- Actors: Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Anthony Head, Richard Wilson, Angel Coulby
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 3
- Classification: PG
- Studio: 2entertain
- DVD Release Date: 23 Nov. 2009
- Run Time: 260 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B002KSA4AQ
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,126 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Merlin - Series 2 Volume 1 [DVD]
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“Merlin is the BBC's real teatime treasure.”--the guardian
Merlin is back with even more magic, adventure and romance as the young wizard struggles to protect Prince Arthur in the perilous world of Camelot.
While battling deadly assassins, mystical monsters and the most powerful sorcerers Camelot has ever seen, Merlin must work harder than ever to conceal his unique abilities, as King Uther redoubles his war against magic.
And Merlin isn't the only one whose destiny calls in this exciting first part of Merlin, Series Two. The beautiful Lady Morgana, Uther's ward, discovers dangerous secrets she dare not reveal; Lancelot returns, changing everything for both Gwen and Arthur; and King Uther falls in love, little knowing that the charming Lady Catrina (Sarah Parish) is secretly a hideous troll. And as Arthur continues on his path from arrogant prince to the noble and just King Arthur of legend, we see the return of the one prophesised to kill him - the mysterious druid boy, Mordred.
Featuring exciting new villains, white-knuckle stunt sequences, and spectacular CGI monsters, the second series of Merlin is more thrilling than ever.
Starring: Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Anthony Head, Richard Wilson, Katie McGrath and Angel Coulby with John Hurt as the voice of The Great Dragon.
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- an attractive and talented group of young actors playing the 4 main roles - Merlin, Arthur, Morgana and Gwen.
- great support from the older members of the cast such as Richard Wilson, Anthony Head and John Hurt
- beautiful music, locations, and costumes
- great stories that combine humour, action, adventure and magic without anything that would stop younger viewers from watching
- a wonderfully written and played central relationship between Merlin and Arthur that is the heart of the show.
But the second series also has:
- better special effects (which were decidely ropey in places in series 1)
- more varied storylines (S1 had a lot of Merlin and Arthur saving each others lives)
- a step up in the quality of the acting. In particular Bradley James (who plays Arthur) and Colin Morgan (Merlin) have matured into their roles. They have both delivered outstanding performances this series.
- some fantastic guest stars (watch out for Sarah Parish as a troll and Charles Dance as a very creepy witchfinder)
- better writing (cannot agree with the other reviewer who thinks this has deteriorated)
- some scenes - all the more moving because they are used sparingly - that deliver a real emotional punch.
My whole family - including my 2 early teens kids - love this show. My children have never been as emotionally invested in any drama as they are in this, and they are not alone. Most of their school friends seem to watch it too. What this show does, that so few actually manage, is to deliver something that kids love, but with another level to it for adults to appreciate.
Merlin has deservedly been a huge international success and has sold to almost every territory in the world (twice as many as Dr Who). It was also the first british drama to air on a major network (NBC) in the US for over 30 years. Well done to all involved. I recommend it heartily.
The four young actors playing the leads are growing along with their characters, and it's wonderful to get a chance to see some new young actors while they are still just being discovered on the path to what will no doubt, for some of them, be stellar careers. Colin Morgan (Merlin) in particular is an incredible find, and the on-screen chemistry with Bradley James (Arthur) has been enough to garner the love and loyalty of fans across three continents, without taking into account the two female leads (Katie McGrath and Angel Coulby) and the suberb stage and screen veterans Anthony Head and Richard Wilson. The cinematography is rich and sumptuous and lends a wonderfully authentic feel to a world that is at best a creation of myth and fantasy, with plot, nuance and humour to be enjoyed on a number of levels by young and old alike. In this half of season 2, there is also a particularly spectacular spot of acting from guest star Sarah Parish, another actress who also clearly deserves more recognition.
So if you haven't seen it yet - you're missing a treat, so put aside your scepticism, open your heart and prepare to be warmed and entertained by the little British gem that is Merlin.
As a note to the cost - it's easy to get spoilt with the price of huge US 24 episode sitcoms that get released season by season often for the same price as half a season of British television, but when you consider that the continuance of a show rides on its viewing statistics and sales, it's a small price to pay to keep the first British family show in years to go overseas on our screens, and encourage the production company to keep going. If the bullet is still too hard to swallow - wait for the whole season to be released some time next Spring.