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Wallander: Collected Films 1-7 [DVD] 
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The opening seven episodes of the acclaimed Swedish crime drama series based on the novels by Henning Mankell. Krister Henriksson stars as Kurt Wallander, a jaded police detective ground down over the years by difficult events in his personal life. As he investigates a string of grisly crimes in the cheerless town of Ystad, Wallander is accompanied in his work by his troubled daughter Linda (Johanna Sallstrom). Episodes are: 'Before the Frost', 'The Village Idiot', 'The Brothers', 'The Overdose', 'The African', 'Mastermind' and 'The Tricksters'.
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Of course the BBC's own version starring Kenneth Brannagh is best known and it does indeed have a lot to recommend it. It has the sense to keep things in Sweden and Brannagh himself lends a suitably melancholic air to the hapless Kurt.
The original Kurt was played in great fashion by Rolf Lassgard as a lovable, hopeless oaf who shambled about with little regard for those about him, a quick temper and a sharp eye for detail.
The version of Wallander in this box set is, for me anyway, far and away the best. Krister Henriksson plays Kurt, not as a man completely lost, but rather as a man whose life has ground him down gradually over the years until the accumulation of his daughters teenage suicide attempt, his wifes desertion, his difficult father and guilt over a killing early into his career have finally left him exhausted and bewildered.
Alongside him is his daughter Linda, her boyfriend and the various characters who appear every series.
This is not a series for those looking for an easy and light hearted police procedural. Whereas the BBC's effort see's washed out primary blue's and yellow's splashed about the screen this see's a palette of brown & grey that rises from the flat, endless farmland towards glowering skies, clouded and heavy with rain.
Ystad is a grim town almost always buried by winter and fighting a losing battle with a darkness that prevails both physically and mentally.
The crimes are horrid, grisly and are always the result of tawdry and sad events that could have been avoided.Read more ›
Having watched all the 26 episodes available (all boxsets) I can recall one episode that I thought was noticeably below par, an outlier, and that is where they tried to write something around Michael Nyqvist, who is great in the Millenium Trilogy but sucks in that episode (it wont surprise me if that is the favourite episode of many people), also another where Wallander suddenly goes Navy Seal. Those episodes were still better than a lot of other tv.
The supporting characters are also very strong. There are a couple of characters who are pretty consistent with the book and they are well cast. Some of the trainee, passing through, characters are also great with good character development (obviously some of the things people get away with and still stay as police stretch credibility, but with this number of episodes that was inevitable).
They are so intelligent in content, letting us,the viewers really "think" about all aspects of the stories,not merely the "whodunnit" but as to the personal lives and emotions of all involved.
Even more impressive is the fact that all lead roles are not typical "hunks" in the male actors or absolute "beauties" in the female ones.
All are utterly believable and are "real" inasmuch as they are just as you might find in any community......natural and undoctored.
The Swedes,Danes etc are renowned for their blonde,fair beauty,especially in youth but these great performances show that age can still hold it all in an entirely different,mature way with something rather deeper simply borne of age......just as in any country in fact.
Perceived beauty in ANY country eventually fades but great drama never will...and in any case,true beauty is subjective and how many now recognise the "older woman" as being someone rather special?....(Helen Mirren; Judi Dench et al?)
Well----Wallander certainly isn't seeking some naive young thing,lol!
This very fact,the believability in the hope of a lonely man seeking mature love,striving for deeper understanding with his heart's desire, a thinking woman with a wistfulness about her, whilst at the same time solving the most awful of crimes means that the entire series of Wallander is something very special.
No great wonder that the Danish thrillers are taking the UK by storm......Wallander is merely one such grest and I'm collecting all that I can of them just now!
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Very entertaining ; a more subtle approach to the Wallander character than the Kenneth Branagh productions.Published 2 days ago by jeffery d. bowden
Love Nordic noir but prefer the Wallander with Rolf LassgardPublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
I bought the box sets recently but haven't had time to watch them yet. I give 5 stars because I have watched these Swedish Wallander Series on TV and think they're fantastic. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Wallander is the character who was my first introduction to Nordic noir. Having watched the brilliant BBC Kenneth Branagh version I sought out the original Swedish version and was... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Flembinho
If you don't mind subtitles (unless you speak Swedish) this is vastly superior to the Engli8sh version and the stories are gripping and the direction is superb.Published 3 months ago by Roger Curtis
Really enjoy this actor's version and these are the beginning of the series. Fun to see something set in Scandinavia and the character's real and genuine. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sally F.