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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five quality stories from Sweden's A-Unit
This boxset contains the first five stories revolving around Stockholm's A-Unit police team headed by Jenny Hultin (Irene Lindh). Fans of other Scandinavian dramas may find this slightly different to their previous experiences. It is not like The Bridge, The Killing or Borgen in that it is not made into 10 (or 20) x 58 minute chunks. It is similarly not like Krister...
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3.0 out of 5 stars worth a watch but not the best nordic noir !
This is good,well acted,but slightly less gripping than the killing or protectors or salamander.It has a bit too much wobbly camera shots,super close ups and ultra bright backgrounds which distract from an otherwise sound series.Also when the cast get injured eg shot through the lung,crusified alive etc they seem to recover as quickly as you might a common cold.Im still...
Published 7 months ago by Mr. J. Fowler


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5.0 out of 5 stars Five quality stories from Sweden's A-Unit, 1 May 2013
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Mikey (UK) - See all my reviews
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This boxset contains the first five stories revolving around Stockholm's A-Unit police team headed by Jenny Hultin (Irene Lindh). Fans of other Scandinavian dramas may find this slightly different to their previous experiences. It is not like The Bridge, The Killing or Borgen in that it is not made into 10 (or 20) x 58 minute chunks. It is similarly not like Krister Henriksson's Wallander where everything is neatly wrapped up within 90 minutes.
The Arne Dahl series has stories spread over two 90 minute episodes. This allows for a fairly complex story to develop and allows us to get to know the back story of the members of A-Unit.
The five two part stories in this set include
- The Blinded Man (also known as Misterioso)
- Bad Blood
- To the Top of the Mountain
- Many Waters
- Europa Blues

A good cast surround Irene Lindh forming the A-Unit, but unlike other Scandinavian crime series, the series does not revolve around one particular character, probably my favourite is jazz enthuisiast Jorge Chavez played by Matias Varela. It may be a little more violent than other Scandinavian series and the producers have not been put off by venturing overseas to put the stories on screen including scenes shot in Amsterdam, New York, Tallinn, Italy and Germany.

This is a Filmlance production for Swedish public broadcaster SVT with Swedish being the main language spoken. Other languages appear including Dutch and English. All non-English dialogue is subtitled in English.

The whole set of five stories is being screend on BBC4 every Saturday at 21.00 between April and June 2013 and gaining respectable viewing figures. The first story was screened in Sweden at Christmas 2011 on two consecutive nights with the remaining four stories screened over eight Sundays between October and December 2012.

And if you're trying to spot the Borgen / Killing / Bridge / Those Who Kill actor in this, don't bother - there aren't any. It was filmed hundreds of miles away from the Copenhagen/Malmö area of the other four. You might spot the odd actor from a Wallander story but that's about it.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning "Nordic Noir", 7 Jun 2013
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J. Steinman "ODIN" (NYC) - See all my reviews
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I've been a huge fan of THE KILLING 1-3, The Bridge, Wallander, Unit One and The Protectors. But the ARNE DAHL collection totally surprised me by taking its rightful place right alongside those. It's a stunning and tremendously involving series of 5 3 hour stories. Wonderfully
written and directed, the actors shine in complex and VERY surprising tales. Each is a series of "mysteries" that ALL come together
by the end! God, I hope more are on the way! Does anyone know if there will be more, and when? It really is up there with the
galvanizing momentum of THE KILLING------a triumphant achievement!
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Arne Dahl, 2 May 2013
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I can highly recommend the series which should appeal to fans of other Nordic crime dramas such as Wallander, The Killing, The Bridge and Those Who Kill which have become very popular in recent times.

Whilst not quite as good as some of the other excellent Scandinavian thrillers, the price for Arne Dahl is very reasonable and at just over £4 for each 180-minute episode it's well worth the money.

Plenty of murders throughout each episode to keep you interested and unlike most crime dramas, Arne Dahl also explores the personal lives of each of the main characters. This makes a nice change from the standard format of just getting on with the job of solving the crime and catching the killer.

The series has been shown on British television in 90 minute parts for each episode and I would strongly recommend not tackling a whole 3 hour episode in one sitting as there is a lot to take in.

Subtitles are large and easy to read and you can follow the dialogue without them disappearing from your screen too quickly. Something that I found irritating especially in the aforementioned Those Who Kill.

A good solid series which fans of Nordic crime noir will enjoy.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top quality Nordic noir, 12 May 2013
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Rowena Hoseason "Hooligween" (Kernow, Great Britain) - See all my reviews
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Nordic noir comes in many forms, and the subtle, frequently understated style of Arne Dahl may not be to everyone's tastes. Like many Scandinavian crime novels, this intelligent Swedish TV series is a blend of patient police procedural and seemingly mundane domesticity, which serve to give the stark moments of extreme violence all the more impact.

