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  • Actors: Mirelle Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell, Michelle Forbes, Brent Saxton
  • Format: Box set
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sept. 2011
  • Run Time: 562 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HX1VNU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,070 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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From writer, executive producer and series showrunner, Veena Sud (Cold Case), The Killing is based on the wildly successful Danish television series Forbrydelsen and tells the story of the murder of a young girl in Seattle and the subsequent police investigation. The Killing ties together three distinct stories around a single murder including the detectives assigned to the case, the victim's grieving family, and the suspects. Set in Seattle, the story also explores local politics as it follows politicians connected to the case. As the series unfolds, it becomes clear that there are no accidents; everyone has a secret, and while the characters think they've moved on, their past isn't done with them.


The Danish television series, Forbrydelsen, earned ecstatic reviews as it gradually rolled out around the world. But, given that the show was in the Danish language, its audience was limited. It was almost inevitably that an American remake would be on the cards, and the 13-episode series, The Killing, is the result.

It’s best to treat The Killing as a different show to its Danish forbearer, although the content is similar. The central premise surrounds the murder of a young girl, and the police investigation that follows into the crime. It’s this single case that provides the main thrust of the series, but what The Killing does is approach it from a series of different angles. Thus, we see the case from the perspective of the police, the victim’s family, and the assorted suspects. It makes for a crime drama far deeper than usual, with a collection of compelling characters, all coloured in shades of grey.

The storytelling of The Killing is deliberately slow and measured, but then there’s a lot that needs to be taken in. And, particularly in the early stages of the series, it proves a worthy companion to Forbrydelsen.

That said, The Killing does stumble a little, on its way to an ending that could comfortably be described as divisive. There are no spoilers here, short of to say that the final episode is bound to invoke some kind of reaction. It’s best for you to work out whether that’s a good thing for yourself.

At its peak, The Killing is excellent television, however. It’s confident enough to measure its story out, and only occasionally relies on familiar story conventions to sustain interest. For the most part, it’s intense, character-driven and compelling drama. No wonder a second season was ordered so quickly. --Jon Foster

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By robert stirling TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 July 2015
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Well,I watched the American version first to try to get an unbiased view of the season,which is 'based on' the Danish series 'Forbrydelsen' that people like to feel is 'Godlike' and shouldn't be touched.

My view is that the Danish classic is top class and blisteringly twisted,with superb subplots that make an Agatha Christie novel look simplistic.

But 'The Killing' has much to offer,and has been well made with 2 central performances from Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman that ,for me,made this a must watch drama.
There are plenty of reviews here explaining the basic plot so I am not going there.
The main flaw with this American version is that the subplots pointing to the potential killer were less convincing,and sometimes even bland and irritating,but the heart of the investigation and the tension and intrigue were convincing in my view.

There are many viewers out there that can't,or won't,entertain a film or series that is in a foreign language with English subtitles---I don't decry them because its their choice.
My wife suffers from Glaucoma and has difficulty following subtitles for long continuous periods so this version was easier to follow than the Danish version.

Finally my congratulations to the makers of this 1st season---its a brave effort and while the Yanks thought they could 'kick ass' of the Danes,that didn't come off.And there was so much rain during the filming its a wonder the season got finished---Seattle must be awful!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mikey TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Dec. 2011
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3 stars or 4 stars? I really couldn't decide.
Having watched the Danish version and loved it, I thought I'd take a look at the American version. Although I prefer the original, I am aware that screening a 20 hour long series in Danish with English subtitles in the US is hardly going to be the juggernaut of the ratings. Full credit to the team for then attempting to convey the Danish brilliance into a format acceptable to an American audience and beyond.
The story is initally an exact replica of the original but then slowly finds its own path. There are decent performances from the cast and Seattle is probably as good a US city as any for the story to be based in. I particularly like Joel Kinnaman in the series. He has recently done quite alot of Swedish cinema and certainly plays the role of Holder pretty well, even if it is quite different to that of the Danish version of his character.
It can be hit and miss with remakes. I've yet to see how the upcoming Girl With The Dragon Tattoo will appear in it's newer version. Again the Scandinavian version seems to have set a rung on the ladder that could be very hard to beat. I did watch Queer as Folk years ago. As much as I liked the British original, I preferred the US remake.
The Killing is ideal for you if you want to enjoy a decent whodunnit which explores grief, but without having to sit through subtitles.
Make your own mind up, it's worth a go. But if you like this, then try the original as well. You'll be impressed.
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126 of 151 people found the following review helpful By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Aug. 2011
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I started watching this having managed to completely miss the original Danish version, The Killing [DVD] [2010] but aware of the encomia heaped upon it. After about three episodes I was having serious doubts about this US remake.

By episode eight I had pretty much given up. The reason? I'd managed to get hold of the Danish one on DVD, scampered through ten or so episodes and was forced to face facts.

Forbrydelsen, the Danish series known here as The Killing, IS TEN TIMES BETTER THAN THE AMERICAN REHASH!

In terms of overall presentation, music, photography, the original is better but more importantly regarding two important areas of the unfolding story: the police and the politicians. Neither Mireille Enos as Sarah Linden nor Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond are a patch on Sofie Grabol or Lars Mikkelsen. Kristin Lehman as Gwen, Richmond's girlfriend, pales into insignificance alongside Marie Askehave. Richmond is too po-faced, the campaign scenes too boring, nothing to compare with Troels Hartmann's fraught but thrilling challenge to the mayor. I think I read that Enos didn't watch the Danish series because she wanted to make her Sarah different from Grabol's Sara Lund. She succeeded, but the Seattle cop is a bore, her travails as a single mom uninteresting. She just looks sour most of the time. Grabol is brilliant at giving the detective a quiet intensity, a sharp mind constantly at work as she remains stubbornly, even obstinately, unruffled by the hand-wringing and criticism coming at her from all sides.

Lund's partner, Meyer (Soren Malling) is more believeable than Linden's grungey junior replacement, Holder (Joel Kinnaman).
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I've not seen the original Danish version of The Killing so I can't compare and contrast between that and this US version. On it's own merits though I thought this was a cracking first season, not perfect I reckon but pretty damn good nonetheless.

The initial plot throws together a fair few cliches in the early going - the mysterious murder of a young girl, the grieving family, the detective trying to close one last case, the odd couple relationship she has with her new partner, a councilman running for office etc. When they're all stirred together though, they become more than the sum of their parts. What follows is an intricately plotted murder mystery and more with numerous twists, turns and red herrings. Almost everybody's a suspect it seems and most characters have a tragic backstory or a big secret they're keeping so there's plenty of story to go around.

The acting is universally good from various familiar faces including a revelatory turn from Joel Kinnaman who I'd only noticed before in the recent Robocop remake. He's excellent in this. The constantly rain soaked streets of Seattle provide the setting which enhances the grim and gritty mood of the piece.

Like I said, it's not perfect - maybe they throw in one red herring too many and I wasn't entirely satisfied with the conclusion of this first season. I won't/can't say anymore about that in an effort to stay spoiler free. Overall though it's certainly worth investing your time in and I'm hooked enough to crack straight on with Season 2.
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