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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 291 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006W7L4EG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,787 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

BONUS Text introduction by Lynda La Plante, Amanda Burton biography and filmography, and Lynda La Plante biography

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Editorial Reviews

"From the creator of Prime Suspect

"Great crime series"—NPR's Weekend Edition

"Intricately plotted, gripping" —The Seattle Times

Created by PRIME SUSPECT's Lynda La Plante

“Murder, lies, loyalty, and romance” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Leading New Scotland Yard’s Murder Review Team has Commander Clare Blake feeling trapped in her office. Eager to get back to investigative work, Blake welcomes a transfer to the Homicide and Serious Crime division, where she’s assigned to a slate of difficult cases. Ambitious, imperious, and dedicated, Blake keeps her private life separate from her work—until two deeply personal crimes threaten everything she has worked for.

Amanda Burton (Silent Witness) returns as Blake in these compelling mysteries from award-winning writer Lynda La Plante. Mark Lewis Jones (The Other Boleyn Girl) costars as DCI Doug James. Guest stars include Greg Wise (Sense & Sensibility), James D’Arcy (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones’s Diary), and Simon Williams (Upstairs, Downstairs).). "

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Amanda Blake returns to command 4 final feature-length crime mysteries with her usual toughness, pudginess, terseness, & non-compassion. Played by Amanda Burton, she wants DCI James [Mark Lewis Jones] to `think of her as your mentor.' James called her `frost-on-legs' behind her back. But together they fight tough crimes filled with violence, graphic scenes, blood, and language. So limit the kids in this fast moving, yet finely woven and written intrigue. Better than set 1. Blake has her emotions in check, almost, until the end. A host of guest stars join 3-episode DS Hall [Paul Brightwell] with that character being a primary focus in the final episode.

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1 THE DEVIL YOU KNOW: 2 parts;
Heart break/terror of mental illness revealed as Blake proves to be a real crab. A 2-yr-old girl's preserved body found in an abandoned psychiatric complex. A schizophrenic [Matt Day] and violent drug user are suspects. Celia Imrie [`Bridget Jones']plays a step-mom, and Simon Williams [`Upstairs, Downstairs'] a derelict dad. Blake spews blistering words at drug squad's DSC Marsh [Richard Dormer]. Evidence is mingled in 2 cases from 2 depts. and ends with a psychotic nude finale. Not for kids.

2 FRAUDSTER: 2 pts;
Millionaire cad [Oliver Cotton- `Beowulf'] is arrested, released, & found in his pool dead by suicide, wife, mistresses, or irate client. The deceases attny [Greg Wise- `Cranford'] helps the cops. The wife [Penny Downie] gives a brilliant performance in not being helpful.

Boxing clubs of East End finds Father Thomas stabbed 29 times-he died. Ghastly! Not for... The murder comes 5 yr after major rioting in the "estate" or community.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first season June 25, 2012
By B Leuri
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Amanda Burton carries herself well in the second season.

Without giving too much away, I can state clearly that most of the dramas are significantly better than the first season, primarily because it was missing much of the drama. The earlier shows were a little too involved with her personal life and its dilemas, errors and catastrophes.

The set appeared to build on the first series, again developing charachters and focusing more on the case loads than the bedroom. To think that a woman of this level in an organisation such as this would have such a repeatedly self destructive personal life is almost beyond comprehension, and that's what stopped it getting five stars.

The plus points in the series were that the acting was generally high quality, the sets accurate and believable, the storylines [excluding the personal life] sellable to the viewer.

It makes a good change from the standard fare NYPD blue, CSI, NCIS that is often available.

Silent Witness was a better effort on the part of Ms. Burton, not because of any deficiency of talent or application of craft, but the storylines were simply so much better crafted.

Overall I'm not sorry I bought these, but they will sit on the shelf for a while before [if] being watched again.

I struggled to give 4 stars overall, but felt three stars were a bit stingy. If you like the personal drama intertwined with the caseloads, you migh want to give it more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Follow up to Set I July 24, 2012
I purchased this set based on my enthusiastic appreciation of the stories/episodes in set I. Set II; The Commander did not disappoint me and really was as good, if not better, than the first set. Now I am on the hunt for Set III and hope that it will be produced soon. It is a story that should continue.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not believable April 23, 2014
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Commander set 1 was borderline good, but with unbelievable behavior of a senior police officer.

In set 2 the main character, the commander, was very different from the one in set 1 and the stories were not believable. No police officers would remain in their jobs if their behavior were like that of the characters in this set of stories.

I will not recommend this series to anybody, in spite of the fact ? that the series was popular in England.
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5.0 out of 5 stars swap discs April 18, 2014
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My friend introduced me to this program with series 1.Now i will pass series2 on to her.Luv the stories. The package arrived on time and was exactly as described by the seller.I would buy from them again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars COMMANDER January 3, 2014
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very second Class December 5, 2013
Like a B movie. Season 1was great. this is like looney tunes. Total disaster in the screenwriting

The acting was second rate and that's being generous
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