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Wallander - Series 1 & 2 Box Set [Blu-ray] [Region Free]

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  • Actors: Kenneth Brannagh
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Feb. 2010
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002YZ7GLK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,828 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Kenneth Brannagh takes the lead role as Detective Kurt Wallander in this collection of six feature-length dramas adapted from the pages of Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell. Living and working in the idyllic southernmost Swedish city of Ystad, the world-weary detective has to come to terms with a upsurge of baffling murders and crimes seemingly at odds with the normally tranquil setting of the popular tourist region. Episodes are: 'Sidetracked', 'Firewall', 'One Step Behind', 'Faceless Killers', 'The Man Who Smiled' and 'The Fifth Woman'.

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I liked this show but living in a Nordic country the whole experience was quite bizarre and like watching a Swedish TV show with a babelfish in your ear. Everything you hear is english, but everything you see (police ID cards, newspapers, place names, street signs) are in Swedish. For sure this is because it was made by the BBC and there is a limited audience in the UK and other countries for non english TV but it's still strange to watch this show.
I could live with a detective speaking british english if the other actor were swedish speaking english with swedish accents. But to see farmers in the swedish countryside speaking english as if they were from yorkshire is somewhat bizarre and too jarring (perhaps those who have only ever watched english language TV would be less troubled by this).
However the acting and photography are very good - especially in HD since I bought the blu-ray version.
If the swedish films with Krister Henrikkson had english subtitles on the blu-ray then I would buy those instead, but this series is a reasonable alternative. I will make do with DVD versions of the swedish film versions.
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The box set includes six episodes but at 90 minutes each and with very high production values they are more like movies. Not only are they great stories but they have well developed characters and superb actors. The blu-ray quality is as good as it gets with full DTS MA HD Master Audio 5.1 sound to add layers of atmosphere. Imagery is sharp and very stylised with heavy natural contrast, good use of shadows. Focus is finely adjusted to isolate only the area the director wants you to watch. Each scene is like a well planned photograph. Great adaptations of the Henning Mankell novels.

As TV series go then all round - story, acting production values - this must be one of the best.
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It took me some time to get used to seeing Kenneth Brannagh playing Wallander but he has grown on me and I really enjoyed the British version of this Swedish classic. I still prefer the original with subtitles but these are really very good. For anyone who has never read the books you are missing some great reads.
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If you missed this series on TV like I did you must buy this box set. Not only are the individual stories all very gripping but if you have a large HD TV they look truly stunning and show Blu Ray at its best. Really glad I got this, it's a true quality box set and something to savour.
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I am a huge fan of Wallander, I wish that Henning Mankell would write some more Wallander books so that we could have more of the TV show!
The production quality on this show is so high that each episode looks and feels like a movie and the high definition only adds to that.
this box set contains all episodes from series 1&2, but considering that there are only 3 episodes per season it's not many. Each episode is 89 minutes long, which adds to the cinematic feel.
The extras are interesting and relevant, but not excessive.
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I bought this Bluray collection from Amazon.UK because it was "Region Free", and competitively priced, all of which were true. The real treat was the content. Kenneth Branagh is terrific as Wallander, as are the supporting cast. The plots are intricate and devious ... love it! Bluray quality is excellent. All-in-all ... a very positive experience.
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Skillful and atmospheric 'remake' of the well-known Swedish Wallander detective series.

Often remakes and do-overs lack in character, compared to the original (especially those made for a mainstream American public). The BBC, however, usually stands for high quality drama and documentaries. This is no exception. The characters are believable, the photography is stunningly beautiful (more so than the Swedish series) and the stories are captivating and entertaining. I do like the Swedish version as well, but this production is at least just as good.

For some there is a language issue, but that doesn't bother me at all. I absolutely *detest* any dubbed material, and where possible I prefer to read books and watch films in their original language (subtitled if necessary). But this series is just that. It has integrity, since it's a BBC production, filmed in English with (leading) British actors. So perhaps it's better not to view this as a 'remake' of the Swedish TV-series but as an independent creation based on Henning Mankells books. Yes it's set in Sweden and we all know people there speak Swedish, but we have our own imagination, right?

A mild word of warning for older/more sensitive viewers who have seen the Swedish series: this version is a bit edgier, and it has some graphic scenes. Nothing extreme or unusual, just a tad more 'realistic'.

Recommended for anyone who enjoys watching British and Swedish detectives. In a sense this is the best of both worlds.
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Not your usual cop. I'm not used to a cop show where they show the cost of the work on the character as much as this one. Absolutely wonderful acting and the gorgeous scenery meld for a truly unique viewing experience.
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