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  • Actors: Peter Eggers, Joel Spira, Linda Zilliacus, Johan Hson Kjellgren, Richard Turpin
  • Directors: Rickard Petrilius, Levan Akin, Kristina Humle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English, Swedish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MHz Networks
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2012
  • Run Time: 534 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007EBDTQK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,698 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In Swedish with English Subtitles
The Age of Enlightenment, year 1790: After returning from the battlefields of a bloody war in Finland, Swedish army surgeon Johan Gustav Daadh (pronounced Dode ) finds himself reluctantly taking on the job as district police commissioner in Stockholm. Unenthusiastic about police work, he still brings tenacity and dispassionate reasoning to the job, with an eye to ensuring that criminals are caught and the innocent remain free. His methods may not be modern but they work, and the motives for the crimes remain unchanged from today: revenge, greed, love, jealousy and politics. Beneath the calm exterior, Daadh is as conflicted as the times he lives in; he s a closeted revolutionary torn between his loyalty to the King and his progressive ideals. He also struggles with forbidden love for his boss wife Magdalena, who shares his vision for a just and free society.

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Very , very fine acting, sets, costumes, direction, plots.
Douglas E. Starns
The stories are well told with just the right amount of intrigue, suspense, history, politics and restrained romance mixed together.
swedishbullar
Also loved the fact that the series took place in the 18th century - very inventive and creatively presented.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By T. Derakhshani on May 11, 2012
Format: DVD
Expanded from my DVD roundup in The Philadelphia Inquirer. [...]

FIRST, MY NEWSPAPER BLURB:

The Scandinavian film and TV invasion continues with this wonderful Swedish mini-series from MHZ Networks. A 10-episode police procedural-cum-political thriller set in Stockholm in 1790, it stars Peter Eggers as Johan Gustav Dåådh, a physician-turned-police detective who uses logic and forensics to fight crime in an age when guilt was by association and confessions were obtained by torture. He's also involved with a pro-democracy movement brutally repressed by the King. From the terrific acting to the production values and the stimulating stories, it's pure heaven for TV fans.

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There are *no* spoilers here.

Dåådh approaches each murder case -- the mysteries which are deliciously fun -- with patient, systematic investigations while his subordinate, a brutish ignorant sergeant, is content nabbing just about anyone for the crime and beating a confession out of them.

Dåådh's superior, Carl Wahlstedt, is a supercilious official who fancies himself a man of the Enlightenment, peppers his conversation with French bon mots and is keen to show off his knowledge of literature and the arts. Yet he's contemptuous of the lower classes and patronizing two his beautiful wife Magdalena (the charming Linda Zilliacus), insisting she stay at home even though she wants to use her medical knowledge to work as a midwife for the poor.

Magdalena, as you'd imagine, is much taken with Dåådh, and their very decorous, socially correct and asexual - if deeply felt, poetic and deeply romantic - flirting is thrilling to watch. (Dåådh agrees to become the new chief detective dude only after he meets her.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By sabu on April 8, 2012
Format: DVD
The 10 full episodes on this 5 dvd set are totally engrossing. The acting is wonderful and the scripts are suspenseful and exciting. An army surgeon reluctantly takes the job as district police commissioner and though he's been trained as a doctor and surgeon he jumps right into police work with simple reasoning to ensure the guilty are caught and the innocent freed. He's also a closet revolutionary and is torn between loyalty to a less than honorable king and his own ideals. This is a truly impressive set
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By DC Redhead on April 11, 2012
Format: DVD
The intriguing "Anno 1790" defies description -- it is part mystery, part historical drama, part romance and partially a look at early forensic science. It is taut, fast-paced and beautifully crafted. The setting is Stockholm when Europe is in turmoil a few years after the French Revolution. In wonderful period detail we meet artistocrats, functionaries, citizens eking out a living and revolutionaries intent on social change. Enter Daadh, an educated man of the Enlightenment, with one foot firmly planted in the future. He acutely observes and processes the changing world around him. He is of the Age of Reason, yet his heart usually gets the best of him. Daadh is an oddity and therefore suspect among those in power above him and those socially below him. Circumstances hand him an unlikely acquaintance named Freund, an erstwhile man of God and erstwhile moral compass for Daadh. Freund's sensitivity and apparent internal struggles humanize him, making Freund a very sympathetic character. Together the two are a fascinating pair of heroes, forming a tentative bond of friendship and dependence that deepens over the course of the show. Throw in a smart, beautiful and unavailable woman to create a tense romantic angle to the story and "Anno 1790" becomes a series that offers something for everyone, especially those that appreciate artful storytelling. I can't think of anything comparable, making this an excellent drama in a class by itself. Hopefully there will be future seasons of "Anno" that continue the fascinating journey of these characters.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By spicopate on October 17, 2012
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Before watching this show, I had absolutely no idea of Swedish history, the war between Swede and Russia, or the influence of the French Revolution on other People. I hadn't even thought about it.

After watching the show, I'm glad to say I've actually learned some of historical facts. Obviously, the purpose of the show is not a lesson in history.

The historical facts, combined with the criminal inquiries and a love story, make the show a unique one. The characters are well written, the actors good... What's not to like ?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By swedishbullar on April 14, 2012
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ANNO 1790 is a captivating series that I look forward to watching each night. The stories are well told with just the right amount of intrigue, suspense, history, politics and restrained romance mixed together. It's also beautiful to watch, as the scenery, sets and costumes capture life in Stockholm in the 18th century. The subtitles are accurate,well placed and easy to read. I don't want the series to end!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By I. Smith on August 6, 2012
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I purchased this series on a whim, and what a fabulous surprise watching this has been. Great stories, wonderful acting, gorgeous photography and the continuing surprise of watching a police procedural unfold in a most unexpected way. The political backdrop made this even more of an engrossing series. The highest recommendation!
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