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The Killing - Series 1 and 2 [DVD]

Sofie Gråbøl , Lars Mikkelsen , Birger Larsen , Kristoffer Nyholm    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sofie Gråbøl, Lars Mikkelsen, Bjarne Henriksen, Nicolas Bro, Charlotte Guldberg
  • Directors: Birger Larsen, Kristoffer Nyholm
  • Format: PAL, Box set
  • Language: Danish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Dec 2011
  • Run Time: 1650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DDSO5M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,272 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Featuring every episode of the BAFTA award-winning programme.

Series 1:
Sarah Lund is looking forward to leaving the Copenhagen Police Department to move to Sweden with her fiancée until everything changes when a 19-year-old girl is found raped and brutally murdered. Along with Detective Jan Meyer they stay ahead of the investigation as it becomes clear they are following an intelligent and dangerous murderer.

Series 2:
In the gripping return of the BAFTA award-winning series, Sarah Lund returns to Copenhagen to investigate a savage murder when an ex-soldier who served in Afghanistan is savagely killed. Parallel to Lund, both the Minister of Justice and an escaped convict are also desperately searching for the murderer. They are the protagonists of a twisting tale of top-level cover-ups, betrayals and lies set in a time of fear.

Subtitles do not appear by default on discs 4 and 5

Customers should note that subtitles do not appear by default on discs 4 and 5 (when Region 0 is stated on the case). The customer needs to select subtitles when playing these discs.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting 30 Hours 18 Dec 2011
By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER
These thirty hours of riveting film cover two exciting, pacy thrillers, with each episode ending on a cliffhanger which lures you straight on the next one.

It is easy to grasp the appeal of detective Sarah Lund, obsessively focused on solving the puzzle of brutal murders at the cost of her personal life, and wonderfully liberated in true Scandinavian style from any concerns about her appearance, or need to use any feminine wiles to achieve her ends. In typical small touches of humour, she knocks cartons of coffee over her colleague's desk, or misinterprets her mother's horror as she thoughtlessly waves around graphic photos of murder victims during one of the phone calls that always seem too urgent to be left to a more suitable time.

What sets the series apart is the gradual revelation of the main characters' personalities, and the development of their relationships. The best example of this for me was grieving of the couple who lose their teenage daughter in Series 1, as they move very convincingly through the various stages of stunned disbelief, anger and desire for revenge, sometimes blaming each other to the point of estrangement.

In both series, the murders soon develop a political angle. The political shenanigans are hugely entertaining in their own right. If Danish politics can be portrayed as so corrupt and devious, what hope for the rest of us?

My main reservations, which do not seem widely shared, are that Series 2, with "only" ten episodes is too condensed, which can make it hard to keep track of all the plot twists and leaves too little time for the in depth emotional development we see in Series 1. Perhaps the producers needed to take more account of the needs of viewers trying to read subtitles alongside observing every fine detail.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb. In a class of its own. 10 Aug 2012
By Hans
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The danish crime thriller "The killing" is "insanely brillant" wrote The Times. The Guardian also gave it 10/10. Believe me, it really, really is that good. The whole series (1 & 2) runs for nearly 28 hours, and I guarantee you, not a minute too long. The story is very clever and well written, the acting so good, that you almost can't switch the TV off at night to go to bed. No wonder it won the "British Academy Television Award" for its acting and story line. My highest recommendation.
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79 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the 0 star review!! 13 Sep 2011
By Coop
I hated 'The Wire', and only lasted one episode; lots of swearing and violence are not big or clever or for me. I loved 'The Killing' (series 1), and unlike 0 star guy, actually watched the whole series (Nb. to 0 star guy, the father is not PC, but has a violent criminal past, and it was your misinterpretation of this aspect of his character that made me suspect you had not watched the whole thing; if however you did, and this was still your assessment of him, well, I would seriously begin to question your ability to judge character. No-one in this series fits into all good or all bad, clever or stupid moulds. As in life, everyone is in some way flawed).

Do not be put off by the subtitles (you may even learn something- I now have several Danish phrases under my linguistic belt). The story twists and turns more than a twisty turny thing and the final 2 episodes blew me away, as I never saw it coming.