The AD investigations tend to be less frantic than those of The Killing or The Bridge and there's no single central protagonist like Sarah Lund for the action to focus on. Instead Arne Dahl features an investigative team, an ensemble cast of characters who take turns in the spotlight. Part of the charm of this series is watching from the start as they are brought together to tackle a series of high profile murders. The 'A team' take a while to mesh; each character has his or her own back story which is gradually revealed as the series progresses, and initially there's a fair degree of conflict within the team. Some of the incidental moments are absolutely precious - look out for the surreal midnight cleaner and his weird interactions with the team... The dialogue between team members is beautifully scripted, too; even in translation it comes over as the kind of credible interplay and competitive needle which goes on between highly motivated, competitive types. As the series develops over a timescale of many months, so friendships within the group gradually form. The 'A team' is a contradiction in itself: a group of individuals none of whom seem to be natural team-players. The interplay between them is as interesting as solving 'crime of the week', and some of the tension-relieving humour is laugh-out-loud funny.
Arne Dahl mixes quiet moments of domestic stress with cliffhanger instances of extreme violence when it seems that the absolute worst could happen to any of the core characters. It shows the human inclination to take solace from abuse and appalling acts of brutality by returning to loved ones, home and family -- yet it never beats you over the head with these themes, just lets them unfold in the backdrop to the mystery/thriller narrative.

The storylines are unusual, too. They are typically spread over two 90-minute episodes, which allows for greater exploration of the themes and some quite complicated plot development than in single-episode series. This format also feels somewhat less contrived than the 10-hour (or longer) investigations where early plot threads flat-out contradict later revelations. The investigations also tend to play fair - the viewer is given enough clues to have a stab at solving the mystery (unlike some series where rabbits appear out of hats in the last act...) You get the feeling that Arne Dahl isn't intended to be a 'thriller' as such, but even so it contains some surprisingly grisly scenes and most episodes have moments of teeth-grinding tension.
The excellent soundtrack also bears mentioning. Arne Dahl uses incidental music to great effect - not just the title theme, but also in many of the episodes. The jazz background to 'The Blinded Man' even inspired us to buy the CD which forms part of the investigation!
The individual episodes were originally released on separate DVDs, but this boxset makes more sense. It's definitely worth watching the episodes in the correct order, because then you get to follow the character evolution and watch the team start to meld together.
No special features, sadly, but overall this is high quality TV detective drama.
8/10
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best Nordic Noirs, 25 Nov 2013
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Mr. C. J. Waldron "mhsob" (UK & Australia) - See all my reviews
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I have seen all the Nordic Noirs and this stands out as one of the very best. The stories are brilliantly dark and innovative but it is the characters that make this series so enthralling. Each one is so believable and each individual in the team is as interesting as the plots. Over the series you really get to know and understand every character. And whilst I hate the way American programmes leave poor plots up in the air at the end of a series, in this case it really works and you are left begging for a new series just to see what is going to happen with the team. It works so well because the cast in this case is so strong and likeable for all their faults and troubles. The way that the characters become integral to how the cases are resolved is genius and a reflection of just how good the writing is. This series should not just be watched because it's another Nordic Noir - Arne Dahl stands out in its own right as a brilliant crime drama, well written and incredibly well cast. Can't wait for the new series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars swedish detective series, 25 Jun 2014
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Excellent boxset. Well worth watching. Seen on tv but can now watch anytime. Great series, good storylines, very well acted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tales from Sweden, 13 May 2014
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Check these out. The story lines and acting never disappoint. I'm impressed with the writers for coming up with these tales. And the price is a bargain -- 15 hours of Nordic Noir.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arne Dhal, 27 April 2014
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Great characters and story line and usual nordic mood - no histrionics, or melodrama just real authentic story lines - enjoyable
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4.0 out of 5 stars Want more!,,, 2 April 2014
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Took a while to get into the first one as it seemed to be a bit Like an A B C of how to make a cop show, this however could have been down to watching subtitles for the first time to understand the gist.

Once got into it and got a feel for the characters I really enjoyed it and like all good box sets would up watching one or two too many episodes than planned. Story lines between the main players supported some really good plots during each episodes with there bing some good action without going over the top.

Will be looking out for more if they are made.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Potential, 1 Mar 2014
This review is from: Arne Dahl - Season 1 (DVD)
Just watched the first disc in the series and my attention was kept all the way through and am looking forward to the next disc.
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