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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Branagh, 27 May 2009
This review is from: Wallander (Innan frosten / Byfånen / Bröderna /Mörkret ) (Before The Frost / The Village Idiot / Brothers / The Darkness) (DVD)
I would simply say that, if you liked the books or just the Kenneth Branagh TV episodes and don't mind subtitles, buy this! These four, full length Swedish TV programmes are brilliant interpretations. The way the stories are recreated is top-notch, the acting just right (the actress who plays his daughter sadly comitted suicide not long ago, but that shouldn't affect your viewing) and I didn't even mind my usual bugbear with police dramas in that there's too much personal involvement with the crime - other family members getting in on the action normally being a soft option to create tension. My only complaint is that I recall in the books he drove a Peugeot, but evidently no TV producer can see him driving anything than a Swedish car (Branagh a Volvo, here a Saab)!
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Initial post: 16 Jul 2009 16:26:40 BDT
P. M. Oddy says:
I'm watching the Swedish Wallander films currently on BBC4 and am really surprised at how good they are - we're always told how British TV is the best in the world but I agree these are way ahead of the Branagh version, good though it was. Speaking of cars - how wonderful to see that in Sweden, you can actually find streets without cars parked all over the pavements! (sorry - personal bugbear)

In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2010 14:11:20 BDT
Wallander Swedish style is excellent, but its not better than Brannaghs. It's different, more traditional detective story. Brannagh is more involved with the inner mindset of Wallander which is in utter turmoil and worth a different approach. I'm just glad we have both!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2011 13:02:53 GMT
Could you please let me know if the transfer is 16: 9 anamorphic (instead of letterbox full frame), so that the subtitles can be read properly, while the picture fills the whole of the widescreen TV, and it is not necessary the use of zoom? I guess, to put it more clearly, my question is: can the film be watched widescreen filling the whole TV screen and the subtitles read without any problem? Thank you.
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