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Wallander - Original Films 1-6 [DVD]


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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 (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0073W34JM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,522 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 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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104 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 May 2012
Format: DVD
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mikey TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Sep 2012
Format: DVD
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By stephen camps on 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.

Okay:
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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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By J. J. R. Isaac on 4 May 2012
Format: DVD
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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