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Inspector Montalbano: Collection One (2 Disc) [DVD]

Luca Zingaretti    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Luca Zingaretti
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005THJFK0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,056 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Contains the episodes: The Snack Thief, The Voice of The Violin, The Shape of Water, The Mystery of The Terracota Dog. In Italian with English Subtitles SPECIAL FEATURES: Andrea Camilleri Biography, Introduction from Dr. Eric Haywood, Head of Italian Studies, University College, Dublin, Picture Gallery

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137 of 140 people found the following review helpful
By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER
BBC Four has done us all a service, promoting a string of colourful and varied crime series from Europe. Brooding dramas from Scandinavia (Wallander, The Killing), gritty ones from the ghettos of Paris (Spiral) and now, uniting many of their qualities under the seductive glow of the Sicilian sun, Inspector Montalbano. He is very much the star of his own show, brooding like Wallander or Lund but not to the extent he forgets how to finesse people, turning the case details over in his mind and suddenly laying it out for the police commissioner, so that whatever tricky plan devised by corrupt civilians or tenebrous mafiosi was intended, Montalbano has seen through it and refused to take the easy conclusion.

Montalbano is clearly a man of integrity but also a survivor in a land of great food and hot loving (both amongst his 'likes') as well as vendettas and sudden violence. He knows how to handle people, when to keep his cool, when to show his emotions, when to be philosophical, but for all his apparent autocracy at the local police HQ his life is repeatedly touched by unexpected realities - sorrows, hurts both mental and physical, as well as the on/off relationship with his girlfriend, Livia.

The actor playing I.M; whose name I haven't memorised, brings a boyish charm and excitability to the character, ably running the gamut of emotions. There is a welcome vein of humour in the daily activities of the inspector and his motley bunch of assistants, including a doofus cop at reception - a character portrait British writers would avoid for fear of offending the Offended League of Great Britain. With long episodes one is reminded of ITV's Morse, but instead of opera and trips to the pub we get seaside sunsets, sex and trips to the local bistro.
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120 of 124 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Latin Morse 25 Feb 2012
By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER
In our insatiable thirst for detective thrillers, foreign language productions have the benefit of introducing us to a different way of life in a setting which might well suggest the location of our next holiday.

In this case, the drama is set in the fictional Vigata, a quaint old stone-built town spreading over a hilly Sicilian coastline bathed in perpetual sunshine. Detective Montalbano occupies an elegant flat overlooking the Mediterranean where he can relax swimming at the end of each stressful episode.

We are introduced to a slow-paced (apart from the crimes, that is) way of life revolving round food - a man will put the enjoyment of a good meal before rushing to greet his lover - and the extended family, where relatives and workers gather on a sunny terrace to consume plentiful meals together.

Smartly turned out and astute, Montalbano somehow commands the respect of his staff despite the kind of volcanic outbursts which would have him sent on an anger management course in Britain. Like most detectives, he is on shaky terms with more senior officials, perhaps in part owing to his tendency to break the rules, but survives in his post, probably because he always seems to solve the crime in hand, usually through his ability to make deductions from very slim evidence.

The denouement is often unpredictable, partly because the very complicated plot tends to have a few twists which are hard to follow - and to be honest at times implausible. It's quite fast-moving, so with the sub-titles as an added constraint you have to concentrate.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why the piecemeal release schedule? 13 Mar 2012
One has to ask why the piecemeal release schedule for this series,when one bears in mind that the early films date from 1999-2000,and all 22 films in the series have been released in the USA.
For me,the great strength of the films,apart from some fiendishly complex plots,is the way they bring to life the Southern Italians' love of life,food,wine,and beautiful women(not neccessarily in that order) mixed with great touches of humour.
Amongst the cast,my favourite is Angelo Russo who gives a marvellous comic performance as Catarella,and is at times a real scene stealer.
Having watched the films more than once,one discovers afresh certain scenes,segments of dialogue,or plot development,which did not fully register first time around.
This may be due to the great speed with which certain conversations are conducted.
I have to say I love this series,if only for the happy memories it evokes of life in the South of Italy,but more so for it's great combination of complex,interesting stories,comedy,great characters,and excellent actors-hence five stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Euro Crime 14 Dec 2011
This magnificent series covers the first four feature-length episodes and were originally viewed by me in Australia when SBS TV began broadcasting them circa 2004 and have been on my "must watch" list ever since. If you love the French TV "Spiral" or the Swedish "Wallander", you should have no problems enjoying this series. In Australia, the DVDs releases from Aztec International are now up to the 5th box set and they are PAL format and Region free - excellent for playback in the U.K. or Europe without any playback issues.

The episodes are based on the stories by Andrea Camilleri and are relatively faithful to the books according to my now ex-partner, from Venice, who read the original novels in Italian. Beautifully filmed throughout Sicily and making great use of outdoor location shots, the local architecture, history and culture, as well as the brilliant Mediterranean light and of course the sea.

Luca Zingaretti as the title character "Il commissario Montalbano" is a Sicilian detective. He's a brooding, well-dressed, extremely sharp detective and quite attractive to the ladies he encounters.

This is definitely one of the best Euro-crime series around, and definitely the best from Italy IMHO, although I did enjoy the brief and ill-fated BBC co-production "Zen" which was based on the books by the late Michael Didbin.
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