The Killing (Complete Series 1) - 6-DVD Box Set ( The Killing - The Complete Series One ) ( Forbrydelsen (Forbrytelsen) )
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Australia released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: Danish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Box Set, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The Killing is an innovative thriller in 20 episodes from Danish Radio TV Drama. In the course of 20 gripping days we follow the leads and observe the consequences of a heinous crime that seem to ramify throughout Copenhagen. As the investigation unfolds, Copenhagen opens up like a Chinese box, full of secrets and power struggles. It all starts when head of investigations in the homicide department has her last day at work before embarking on a new chapter in her life. An all but normal family at Vesterbro are minding their everyday life and contemplate moving, when the parents are suddenly thrown into their worst imaginable nightmare. At the same time a top politician is involved in a ruthless but promising election campaign. They all become part of the same story as the police follow the leads. A homicide case takes its beginning and so does the hunt for the perpetrator. In the course of 20 intense days in November their lives change forever. The crime and the hunt for the perpetrator bind very different people together in the same fateful story. As the investigation intensifies, the consequences are wide-ranging and with wide-spread effect; from the hidden agenda of the high school students via the closed environment in immigrant circles and the bureaucracy at town hall, to the many more or less visibly involved people in the ruthless election campaign. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Emmy Awards,
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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.
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
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So much better watching the original. Gritty drama and very moving. First class acting.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is the series that started my near addiction to Nordic Noir. I can't get enough of the stuff. A whole other level in detective drama. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Meira Eliot