything points to retired gangster, Harold King. The only this is King is blind. But while Tanner uses his blindness to seek the truth, King has let his fester his hate.

While Owen's Ross Tanner does not compare to Helen Mirren's Jane Tennison or Clive Owen's Dave Creegan, these five episodes show are still better than most American detective shows of the time. Kingdom of the Blind is by far the best of the lot. It is too bad that it stopped there.

For Clive Owen fans, this is an insight to his early career. For everyone else, this is a great detective series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unusually intelligent police thriller November 25, 2010
The premise of this superior British police thriller is that the brilliant young investigator Ross Tanner, compelling played by Clive Owen, is going blind. As his sight deteriorates due to a rare virus, he literally sees stars -- and sometimes he sees things which aren't there. The acting is enhanced by wonderful camera work and an unusually perceptive script.
Tanner, aided by a young, up and coming female investigator played by Claire Skinner, is trying to solve the mysterious murder of a 19-year-old student. He tries to hide his worsening blindness but she catches on and makes a deal: she'll be his eyes if she can share credit for solving the murder and put her career back on track.
There are plenty of backstories, well-developed, and a good supporting cast, but the chemistry between the two leads is what makes this mini-series compelling.
The plot itself uses Tanner's blindness and his "visions" of things that are not there as a metaphor. Of course, nothing is what it seems. The dead boy's step-father, his long-lost uncle, his mother, his girlfriend, all have their particular view of the murder and the victim -- but each one is looking from a particular angle through their own blinkers -- or in one case their own, elaborately-constructed fiction.
It all makes for a satisfying, complex brew with many different flavors going into the mix. And it works on many levels, as a human drama, a straight police investigation and a metaphorical probe into what is, and what merely appears to be.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved both season 1 and two! Goes to show that PBS always has good stuff.
Published 2 months ago by lovethemysteries
5.0 out of 5 stars great BBC series with Clive
Again...great BBC series with Clive Owen
Published 2 months ago by Thomas Weeden
5.0 out of 5 stars I need more like this
Fantastic! Is there another series similar to this one? I was sorry for the end because I wanted it to continue.
Published 7 months ago by Patricia Hartley
1.0 out of 5 stars no captions
For those who need English subtitles, this DVD doesn't provide them. That made the difference for us, and it was returned to Amazon.
Published 8 months ago by Joyce
4.0 out of 5 stars Second Sight Review
I have enjoyed the themes around the stories. However, because I often have difficulty understanding the "English", I would have fared far better had there been subtitles. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Louise E. Booth
5.0 out of 5 stars A different Brit Detective Series
This is an interesting story line for a detective....solving murders while going blind. It is a well done show and thought provoking. Clive Owen is wonderful..... Read more
Published 18 months ago by LinnTheFinn
With all the class that the British are noted for in the production of television series for the export trade, Second Sight is a police procedural that grips one from beginning to... Read more
Published 23 months ago by drkhimxz
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Film, If You Can Follow It
"Second Sight, Season 1." (1999-2001) is a British-made television series, a police procedural/ British mystery/thriller. Read more
Published on February 7, 2012 by Stephanie De Pue
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Drama
If you like charachter development and classic good drama you will enjoy this series. Well done
Published on August 21, 2010 by Schiller
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting
We really enjoyed this collection (Second Sight). It was fascinating watching this detective deal with his every decreasing vision. We were sorry when it was over!
Published on April 5, 2010 by Sandra DiMaio-Leach
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