Summary of "Volume 10 - One of my favorites comes to a close...": I'm sad that the show is over. I managed to watch the BBC airings of the show, and had a fit when the final episode aired; up until that point I had no idea it was the series finale. I must say though, it had a very good run, and the final episode was a nice nod to the fans.
This show will remain one of my favorite shows of all time, and I'm constantly recommending it to people. (read entire review)
Summary of "Volume 9 - Spies, spying and stuff": Power watching can be awesome, or horrible, depending on the show; this was awesome. The episodes were dropping like flies, and I enjoyed every minute of it (though I may have worn out the edge of my seat). I constantly recommend this show to people I talk to, and I haven't met anyone that wasn't hooked after a few episodes. It's a shame the DVD sets have become a bare-bones presentation of the episodes, without Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, but at least they continue to release them. Season 10 is already confirmed, with a premiere in the fall overseas. (read entire review)
Summary of "Volume 8 - Great show, but the DVD...": While I enjoyed the season, as I always do, the DVD is disappointing. They've gotten rid of the Dolby Digital 5.1 track, and the only extras are a pair of commentary tracks, and two "making of" featurettes. I remember the feature-laden sets from the early years of the show, and these recent sets pale in comparison.
The show is still incredible, and I'd have to say it remains one of my favorite shows currently on TV. They tell amazing stories in a way that differs from American shows, and I love it. (read entire review)
Summary of "Volume 7 - Wonderful, wonderful series!": I'll never, ever get tired of watching this show. In my opinion it's the pinnacle of television drama, and a show that I measure all other spy/police shows against. The writers have crafted a series that is exciting, suspenseful and shocking. I can't tell you how many times my mouth has been left hanging open because of a shocking event on the series. It started with the second episode of the series when the junior agent was dunked into a fryer, and it continues today. MI-5 is a show that simply must be watched.
I'm a bit bummed that the excellent extras from earlier seasons aren't continued with these later sets, but it becomes more and more difficult to come up with fresh and exciting material after 7 sets. The material here, though a bit light, is still quality stuff, and any fan of the show should check it out. (read entire review)
Summary of "Volume 6 - The Spy Game Continues": I complained about the lack of content on the season 5 DVD set, and though this set is far from being "loaded," it's better than the last one. Just two commentary tracks (again), but we have some location manager commentaries, a nice behind-the-scenes featurette for episode 8, a fun "video diary" and some very short interviews with the cast members. It's not great, but it's certainly not horrible either.
The show took a bit of a departure this season, opting to have one central storyline that ran throughout all 10 episodes. I enjoyed the season, and look forward to the seventh season, whenever it's released (my guess would be 2010). (read entire review)
Volume 5 - What happened to this release?! (1/04/2008)
Summary of "Volume 5 - What happened to this release?!": Okay, what the hell happened to my excellent MI-5 DVDs?! These sets used to be loaded with commentary tracks on every episode, featurettes on each episode, long documentaries, deleted scenes, image galleries. Season 3 had nearly 4 hours of video material, plus nearly 10 hours of commentary tracks. This release has less than 15 minutes of video, and just two commentary tracks. I love the show, but I'm extremely disappointed with the quality of the DVD set (season 4 was a bit disappointing as well, but not as bad as this).
I recently caught a flight from LA to Calgary, and happened to bump into one of my favorite MI-5 actors. I was sitting in the row right behind first class when I heard an English accent and looked up to see Rupert Penry-Jones (Adam) turned around talking to someone behind him. I was incredibly shocked to see the star of a show I enjoyed, especially since I assumed most of his work was in England, not LA or Canada. I told the passenger beside me who Penry-Jones was, and we both agreed that the person he was speaking to looked familiar as well, but we couldn't quite place him. After the flight I caught up to him and politely told him I enjoyed his work on MI-5 (though I used the British name for the show, Spooks), and asked him what brought him to Calgary. He told me he was shooting a mini-series there, and I welcomed him to the country. I got home and looked on IMDB to see what he was shooting (Burn Up), only to discover the guy that Penry-Jones was talking to behind him on the plane was Bradley Whitford. Oops, sorry I didn't recognize you, Bradley!
MI-5 continues to be my favorite spy series, but I'm extremely disappointed by the lack of material on the season 5 set. These used to be exceptional sets, and now they've been reduced to standard TV-DVD fare. (read entire review)
Summary of "Volume 4 - Where are the extras?": Wow, this is a much shorter list of extras for season 4. What happened to the character profiles/cast interviews? How about the "Secret Credits" that have been part of the sets since season 1, or the photo galleries and the deleted scenes? What about the featurettes on each episode? At least the commentary tracks are still here, but where did everything else go?! I was seriously bummed when I saw the list of extras on here.
The team we were first introduced to in episode 1 is gone, but I still love this show. In fact, I love it more because the producers aren't afraid to change things up. American television is far too predictable - they won't kill off a main character, so we know the "dangerous situation" they're in will work out in the end. That's not the case with MI-5 - the situation they're in is real, and they may not make it out alive. (read entire review)
Summary of "Volume 3 - Near perfect set!": I think I've said this before, but I'll say it again; this is the best spy show I've ever seen, and I think the third season was my favorite so far. American shows give you a sense of security; the characters aren't in danger, and everyone lives happily ever after. MI-5 shattered that dream in the second episode when an operative was boiled in a vat of oil. It was shocking; hell, it made me leap off my couch. I want the characters to be in real jeopardy, and if the cast changes then I'll get used to the new person on the show.
