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Beck: Levande Begravd [DVD] [2009]

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  • Actors: Michael Persbrandt, Jessica Zandén, Ingvar Hirdwall, Stina Rautelin, Rebecca Hemse
  • Directors: Harald Hamrell
  • Producers: Beck 26 - Buried Alive ( Levande begravd ) ( Live Burial ), Beck 26 - Buried Alive, Levande begravd, Live Burial
  • Format: Import, PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen, Anamorphic
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Nordisk Film
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004IIK9RO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,648 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Sweden released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Swedish ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Danish ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), Finnish ( Subtitles ), Norwegian ( Subtitles ), Swedish ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In a playground in the centre of the urban idyll, the police find a buried wooden box containing a well-known and respected prosecutor. Martin Beck and his police team initially suspect a seriously criminal MC-leader of the attack, but one pretty soon has to re-evaluate the case once the MC-leader is found murdered in a similar wooden box. Soon, more wooden boxes are found and the police realize that they are part of a cat and mouse game with a crazy serial killer. The investigation soon shows that there is a vague connection between the victims in the shape of a 9 year old event. What Martin Beck does not suspect, however, is that also his own life is at stake, as the murderer has chosen him as the next victim. ...Beck 26 - Buried Alive ( Levande begravd ) ( Live Burial )

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I read somewhere that if you liked Wallander, you'd like Beck. I did, and I do!
Buried Alive is, I believe, the last episode in the Swedish detective series that ran more or less concurrently with its more famous sibling, Wallander. Whereas the latter shot to international stardom when the BBC made its own version for the UK, Beck remained stranded in Sweden. That, perhaps, is the only reason why Beck has been left behind, since otherwise it is every bit as good as Wallander, as far as stories and acting go. The big difference is scenic. Whatever the merits of Stockholm, it is simply not nearly as photogenic as Ystad and other parts of Skana (southern Sweden) that feature so prominently in Wallander.
Buried Alive was a very good concluding episode of a long running series a lot of which I have seen, and certainly enjoyed. You can dip into any one of the 90 minute episodes at random, since they are more or less self contained, but I wouldn't, however, recommend a neophyte to start here, since there are certain elements in the story that refer to previous episodes. It is, nevertheless, just as good as any other - provided Wallander is your cup of tea, to begin with.
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I purchased this disc as a 'test case' for the series, as I am a big fan of the Martin Beck books (aka 'Story of a Crime') by Sjowall and Wahloo, which are, of course the ORIGINAL first-generation Nordic Noir Novels published in the late sixties and early seventies which inspired Mankell (Wallander), Steig Larrson, Jo Nesbo and pretty much every Scandinavian crime novelist ever since. So being a bit of a purist about the pioneering status of the Beck books as the founders of modern Scandicrime, I had reseverations about this series. I'll add here that strictly speaking, the Beck books are police procedurals, but if you like Scandicrime and have not read them, you really need to backtrack and snap them up, as the situations, themes and relationships between characters (middle aged detective/younger woman, father/daughter relationships, sex murders) are mirrored in many aspects of 'The Girl With..' books and Wallander.

Despite my reservations about the absence of some of the major characters from the novels in this episode (the last one to date, so maybe they appear in the earlier episodes), the casting of Mikael Persbrandt as Gunvald is inspired - although he is unlike Gunvald physically in many ways, Persbrandt conveys the right attitude and direct approach the character embodies, plus he is VERY cool indeed.

Although this series is NOT based on the books, just loosely based on the characters, I really enjoyed this fast-paced, uncompromising story which had a few moments to make the viewer jump in the manner of a good-quality horror slasher. It's nonetheless pure procedural noir. Picture quality for DVD is excellent. I have ordered the other episodes I've been able to find (boxes containing 16-20 and 21-24 and episode 25 as a standalone).
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Just love this series, but why on earth don't we have all of them with English subtitles. There are so many more but US imports so cant watch them unless we have a dvd player that can cope with this. Such a shame.
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Anyone that has enjoyed the many other Nordic crime series will be hooked on Beck. The series from the very beginning is an excellent blend of characters and story lines.
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Beck improves with age....I enjoyed it
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