Confirming what we already suspected, the BBC America Shop blog (via TV Shows On DVD) reports that Americans can expect the current, final season of MI-5 (the long-running British spy series known as Spooks in the UK) on DVD "earlier next year." I'd imagine that's supposed to read "early next year," as we're used to MI-5 seasons coming out in January, and it's pretty hard to get much earlier than that. That means that for once, the US release will be nearly in sync with the UK one, which comes out at the end of November. Presumably this was the endgame in mind when BBC released two volumes of MI-5 in the U.S. this year (Volume 8 in January and Volume 9 in June), making it possible to catch up in time for the final season. Sweetening the deal, the blog reveals that there will be some special features on this final release, which is nice, since early seasons offered a wealth of bonus material but the last two have been bare-bones. The extras mentioned at this point include the "Top Ten MI-5 Moments chosen by the cast and crew and 'Harry’s Game,' devoted to MI-5’s most constant character [Harry Pearce, played by Peter Firth]." The show's series finale airs in Britain tomorrow night, and it was reported earlier this week that a fan-favorite character who departed the series many seasons ago would make a welcome (if fleeting) return. Cover art and price for the Region 1 DVD set are not yet available.
Read my review of MI-5: Volume 1