This DVD set continues the quality of the previous releases. There's a staggering amount of bonus material here: 3:47:29 worth of featurettes, 9:49:06 worth of commentary, photos, and scripts. It's a ton of material to get through, but it's all worth it. This is an amazing set, but since it's not a mainstream US show it'll get overlooked by a lot of people.
If you're a fan of spy shows then you must watch this show. The sets are costly, but damn, they're worth it. (read entire review)
Summary of "Volume 2 - Amazing set!": This is such a fun series, and I love being able to watch the uncut episodes on the DVD set. I think I'm going to skip the broadcast of season 3 on A&E and wait for the DVDs to be released. I know it'll be awhile before they come out (oh...probably a year), but the MI-5 sets are so good that it makes sense to wait and enjoy them with the best presentation possible.
I was a bit bummed that only half the episodes contained commentary tracks, but I was impressed with the wealth of other extras. It's nothing more than the previous set, but it's a lot more than most DVD sets contain.
If you're looking for a plausible spy show then you have to check out MI-5. It's a great show, and this is another solid BBC release. (read entire review)
Summary of " Volume 1 - Wow, what an amazing set!": This is a show that will appeal to a wide range of tv-watchers. Fans of other spy shows such as Alias, La Femme Nikita and the action-packed 24 will want to check this one out. I enjoy the show because it has more roots in reality than some of the others. There isn't a secret organization looking to take over the world, or a centuries-old inventor that has created an incredible machine, just terrorists, bureaucrats and bombs. The show is extremely stylish and the performances from the actors are superb.
When I selected this release as our "Pick of the Week" I had some people email me and ask how this could be the pick when they hadn't even heard of the show before. Hopefully that's become obvious after reading this review; this set is one of the nicest I've seen in a long time, and the special features are so plentiful; it took me hours and hours to go through them all. If you're interested in spy shows at all, you should buy this set. It's under $40 at Amazon.com, and it's worth every penny. (read entire review)
The BBC Announces a Fiery Farewell with 'Volume 10', Never Seen on TV!
A fiery farewell! Never shown on television, the final season of the hugely successful, long-running BBC drama reaches a thrilling conclusion in six riveting hour-long episodes. The crack counter-terrorism... (read entire news item)
Early Info Revealed About a Timeframe and DVD Extras for 'Volume 10'
Today's new blog post at the BBC America online shop has spilled the beans that MI-5 - Volume 10, the final season of the program, is coming to DVD in the USA and Canada "earlier next year" (yep, they... (read entire news item)
Update About the BBC's 'Volume 9' DVDs Includes Package Art
The penultimate season of the hugely successful, long-running drama introduces a host of new characters. Relations between the CIA and MI5 reach breaking point over mysterious hackers. And a horrific... (read entire news item)
The 'Spooks' Are Back This Summer with Volume 9 DVDs!
Last November, when we reported about this past January's DVD release of Volume 8, we also passed along word from the BBC that they would put a rush on their follow-up with the MI-5 - Volume 9 set. They... (read entire news item)
The BBC and Warner Announce 'Volume 8' for January, Quick Follow-Up for 'Volume 9'
Exclusive straight to DVD release - prior to U.S. TV premiere! Consistently hailed as a benchmark for modern drama, MI-5 continues its groundbreaking storytelling in Volume 8. As the season begins, the... (read entire news item)
Volume 7 of the U.K. Spy Drama (a.k.a. Spooks) Announced
The BAFTA-winning, high-suspense spy drama is back with more topical stories of deadly terrorists, undercover operations and double-agents, this time with an added danger: a deepening schism with Russia... (read entire news item)
Award-Winning BBC Spy Drama Gets a DVD Release Prior to TV Broadcasts in the USA!
MI-5 is back with another white-knuckle ride through the perilous world of deadly terrorists, international cover-ups and treacherous double-agents. Having survived the bombing of the Thames Barrier,... (read entire news item)
Warner & BBC Video Issues Recall Notice to Retailers for MI-5 - Volume 5
A retail source has let us know that Warner Home Video, which distributes DVDs on behalf of BBC Video, has issued an immediate recall notice for the recently released MI-5 - Volume 5 package. Since it... (read entire news item)
Our Bad! Here Is The Correct List Price For MI-5 - Volume 5
Sometimes trying to get the news to you first can be dangerous. Oh, it's nothing life-threatening, like it would be to the agents of MI-5, but we DO make mistakes from time-to-time. We just have a quick... (read entire news item)
New DVDs of 5th Volume to Release Prior to U.S. TV Broadcast **UPDATE** - BOX ART
In an exclusive, straight-to-DVD release prior to the U.S. television broadcast premiere, the 5th volume of MI-5 (called "Spooks" in Britain) is coming out on January 8th. The 5-disc set will have 10... (read entire news item)
Season 4 announced
Warning - there are spoilers here if you haven't seen season 3.
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... (read entire news item)
Season 3 coming this Jan
Worlds collide and nothing is what it seems in the thrilling new installment of MI-5. Tom has been branded a traitor and has disappeared, while Harry is in the hospital, seriously wounded. There's dissension... (read entire news item)
Second Mission Planned
The stakes are raised in the new series of the award-winning MI-5, as the threat to national security increases and the need to thwart the activities of terrorists operating within the UK becomes more... (read entire news item)
We have an exclusive trailer for the upcoming BBC release of "MI-5."
Defending their country, deceiving their friend, MI-5 takes us into the secret world of the clandestine UK security service and... (read entire news item)
Season 1 specs and cover art
Defending their country, deceiving their friends, MI-5 takes us into the secret world of the clandestine UK security service and the people who make up the elite team. This exciting, fast paced drama,... (read entire news item)