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Wallander - Series 1 & 2 Box Set [DVD]


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  • Actors: David Warner, Kenneth Branagh
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Feb 2010
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002SZQCAC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,136 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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123 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 Jan 2010
These three 90-minute epiosdes may have been intended for TV but they are far, far better than many films produced for the big screen. The downbeat moods of Scandinavian detective fiction don't suit everyone -- full of doubt, disillusion and the sharp edge of despair -- but if you are an enthusiast of the genre then Wallander is a real treat.

It's a risk adapting such a well-established and much loved series of books, but Branagh (one of the series producers as well as the star) is obviously a fan of Henning Mankell's work. The adaptations are a gorgeous representation of the mood and character of the books, yet you don't need to have read any of them to enjoy the series.
Each 90-minute episode is a stand-alone tale of a Wallander investigation set in current day Sweden. They were filmed on location and the photography is breath-taking. Even the most mundane moments -- Wallander slumped on a sofa, for instance -- are caught in desaturated sepia tones, accentuating the drama of an seemingly insignificant moment. When the same techniques are used to show off the eternal daylight of the Scandinavian summer then the results are breath-taking. Almost every shot is a framed, still life artwork. You could watch it with the sound off, just to enjoy the visuals.

But that would be to miss some of the best screen acting of Branagh's career. His portrayal of Wallander, the 'poet detective' with a heart full of sadness and confusion, is marvellous. He can shift from uncertain to near tears in a single sustained shot -- the emotional transitions are sometimes so powerful that it's painful to watch. Yet when Wallander has a purpose he shrugs off that misery and moves with a determination which is unstoppable. It's a wonderful character performance.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By S. Harwood on 15 Jan 2010
I too have to strongly disagree with the first reviewer. Branagh is neither over acting or hamming it up - he is simply giving a convincing portrayal of someone who is unable to cope with what the world is throwing at him. It is unusual for a cop show to have such an emotional depth and that seems quite shocking in a way. I'm hooked!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Feb 2011
Presented here on four discs are all six 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 I sincerely hope a third 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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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By NB on 17 Jan 2010
To be honest I knew nothing of Henning Mankell's detective novels before I saw these 2 series on the BBC. I am also not a regular fan of crime thrillers, yet the Wallander series has been excellent!

There is great detail in the writing and Kenneth Branagh, along with the rest of the British cast have certainly got my vote for their acting abilities on the whole. I was so taken with the fact that the UK adaptation had been shot in Ystad, Sweden as it really made a change from exported TV series that have to completely adapt the stories to the country they are sold to. Although I have to say, at times many a shot looked like some sort of Volvo ad! ;)

Speaking of shots, I was very impressed with the way these series had been filmed. All the angles, use of light and shade and the detail were superb! I hope there is more to come.

Well recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philip Elkins on 14 Dec 2012
Sorry I cannot agree with some of the other reviewers here! I have watched the majority of the Wallander series, both here and in Sweden, including the originals, and for me, Kenneth Branagh is the better series. He seems to have made the part his own. When I read the books, I naturally think of Branagh as Wallander. His attitude, the personality, the constant tiredness and irritability, it is Wallander as described in the books!
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