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  • Actors: Grégory Fitoussi, Caroline Proust, Philippe Duclos, Audrey Fleurot, Fred Bianconi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Aug. 2010
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003QP2TQE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,801 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All eight episodes from the second series of the gritty French political crime drama. Public prosecutor Pierre Clement (Gregory Fitoussi) once again joins forces with Police Captain Laure Bathaud (Caroline Proust) and crusading judge Francois Roban (Philippe Duclos) to infiltrate Paris's dark and duplicitous underworld of organised crime, international drugs trafficking and arms dealing.

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A burned corpse is found in the boot of a car, a seemingly isolated case of urban violence. However, the case grows in complexity and danger, each new piece of evidence unearths a duplicitous world of international trafficking, informers, double lives and arms dealing. An audacious plan to strike at the heart of the crime network means that the slightest slip will result in certain death.

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Adrian J. White on 22 July 2010
Format: DVD
I have yet to see the DVD of the series, but both my wife and watched it avidly when it was shown on TV. We very much enjoyed the first series (and bought it on DVD when it came out) and this second series did not disappoint!

The acting is excellent, and the plotting is tight, complex and engrossing. Watching the decent of Josephine Carlson (defence lawyer)into corruption is in many ways sad, as she seemed basically decent in the first series, but her desperation for money in many ways makes it a little inevitable!

Very highly recommended, and we can't wait for a (hopefully) third series! Very much carries the flag for more European crime dramas to be shown on British TV. It also shows that having subtitles (rather than dubbing) is not only not a barrier to the show, but helps to get the "flavour" of the characters much better than dubbing ever could. More please!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By steve b on 12 Aug. 2010
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As a lover of good cop shows my viewing as been a little flat since the ending of The Wire and The Shield. Fear not however the second series of the French TV cop show Spiral has filled the void nicely. Whilst not up to the standard of the Wire, but then what is? Spiral 2 is as good if not better that the Shield and way ahead of both Law and Order and CSI (Yawn)and better that Spiral 1.
As an Anglo/Saxon I am not sure I always understood the workings of the French lagal system and the relationship between the police and the examining magistrates, who are confusingly called judges but are more like an American DA . However I cannot say that this stopped my enjoyment of this excelent series. In a nutshell a group of French police investigate the burning alive of a drug dealer and this leads them to uncover a large drug ring. Throw a couple of corrupt lawyers and we have an excelent example of the genre.
As an aside, do not expect French elegence. These flics must be the scruffest coppers on British, US or French TV.
Hope season 3 is a good.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By music lover on 14 Sept. 2010
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The 2nd season is even better than the first, though both are great TV. It's a French combination of Prime Suspect and the Wire. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys crime/police dramas.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David H. Furnival on 3 Sept. 2010
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If you are a fan of The Wire, you'll love this. This second series is a step improvement on the first (which we also enjoyed). I felt the first series was a bit rambling with too many sideplots. This series is much more focussed on the main thread which for me makes it much more enjoyable. The story starts with the horrific murder of a suspected informant which recorded by a young boy who is unlucky enough to be a witness. Full of intrigue and injustice, it leaves you wondering who the bad guys are. The French justice system is clearly very different from the British one which only adds to the enjoyment as Judges start to get into investigative work in the field and Politicians interfere with the law (oh, maybe it's not that different). Great story with a satisfying conclusion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tess on 22 Mar. 2015
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Meets all my expectations of a great crime/detective series and I'm working backwards through the series having caught recently Series 5 on BBC TV which was brilliant.. Subtitling works well for me as I can watch with little volume anywhere I want and not impact upon anyone else. Now on to series 3 & 4 and can't wait!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alewis41 on 14 Dec. 2011
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The second series has much more action and revolves around one main plot. For me that made this series even more enjoyable than the first series. Am looking forward to watching series three!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Jun. 2011
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Got this after seeing Saison Trois! and I think this one is just as entertaining, even a bit easier to follow because more straightforward. It doesn't get sidetracked by the personal lives of the cops and judges. Begins with a nasty murder, someone burned alive, leading to drugs and riots, undercover ops and political games. Nasty villains, tough cops, intractable judges, avaricious lawyers: most everybody on the take, if not crooked at least a bit bent. No wonder the honourable characters look so harassed.

Terrific stuff. Very physical.

Update 06/2012: even on repeat viewing, Spiral II is exhilarating TV, way more adrenaline than British crime shows and not so cerebral or ponderous as Scandinavian ones. The matter at the heart of this French import is justice and that is what makes it so compelling. A must see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Emperor on 1 Jun. 2011
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This intelligent French thriller was thoroughly enjoyable. I thought that it was the best series of Spiral so far.

The plot was well worked out and though a lot happened there wasn't any padding. Virtually all of the characters were fleshed out and seemed to be believable.

Occasionally it did get al little contrived and maybe repeated itself a little but for the most part it was really entertaining with very few of the plot holes that you often get in these type of shows.

The dialogue seemed to be very authentic and there didn't seem to be any problems with the subtitles.
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