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Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti 5 & 6 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005IAAIDQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,591 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. J. Walker on 1 Jan. 2012
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Great series set in Venice. Well acted and some really good plot lines which I throughly enjoyed. Pity that it wasn't dubbed but the sub titles are easy to follow. All in all a good series and well worth getting.
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By Glenn on 20 Jan. 2014
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I have watched these programmes on German TV, understanding some of it. Seeing the programmes with English subtitles makes me aware that I had been missing so much interesting dialogue and made the programmes so much more enjoyable.
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By Isabel Oliveira on 11 Jan. 2015
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By ian james on 19 July 2015
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding 17 Nov. 2011
By Kai Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
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I am enraptured with Venice -- what a magical place! I am also a great fan of Donna Leon's Guido Brunetti mysteries, in which fine writing, fascinating characters, timely issues, and complex plots mix with the wonder of Venice (and there's always a delicious nod towards succulent Venetian cuisine). What an irresistable combination! Over the years, I have become very fond of Commissario Brunetti and his family (and his colleagues at the Questura -- the police headquarters). Thanks to Leon's skill as a writer, they have come alive for me and I feel sure I could recognize most of them striding across the Rialto Bridge. When I saw that these novels had been turned into television dramas, well, of course I was enthusiastic about watching them, and very curious about how well they would translate to the screen. Overall, this series is a resounding success; however, there are a couple of important surprises to note: 1) While I did not expect them to be in English, I was certainly taken aback that they are in German! After the initial shock, the actors took over and soon I wasn't noticing the language difference. (The subtitles are well done and not intrusive.) The acting is excellent, and the dramas are faithful renderings of the spirit of Donna Leon's novels. Venice itself is as much a star in these episodes as any other character and the panoramic shots of the city are wonderful. The viewer gets a real sense of the place. 2) The second surprise is that, after four installments of the series, the main characters of Guido and his wife Paola have been replaced by two new actors. That was disconcerting, to say the least, especially as all the other actors remained the same, and the sets of the family's home and work remained unchanged. Weird. With regard to Guido, the second actor seems more like the character who exists in my mind's eye than the first, so I came quickly to terms with that change; as to his "new" wife, not so much. I didn't think she captured the essence of Paola's complex character as well -- but that's a small point and a subjective one in an otherwise excellent series. If you are a fan of Donna Leon's, I don't think you'll be disappointed in this series.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Well Worth a Look! 27 Jan. 2012
By Writetrak - Published on Amazon.com
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In this two disk set you get the Donna Leon format with a German production and a slight twist from here out. In episode 1-4 Joachim Krol and Barbara Auer played Brunetti and his wife while in 5&6 and the rest you have Uwe Kockirsch and Julia Jager taking over the roles. Other than that, and a few minor adjustments of getting used to the change in actors, the storylines are solid, the Venice settings great, and the productions still very good.
The change in actors initially threw me and might throw you too, but then think of it as the James Bond movies and which ever Bond it is along with the various Q's and M's, it still works and works well. I had to do a double take on the new Brunetti as Uwe Kockirsch bears an uncanny resemblance to French actor, Armand Assante. That aside as well, Kockirsch holds his own and brings Commissario Brunetti to convincing depth.
As for the continued series, well,for all of the scenic beauty of Venice Donna Leon shows us a seedy, darker side with Brunetti and crew doing their best to scrub it back to its glow through her pen.
Good stuff here and a nice break away from the car chases and shoot 'em ups that seem to occupy most other police detective stories.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
As good as the previous episodes... 16 Nov. 2011
By F. Fairfield - Published on Amazon.com
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The actor playing Brunetti is now Uwe Kockisch, instead of "what's his name?"; I think his wife has changed too. Anyhow, here is the content:

Episode 5: DEATH AT LA FENICE. After a famous conductor dies from cyanide poisoning during the intermission of his concert, Brunetti probes into the maestro's past, and uncovers a shocking picture of immorality and ruthlessness - as well as a legion of bitter enemies... some of whom have held a grudge for many decades. Based on Donna Leon's first Comissario Brunetti novel...

Episode 6: FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES. Brunetti's housing nightmare begins when a clerk from the land registry office tells him that his apartment lacks necessary paperwork. When the same clerk dies "accidentally," Brunetti begins to investigate, and learns how the real estate market in Venice really functions.

And, of course, you get to see the streets and buildings of Venice.

P.S.- Look also at Episodes 7 and 8.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Thank you! 26 July 2012
By Allan Mahnke - Published on Amazon.com
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Many thanks to German television for developing this series based on the Donna Leon novels. They are especially high-class. Thanks also, and perhaps especially to MHZ network in the US for making this series (and others, Montalbano etc) accessible to English speaking viewers.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Poor color quality 23 Jan. 2014
By CL - Published on Amazon.com
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I have ordered 8 of these DVD's. all of them shift from normal color to a green/purple hue while running. No problem with other dvd's, so its not the player. These are expensive as dvds go, would have expected better quality. The stories, acting, scenes of venice are all wonderful but the color really reduces enjoyment.
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