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MI-5, Vol. 2

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MI-5: Volume 2 (DVD)

The stakes are raised in the new series of the award-winning MI-5, as the threat to national security increases and the nee to thwart the activities of terrorists operating within the UK becomes more urgent. Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) and the team find themselves at the heart of the action and must deal with the psychological fall-out of leading such dangerous double-lives.

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When it comes to delivering exciting and dramatic espionage stories, few do it as well as the British, as evidenced by the BBC's high-tech spy series MI-5 (known to U.K. audiences as Spooks). And the hit show's second season, which is compiled and well-annotated in this five-disc set, serves up more international intrigue while ratcheting up the drama in the lives of its main characters, most notably team leader Tom Quinn (Matthew MacFayden). Season 2 opens quite literally with a bang, with Tom's girlfriend and young daughter are trapped inside their house with a booby-trapped laptop set to explode ("Legitimate Targets"). From there, the tension escalates in each episode, with the MI-5 team facing extremists ("Nest of Angels"), computer espionage ("Hackers"), and illegal arms trading ("Clean Skin"). But the series' most intriguing wrinkle comes in its final episodes, starting with a visit by the U.S. President, and concluding with a cliffhanger season closer that calls Tom's loyalty into question. Solid performances by the program's cast and intelligent scripting should help boost MI-5's rapidly growing and rabidly loyal viewership, who should also appreciate the extensive supplemental features in this boxed set. As with the previous MI-5 set, all 10 episodes are uncut and presented in widescreen format, with commentary by cast and crew, nine behind-the-scenes featurettes, and two hours of deleted scenes chief among the bonus material. --Paul Gaita

Special Features

Audio Commentary: Episodes 1,2,3,5 and 10 Featurette: Behind-the-scenes featurettes for 9 of the episodes Interviews: With cast and crewAudio Commentary: Episodes 1,2,3,5 and 10 Featurette: Behind-the-scenes featurettes for 9 of the episodes Interviews: With cast and crewAudio Commentary: Episodes 1,2,3,5 and 10 Featurette: Behind-the-scenes featurettes for 9 of the episodes Interviews: With cast and crewAudio Commentary: Episodes 1,2,3,5 and 10 Featurette: Behind-the-scenes featurettes for 9 of the episodes Interviews: With cast and crewAudio Commentary: Episodes 1,2,3,5 and 10 Featurette: Behind-the-scenes featurettes for 9 of the episodes Interviews: With cast and crewAudio Commentary: Episodes 1,2,3,5 and 10 Featurette: Behind-the-scenes featurettes for 9 of the episodes Interviews: With cast and crewAudio Commentary: Episodes 1,2,3,5 and 10 Featurette: Behind-the-scenes featurettes for 9 of the episodes Interviews: With cast and crewAudio Commentary: Episodes 1,2,3,5 and 10 Featurette: Behind-the-scenes featurettes for 9 of the episodes Interviews: With cast and crew

Product Details

  • Actors: Matthew MacFadyen, Keeley Hawes, David Oyelowo, Peter Firth, Nicola Walker
  • Directors: Bharat Nalluri, Ciaran Donnelly (II), Rob Bailey, Sam Miller, Justin Chadwick
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • 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: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00064AME4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,440 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "MI-5, Vol. 2" on IMDb

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By Avid Reader VINE VOICE on January 17, 2005
Format: DVD
I continue to be riveted by this show. There is no show on television in America that presents a truer picture of what it means to serve your country in the War on Terror. This season ratchets up the suspense and personal angst of the main characters. There were times as I watched this show that I was literally floored by the actions of these men and women, the lengths they were willing to go in order to do their job as they saw it should be done. Matthew MacFadyen once again turns in a bravura performance and by the end of the season you are actually on the edge of your seat to know what happens. This series continues to be one of the most well-acted and well-written spy shows I have ever seen. Should not be missed by anyone who loves great drama and the spy thriller genre.
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The fabulous cast, ambitious stories and dry humour all return in Series 2 of this hit UK show.

The arc of the quality here seems to be the complete reverse of Series 1. While I enjoyed both series, Series 1 had been marred by a pilot that made precious little sense and carried almost no sense of danger. Series 2 starts off on a roll and retains its momentum all the way until the final episode, when a somewhat contrived plot, too much exposition and a forced ending (which the writer admits was necessitated by a question about whether a cast member would return for Series 3) mar the enjoyment.

But it remains a strong 10 episodes. All the talent involved -- directors, writers, actors -- appear to be more comfortable since the template of the show was already so clear from the first series. Matthew MacFadyen is given more of a chance to chomp scenery, and he excels at it -- his marvellous way with confrontational dialogue is made more enjoyable by the fact that he still has that boyish face which sometimes can sneak into '80s Tom Cruise territory, but when he turns on the heat, MacFadyen's intensity is electrifying. Keeley Hawes still has the ability to light up the screen with her English-rose beauty, but she's also given a mix of a heartbreaking subplot as well as some deadpan jokes, both of which she delivers with aplomb. Megan Dodds is superb as CIA agent Christine Dale, an oddball cross of mischievous schoolgirl and vicious ice goddess. The fact that she never completely slides into either role makes her endlessly interesting to watch, and Dodds makes for a much stronger romantic interest for MacFadyen than Series 1's Esther Hall (Ellie).
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The BBC nails another one. This is the best show on television. If you like 24, this is better. The writing is more crisp, the plots believable and exciting, and the acting is far better than anything on American tv. You don't get scenery chewing 101, you get real characters with wit and intelligence who occasionally screw up.

This show makes Alias look like Romper Room. These 1-hour versions give you the WHOLE show, not the 44-minute A&E butcher jobs. It's like watching a densely plotted mini movie with continuing characters. Macfadyen, Hawes, and Firth are terrific, etching flawed but believable characters. Wonderful stuff.
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After having greatly enjoyed the first series (which had only 6 episodes), I was a bit worried that the second series would start to get predictable, as so many spy/action/detective-series do. However, I was not disappointed! Although the personal experiences and job frustrations of the characters bring lots of tension into the series, they do not dominate and each episode has a worthy plot in itself. In other words, if there's a standard formula for episodes, I haven't discovered it yet and each new plot has kept me sitting on the edge of my chair. On to the third series!
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Magnificient reproduction and true to fact of the politics involved in espionage. Gritty, with no punches held back in this, the second feast from Britian's MI5 brigade. Especially fortright in it's portrayal of the civil service's "Yes Minister" attidues and how in fact senior civil servants run government departments and not the figure headed ministers themselves placed in charge. Excellent stuff once again from the BBC. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!
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This is such an excellent show. The 2nd season is just as good as season one and in fact is a bit more exciting. The plots are not nearly as over the top as '24' and the realism is much much higher than in Alias. The characters are well portrayed as everyday people which makes it easy to connect with them. Again, I like the fact that the show has a British view on world politics and seeing the landscape through their eyes is very interesting compared to how American TV portrays the world. Buying this show is money well spent.
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I have both Volume 1 and Volume 2 of this outstanding series and can't say enough about it. The stories are dramatic and compelling and the DVD's contain both the uncut versions of the episodes as well as an impressive number of quality extras including interviews, stills and documentaries. If you're a fan of the spy genre, this series is a must-have addition to your library.
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