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MI-5: Series Seven/Volume Seven (BBC DVD Set)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Episodes: C-



Once again we take a look at the latest season of the BBC hit Spy series MI-5, which may just be the worst hit Spy show in British TV history.  We reviewed the last three seasons before this as these links will show:












Though it has its fans, this is more like a police procedural and far from realistic to me.  As I did not cover the last set and my fellow writer had the same reaction, I know I am not alone and there is no major fan following for this show in the U.S. at least.  This four-DVD set has every episode and after finishing, I wondered where else can this show go.  Also called Spooks in the U.K., which is slang for spies there, it is light years away from a classic like Callan for instance, and is shockingly forgettable.  I never believed any of it for a minute.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 is more obviously than ever shot on digital High Definition with all of its flaws and limits apparent in this tradedown, with more motion blur, shaky camera work, bad editing, detail issues and other problems than the previous set.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 has enough healthy surrounds to be the highlight of this set, except it is harsher and rougher for all the wrong reasons than its predecessors.  Extras include audio commentary tracks on every episode, three making-of featurettes and U.K. trailer.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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