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Wallander - Series 3 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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Featuring An Event in Autumn, The Dogs of Riga, Before the Frost
Kenneth Branagh returns to his BAFTA award-winning role as Inspector Kurt Wallander in three new feature length episodes of the acclaimed detective drama based on Henning Mankell’s best-selling novels.
Having relocated to the Swedish countryside, Wallander’s fresh start is crushed when the remains of a young woman are found buried in his back garden in An Event in Autumn. In The Dogs of Riga Wallander travels to Latvia to assist the Rigan police in the hunt for killers but soon finds himself entangled in a web of corruption with no one to trust. Before the Frost finds Wallander fearing for the safety of his daughter’s childhood friend when it appears she has become involved with a religious fanatic.
“Kenneth Branagh is a revelation as Wallander” The Telegraph
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The standards in this series are maintained. Taut scripts and dramatisation from Peter Harness with an excellent cast. The atmospheric pastel transparent cinematography beautifully captures the Swedish locations. The flat,stunning scenery adds a feeling of melancholy in the almost constant light of daybreak. This perfectly complements Branagh's superb moody Wallander, who continues to give an understated, mournful, yet sensitive and intelligent performance. It has been a bone of contention as to the use of the English tongue in Sweden but I feel it adds to the package. It is a personal matter as to whether the Swedish versions with subtitles are more enjoyable. This is not a competition with Rolf Lassgard or Krister Heriksson. Branagh's Wallander is a man of few words but with facial expressions that reveal as much, as do the silences that punctuate the delivery. He seems to prefer to work alone as much as possible, using colleagues in the team as and when necessary. His air of despondency is driven by his work to the exclusion of developing and maintaining personal relationships (his wife, girlfriend and daughter, for example).Read more ›
An Event In Autumn. The best episode which I would give four stars. A compelling story with a genuine shock about half way through which I didn't see coming.
The Dogs of Riga. This wasn't very good I'm afraid and was the worst episode I have seen in the three series. It was almost Bond like and very un-Wallander. Two stars at best.
Before the Frost. Not bad but a little bit slow. Definitely better than the previous episode though. Three stars.
So I found this series to be a bit of a mixed bag and Kenneth Branagh wasn't quite as convincing this time around for some reason. There is still life in Wallander but let's hope that the next one is a bit better.
With a private life hindered by his inability to leave his job at the office, and a work life hindered by his inability to cope with the consequences of his rash actions in episode 1, Wallander is a tortured soul and Brannagh transmits this beautifully. Don't worry about the convoluted and increasingly contrived mysteries; the point of these dramas is the study of the man rather than `whodunnit'. Just sit back and immerse yourself in 4.5 hours of quality drama with some great photography of Sweden and a dark tale of one man's obsession.
There are three episodes, each 90 minutes long, on 2 discs. Episodes are:
An Event in Autumn - Wallander's fresh new start with girlfriend Vanya and new house in the countryside are ruined when a body is found in his back garden. The subsequent investigation has disastrous consequences for one of his colleagues that hangs over the rest of the series.
The Dogs of Riga - When two corpses wash up in a dinghy, Colonel Leipa is sent over from Lithuania to help Wallander investigate. The secretive Leipa is not much help, and sees to be playing his own game. Soon things get dark as Wallander finds himself in Riga, investigating Leipa's death and he realises that he is involved in a very dark game and there is no-one he can trust. I've read the book for this one, and can say that the screen adaptation is excellent, capturing the main story without losing too much of importance.
Before the Frost - A missing person's case leads Wallander into the deep and dark waters of religious mania and cults, and there might be a personal connection. An excellent series closer, and probably the best episode in series 3.
Top marks once again for this fine drama series, 5 stars.
We watch the arc of his emotional journey from darkness to a light of sorts with admiration and awe. Very different in interpretation from the Swedish versions, Branagh gives his own unique take and creates a soulful, introspective, sensitive and thoughtful man who is who he is because of the horrors he sees daily.Watching him cope is a pleasure to wallow in. Low key, slow burning and mournful in tone, this series represents a pinnacle for high quality, intelligent, mature television.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It’s been four years since I reviewed seasons one and two of this English language version of Wallander. Tom Hiddleston and Sadie Shimmin did not return for this third series. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hamish Adam
Kenneth Branagh's Kurt Wallander has subtle differences to the Swedish actors who have played the role previously. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mr Vinny W Sheridan
Branagh is superb throughout this series, and ably supported by an excellent cast in great stories. I only wish that more of them had been produced.Published 6 months ago by Mr. Lionel Stock
I LOVE ALL THE WALLENDERS, THE ENGLISH AND SWEDISH VERSIONS. KENNETH BRANAGH IS GREAT.Published 7 months ago by S. A. Dearing