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Torchwood: Complete BBC Series 2 Box Set (2008) [DVD]

John Barrowman , Eve Myles    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Naoko Mori
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00143XCOS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,372 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



In many ways a far more experimental and variable series than the show it spun out of, Torchwood demonstrates many of the qualities of Doctor Who, but has certainly developed a tone all of its own.

Season two finds the Torchwood team still under the pavements of Cardiff, and still led by John Barrowman’s Captain Jack Harkness. But there’s a lot going on this second series, with a variety of guest stars--including Alan Dale (yup, Jim Robinson from Neighbours), James Marsters (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and Richard Briers--along with the arrival of Freema Agyeman’s Martha Jones. There are also a variety of intriguing threats that the Torchwood team face, and while the tempo is often uneven, at worst it’s always interesting.

What’s more, Torchwood isn’t afraid of pulling its punches. Unpredictable at times, right through to the explosive final episode, this second season is an improvement on the show’s already-impressive debut. And while it sometimes makes familiar mistakes as it tries to play to a more mature audience, it nonetheless feels riskier than before, and better for it. Furthermore, where they take it now for season three is a fascinating proposition: fortunately, there’s plenty of rewatch value in the show’s second series to cover the wait to find out. --Jon Foster

Special Features included:

- Deleted scenes

- Out-takes

- The Life and Deaths of Captain Jack

- Torchwood Declassified Cut-down

- English 5.1 Surround Sound

Product Description

Separate from the government, outside the police, beyond the United Nations: Torchwood sets its own rules. Led by the enigmatic Captain Jack Harkness, the Torchwood team use scavenged alien technology in a very real world to solve crime; both alien and human. Bigger and bolder than before, Russell T Davies' hit BBC drama series returns for thirteen new adventures. With fearsome new aliens, compelling new storylines, and amazing guest stars the second series takes the close-knit Torchwood team through dare-devil action, temptation, heartache... and a life changing event for one of the team.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack's Back 8 May 2009
The Torchwood team spring into action once more, investigating alien activity in Cardiff and looking damn cool while they do it. Opening episode `Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' sees the team floundering without their charismatic and immortal leader, Captain Jack Harkness; furthermore, Jack's old sparring partner Captain John (Buffy's James Marsters) is in town, and looking to humiliate his old mucker in any way possible. This fast-paced if slightly uneven story provides a brilliant introduction to the second series of the smash hit Doctor Who spin-off.

Second episode, `Sleeper' is arguably the weakest story here. A young woman finds herself committing acts she never thought she was capable of, and is horrified when she subsequently learns, with the help of Torchwood, that she is part of an alien invasion spearhead. The story has an interesting premise, but is too disjointed and contradictory to be really effective.

Next up is `To the Last Man', a poignant character-based yarn about a cryogenically frozen First World War Soldier, Tommy, who is woken up once a year in preparation for a future catastrophic event that only he can prevent. Providing the lovelorn Toshiko Sato with yet another doomed relationship gives actress Naoko Mori a chance to shine; and shine she does, with a powerful performance that foreshadows tragic events later in the series.

`Meat' has some good moments - not least when Gwen Cooper's dull fiancé Rhys inadvertently discovers what she really does for a living. The story is unfortunately let down by its CGI space creature, a giant whale of sorts, but there is pathos aplenty, Ianto gets some of his best lines, and Gwen's tangled relationship with Jack begins to rear its head once more.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than ever... 12 Mar 2008
I have to say it is disappointing that some people are still criticising Torchwood for the gay scenes - dear me I think it is time to join the rest of us in the 21st Century where (gasp) there are same sex relationships.

Still: to the res. This is a massive improvement on the occasionally uneven first season, the writing is sharper and wittier and because they are easing up on the SFX it is not over-reliant of CG (which occasionally marred the last season). Even better then that there are some real laughs in this series.