In a nutshell, Sarah Lund is on her last day with the Copenhagen police before emigrating with her boyfriend and son. Her replacement is her polar opposite, but at first this is not a problem, as they are not going to be spending much time together. However, what seems to be nothing (the discovery of clothing and a video rental card) turns into an involving and disturbing case, with Lund persuaded to stay on until it is solved. Meanwhile, a local politician is dragged into the investigation during a crucial phase of his election campaign, and political intrigue abounds. This is played out against the quiet devastation wreaked on the lives of her parents, who are trying to hold things together for the sake of their sons.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Killing - Series 2 19 Dec 2011
By RsC
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I didn't see the first series of 'The Killing' but was glued to every complicated twist in the beautifully constructed and appropriately lengthy second series, I don't know what it is with the Scandies but they sure know how to tell a detective tale, I watched all the sub-titled series of Wallander and thought this may be equally as good but was blown away by the intrigue, intensity and complication of a double set of police and governmental strategies to get to the truth of who or even what was behind the series of killings in this second series, believe me you don't want to miss this DVD.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The Killing is, quite simply, one of the best crime-thriller series to have ever been filmed. It sets the standard for intelligent and involving television; perfectly paced and beautifully presented. The original Danish programmes capture the stark subtlety of Scandinavian noir and deliver it to the viewer in hour-long episodes.
The first season runs to 20 episodes and follows an investigation into the sudden death of a young woman; churning through the intricacies of the lives of all those around her. No one in The Killing appears to be innocent; everyone is hiding something...

Unlike many sequels, the second series surpasses the first in many regards. It's faster paced and less frustrating; just as gripping and complex; beautifully acted, cleverly plotted, atmospheric, violent, tense and at times heartbreakingly poignant. The ten episodes grab you by the throat, beguile you, baffle you and keep you coming back for more. Don't watch more than a couple at a time: you'll be jittering all night.
If you did not watch the first season of The Killing (actually, the literal translation of the original Danish title is `The Crime'; rather more subtle), then you *can* watch the second series as a stand-alone, but you'll struggle somewhat to understand the central character, Sarah Lund. Her methods of investigation, her insight, her fixation and determination are pivotal to both seasons, as is her relationship with the two male detectives who partner her each time; Jan Meyer in the original series and Ulrik Strange in the second. Lund's family life is chaotic and her interactions with her boss, the wonderful Brix (who can deliver more with a raised eyebrow than most actors can with an entire soliloquy), are complex.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally a crime story that's got a bit more
The mixing of politics and intrigues into the crime definetly add vallue to the genre. The athmosphere, the actors and the underlaying music is excellent. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Karl Grevstad
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing!
Sofie Grabol is superb & the supporting cast is excellent. Nordic Noir is certainly showing both British & U.S. programme companies how to make quality TV. 10/10.
Published 4 months ago by C.P. Watson
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible customer services
The DVD's for "the Killing - series 1 and 2" were ordered a few months before I started to watch them (a gift) but when I started to play them most of the discs were... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ian Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Crime TV-series right now
The Killing (Forbrydelsen) is the original Danish crime series which AMC have made a remake of. The original is intense, intelligent and well acted. A must see!
Published 9 months ago by M. Lundberg
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant Scandi thriller
The central character is intriguing and beautifully acted and the story keeps you guessing throughout. I can't wait for Series 3
Published 10 months ago by Pippa T
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
The best! Totally addictive viewing. Arrived swiftly and apparently will become a collectors item! Must have for all Scandinavians out there!
Published 10 months ago by Heidi Kjeldsen
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Series
First disk very "clicky" but persevered. Episode 10 had no sound at all however as the language is incomprehensible to me it wasn't a big problem.
Published 10 months ago by Valerie P
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Gripping, edge of the seat political/murder mysteries. Apparently the actors do not know who the killer is until the final episode so no wonder they act so well and look as... Read more
Published 12 months ago by book lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing and atmospheric
I've only seen Series 1 so far - but suffice to say the Killing lived up to the hype. Star of the show was the actor who played Nana's father - whose physical presence, glances and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Seoulprovider
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant
My wife and I have been glued to series one. Taking a short break to build anticipation for series two. Read more
Published 13 months ago by D. Deasy
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