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The State Within : Complete BBC Series [2006] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Jason Isaacs, Sharon Gless, Neil Pearson, Ben Daniels
  • Directors: Michael Offer, Daniel Percival
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Jan 2007
  • Run Time: 351 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K15G7G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,129 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

The State Within A flight explodes in mid-air during take off near Washington DC. Later that day, as a shocked capital struggles to come to terms with the disaster, a diplomatic catastrophe envelops the British Embassy. A cat's cradle of tangled affinities and conflicting interests told through interlinking stories unfold as British Ambassador Mark Brydon slowly realises that he is being played by an invisible puppeteer with great power. A tightly plotted conspiracy thriller about the limits of diplomacy in a world where government has abdicated responsibility for war.

Synopsis

High stakes foreign politics is the name of the game in TV drama The State Within. After a plane explodes over Washington D.C. panic begins to envelop the British embassy, and its ambassador to the U.S. Mark Brydon (Jason Isaacs) finds himself caught up in a potentially damaging diplomatic incident.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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139 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 May 2007
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This certainly turned out to be a most satisfying alternative to the usual TV thrillers out there that rely on police procedure or crime solving. Here, the lynch pin of the story is Sir Mark Dryden, the British Ambassador to the US, played by Jason Isaacs. Frankly, this is probably the most effective role I have seen him in, and is certainly a world away from playing Lucius Malfoy in Harry Potter movies.
This is a truly British type of story, with dominantly British characters and with a complex plot. However, it is set in America, featuring all the landmarks we would expect to see in an American thriller.. the West Wing, Lincoln Memorial, etc. To add to the American mix, we even have a recognizable star of American TV - Sharon Gless, who completely casts aside her past in Cagney and Lacey here to embrace the role of Secretary of Defence with a real sense of grit.
Perhaps the most British aspect of this series is the underlying criticism of certain aspects of government - not least The Patriot Act which comes under fire along the way. Certainly terrorism and its origins are at the very foreground of the action.
To reveal too much about the plot would be unfair, but in a nutshell, Sir Mark is caught up in a web of deceit when a plane leaving for London is blown up, apparently by terrorists. Meantime, a Brit is on Death Row protesting his innocence. Could the two be connected...? Suffice to say many more plot strands arise, and interweave in a manner designed to satisfy and keep you glued to the end.
A 6 part mini-series, one hour per episode, was the perfect format for this thriller - instead of a rushed movie, the characters have enough time to develop and breathe, while the plot never slacks pace.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Sep 2007
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A cracking political thriller with most of the action Washington based and involving governments, private companies and perhaps predictably, a small oil-rich Asian country (Trygyzstan, Tyrgyztan or Tyrygsztan depending how quick your eyes are) so the events are very contemporary and mostly credible, too.

The 350 minutes get off to a stunning start with an airliner being blown up and crashing onto an expressway near Washington and from this point on you'll be hooked like I was. Considering this is not big bucks Hollywood the crash looked incredibly convincing, as does everything else though it was mostly filmed in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario.

The six parts move along efficiently, especially with plenty of steadycam and accompanying sound effects, but you'll have to pay attention because this is not black and white plotting, the good guys are not obvious and there is no winning side. The casting is fine with Jason Isaacs turning in a great British Ambassador and perhaps Sharon Gless should be taken on by Department of Defence as their no-nonsense Secretary (but maybe her hands are tainted, too). Nothing is what it seems at first.

The DVD includes a twenty-seven minute 'making of' extra. Worth a look though it is the usual back slapping stuff. Several minutes are devoted to creating the airliner crash, which I thought were interesting and Grainne Marmion has some good comments on how she interpreted the production.

This is a conspiracy thriller that will certainly be worth watching several times.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kasablanka on 11 Sep 2007
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If you can follow the plot and don't mind a slowish pace then this is well acted intelligent drama. There is action so I do not understand the accusations of it being dull. Maybe there are some plot holes but there usually are if you look hard enough. There are some great twists in this.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By W. Thielemans on 6 Mar 2007
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I watched this on TV and couldn't wait for the DVD. A really smart story, with great writing, superb acting (Jason Isaacs for Bond NOW!) and excellent cinematography. I was horrified to discover that some newspapers listed this series as one of the big (creative) flops of the year - they couldn't be more wrong.

If you like intelligent, exciting political thrillers which give you the idea they're revealing a lot about the way things REALLY are run, give this a chance. You won't be sorry.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By robert stirling TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Dec 2013
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At nearly 6 hours long this was hard going at times but having stuck with it through some sticky moments it satisfied me eventually.

It does bear a 2nd viewing though because there are many threads going on which eventually link up to make sense.

Jason Isaacs is always very watchable;good looking and solid but with frayed,vulnerable edges and in this series he finds himself isolated, not knowing who to trust within the embassy in which he is the British Ambassador.

Pitted against him are rogue CIA,rogue American and British Special Forces and diplomatic insiders whom may have their own agendas.

I'm glad I watched to the end because it panned out well and was ultimately highly entertaining.But I am a fan of Isaacs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Haigh on 26 Nov 2009
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Bought this DVD on the strength of the previous reviews and thoroughly enjoyed it. Shame that it was so short (relative to 24) and hope that the writers produce this quality again with BBC at the helm.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 12 Dec 2006
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Mesmerising performances, brilliant script - British TV at it's best.

The life of a British Ambassador has never been something I'd been previously curious about however proved a rich source of possibilities - and so good to see an original drama that wasn't revolving about the Police and medical services.

Having watched it faithfully on TV, I'll be watching the DVD series again!

Can only hope there will be a second series...
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