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Wallander - Original Films 1-6 [DVD]

Rolf Lassgård , Marie Richardson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rolf Lassgård, Marie Richardson, Lars Melin, Kerstin Andersson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Jun 2012
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0073W34JM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,409 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Based on the books by best-selling author Henning Mankell, detective Kurt Wallander is an intense and headstrong maverick who is prone to eating poorly, sleeping irregularly and drinking too much. In some of the very first Wallander episodes ever to be produced, this collection joins Rolf Lassgård as Inspector Wallander as he sets out to solve 4 mysterious cases (across 6 episodes) starting with a violent and deadly showdown in Pyramid. This collection includes 4 Wallander cases: Pyramid Firewall Part 1&2 One Step Behind The Man Who Smiled Part 1&2

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92 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Beginning 24 May 2012
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Rolf Lassgard was the first to play Henning Mankell's now famous Swedish detective.
The problem for these programmes is that they may have been first but they come limping in quite some time after the release dates for Kenneth Brannagh & Krister Henriksson's versions.
Do we really need a third version released?
Well I have to admit I am really pleased to see this boxed set appear. I know there may be some chronology issues with the episodes but it's the interpretation that really matters here & I have to say Lassgard really did make his own mark on Wallander.
In complete contrast to Brannagh's intense, almost constantly tearful & Henriksson's emotionally stunted performances it's great to have Lassgard bumbling around as a, seemingly, bit of a dozy oaf who upsets people with his brash words and yet remains constantly likeable.
Far more savvy than anyone gives him credit for he seem's to sniff out the facts bloodhound like while ambling hopelessly around his personal relationships. A failed partnership with a work colleague becomes fraught with misery for them both as he fumbles the break up.
The cases are as interesting & grim as ever & the support acting of a high standard.
Not quite as relentlessly grim as the later versions and with a little humour thrown in. Lassgard really did lend something almost childlike & very likeable to Wallander while right from the off production values were as high as the detectives fans have come to expect.
If you've not tried any Wallander's at all then you have a good choice.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 25 Jun 2012
By Louloux
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'm really enjoying these DVD's but as mentioned before, watch them in the correct order which is "The man Who Smiled", "One Step Behind", "Firewall" and "The Pyramid". Hoping the earlier episodes are released.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The final Rolf Lassgård Wallander films 13 Sep 2012
This package contains the final four Wallander productions starring Rolf Lassgård as Inspector Kurt Wallander and presents them exactly as they were screened during their original and repeat presentations on BBC4 in the UK. This means that two of the films are broken into two. Some reviews on here seem to think taht this si some type of big deal, however it does not bother me as they are the full productiuons with no cuts and English subtitling in British English rather than a US English or any other form.
Lassgård is my favourite Wallander of the three available - Kenneth Branagh and Krister Henriksson also filling the role years after Rolf.
The stories here are far closer to the original Henning Mankell novels than you will find in the more recent BBC Kenneth Branagh adaptations. The Branagh versions all seem to be able to be squeezed into a very convenient 90 minute film. These versions are of varying length.
Marie Richardson stars as Kurt's colleague Maja. Richardson is a fine actress and luckily more can be seen of her in another Swedish production - legal drama Oskyldigt Dömd, available in the UK with English subtitles.
More recently BBC4 have screend two older Lassgård stories Sidetracked (screened as a two parter in July / August 2012) and The Fifth Woman (screened as a four part mini series in August with one episode gaining the highest ratings ever in the UK for a subtitled screening of Wallander). I'm hoping that these two along with the earlier three (as yet unseen in the UK) will be available on DVD soon as well.
If you like a decent detective story with characters with a decent amount of layering, then this set is for you.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but a tad disappointing 4 May 2012
I have not seen this box set yet as it it not available, but I have seen all the Wallander episodes it contains.

Like another poster here, I've been waiting a long time for the Rolf Lassgard Wallanders to come out and was thrilled to hear about this release, and I take on board the fact that there are five other stories which are not included here, possibly because of rights issues - or perhaps they will appear later in the year. However . . .

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It's always a shame to see programmes listed out of their original running order, particularly when the last episode in the series (Pyramid), which contains certain long running, series-wide plot resolutions, appears first here (in fact, these four stories, which are the last four of the nine that were made starring Lassgard, appear on this box set in the exact reverse order to their original running order).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Correct Viewing Order. Please view 18 Aug 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A lot of nonsense has been spouted on this site about this box set. Its the best Wallander screenings out there, I'm not surprised Lassgard didn't make more it mustve taken so much out of him.

Please please please watch in this CORRECT order. Your viewing will be ruined otherwise especically in the horrendous events taking place in One Step Behind.

1. The Man Who Smiled
2. One Step Behind
3. Firewall
4. The Pyramid

Any other on here saying different is WRONG.

Argue with Henning Mankell not me...........

And the dvd production people who crazy idea it was to produce this item in such a way. No DVD review here. It's brilliant, you know that. Buy it. Almost as good as The Killing 1....... almost....

Amazing television
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Wallander ever
I though the more recent Wallander series starring Krister Henrikkson was the quintessential Wallander (as close as you could get to the Wallander in the books), but I was wrong. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy.
Product arrived as described in a timely fashion.

Series very enjoyable. Story reliably detailed, occasionally misses logical steps that I might have preferred to have... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laurie S. (Australia)
5.0 out of 5 stars Wallender with Rolf Lassgard
Out of the three ? Wallanders I prefer Rolf Lassgard . Would buy more of his Wallanders if they were available.
Published 3 months ago by wendy e street
5.0 out of 5 stars wallander
Wallander is one of those series that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Really good viewing,. I have been searching for Wallander with Rolf Lassgard in the series for ages and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by JACK NICHOLSON FAN
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful series
Gritty characters and gripping plots. The setting mirrors the subject matter, desolate and dark . Rolf Lassgard is dour and exccentric and utterly convincing.
Published 4 months ago by Jean Dainty
5.0 out of 5 stars The first Swedish Wallander
Rolf L. is the perfect actor to play this melancholy and sometimes moody policeman. The pace of the various episodes is also exactly right and the story-lines follow the books... Read more
Published 6 months ago by A.J. Landsmeer
5.0 out of 5 stars Real crime drama
Excellent viewing highly recommended. Found it better than the English versions available, and that Marie Richardson is one hot woman
Published 7 months ago by Gordon Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Wallander versions
I've watched the other Swedish Wallander (Krister Henriksson) and of course the Kenneth Branagh British television series. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dinky Do Right
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I was desperate to find something after watching the other series of Wallander. This filled the gap but not enough episodes, I wanted them never to end.
Published 10 months ago by Lorraine Easton
5.0 out of 5 stars WALLANDER FILMS 1-6
Published 12 months ago by lin
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