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  • Actors: Sven Wollter, Lars-Erik Berenett, Thomas Hanzon, Eva Rexed, Ulf Friberg
  • Directors: Erik Leijonborg, Rickard Petrelius
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: Swedish
  • 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: Arrow Films
  • DVD Release Date: 13 May 2013
  • Run Time: 265 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C2UFHHC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,601 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Triple bill of Swedish crime dramas based on the novels by Håkan Nesser following 60-something divorced detective Van Veeteren (Sven Wollter) and his team. In 'Borkmann's Point' (2005) Veeteren, alongside Police Chief Bausen (Lars-Erik Berenett), works to find the link between two brutal murders in order to identify and catch the killer before he strikes again. In 'Münsters Case' (2005) Veeteren's colleagues Münster (Thomas Hanzon) and Moreno (Eva Rexed) lead the investigation into the murder of a wealthy man. The man's ex-partner is arrested but Münster believes there is more to the case than meets the eye. In 'Moreno and Silence' (2006) Moreno looks into the ritualistic murder of a girl who had recently left a religious community. When another girl disappears Moreno must race against time to find the culprit before it is too late...

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By NoirAddict on 13 Oct. 2014
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For UK audiences, the interest in so called Nordic Noir has been largely generated on TV by BBC4 on Saturday night and by Arrow, who've created dvd/blu ray releases for home audiences. The original books have helped but it's the TV adaptations that have affected audiences the most. Sadly most of the imported shows shown on BBC4 are very recent shows from Scandinavia (and also mainland Europe) so other well regarded crime shows from the recent past are still yet to get an airing on British TV.

So what's this got to do with Van Veeteren? Well for one thing. This underrated gem of a show has real class. The music, acting, writing, direction are all top notch featuring title character retired Detective Chief Inspector Van Veeteren. The stories can be quite intense and often bloody with the dark undercurrent of obsession and (twisted) motivation so typical of the best Scandinavian dramas. My only objective observation is that as a viewer, some of these films are a 'slow burn.' Not flashy. Not using the latest camera or editing techniques for flash or effect. Just well told, well made drama. So well worth your time and money.
This set (and Vol 2) feature all the Van Veeteren films made to date.

Vol. 1 contains:

Borkmann's Point
In 'Borkmann's Point' (2005) Veeteren, who we see retiring from the force, is invited in by former colleagues to find links between two brutal murders to try and catch the killer before he strikes again.

Münsters Case
In 'Münsters Case' (2005) Veeteren's colleagues Münster (Thomas Hanzon) and Moreno (Eva Rexed) investigate the murder of a wealthy man.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By rorijs on 28 Oct. 2013
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I enjoyed all three episodes contained in this set and I look forward to the release of the next three. Van Veeteren is not so much a case of one detective trying to solve a crime, but more about his team and how they try and solve crime together. I think this is something that adds strength to the three episodes. Each episode focuses in on a different detective, though all of them feature in each episode to a larger or lesser degree.

As in the other Arrow Films release, 'Wallander', each episode is 90 minutes and the cinematography on southern Sweden is quite stunning. The acting is strong, particularly in the last episode's (the main detective character played by Eva Rexed in 'Moreno and the Silence'.

The music score by Stefan Nilsson is the usual powerful and minimalist aprroach, used to great effect in the 'Wallander' series and it is indeed again TV4 that produced this drama. The pace is not racing, but neither does it plod and there is a strong narrative in each of the three episodes.

I have to confess, that up until now, I have not read the novels that this series is based upon. Perhaps my view would be different after reading them although I still believe there is much to enjoy here.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kalense on 3 Oct. 2014
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Cards on the table: One: I'm a great fan of Krister Henriksson's Wallander. He is likeable and vulnerable, and if he is both grumpy and cynical, he is nevertheless charismatic, with a mind and methods of his own. Two: I haven't read the Van Veeteren books.

Van Veeteren, played by Sven Wollter, is a retired Detective Chief Inspector. Although he is supposed to be a kindly, grandfatherly and spritely old man, I find the character vaguely unpleasant and unappealing - shades of some rancid child molester. I think that much of my distaste stems from his slurred speech, which emanates from a mouth that is less repellent when closed. Part, though, comes from his inability to accept that he is, indeed, retired, and should leave police work to the police. I admit that this is an entirely personal perspective, but being myself retired, but yet a hippie, you have to let go, man, let go, roll with the flow, get with the vibe. The graveyards are full of indispensable people. Give someone else a go.

So; not specially likeable, then. He, like Wallander, is played as vulnerable, but since we hardly glimpse what he thinks or feels in his private life, we are left with a rather shallowly-drawn vulnerability, a kind of flaky veneer. Since he himself seems to have the empathy of a doorknob, it is difficult to engage with him. His reaction to any visitor is "have a beer", and to any emotional shock to stare meaningfully into the middle distance.

Since he is retired he has to be shoe-horned into each episode in one improbable way or another. This means that the series is really not "Van Veeteren", but "Moreno or Münster (and Van Veeteren)".

The stories involve particularly unpleasant crimes and deaths.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aldous MacIvor on 29 Mar. 2014
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Vol 1 and 2 are both excellent and I hope that there will be a vol. three. Good stories, well scripted, acted and directed. Not too black either.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By neil short on 5 Jun. 2014
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While some have commented on the differences between the filmed version of Van Veeteren and the books I think you can enjoy both and though slightly more eventful the tv adaptations are entertaining and in my opinion capture the spirit of the books if not the detail. I also think some of the poor reviews are somewhat exagerating when they claim every episode ends in a shoot-out this is certainly not the case in the three filmed episodes I have viewed so make up your own mind, if you already enjoy scandinavian drama I think you will enjoy this.
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