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  • Actors: Luca Zingaretti, Katharina Bohm, Cesare Bocci
  • Directors: Alberto Sironi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Mhz Networks Home
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003R9IELI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,602 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Murder, betrayal, office politics and temptation are all in a day's work for Detective Montalbano, the unconventional, intuitive and romantically challenged investigator from the best-selling international mystery novels by Andrea Camilleri. Featuring his unforgettable cadre of flawed and quirky characters, The Mystery of the Terracotta Dog, The Artist s Touch and A Trip to Tindari are vividly brought to life against the breathtakingly magnificent backdrop of sun-washed Sicily.

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Writetrak on November 20, 2010
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Since Andrea Camilleri isn't cranking out his Inspector Montalbano mysteries for me fast enough I've turned to the Italian DVD series to get my visual fix. First of all, let me be upfront: I'm a big fan of the book series so what you're getting here is fan blast with little scouring but a lot of pleasing 'ah's' at the texture of the finished product.
With episodes 4 thru 6 you get The Terracotta Dog, The Artist's Touch and A Trip to Tindari. You also get fast paced dialogue with the same running pace subtitles and a true retelling of Camilleri's works. More so, you get an excellent cast that literally fit the bill. Actor Luca Zingaretti epitomizes Montalbano as do Cesare Bocci, Katharina Bohn, Peppino Mazzotta, Angelo Russo and the others that round out the wonderful cast.
The Sicilian settings grab your visual attention as do the portrayals by the cast offering up another way to take in the satisfying storylines.
Like I said I'm a fan but even if this series was my first introduction to Camilleri I'd be out scrambling to find the others. It's that good.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Eileen on September 20, 2011
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Luca Zingaretti is, as usual, terrific playing Salvo Montalbano, a detective in the imaginary town of Vigata. He's strong, smart, decisive and overall appealing. His relationship with the long suffering Livia is interesting to watch...on one hand you wonder why she puts up with him and on the other it's clear why she puts up with him. All three episodes were great fun. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this video and highly recommend it to folks who like beautiful scenery, clever twisted plots, very appealing characters, and great acting.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Susan E. Mellups on May 27, 2011
A BIG fan of Camilingieri, I was thrilled to get the episodes of Montalbano's adventures. The very best thing is that our detective is cast so perfectly that no one else could ever play the role...it's better than the books--isn't that saying something?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Webster on March 8, 2012
You're lucky in the USA to have so many of the Montalbano episodes available. In Britain we are only just beginning to catch up. When I discovered Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano novels, I felt as though I'd stumbled across a gold mine. I'm hard to please when it comes to fictional detectives, but for me these books are up there alongside such greats as Raymond Chandler's first four novels or Dashiel Hammett's "The Dain Curse". And now we have the TV version, which I rate as highly as John Thaw's Inspector Morse or Jeremy Brett's first few TV series as Sherlock Holmes.

You can't help but compare Montalbano and Morse. Both have the quirkiness of the hero; both have humour; and both have beautiful backdrops, in the shape of Sicily and Oxford. The difference for me is that with Montalbano I love the books AND the TV version, whereas with Morse I love the TV version but I'm not keen on the books.

The character of our flawed hero Montalbano has been adapted well for the screen, although we obviously don't get inside his head as much as we can in the books, and the TV version portrays him as a younger man. Montalbano is selfish and odd, but endearing and amusing - even more so in the books than on the screen. Here is a man who will avoid meeting his girlfriend so that he can savour a good meal in his favourite restaurant without having to talk to anyone. Of course every writer tries to create a detective who is in some way "different" or quirky, or has an interesting relationship with his sidekick, but the Montalbano creation really works and is very refreshing.

The humour, too, is an important element in both the TV version and the books. Camilleri thankfully does not rely on the currently predominant crime story formula of shock, gore and serial killers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 7, 2012
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This continuation of the cases of Inspector Montalbano is, as are all the disks in the series, delightful and entertaining. The stories are extremely well done and essentially faithful to the books by Andrea Camilleri. They chronicle the cases of the irreverent and always clever inspector of the Vigata police on the island of Sicily. There is a very distinct Sicilian flavor to the series which makes them different than American or British crime stories. The close relationships between individuals and families, the sense of tradition and history, the love of good food and of life well lived permeate these stories in a way that is foreign to American detective fiction. One might call them police procedurals as long as you realize that in Sicily the best procedure is sometimes to ignore procedure. Together with the case at hand there is the ongoing story of the life and often rocky love affair of the inspector.

They are in Italian with English subtitles. For one, I like them better that way than if they had been dubbed in English.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sussman on March 30, 2012
We are introduced to Inspector Salvo Montalbano, who works in the fictional town of "Vigàta", in the equally fictional district of "Montelusa" in Scilly. 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.
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. As one reviewer put it his cases do not have happy endings, while his investigations sometimes leads to organized crime, his stories rarely get totally focused on the Mafia rather they are part of the landscape and environment of where he works in and around.
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