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The first series of the Scandinavian crime drama following the joint efforts of Danish and Swedish police officers to solve a series of murders that take place along the border of the two countries. When a woman's body is found on a bridge connecting Sweden and Denmark, inevitable questions are raised regarding which of the two nations has jurisdiction over the crime and should lead the subsequent investigation. A compromise is reached involving law officers from both Malmo and Copenhagen, the affected cities. Saga Norén (Sofia Helin) and Martin Rohde (Kim Bodnia) will have to put their differences aside and work together if they are to put an end to the designs of a brutal and calculating killer.

Starring:
Said Legue, Rafael Pettersson
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

The Bridge - Season 1

Product Details

Discs
  • Bridge, The - Series 1 - Complete - Disc 1 ages_15_and_over
  • Bridge, The - Series 1 - Complete - Disc 2 ages_15_and_over
  • Bridge, The - Series 1 - Complete - Disc 3 ages_15_and_over
Runtime 10 hours 0 minutes
Starring Said Legue, Rafael Pettersson, Emil Birk Hartmann, Anette Lindback, Christian Hillborg, Sofia Helin, Magnus Krepper, Dag Malmberg, Puk Scharbau, Kristian Lima De Faria, Maria Sundbom, Kristina Branden, Kim Bodnia, Sarah Boberg
Director Bjorn Stein
Genres Drama
Studio ARROW FILMS
Rental release 21 May 2012
Main languages Danish
Subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 10 hours 0 minutes
Starring Said Legue, Rafael Pettersson, Emil Birk Hartmann, Anette Lindback, Christian Hillborg, Sofia Helin, Magnus Krepper, Dag Malmberg, Puk Scharbau, Kristian Lima De Faria, Maria Sundbom, Kristina Branden, Kim Bodnia, Sarah Boberg
Director Bjorn Stein
Genres Drama
Studio ARROW FILMS
Rental release 21 May 2012
Main languages Danish
Subtitles English

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

151 of 160 people found the following review helpful By J.Wild on 8 May 2012
Format: DVD
The Bridge for me surpasses all those dramas which have come before from our Danish/Swedish cousins. I thought The Killing was excellent, I felt Varg Veum was superb but The Bridge takes the veiwer to another level in appreciation for both the production and delivery of a top notch crime drama.
If we could produce drama half as good as this I'd never quibble about my licence fee ever again.
The characters are presented as human and flawed and you become invested in what happens to them, even the unpleasant ones.
Unlike many of our own dramas I found myself experiancing a whole range of emotions as I followed the case to its total 'none Hollywood' conclusion.
Cant wait for series two...........
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102 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. A. Maurice on 27 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD
Initially one will think that the early episodes contain a great deal of plot padding with side stories,and their characters,appearing to have no bearing on the central storyline.
However,the disparate threads are slowly drawn together to contribute to the solving of the crime,and the unmasking of the perpetrator in this ultimately tense thriller.
Also,intially one may find the character of Saga Noren(Sofia Helin)somewhat annoying,but gradually one begins to warm to her,and empathise with her personality.
For me Sofia Helin's performance is superb,and at times brings a 'touching' quality to the character of Saga Noren.
One must also compliment Kim Bodnia for his performance as a sometimes exasperated colleague(Martin Rodhe) of Saga.
Comparisons will no doubt be made to the 'Forbrydelsen' series,but for me where 'Broen' scores is in the touches of humour brought by the actions of Saga Noren that were lacking in those of Sarah Lund.
'Broen' is thoroughly recommended.
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93 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Mikey TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD
Appealing to nearly 2 million weekly viewers, The Bridge (Swedish - Bron) (Danish - Broen) aired in the autumn of 2011 every Wednesday night at 8pm in Denmark and 9pm in Sweden. Danish network DR screened episodes a week after their Swedish SVT counterparts before the Danes caught up by screening a double episode to conclude on the same night as SVT.
The Bridge is probably best described as a mixture of three recent popular Scandinavian acquisitions on UK television, Wallander, The Killing and Those Who Kill. Considering that all three of these series along with Danish political drama Borgen are all set within an hours journey of each other in the Öresund/Øresund (S/D) region, The Bridge should have something to appeal to fans of all Nordic series.
Unlike the other Danish shows, you won't find many actors from the other programmes here with the exception of the lead male Danish policeman played by Kim Bodnia (guest appearances in The Killing 1 and Those Who Kill) and a very brief appearance by Nicolaj Kopernikus (Vagn - The Killing 1) as the father of a hospital patient, Morten Suurballe (Lennart Brix - The Killing) who appears in a couple of episodes and Troels Munck (Buchard, Brix's predecessor - The Killing) briefly as a doctor.
The discovery of a body at the exact halfway point of the Oresund Bridge leads to the arrival of the Copenhagen and Malmö police forces who decide to work together to unravel the mystery. The finding on the bridge is actually the top half of a prominent Swedish politician and the bottom half of a Danish prostitute. This discovery is only the start for a chain of events which test the resolve of Martin (Bodnia) and Saga (Sofia Helin).
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful By S. R. Cantle on 3 Jun. 2012
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Hats off to the writers of this brilliantly constructed thriller series. On the credits there were a whole team of them, and that's got to be the way to craft such a complex original plot into such a must-watch television series. So often our own domestic tv crime drama is the work of a single person who can't possibly compete with a team creatively.

But to me it matters not a jot as clearly the BBC Acquistions team have shown they can spot brilliance in the output of other countries' television production companies. After 'Mad Men' 'The Killing' etc now we have 'The Bridge'. Over 10 episodes its a visual treat, with locations changing continously, with the combined Danish/Swedish police forces always several steps behind the fast-moving story. Character-development is a key ingredient and in this there are so many well-drawn characters to root for - just as in 'Mad Men'. I especially liked the Danish actor playing Martin, and also his mercurial wife, Messe, I think she was called. But there's many more to enjoy as the entwined plot unravels.

A DvD treat not to be missed
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Sylvia K Saunders on 16 Dec. 2012
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Found The Bridge to be up to the usual great Scandinavian Crime standard. The characters grow on you as the series moves along. Malmo is used nicely as a gritty backdrop, the two main characters work of each other really well. For all lovers of the Killing and Spiral it will certainly be one to enjoy.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By PiggyB on 13 July 2012
Format: DVD
My other half bought this series on Itunes and I have to say I knew nothing about it. Being someone who hasnt yet watched The Killing I wasnt sure what to expect. I have to say it totally blew me away. We watched the whole 10 episodes in the space of 2 days, it was gripping, funny, emotional, wow it was just brilliant. Recommend to anyone.
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