Wallander 3 Seasons 2012

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Season 3
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3. Before the Frost TV-PG CC

Before the Frost finds Wallander fearing for the safety of his daughter's childhood friend when it appears she has become involved with a religious fanatic

Starring:
Paul Andrew Williams, Cecilia Hjalmarsson
Runtime:
1 hour 33 minutes
Original air date:
July 22, 2012

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Before the Frost

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Great acting, well written stories.
Judith A. Lentz
This show is for the persons who love a good mystery and a good story about the main character.
Teresa P.
I really enjoyed watching all the episodes and wish there were more.
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Format: DVD
Kenneth Branagh has become something of an industry chameleon and his evolution in the entertainment world has been fascinating and unpredictable to watch. Making his name by spearheading Shakespearean adaptations (his first "Henry V" earned him a couple of Oscar nods for Best Director and Best Actor), he branched off into more mainstream roles before becoming an A-list director of blockbusters (Thor, anyone?). He might not have been my first choice to play Henning Mankell's enigmatic and introspective Swedish detective Wallander, but he's come to inhabit the role quite comfortably. He was, after all, born in Northern Ireland which is quite different (even if geographically close) than Mankell's Scandinavian protagonist. If anything, though, he epitomizes the unstable nature and world weary despair that personifies the series of books on which these mysteries are based. It can be a showy role, but it's also one inhabited by a quiet sadness and a distinct vulnerability. These three movies are the third grouping in a successful series. "Wallander" won a BAFTA for Best Drama series in 2009 (Branagh was Emmy nominated as well) and Branagh picked up a Best Actor BAFTA in 2010 (and was Golden Globe nominated that year).

Expectations, therefore, were fairly high for this new collection. And while not my favorites from a plotting standpoint, I enjoyed spending time with Wallander again. I understand that the methodical pacing may not be for everyone and, admittedly, the cases seem to be getting more and more outlandish and reliant on coincidence. But the series just has an unusual feel and setting that speaks to me. And I find the character of Wallander inherently fascinating. I wouldn't necessarily give this my strongest endorsement if you haven't seen the other movies.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dr Betty Schueler on September 25, 2012
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I am not the type of person who normally enjoys moody tv shows and movies. I was leery about the BBC Wallander series, with Kenneth Branagh playing the lead role of Kurt Wallander. I am so glad I made an exception when the series was presented on Public Television. I was hooked after the first episode.

I was thrilled when the series was released on DVD and I bought the set with 9 episodes from Amazon UK. Even though I have seen most of the episodes, a few times before, I am still enjoying them again. One of the plus sides of short-term memory loss is that I can watch my favorite shows over and over as I am doing with Wallander.

One of the best features of the series is the breathtaking scenery of southern Sweden. It adds a unique touch I haven't found in any other series outside of documentaries.

I am so glad Branagh agreed to play Wallander. I think he does a wonderful job of portraying the very complex character of Wallander.

I hope readers won't be put off by the negative reviews here. I think you will find this an outstanding series worth every penny you pay for it. I can't imagine any mystery lover not having a copy in their DVD collection.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Carleton R. Johnson on September 23, 2012
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Those who are "bored to tears" with Kenneth Branagh's portrayal of Kurt Wallander probably have never read the books. I would say his portrayal is as close as any Englishman can come. I think you have to be a fan of Henning Mankell's brilliant books to fully appreciate what is being done here. I do appreciate it, very much.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eric Mayforth on October 7, 2012
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In this DVD set, Kenneth Branagh is back for another series as Kurt Wallander, a detective in Ystad, Sweden. Season Three appeared on the BBC this past July and consists of the interpretations of Swedish author Henning Mankell's novels "An Event in Autumn," "The Dogs of Riga," and "Before the Frost."

Wallander shows determination, insight, and courage in solving brutal murders, often going above and beyond duty to solve the crimes, all the while dealing with complicated family relationships in his private life. The stories are well-written and some episodes in the series even provide the viewer insights into current Swedish society. And as with the first two seasons, the scenery of Sweden (and in this season, Latvia) significantly adds to the enjoyment of the series.

Season Three might be a notch below the first two seasons, but still well worth your time if you enjoyed the previous seasons. Fans of the series look forward to the fourth and final season of Wallander.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pamela on September 13, 2012
Well developed storyline/plot and characters. There were a few moments when I felt actions could have been better understood and followed had there been more background provided. There is an atmosphere of depression throughout most of it, in keeping with the character of Wallander. I feel I am particular about movies and usually watch British productions. I find myself looking eagerly forward to future episodes, despite its few flaws.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 10, 2012
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I'm a great fan of Scandinavian crime authors such as Henning Mankell, Karin Fossum, Jo Nesbo, and more. It is interesting that all three of the mentioned authors have male protagonists that frequently struggle with their inner demons, some more than others, but all have this thread of a tormented soul weaved into their individual lives. For Fossum, it is Inspector Sejer, and for Nesbo, it is Harry Hole. In terms of dramatization though, we only have Wallander for company, at least for the present.

In Collection 3, viewers are treated to three feature length dramas, i.e. "An Event in Autumn", "The Dogs of Riga", and "Before the Frost". I admit I did not much care for "An Event in Autumn", but I enjoyed the other two. Kenneth Branagh shines in his role as the tormented and depressed Wallander, though I would like to see more focus on the plot as well as the other characters. Those who have been watching this series will understand when I say that the point about Wallander's troubled soul has been hammered home one too many times, and can get a little tedious at times.

The production qualities are amazing as always and a treat to watch. Those who like crime dramas with well-developed characters will enjoy this. At the time of writing, this DVD is not available in Blu-Ray format but the audio is clear and the images are well-defined and crisp, though not quite as sharp as those found in HD versions. I was only interested in the dramatization in terms of plot and character development and I felt Wallander 3 did a good job on those fronts. There's also the option of English subtitles but no extras.
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