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Detective Montalbano: Episodes 19 & 20 (2011)

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  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Mhz Networks Home
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 301 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005MAHY0M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,291 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Murder, betrayal, office politics, temptation... it's all in a day's work for Detective Salvo Montalbano. With his always loyal and sometimes effective police squad he solves crimes in Vigata, crossing paths with housewives and priests, liars, saints and Mafia dons. He also wages a personal war with his own demons, which fight against his professional ideals and personal commitment to beautiful long-distance girlfriend, Livia. Yet there's always time to indulge a long-standing flirtation with his ultimate temptress, Italian cuisine. The series is filmed in the ancient, sun-washed Sicilian city of Ragusa, and is based on the international best-selling mystery novels by Andrea Camilleri. Episode 19: The Potters Field - When a body is found cut into pieces and wrapped in a plastic bag, all signs point to an old-fashioned Mafia-style execution. The case becomes especially complicated for Montalbano when his friend Mimi starts behaving erratically and insists on handling the investigation himself. His first reaction is irritation until he realizes that his colleague may be indirectly involved in the Mafia killing. An old friendship gets tested as Montalbano tries to help his friend get out of the most dangerous predicament of his life. Episode 20: The Dance Of The Seagull - Montalbano's worst nightmare begins when the father of trusted deputy Fazio reports his son missing. Convinced that he's off on an investigation of his own, which may have gone bad, Montalbano comes across ominous signs of a shootout. A witness reports having seen him captured by two criminals who were talking about throwing him into a dried-up well and the search becomes frantic. Fazio remains missing in action but Montalbano is determined to find his old friend and colleague alive at all costs.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Montalbano is a trip to Sicily without the airport November 21, 2011
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I have all of the Montalbano DVD's. I have also read all of the Camilleri books in this series. " Potter's Field" has everything the book has and more. Perfect timing and perfect blend of comedy and pathos. The second DVD "The Seagull's Dance" is not a script from a book (yet?) and it is less comic and more serious than most of the others. The new twist here is that Fazio goes missing and Montalbano's task is to find him (and hope he finds him alive). It's worth watching and I enjoyed it (and would buy it again), but I missed the comic elements that I've come to look forward to.

Camilleri's sense of the world and the fairness that he treat us to with Montalbano's obvious respect for all of his characters no matter how unconventional/outlandish/poor etc., is just one of the elements that makes me enjoy this series more than I can say.

Oh and one last thing....glad to see Montalbano swimming again. The ladies will understand.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars meraviglioso! February 8, 2012
By lujo
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The essence of Sicily and the Italian language captured in the Montalbano series. The English captions enhance the understanding of the circuitous plots. The characters are wonderful and well developed. I can hardly wait for more. I have the entire translated series of books and captioned DVDS.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Montalbano December 31, 2011
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I love the Montalbano DVD's. I have purchased them all and they are witty, amusing, well acted and well produced.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Sussman
Our Inspector Salvo Montalbano, who works in the fictional town of "Vigàta", in the equally fictional district of "Montelusa" in Sicily. Where the Sun is bright and life treads at a different pace, amongst classic bleached white villages and towns that would look out of place in a tourist guide book. In this almost Mediterranean idle there is darkness, decay and at times murder.

He and the members of Vigata's small police force, namely Mimì Augello, Montalbano's second-in-charge, Fazio, Gallo, Galluzzo and the incredibly stupid yet very likeable Catarella, who mans the station's phones, among other minor tasks. While his whole team have suffered from his out bursts, and sometime strange management style he cares for them and in turn they are all very loyal to him, none more so than his girlfriend of 8 plus years. Salvo is a foodie, with a passion, and he rarely permits anything to get between him and good meal, including other social commitments. He is also an avid swimmer; so much so, his apartment is set on the beach front. While his girlfriend, Livia, has to compete with his detective work, we find in the latter series that he will take Livia on a short romantic holiday, although he is using this pretext to further his investigations. He also brings the new love of his life, in the form of a big black shaggy. As it turns out, this dog is the key to his latest case.
Luca Zingaretti who plays the major role really brings the detective to life; his characterisation for me is spot on. His case work always varied, and never what you would expect to happen happens - there are red herrings and misdirection!
In Salvo's work nothing is black and white; mainly his cases are in the grey zone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mama Mia! July 26, 2013
DETECTIVE MONTALBANO is the cannoli of television. You take one bite out of sheer curiosity, and the next thing you know, you're belly-up to the table, halfway through an entire plate of the damned things, and never mind your diet.

For those unfamiliar with this superb mystery-comedy-drama series produced over many years by Rai Television, DETECTIVE MONTALBANO follows the life of Salvo Montalbano (Luca Zingaretti) a wily, quirky, quarrelsome, food-addicted Sicilian cop who is police chief in the small but far from sleepy seaside Sicilian village of Vigata, where the next crime is never more than one plate of pasta away. Backing up Salvo, and quite frequently fighting with him (this is Sicily, after all) are his long-suffering, long-distance girlfriend Livia, hot-tempered and perpetually amorous second-in-command/best friend Mimi Augello, bumbling but loveable aide Catarella, gentlemanly sleuth Fazio, trigger-happy Galuzzo, lazy CSI tech Jacomuzzi, and of course the irritable pathologist Dr. Pasquale. Together they are half-family, half-colleague, and all entertaining. This DVD set includes two episodes, "The Potter's Field" and "The Dance of the Seagull."

The Potter's Field: A dismembered corpse is found in a plastic bag, so naturally everyone assumes it's another Mafia-related murder, but Montalbano isn't convinced...and he becomes even more suspicious when Mimi Augello not only demands control of the investigation but begins acting even more ill-tempered than usual ("He made Catarella cry!" Fazio shouts). Throw in a gorgeous Columbian woman and an aging Mafiosi laboring under an old obligation, and you have a recipe for a (literally) delicious mystery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this guy! December 14, 2012
By Fred
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I think this is a fantastic series and he speaks in both Sicilian and Italian which I love! Bought this for a gift, great for Italian or Sicilian speakers or even English speakers who can read the subtitles! :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Montalbo!
Loved the books, love the series. The plots are relatively true to the novels and maintain much of the detail and humor. Beautifully filmed.
Published 1 day ago by tommy
4.0 out of 5 stars Montalbano series
I love the series, however disc #20 will not play on my computer. I returned it and the replacement also will not play. # 19, 21 and 22 were fine. Read more
Published 22 days ago by jcbwolf
5.0 out of 5 stars hooked
read the books, and the films are not disappointing. Recommended for the background and local characters alone. see them all.
Published 1 month ago by vermont mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Montalbano is such a character!
Montalbano along with with his whole group of fellow officers, girlfriends and random Sicilian characters that pop up all through the series make it a fun way to see more of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dressage rider
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories
The stories are very true to the books, which are funny and interesting. The sub titles are easy to follow.
Published 5 months ago by REGRETFUL
4.0 out of 5 stars love this series
The combination of humor, gorgeous scenery, series topics and the characters' flaws make this an excellent series. Better than the books, I think.
Published 11 months ago by mysterylover
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but in Italian with english subtitles
I am a big fan of Montlbano. He is so laid back yet has the Italian temper at times.
if you are looking for lots of gun play or car chases skip him. Read more
Published 13 months ago by S. Hendricks
We love this series. The plot moves with an Italianate slowness and has a delicious cadence to it. The characters are vivid, unforgettable and the acting excellent. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Susan L. Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Latin Morse
In our insatiable thirst for detective thrillers, foreign language productions have the benefit of introducing us to a different way of life in a setting which might well suggest... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Antenna
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