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Wallander - Collected Films 1-7 [DVD]


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  • Actors: Krister Henriksson, Fredrik Gunnarsson, Mats Bergman, Stina Ekblad, Marianne Mörck
  • Directors: Kjell-Åke Andersson, Jørn Faurschou, Stephan Apelgren, Jonas Grimås, Peter Flinth
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 9 May 2011
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KKPQN2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,651 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on the books by best-selling author Henning Mankell, detective Kurt Wallander (Krister Henriksson), is an intense and headstrong misanthrope, who is prone to eating poorly, sleeping irregularly and drinking too much. With unorthodox methods of working and his blunt approach, Wallander relies on instinct and experience and doesn't shy away from using illegal means to solve crimes.

Broadcast to critical acclaim on BBC4 and available for the first time on DVD, these seven, self-contained, 90 minute films are Scandinavian crime thrillers at their best--realistic, gripping and illuminating the dark corners of modern society.

Episodes:
  • Before the Frost
  • The Village Idiot
  • The Brothers
  • The Overdose
  • The African
  • The Mastermind
  • The Tricksters

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330 of 335 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Feb 2011
Format: DVD
When Henning Mankel first started writing the Wallander series of novels there was no indication of the eventual success that would be seen in the UK for the differing TV versions being shown.
Of course the BBC's own version starring Kenneth Brannagh is best known and it does indeed have a lot to recommend it. It has the sense to keep things in Sweden and Brannagh himself lends a suitably melancholic air to the hapless Kurt.
The original Kurt was played in great fashion by Rolf Lassgard as a lovable, hopeless oaf who shambled about with little regard for those about him, a quick temper and a sharp eye for detail.
The version of Wallander in this box set is, for me anyway, far and away the best. Krister Henriksson plays Kurt, not as a man completely lost, but rather as a man whose life has ground him down gradually over the years until the accumulation of his daughters teenage suicide attempt, his wifes desertion, his difficult father and guilt over a killing early into his career have finally left him exhausted and bewildered.
Alongside him is his daughter Linda, her boyfriend and the various characters who appear every series.
This is not a series for those looking for an easy and light hearted police procedural. Whereas the BBC's effort see's washed out primary blue's and yellow's splashed about the screen this see's a palette of brown & grey that rises from the flat, endless farmland towards glowering skies, clouded and heavy with rain.
Ystad is a grim town almost always buried by winter and fighting a losing battle with a darkness that prevails both physically and mentally.
The crimes are horrid, grisly and are always the result of tawdry and sad events that could have been avoided.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By john m bryden on 30 Nov 2012
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Wallander is consummately Swedish, which is why the attempt to give the role to a non-swedish actor in some recent editions failed so completely. He is morose, hopeless with relationships, but honest to a 'T', and with a huge heart and soul more or less in the right place. The plots are also usually excellent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tiredoldgit on 13 May 2014
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I found this and all the later box sets of Krister H Wallander watchable and enjoyable. I have read the books and I have found this series to be more consistently enjoyable than some of the books. Others have said Krister is not the Wallander of the books, but then the Wallander of the books would probably be hard to endure for all these episodes. Although I am aware of them I have not seen either of the other versions of Wallander and I am not particularly tempted to.

Having watched all the 26 episodes available (all boxsets) I can recall one episode that I thought was noticeably below par, an outlier, and that is where they tried to write something around Michael Nyqvist, who is great in the Millenium Trilogy but sucks in that episode (it wont surprise me if that is the favourite episode of many people), also another where Wallander suddenly goes Navy Seal. Those episodes were still better than a lot of other tv.

The supporting characters are also very strong. There are a couple of characters who are pretty consistent with the book and they are well cast. Some of the trainee, passing through, characters are also great with good character development (obviously some of the things people get away with and still stay as police stretch credibility, but with this number of episodes that was inevitable).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B. Ellis on 7 Sep 2011
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Well what can I say. Wallender is the most gripping thing on tv next to The Killing. I love the cosy character of Wallender, played with a lot of depth. His character is "normal" and like us, flawed. He is the sort of person you look up to, honest, determined, clever and a decent bloke. The writing is excellent, pacing just right as is the film direction. I was surprised as I am a latecomer to Wallender and wanted to catch up with all the early stuff. I was amazed he had a daughter in the first one and I never did work out what happened to his wife or maybe I wasn't listening well enough. I think I prefer the later stuff as the actor had clearly developed the character and worked out Wallender as a complete person. I also love the later frisson between him and his prosecutor boss in the later series which is cleverly ongoing but never quite getting there. Long may it continue that way. I found his sexual connection to the woman in the first 1 - 7 series a bit offputting. I suppose because in the episodes I have watched nothing has ever happened. He is the sort of character you fantasise about inviting back for a drink and a chat. You know there is a lot there. I am devastated to hear the actor wont do another series but all good things come to an end. Dont miss it.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By K. Munns on 8 Oct 2011
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I just am so impressed with ALL the wonderful Scandanavian thrillers that are recently being shown on our UK television.

They are so intelligent in content, letting us,the viewers really "think" about all aspects of the stories,not merely the "whodunnit" but as to the personal lives and emotions of all involved.

Even more impressive is the fact that all lead roles are not typical "hunks" in the male actors or absolute "beauties" in the female ones.

All are utterly believable and are "real" inasmuch as they are just as you might find in any community......natural and undoctored.

The Swedes,Danes etc are renowned for their blonde,fair beauty,especially in youth but these great performances show that age can still hold it all in an entirely different,mature way with something rather deeper simply borne of age......just as in any country in fact.

Perceived beauty in ANY country eventually fades but great drama never will...and in any case,true beauty is subjective and how many now recognise the "older woman" as being someone rather special?....(Helen Mirren; Judi Dench et al?)

Well----Wallander certainly isn't seeking some naive young thing,lol!

This very fact,the believability in the hope of a lonely man seeking mature love,striving for deeper understanding with his heart's desire, a thinking woman with a wistfulness about her, whilst at the same time solving the most awful of crimes means that the entire series of Wallander is something very special.

No great wonder that the Danish thrillers are taking the UK by storm......Wallander is merely one such grest and I'm collecting all that I can of them just now!
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