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Hit & Miss [DVD]

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  • Actors: Chloe Sevigny, Vincent Regan, Jonas Armstrong, Peter Wight
  • Directors: Hettie Macdonald, Sheree Folkson
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 July 2012
  • Run Time: 266 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008582F5C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,101 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Mia is a contract killer with a secret: she's a transgender woman. After a young life where she never quite fitted in, Eddie, an underworld linchpin, took Mia under his wing and created a brilliant assassin.

But Mia's life is turned upside down when she receives a letter from her ex, Wendy, who reveals that she's dying from cancer - and that when they were together Mia fathered a son, 11-year-old Ryan. Now Mia is his legal guardian.

Travelling to a tiny village in West Yorkshire to see the boy, Mia meets the rest of Wendy's farmhouse clan: 16-year-old Riley, 15-year-old Levi, and six-year-old Leonie.

Hit & Miss follows Mia's attempts to mix her killer instincts with her new maternal ones, in a search for her own identity. A lethal killer at the heart of a troubled family in the middle of nowhere is where the series begins.

Review

Spectacularly watchable --The Times

Sexy. Bloody. Grisly. Try it. --The Observer

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ken on 25 July 2012
Format: DVD
I had no idea what to expect from this series, but after episode 1, I was transfixed, Chloe Sevigney was outstanding as the transgender assassin, what an original, and forward looking series this is.

The whole storyline was gripping, and well carried by all the cast.

As of yet, there is no news on a second series, it would be a big shame if there wasn't one after the cliff hanger ending.

A big hit, certainly not a miss.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Innocent-eyes on 17 July 2012
Format: DVD
Sky Drama's recent six episode series Hit & Miss could hardly be accused of subtlety or of following convention. And yet despite not relying on standard methods of ensuring ratings success or directing at a specific target audience the show has achieved something that so few have. Hit & Miss is an original production that succeeds in telling a story that you haven't heard before.

In short Hit & Miss tells the story of an archetypal outcast thrown by circumstance out of her comfort zone of self-chosen isolation and into the harsh realities and responsibilities of becoming guardian to a broken rural family. But things are even more complicated as the series protagonist Mia, beautifully portrayed by Chloë Sevigny, struggles to balance her new family commitments with her illegal occupation and indeed her own personal development. As Mia insists herself she's "not like other women" in fact she's not like any other character out there in film or television. What Mia is, is a damaged pre-op transsexual gun for hire with a dark and twisted past.

Using its concentration on emotion to balance its fantasy premise the series really draws you to its characters. Although the notion of a sociopathic assassin in Manchester playing house sounds really quite out there Hit & Miss triumphs in making its audience buy into this scenario on the merit of the series quality. It really is one of the best and most original series that has hit our screens as of late and is quite rightly addictive and being sold for an excellent price to boot.

Hitting the spot as a show that really makes you think with an original storyline and great characters this is certainly one series you won't want to miss.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dick Pearson on 15 Jun. 2012
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Have been mesmerised by the TV show and pre-ordered the DVD as soon as it came available. All based on a fairly outlandish set of circumstances and the underlying plot/scenario doesn't bear much close scrutiny. Is there really that thriving a market for hit-men in Manchester? However, what carries the show are the actors, especially the children/teenagers. Chloë Sevigny is surprisingly believable as a transsexual man although I must admit to limited experience of such people in real-life. She/he is also given the right flawed character away from her 'job' to explain why she can do it without discernible impact on her.

I can, nevertheless, understand that many people will detest the show or just not get on with it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By piet88 on 18 Feb. 2013
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This show hasn't made it to NZ but after reading online reviews I took a chance on it and it didn't disappoint. Like The Sopranos it combines two poopular types of drama: family and crime. Unlike the Sopranos the main character and head of household is transgender. Chloe Sevigny is abolutely perfect for the part and the cast overall is excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 July 2013
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In a remote Yorkshire farmhouse, four children grieve for their dead mother. Suddenly there arrives the person she nominated as their guardian - the father of eleven year old Ryan (who never knew the boy existed). What a good basis for strong drama! This is not all. Far from it. Jaw droppingly, Mia turns out to be a contract killer - the money needed for operations to complete her transformation from male to female.

At first such a storyline must seem tacky in the extreme, sensationalism in the worst possible taste.

Instead here is a deeply moving six part series - superbly scripted, impeccably acted, hauntingly filmed in a rugged uncompromising landscape.

Throughout the characterization is multi-layered and strong. Very much around are Mia's gangster boss; a loathsome landlord neighbour (long overdue for comeuppance); a mysterious prowler (a major surprise in store!); likeable Ben, who fancies Mia (and who has adjusting to do).

Dominant, though, is Chloe Sevigny, she mesmerizing as Mia. Well outside her comfort zone, Mia tries to overcome the youngsters' hostility. This is the family she never had (hers a background of abuse in a travelling Irish fair). Gradually she begins to win their trust. The killing continues ("I'm just off to work"), but the money is now to ensure the young ones do not go short.

How long can all this last...?

There are well over one and a half hours of bonuses. Chloe Sevigny describes the difficulties of such a challenging role (apart from the obvious, there was the business of how to handle a gun). Note Paul Abbott's forthright views on family life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Harris on 12 Mar. 2013
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This was a gripping series with a unique angle - a transgender contract killer. Chloë Sevigny was superb as the killer (Mia) who kept herself fighting fit and yet was able to retain the viewer's belief in her transgender role.

A somewhat dark presentation and not many laughs. Outcast, Mia returns to maintain her rural family after her `ex' dies, coming back not as Dad, but as a woman! Then having to continue to slip away occasionally to fulfil her assassination commitments.

All the acting was excellent with a good script, tight no nonsense writing. One or two niggles but very minor ones when compared with the overall quality of the programme.

Vincent Regan is great as the baddie. In fact, so good that it's hard to believe why the teenage member of the family, Riley (Karla Crome) could ever be in the same room with him, let alone have an affair! Maybe more shades of grey to his character would have strengthened the believability?

The disposal of a body in the final scene was a let down. Were we really expected to believe that two professionals, Mia and Eddie (Peter Wight) would foul up so amateurishly and dispose of a body in such a way that it would inevitably surface? I don't think so.

But it didn't detract from the enjoyment and tension of the show. The cliff hanger ending paves the way for a second series.

I hope so....
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