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Wallander - Series 1-3 Box Set [DVD]

Kenneth Branagh    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kenneth Branagh
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 23 July 2012
  • Run Time: 810 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007JG5I8C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,051 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Kenneth Branagh stars as Swedish detective Kurt Wallander in nine feature length dramas based on the best-selling detective series by Henning Mankell - an international publishing phenomenon.

Having relocated to the Swedish countryside, Wallander’s fresh start is crushed when the remains of a young woman are found buried in his back garden in An Event in Autumn. The body is at least five years old. The remains of another young woman are washed up on the shore. She was last seen boarding a ferry – but did she jump or was she pushed?

In The Dogs of Riga, the corpses of two Latvian men are discovered on a life raft in Ystad harbour. Covered in Russian mafia tattoos, they’ve been tortured and brutally murdered. When Wallander travels to Riga in search of the killers, he becomes entangled in a web of corruption. Who can he trust?

Anna Westin, a childhood friend of Wallander’s daughter Linda, goes missing shortly after visiting Wallander in Before the Frost. Elsewhere a religious fanatic – Jannek Langas – seems to be responsible for the murder of an elderly woman whose burnt body is found in the woods. When a connection between Westin and Langas is found, Wallander and Linda fear for Anna’s safety.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wallander Series 1-3 - Brannagh at his moody best 25 July 2012
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Presented here on six discs are all nine episodes of the UK TV series Wallander, starring Kenneth Brannagh as the Swedish detective with more character flaws and personal problems than most.

Wallander was always going to be a tough sell to a British audience. The books are dark, moody and pretty depressing. I was glad to see that this first series was well enough received to lead to a second and third, and I sincerely hope a fourth is on its way.

The series follows the life of Kurt Wallander, as he struggles to cope with weird murders in his provincial hometown, Ystad. On top of his work troubles, he has an incredibly difficult private life - divorced, difficult relationship with troubled daughter and equally difficult relationship with his artist father, who suffers from Alzheimer's and never approved of Kurt's decision to join the police. Not exactly happy families!

Wallander is played exceptionally well by Branagh. Having read the books he is exactly as I picture the detective in my head. But this is only part of the joy of the production. There are some great supporting actors, notably David Warner as Wallander Snr and Richard McCabe as Nyberg. The director really has a feel for the pace of the books, and an eye for the scenery. There is a feeling that every shot is carefully composed and framed, and the natural beauty of Sweden is used to good effect. The end result is engrossing, intricately plotted, moody drama of the highest order. It's not the sort of thing you'd want to watch on a summer's day though, it is suited for the cold dark winter nights.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most like the books 6 Dec 2012
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To me Kenneth Branagh is more like the Wallander character in the books than the actors in the two Swedish versions, good as they are in their own right. Love the atmosphere and the unique camera work, with most episodes being based on the actual books of the same name. Watching Wallander's psychological deterioration through each episode is quite remarkable as he doggedly pursues every avenue and 'hunch'. One can only wonder at how they get Mr Branagh to look so bleary eyed and shattered at certain times - did the actor deliberately deprive himself of sleep or something?
The accompanying documentaries are also very worthwhile, covering both the author and how the Wallander books are affected by recent Swedish history and culture.
Even if you have seen most episodes on TV they are definitely worth watching again.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
These nine 90-minute films showcase worldclass crime drama, and in boxset form make a perfect introduction to the world of Wallander. Or, if like me you watched them all when first broadcast, this set allows the indulgence of revelling in the stunning cinematography once again; of being enchanted and chilled by the subtle and compelling soundtrack, and watching Kenneth Branagh become the character of Wallander... buffeted by the emotional extremes at the point where his personal life intersects with heart-rending investigations.

It's a magnificent series - one which retains its quality throughout. There will always be debate about whether an English language interpretation of Nordic Noir can do justice to the original. For me, Branagh's Wallander comes incredibly close to capturing the essence of Sweden's splendid sadness and the core character's emotional turmoil (far more so than the re-makes of The Killing or Dragon Tattoo).
Each episode is intelligently paced, the investigation interlaced with events in Wallander's life. The filming is absurdly accomplished. Almost every frame is a painting; the characters and vehicles drift almost accidentally through the scenes as if bleak, beautiful Sweden itself is the star of the series. Acts of extreme violence, of hate and horror play out against these backdrops as Wallander struggles to make sense of his world.
Some scenes require no dialogue whatsoever; a flinch, a shrug, a walking away. In others, the scripting is superb; Wallander can barely manage a coherent sentence when confronted with his family, when he *should* express himself clearly... but in a professional crisis he is transformed, given purpose and confidence by his calling.

It isn't all angst and woe, of course.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wallander and Brannagh 12 July 2013
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I have to admit: I had my doubts. Could this really work? English actor playing swedish detective speaking english in Sweden? Confused? Yes. Did it work? Yes - Yes - Yes. Kenneth Brannagh does a perfect Kurt Wallander and thank god the stories takes place in Sweden. This does work beyond belief. You have to see it for yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You got to get it 15 Aug 2013
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Leaving aside the excellent service, the series itself is just off the charts good. I saw the original's whilst living in Sweden and was a little skeptical on whether it could be reproduced. - Supurb! simply superb
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A follower of Branagh 5 May 2013
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Kenneth Branagh....is brilliant....I just cannot get enough of this guy.....the series is totally absorbing......and unstoppable viewing...........great series....I hope there are plenty more to come.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars WORTH WATCHING
NOT THE BEST SERIES I HAVE WATCHED BUT DEFINATELY NOT THE WORSE. WOULD WATCH A FOLLOW UP IF AVAILABLE IN THE FUTURE
Published 25 days ago by John Dehaemers
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Box Set
I loved this box set series. Great acting and interesting story lines. Keep you coming back to watch more. Hated to see it end.
Published 1 month ago by Victoria L Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars A great box set for Wallander fans.
A much appreciated gift for my wife. She has seen some of the Swedish language versions and enjoyed them. I hope she will like these.
Published 2 months ago by John Herring
3.0 out of 5 stars Wallander
Disappointing. Didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would. Much prefered the Killing to this. Think I would have liked a Swedish cast better.
Published 2 months ago by Anne Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars walll king up a long slide of qlues
FANTASTIC GREAT fun for all the familly. Has many great qualities of all those crime dramas and added comedy moments
Published 4 months ago by Golden d
5.0 out of 5 stars Wallender 1-3 box set
Absolutely loved the Wallender Series, Brannah is tremendous, can't wait for further episodes. Easier to follow than the original swedish version.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Alun Healing
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Never liked Kenneth Branagh until I caught one episode of this so wanted to catch up, though I did prefer the original in retrospect.
Published 6 months ago by morgan51
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent and morose
Wonderfully acted - Kenneth Branagh quite brilliant as the manic-depressive chief inspector. Scenery and filming also lovely. Well worth watching again..
Published 6 months ago by Marcus Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
A great series and the re-making of KB. Beautifully, carefully and faithfully adapated.
Superb production quality from the BBC. Up there with Sherlock and DR who.
Published 7 months ago by Paul Ahearne
3.0 out of 5 stars THE english Wallender
Not a patch on the original and infinitele better Swedish original. We found it rather stilted and slow. Not for me regardless of the reviews on the box.
Published 8 months ago by Douglas Maclean
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