The 'special guests' have also fit in well - like it's sister show Doctor Who - they are not simply wheeled in for the sake of it. Alan Dale is nicely sinister (how far he has come from Ramsey Street) and James Marsters looks to be having enormous fun as Captain John.

So ignore the naysayers and enjoy!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars torchwood series 2 box set 16 Sep 2009
This series is absolutly brilliant, after purchasing the first series on box set i just had to buy this one too. I love all the characters especially captain jack. I love the way it is written to appeal to the adult audience and funny and sad moments make you want to watch it over and over. Highly recommend this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 24 Oct 2013
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Got into the Torchwood series on the telly a bit late & have since purchased all the DVD's. Brilliant characters & story lines. Great escapism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Torchwood Series 2 3 Sep 2013
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Great episodes in this series 2. Wonderful acting by John Barrowman especially. The interaction with Eve Myles is very touching at times. Worth watching over and over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 29 Oct 2011
By Jay
A must have for any doctor who fans and Torchwood fans. Full of action, thrills and spills with great special effects. Highly recommend
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54 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No shame...just humanity. (And the rest) 4 Mar 2008
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Torchwood's great: it's a good mix of semi serious 'dark' (their word!) sci fi and fluffy fun with a generous dose of sheer humanity. ('tho those who bring this out aren't always human!) The much maligned (and celebrated) snogging between same/opposite sexes and aliens is a part and parcel of the whole series aim to present the bizarre within a very normal (Welsh) world. The snogging, the cameraderie, the Cardiff backdrop are the normal bit and I strongly recommend you allow your kids to watch it because guys do snog guys and gals gals and the sooner they accept this, the sooner the world will become a more pleasant place to live in. Torchwood Series 2 has been pre-watershed-ed to make it more watchable by kids and they've taken out some of the violence. I'm pre-ordering despite being only part way thru the series on TV because I applaud Russell T Davies and his team for making ground-breaking, mould-breaking TV within the genre least likely. Oh, and let's face it, JB IS eye candy!
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34 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting Better 3 Mar 2008
I loved Series 1 but series 2 (so far) has blown s1 out the water! The fact I'm pre-ordering this even though the series aint finished tells you really what I think of it. There have been a couple of....dull episodes good but not brilliant and then there has been some fantastic ones. Some really good writing. I hope the extra's on this DVD boxset are better than on the previous one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Capn Jack
whats not to like John with no clothes on lol and some weird stuff thrown in enjoyed it al thanks
Published 13 days ago by Ms A Hewitt
3.0 out of 5 stars torchwood!!!!!!!!!
come on we know that all tv series are first good at first series but the second has let me down
Published 1 month ago by Bradley Rhys-Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Excellent, great price, in good condition, what more could I ask for? Very happy with the purchase, will use again
Published 2 months ago by Nikki
5.0 out of 5 stars torchwood
brilliant just like i remembered the old gang was just so funny and the writing and the timing was so good
Published 2 months ago by dmgough
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!
My daughter loves Torchwood - so I treated her to this boxset - she was delighted and couldn't wait to watch it
Published 3 months ago by graham kevin pullen
4.0 out of 5 stars Torchwood - Good
Good quality. It is exactly what was wanted and of the quality expected of this type of product.
I would recommend it to anyone.
Published 5 months ago by Mr John Robinson
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Hurtig levering og kanon god serie ikke sidste gang jeg handler hos jer godt godt godt godt godt ogdt godt
Published 9 months ago by jane
5.0 out of 5 stars great item
great item just watt I wanted help with my model making and add to my dvds I wanted for some time
Published 10 months ago by A West
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
I was always a fan of Doctor Who, and Torchwood it just as good, would recommend it to anyone who is interested in that kind of thing.
Published 13 months ago by EmmaLou
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
great way to see all the torchwood episodes as small and compact i love torch wood hope there is still more to come after the 4 series
Published 15 months ago by MR Daniel J M Grint
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