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Hinterland (Y Gwyll) [DVD]

Richard Harrington , Mali Harries , Gareth Bryn , Marc Evans    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Richard Harrington, Mali Harries, Hannah Daniel
  • Directors: Gareth Bryn, Marc Evans, Rhys Powys, Ed Thomas
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Welsh, English
  • Subtitles: 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: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow Films
  • DVD Release Date: 26 May 2014
  • Run Time: 383 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JC359HU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 595 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

From the coastal lowlands to the mountainous hinterland, Aberystwyth is the setting for this brand new 4 part drama series, as seen on S4C and the BBC. Into this remote corner of West Wales steps DCI Tom Mathias (Richard Harrington), a brilliant but troubled man, solving crimes in a town full of secrets as dark and destructive as his own.

Blood, soil and belonging - this is Hinterland.

This edition contains the hybrid version of Hinterland (English with small snippets of Welsh).

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From the windswept sand dunes of the coastline to the badlands of the hinterland, Aberystwyth is the setting for this brand new 4 part drama series, as seen on the BBC. Into this world steps DCI Tom Mathias (Richard Harrington). On the run from his London past, a brilliant but troubled man, he isolates himself on the outskirts of town a town filled with secrets as dark and destructive as his own. Partnered with the intelligent and complex Di Mared Rhys they form an engaging relationship as they embark on solving cases that involve the ultimate anti-social crime, murder.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
HINTERLAND, 2013. Series 1. This is a BBC Wales four-part crime drama television series set and largely filmed in the bleakly beautiful coastal town of Aberystwyth, Wales. Against backdrops of the city, mountainous terrain with remote close-knit villages, a seascape of windswept coastland, sand dunes. And the moors, which function as the badlands of the hinterland. The gritty noir police procedural that has been compared to BROADCHURCH and THE FALL stars Richard Harrington, (LARK RISE TO CANDLEFORD), as the intense and troubled DCI Tom Mathias, another flawed hero for our times.

What WALLANDER is to Sweden, and THE KILLING is to Denmark, HINTERLAND is to Wales: dark harrowing detective drama boasting compelling characters and suspenseful, multi-layered stories. Harrington’s DCI Tom Mathias is a brilliant, brooding loner, now on the run from his past after ten years with London’s Metropolitan Police. Mali Harries (FOYLE’S WAR) is smart, hard-working DI Mared Rhys, a local girl who knows her land and people. The boxed set contains four feature-length episodes on two DVDs, running about 398 minutes. Interestingly enough, it was originally filmed in both English and Welsh. Even the English-speaking—heavily-Welsh accented-- version includes some Welsh dialog. Coarse language, nudity and violence make it for mature audiences only, please. It’s in widescreen, series 2 is in production.

The episodes are:
Disc 1, Episode 1, Devils Bridge.
DCI Mathias arrives in Aberystwyth, begins to settle into his lonesome seaside caravan when he's called to a blood-spattered house. It seems clear that the 64-year-old woman who lived there was brutally attacked, lost so much blood she must have died, but her body is not there.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars West Wales. Not the tourist version 2 Jun 2014
This is an interesting piece of work. Hinterland displays an admirable confidence with both the screenplay and cinematography. The pace of the narrative is slow and deliberate and the dialogue is authentically Ceredigion, a mixture of English and colloquial Welsh. Through the murder investigations of troubled DCI Tom Mathias we are exposed to the imagined underbelly of Aberystwyth and its hinterland. The programmes effectively convey a convincing sense of isolation and rural desperation, where the depth and pathos of the characters are empathetically portrayed. Feelings are intensified and grudges fester among the indigenous bilingual inhabitants while incomers are regarded with curiosity and suspicion, not least Tom Mathias himself. You get the sense that this stoic man is living on the edge, his emotions occasionally seeping to the surface, damaged but needing to cling on to the grim reality and routine of his job.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional and Beautifully Haunting 1 July 2014
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Hinterland is an excellent series, made with care and quality. Beautiful cinematography- the landscape is almost a character in itself. I found the wild and remote countryside captivating, and as one reviewer pointed out, although the locale may not be that removed, as part of the stories, it is perfect. The writing and plots were haunting to me- they stayed with me, especially the first episode. The Welsh language is so beautiful, that I've ordered the series in the Welsh version as well.

The acting is excellent-Richard Harrington brings something special to the portrayal of a policeman who is troubled by the horrific crimes he sees, and wears his feelings on his sleave. The way he reaches over to a distraught suspect during an interrogation and touches his arm, or tackles a grieving and angry father, but then holds him a moment is something I've never quite seen in a crime show from a policeman. The viewer feels his character has an empathy based on his own life experiences, and I am looking forward to learning more about Mathias's past. Supporting actors are also very good, and we see glimpses of the private life of the female colleague, played by Mali Harries. I hope viewers will learn more about her character in series two. She deftly plays a policewoman who has been passed over for promotion(perhaps) but is very much a team player. The Welsh actors involved in supporting roles are so good, so " of the place" I found myself forgetting that I was watching actors at work .

I can't believe that some reviewers thought the plots were slow or the acting wooden. I was on the edge of my seat with all the stories- they are suspenseful and well written. Hinterland is a unique show that doesn't' look away from how ordinary people commit extraordinary crimes, and how an ordinary DCI is actually quite special in his empathy and pathos.
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant 19 April 2014
By Tizzy
One of the most compelling detective dramas I have seen in recent years! If you liked Broadchurch, Wallander or The Bridge, you'll love this. I am really hoping there will be a series 2!!!!!
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51 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly, Utterly Brilliant....! 25 April 2014
The most stunning series that I have ever seen, either on television or the big screen! Desperately dark but so sensitively human - you are drawn in right from the start and feel that you have known these characters all your life. And not just the perfect locational setting but delivered in a style of cinematography that does more than portray each scene - it exactly leads your imagination so that you are right there in the story...
Congratulations and gratitude to the team who put this together - it deserves every award going..!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved Wales, all those beautiful hills to go walking
as when we lived in Liverpool, and all the times I have returned home to visit. I use to always go to Wales. Read more
Published 3 days ago by frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Ofnadwy o ddiddorol.
Published 10 days ago by Michael_H
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 11 days ago by RJ ABURROW
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great series
Published 13 days ago by lindsay
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty Crime Series
Excellent crime series set in the moody countryside surrounding Aberystwyth. The characters, including the team of detectives, inhabitants and suspects are entirely believable. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Mr. J. E. Murray
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent series
Published 20 days ago by Sharpie
5.0 out of 5 stars Local murder mystery.
The DVD was a gift for my dad. He had watched it when on the tv but wanted to see it again as it was so good.
Published 24 days ago by Charlotte
3.0 out of 5 stars Stories not bad but no english subtitles for the hard of hearingfor...
An interesting idea using welsh as to provide a "scandinavian noir" feel. Stories not bad but no english subtitles for the hard of hearingfor the parts that are in English... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Mike Langston
4.0 out of 5 stars a bit grim
It was just one too many grim police series for me. Nordic noir was dark enough; this seemed even darker, and I'm a bit weary of this gloomy characters.
Published 28 days ago by valerie watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As we say in Wales "Ardderchog" which is fantastic
Published 29 days ago by convert
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