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The Killing - Series 1 [DVD] [2010]

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  • Actors: Sofie Gråbøl, Lars Mikkelsen, Søren Malling, Bjarne Henriksen, Jonas Leth Hansen
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: Danish
  • 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: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 4 April 2011
  • Run Time: 1100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (458 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KKPQMI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,744 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Who Killed Nanna Birk Larsen? Head of investigations, Sarah Lund, is about to emigrate to Sweden, but as the tied-up body of a missing girl is found her plans are put on hold. In the course of 20 gripping episodes, each chronicling a day in the investigation, Copenhagen's secrets, corruption and power struggles emerge as the hunt for the killer intensifies and the truth becomes ever harder to find. This riveting Emmy-nominated thriller is one of the finest murder investigation series ever produced.

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For customers with the Region 0 version of this title, English language subtitles appear automatically on discs 1-3, but need to be manually selected on discs 4-5. For customers purchasing the Region 2 version of this title, subtitles should appear automatically.

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For me, Saturday night has always meant Match of the Day. Never thought I'd say this but not any more. The Killing is one of the most intense, brooding and dark thrillers ever to make UK TV. If you want slick and superficial dialogue and lots of fast-moving action scenes this is not for you. What it offers is mystery and intrigue that is both a challenge and something to draw you in to such an extent that you feel unable to miss a word of the dialogue (or at least the sub-titles).

What a contrast between the characters and personality of the two main detectives - poles apart yet inextricably bound together. Politicians full of outward charm, mastery of spin and easy deceit. The bereaved family are the third part of this outstanding series. The father mostly dark, silent and brooding - his emotions waiting to erupt. The mother so desperately trying to hold herself together after her daughter's murder drawing on every ounce of her physical and mental resources to keep the family together. And the two small brothers, part innocent and part aware of what might have happened to their elder sister. Like another reviewer, I watched the funeral with tears pouring down my cheeks - quite an admission from an unreconstructed follower of football.

Mad Men, rightly, may have got all the drama plaudits so far but everything about the production of The Killing - action, direction, lighting, dialogue - is absolutely right. Hidden away on a minority channel on a Saturday night is anout as close as you can get to wasting an exceptional production. Absolutely unmissable whatever the alternatives. If I could buy the DVD now I would yet there's something satisfying about seeing two episodes a week and then having a sense of anticipation for the next 7 days.
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After feeling bereft that Wallander had finished on BBC4 I tuned into the The Killing. As with Wallander, you get a sense of being treated as a reasonably intelligent adult, refreshing and brings into sharp focus how dumbed down the majority of t.v is. The story unfolds in a slow burn fashion, drawing you in to the point you can't wait until the next installment. Like other reviewers I avoid making plans on a Sat night, sad maybe, but if you have not seen The Killing, please reserve your judgement ;-). A big thank you to BBC4, I would pay my licence fee for these european crime thrillers alone.
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We've watched many a crime series -- and this one has to be the best. Good, solid police investigation and with some local politics mixed in. No far-fetched plot twists. It will keep you on the edge of your seat!
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I have read all the reviews about The Killing and as I agree with every single word written, I can merely reiterate the general opinion in that this is without doubt one of the finest series ever shown on TV. That may seem an extravagent claime but I have been watching TV for some forty years now and really cannot recall anything so good. The only other series I can think of which come anywhere near The Killing for addiction are the Wire and West Wing but these pale into significance when measured against this fine show.

Having watched Wallender, complete with subtitles, I can confirm that for those of you who might be put off because of this, they make no difference. Within one minute of watching Episode One I was tuned in and gripped. I have just returned from a month long visit to Australia visiting my daughter and I made sure my box was set to tape the episodes I would be missing. I spent the weekend catching up and after watching them all slowly came back to the real world. The last two episodes I watched, 17 and 18, had me pinned to my seat and also in tears at the end. Though I am looking forward to discovering who murdered Nanna (I have had my culprit in mind since Episode One and cannot wait to see if I am right!) I will also be deeply sad that this series has come to an end. I will be buying the DVD and am also looking forward to the next series. I gather a third series is in the making.

Brilliant, wonderful, superb.

DO NOT MISS
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I must admit that I would have completely missed this had it not been for my Danish fiance. I'd never heard of it, and I only generally watch BBC 4 for science documentaries.

I've followed quite a few of the main US dramas such as Lost, Heroes and so on, but I eventually tired of them, because the plots ended up becoming somewhat convoluted, and I just ended up losing track. And with Lost in particular I felt cheated by the ending, having followed it for so long.

Forbrydelsen (The Killing) is a prime example of how you create that type of multi-episode show. It never loses it's focus, and you never feel overwhelmed by the plot (and sub-plots). It also gives enough away of the plot every week for you not to lose interest. This really deserves to be shown on prime-time mainstream UK telly, but I guess people just don't want to read subtitles on Saturday evening!

Actually because all the dialogue is in Danish (and if you don't speak the language), you really pick up on all of the nuances of the acting, because you're not distracted by the dialogue, and it makes you realise just how good the performances are. This is just as good (if not better) than anything along the same lines the UK or USA produce. The series has really high production values, is beautifully filmed, and the acting is fantastic and absorbing at all times.

The action mainly centres around three groups of people, the police, the affected family and Copenhagen's city administration. The three separate story strands are weaved together very well, and it's always easy to keep track of the story.

Stand-out performances for me are the character Theis who is the father of the murdered daughter, the CI Sarah Lund and the mother of the murdered daughter Pernille.
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