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  • Actors: Malin Crépin, Björn Kjellman, Leif Andrée
  • Directors: Peter Flinth, Agneta Fagerström
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MHz Networks
  • DVD Release Date: July 30, 2013
  • Run Time: 270 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DDUF4D2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,310 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

IN SWEDISH WITH ENGISH SUBTITLES Based on author Liza Marklund's best-selling crime novels, Annika Bengtzon is a journalist and working mother of two struggling to keep her marriage alive. Fearless in her search for the truth, she won't take no for an answer from anyone: not from prestigious academicians, or drug dealers or from colleagues inside her own profession. Her passion for getting the story may bring her into dangerous situations, but it ultimately allows her to peer into the heart of every crime. Annika's not afraid to square off with hardened criminals, but her toughest challenge seems to be trying to balance the job with her sometimes tumultuous private life.
EPISODE 1: NOBEL'S LAST WILL - While covering the annual Nobel Prize Banquet, Annika witnesses the spectacular murder of two prestigious individuals right in front of her. She's a key witness, so she's bound by the police not to disclose anything. It's the story of a lifetime, and she can't write a word
. EPISODE 2: PRIME TIME - On her way to a family gathering, Annika has to leave her two children in the care of her boyfriend so she can report on the murder of a famous TV host. The ten people who'd just spent the night at a mansion where the host's program is taped are under suspicion; Annika learns that her best friend is among them.
EPISODE 3: STUDIO SEX - When a stripper from a club called Studio Sex is killed, the case becomes political dynamite after the police find out that the Minister of Trade visited the club on the night of the murder. Working the story also brings up bad memories for Annika and she finds herself taking it all personally.

Customer Reviews

The acting and production quality are good.
Izzy Bowles
If you like intriguing dramas with compelling interesting characters, yet acting very human and normal, you will like this.
GG
Annika is covering an event relating to the Nobel Prize committee when she witnesses a very public murder.
K. Harris

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To be frank, I was nearly put off watching "Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter" for the title alone. I was afraid the series would feel too young, too on the nose, because the name made me anticipate a sort of Nancy Drew vibe. I'm pleased to say that this set of stories from Sweden is, indeed, a stylish entertainment for adults. As witnessed by the slate of popular procedural programs on network television, we can't get enough of solving crime! I really enjoy having the opportunity to sample International programs, and the handsomely produced mystery series "Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter" deserves to be discovered by a larger worldwide audience. The series has a great cast, interesting location shooting, and a strong central character. It looks and feels expensive, and it held my interest as I watched all of the episodes over a two day period. The series currently consists of six self-contained adventures of about 90 minutes each (some a bit more plausible than others) and is being sold in two different sets of three.

Note on pricing: As of this review, the current non-sale and subject to change price for each of these sets is 39.95. That means to watch the entire series, it is an eighty dollar expenditure. Although I recommend the series, I'd watch for sale pricing as this seems extreme for nine hours of programming.

"Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter" adheres to the conventions of the genre (both good and bad) but adds enough flavor to Bengtzon's workplace and home life to keep things progressing on an interesting character arc. And this series of movies is largely sold by its leading lady Malin Crépin. Bengtzon can certainly be a frustrating heroine, but Crépin keeps us involved even when she's being silly.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 25, 2013
If American television is any arbiter of modern crime, then it stands to reason that science has become the new Sherlock Holmes. Any number of CSI programs reminds us to "follow the evidence," reducing the art of deductive reasoning to matching fingerprints, analyzing DNA, and identifying the requisite fibers. Long gone are the procedurals wherein a smart and savvy detective underwent sessions of multiple questions with one subject after another, and this has had the singular effect - in my humble of opinion - of removing any real emphasis of `character' on the various players of any mystery while, instead, ratcheting up the quirks and idiosyncrasies of the chief detective. Sure, there are several hybrids on the air - TNT's stellar program THE CLOSER and its spin-off MAJOR CRIMES immediately come to mind - but, for the most part, the lion's share of any hour-long investigation focusing squarely on the science being used to still conclude that "the butler did it" without the butler being asked a single question.

To my surprise, ANNIKA BENGTZON is a throwback to simpler times.

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and characters. If you're the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I'd encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're accepting of a few modest hints at `things to come,' then read on ...)

Annika Bengtzon (played by the charming Malin Crepin) serves as the senior crime reporter for a major European newspaper/magazine. This release includes the first three Swedish telefilms that explore Ms. Bengtzon's adventures and exploits as the woman who can't just stop at reporting the crimes: she needs to solve them!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kai Roberts on January 18, 2014
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I agree with the reviewer who said the title alone was a bit off-putting. I had visions of "Brenda Starr, Reporter" with a modern, Swedish twist --but I was wrong. This is a solid, well-crafted mystery with intriguing scenarios and some fine acting. Malin Crepin does a very good job at making Annika Bengtzon come alive as a multi-dimensional real woman. The character development and fresh plots won me over as well. Without giving anything away, the first episode was a fascinating insight into the Nobel laureate selection process -- and what can be at stake. I haven't seen anything quite like this setting before. So, there is a freshness about the series which surprised me. I recommend it, especially to viewers who have enjoyed other quality Scandanavian mysteries like Irene Huss, Varg Veum, or Maria Wern.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jade on August 26, 2013
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I purchased both of the Annika Bengtzon sets (episodes 1-3, and 4-6). Of the two, I enjoyed the first set better.

Each episode has a unique story line & they are all interesting & kept my interest. Most mystery shows are based on the lead characters being in the police force, I liked that this series took a different take & had the lead character be a journalist.

However, I disliked how Annika's marriage was portrayed in the 2nd set. In the first set, they've been together 10 years & while things aren't perfect, they are making it work (ending up engaged & married). Then, in the 4th episode, the marriage falls apart & her husband cheats on her & falls in love with another woman. It would have been better if episode 1 had started off with them having the falling out, because having it done in episode 4 is just not believable.

I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good mystery show & I know I'll definitely watch it again.
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