Picks and Pans Review: DVD View

updated 02/14/2005 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/14/2005 01:00AM

MACGYVER: THE COMLETE FIRST SEASON ($38.99)
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Wisecracking special agent Angus MacGyver (Richard Dean Anderson) still impresses with his knack for using 99 Cents Store items to create bomb detonators and prevent acid spills. Despite some antiquated Cold War plotlines, the 22 episodes of this mid-'80s series remain timelessly enjoyable.

Extras? The one case where Mac fails to get the job done: There are no bonus materials.

MI-5: VOLUME 2 ($79.98)
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The BBC series that brought the intelligence back into spy dramas deserves smart packaging. Thankfully, this set carries over the clever surveillance-camera menu screen of the first season's compilation while adding two-plus hours of bonus scenes and commentary both wry and dry. Sure, the stairs to Thames House belong to London's Freemasons' Hall, but who knew Matthew MacFayden (lead spook Tom Quinn) was allergic to cats? Cover blown!

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