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99 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Descent Continues, 22 Jun 2011
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Amazon Customer "Boo62" (Ilkeston Derbyshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Wallander- Collected Films 8-13 [DVD] (DVD)
Made between 2005-2006 you would be forgiven for expecting the second half of a series to be the same as the first.
However everything about episodes 8 -13 of this first series is darker, sadder & tougher. The storylines for a start, a container full of dead immigrants, a child witnessing the murder of her mother & an 11 year old boy being murdered give a little indication of a grim turn for the worse that the cases take.
So too the characters begin a spiral downwards in their personal lives, Kurt continues to make a mess of his relationship with his daughter who herself see's her relationship with Stefan end messily & unhappily. Linda herself gets caught up in one case and we see a rare moment of Kurt actually showing affection.
Ystad continues to be a bleak backdrop and the surrounding countryside is made to look even more dark and menacing than before.
The more miserable things become though the more gripping Wallander becomes. This isn't just car crash television this is multiple car pile up telly in slow motion. These people are just so dysfunctional & yet trying so hard to be normal & just to survive. Even Linda's boyfriend Stefan, who is a prize git, is difficult to hate.
This forcing the viewer to invest in the characters is a combination of excellent scripting & believable acting. It's just impossible not to like them.
The stories are also a huge draw. The blurb on the box states this is a film collection but in truth only one episode, `The Secret', was released in cinemas. Yet the film length is what allows so much space for development & details that add to the depth & atmosphere.
This collection see's the final appearances by Johanna Sallstrom and really marks the end of this style of Wallander. Although Henrikkson returned in 2008 to do another series it was very different in style and many of the stock characters from this 1st series went. For me there is no doubt that the 1st 13 episodes are easily the best and the whole franchise took on a very sombre and at times almost surreal tone afterwards. Although still excellent the chemistry & that certain something that made the first series so great went missing once Hallstrom was lost.
The only subtitles would appear to be English & the set-up seems to be the same as before in a no thrills package.
For fans this is undoubtedly a must have but I have to say I feel that when you put the cost of the whole 2 set 1st series package together at over sixty pounds that the fans are being a little stung. Considering the entire 2 series can be bought for less than that on download this is a bit steep.
It would be nice to see the original Rolf Lassgard Wallander given a release too. His was a totally different take & is well worth a watch if you can find it anywhere.
This whole franchise seems to lend itself happily to all sorts of interpretations and still come out looking good. Henrikkson remains my favourite and series one the best of the lot.
Fans will already have pre-ordered & if your just interested then start at the beginning. If you've a taste for depth & insight with your detectives then you can't go wrong. I would also happily recommend the brain twisting thrill ride that is 'The Killing' too.
The Scandinavian police invasion is well & truly in full flow and continues to deliver some top class entertainment. Long may it continue!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT Entertainment., 3 Sep 2011
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Dean Allison (Durham UK) - See all my reviews
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If only we had more of this quality entertainment to watch either on TV or available on DVD.

I became interested in Wallander after watching series two on BBC3 having previously watched the equally excellent Danish series the Killing and the French series Spiral.

Wallander is excellent and as good as the killing but for different reasons, each episode is self-contained and each character has a distinctive role in the storey.

It is so refreshing to watch a programme which reflects reality unlike American TV programmes which all have to comply with the politically correct cast make up of at least one of the following groups Men, Women, Ethnic minority and increasingly some one with a disability in every episode, a trend British TV is following to its detriment.

Don't get me wrong, each of the above groups is portrayed in specific episodes when there is relevance for the inclusion and it is this approach, which gives value and depth to the characters and story.

The stories being portrayed are well written and plausible, the acting is top drawer and the Swedish back ground (warts and all) is engrossing.

Highly recommended 1st class entertainment for those with the intelligence to look beyond big bangs, super heroes and guns.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good quality police series, 25 Oct 2011
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Good quality police stories with good actors. The last episode seems a bit far-fetched, though. But this is probably the result of the necessity (?) of getting rid of a character to free an actor???
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wallander series 2, 13 Nov 2011
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I have not yet seen any of these DVD's but as a great fan of Wallender I have probably seen all of those shewn on TV. I just want to have them to see again in my old age!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 5 July 2012
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This is a super series best seen in original Swedish with subtitles, close to the books and fantastic atmosphere maintained.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Swedish Detective comes home, 14 Dec 2011
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This review is from: Wallander- Collected Films 8-13 [DVD] (DVD)
Box set of the series one and two clearly set out and does what it says on the box i.e. gives real pleasure with intellectual rigour
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete!!, 20 May 2014
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This dvd completes my set of 'Wallander' programes, so I thought as there is a new set out now. It is a Swedish series of crime thrillers which are so easy to watch, even though they are subtitled. I would recommend these to anyone that likes crime thrillers, or at least I would say give them ago.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy Scandinavian Crime Series, 28 May 2012
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G. A. Spence (Fadden, ACT Australia) - See all my reviews
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Wallander is addictive, as most Scandinavian crime dramas are. The characters are very believable, and the acting is the usual Swedish subtle, not overdone, performances. Very, very enjoyable.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning series from Scandinavia, 17 Oct 2011
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Wallander was such a wonderful series with series 1 and 2. The storylines and acting are brilliant. The last episode of series 2 especially emotional for being Johanna Sällström`s final episode before her own untimely suicide. Drama at it`s best.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent set, 13 Sep 2011
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Yet another great series. The characters are more developed in these episodes, the villians more believable and satisfyingly nasty. You really don't notice the subtitles the more you watch these you become so engaged with the storey. So much better than the Branagh version. Not to be missed!
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