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Wallander - Series 1 & 2 Box Set [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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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 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.
As TV series go then all round - story, acting production values - this must be one of the best.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent sound and picture. Gritty and dark. Truly beautiful photography and Kenneth Branagh is superb.Published 23 months ago by D P SHERWIN
I regret to have bought the British version. It's not bad at all, but I watched the other day some episodes in the original Swedish shooting, and found it much, much better.Published on 2 Jan. 2014 by carlos arthur ortenblad
Good value box set - makes a really good gift. We haven't watched them all yet but excellent so far!Published on 19 Nov. 2013 by Katie