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Maria Wern: Episodes 4-7 (2012)

Eva Rose , Reuben Sallmander , Erik Leijonborg  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eva Rose, Reuben Sallmander
  • Directors: Erik Leijonborg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Box set, Color, Dolby, 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: Unrated
  • Studio: MHz Networks
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 353 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006T1TMJE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,311 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

After the death of her husband, Police inspector Maria Wern seeks to start her life over and moves to the picturesque Swedish island of Gotland with her two children. While struggling as a single mother and mourning her husband s death, Maria manages to sustain her female perspective and approach to life in a harsh and male-dominated environment. She constantly encounters rage, death and evil but she stays determined to endure what sometimes feels like an unwinnable battle. The Maria Wern series consists of seven 90 minute episodes based on the novels by best-selling author Anna Jansson and starring acclaimed Swedish actress Eva Rose.
Episode 4: MAY DEATH SLEEP - Two women, seemingly unconnected, die in apparent suicides. With no evidence for murder, Maria Wern and her colleagues at the Gotland police department find themselves looking for a stalker or considering psychosis in the victims. When more dead bodies show up, Maria's colleagues Ek and Erika are forced further into the center of events than they ever thought they would be.
Episode 5: BLACK BUTTERFLY - The charred body of a suffocated medium lies in the gutted remains of her office after a fire. When two other murders take place in the same manner, Maria Wern is forced to lead an investigation in which the motive and the connection between victims remains unclear. At the same time, her colleague Arvidsson's loyalty is forcibly put to the test.
Episode 6: BOY MISSING - A ten-year-old boy disappears from a dinner, while another vanishes from a refugee camp. What starts as the search for a missing child ends up being an investigation of hidden agendas, personal betrayals and links to international crime. Maria and her colleagues discover that beneath the island paradise of Gotland lie secrets more dangerous than they ever imagined.
Episode 7: NOT EVEN THE PAST - When Maria receives anonymous death threats, she's ordered off the island for her own protection. While her colleagues on Gotland scramble to find the culprit, it becomes increasingly clear that the murderer may have followed Maria to Stora Karlsö Island, where she joined a group of high school friends. Instead of being safely hidden away, the seven women are hovering in mortal danger.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nordic Intrigue! January 25, 2012
This Swedish production is an excellent series, thanks to Eva Rose and a strong supporting cast. Rose plays homicide detective, Maria Wern. I found her character different from many women detectives, in that she is portrayed as being both competent and in charge, without ever becoming strident. As attractive as she is caring, in respect to her two fatherless children, Maria is also entirely compatible with her colleagues and her chief (unusual in many current international thrillers).

As detective stories go, "Maria Wern" is lifted above the average by its outstanding cast and its magnificent settings, which make the series a pleasure to watch (The story is set on the large Baltic Island of Gotland--East of Denmark and West of Estonia and Latvia). The principal actors are so engaging and convincing in their characterisations that they captured my attention throughout each episode (It is, perhaps, a good idea to take the stories at face value; as enjoyable as I found the last episode, which constituted a scenario that might be called 'Agatha Christie meets Nancy Drew' [Maria and her old school chums are marooned on a storm-swept island.], I decided that it was best to overlook some small holes in the narrative that I detected on second viewing. The setting, on the cliff-island of Stora Karlsö, is so spectacular, and the adventure so exciting that I simply wanted more of it!

The subtitles are presented clearly and in idiomatic English. I hope that this compelling and idiosyncratic series continues.

The viewer, however, might want to wait for the price to drop before purchasing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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The locale where these four (4) hour and one-half intense police murder/mysteries are filmed would certainly make Series two (2) of this Swedish Series (with subtitles) most entertaining. Filmed on a beautiful island (with all of the seasons being shown in different episodes--some especially beautiful winter scenes) in Sweden, the local is gorgeous. However Season two (2) of "Maria Wern",in addition, contains superbly written, directed and acted police dramas with episodes that contain very high drama mysteries and great detective work done in a very understated (no screaming) manner by Maria Wern played superbly by Eva Rose who balances being a single-mom with being a great police woman. In fact, all of the Swedish actors (most unknown to me) are superb in season two (2) of "Maria Wern". I certainly intend to purchase season three (3) of this series because this series is wonderful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Series Has It All! September 19, 2012
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Oh, I do enjoy this series!! I was smitten with the first three episodes but the next installments are, in my opinion, even better. We've now gotten past the introductory part of the story and are fully engaged with the characters (thanks to some fine acting and screen writing). Though the mysteries are all different, revolving around the cases the Gotland police are investigating, each episode builds on the character development of the previous one. (It is a pet peeve of mine when series make each episode so self-contained that previously important characters suddenly disappear with no reference or explanation, or where important events in the characters' histories are not mentioned in subsequent episodes, etc.) Real life isn't so well-encapsulated and neither is this series. Life's various parts and participants bump into and spill over each other. And so do the characters and story lines of Maria Wern. Of course, it's a continuation of the story of Maria, a senior police detective in Gotland, Sweden. She's a recent widow, a doting mother, a good friend, and an excellent cop. Eva Rose, who plays Maria, does a fine job creating a realistic portrayal of a woman doing her best, -- not always perfectly -- but she is always trying. The second set of episodes takes the focus away just a bit from Maria and expands it to include more of her colleagues, who are an interesting and likable group of individuals. Maria's best friend, Erica, (also the department's medical examiner), features more prominently in these later episodes, as does Maria's colleague, Ardvisson. He is the youngest cop on the team and upon his father's death discovers he was adopted. Thus, he enters upon an emotionally-fraught quest to contact his long-lost sister. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great viewing. May 5, 2013
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Maria Wern is another example of the excellent depiction of police methodologies in the
Scandinavian countries. However, something slipped in the depiction of characters from that in the first three episodes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swedish police procedural January 2, 2014
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Can't get enough of Scandinavian crime? Actor Eva Rose's Maria Wern is a police inspector & mother of two young children. Based on Anna Jansson's crime novels, the series began in 2008 and hopefully will continue. Episode 4: MAY DEATH SLEEP (based on the 2002 novel "Må döden sova") Episode 5: BLACK BUTTERFLY (based on the 2005 novel "Svart fjäril") Episode 6: BOY MISSING (based on the 2007 novel "ojke försvPunnen") Episode 7: NOT EVEN THE PAST (based on the 2008 novel "Inte ens det förflutna"). Only two of the novels appear to have been translated into English, but the more I watch Swedish television, the more obvious the similarities between the two languages. Researching for this review I learned (from Wikipedia) that Jannsson is a nurse & the stories are based on tales told by patients. There's that thing between cops & nurses again....but I digress.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The Swedish scenery is worth it. The production level is high. It is a Swedish mindset.
Published 1 month ago by Cerise
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Show, but this disk is missing an episode.
This disk is missing the last episode. The label says episodes 4-7 and there are only 3 episodes on the disk.
Published 1 month ago by Lunchmeat
4.0 out of 5 stars Like Old Friends
Maria Wern, a Swedish Police Inspector who lives on Gotland Island is a police mystery/procedural that is so well done it draws you in. Read more
Published 1 month ago by prisrob
5.0 out of 5 stars Great storyline
Didn't know what to expect. But it is a great series.
Easy to read the subtitles and follow the story in Swedish.
Published 6 months ago by MM MOORE
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Crime/Mystery
The Swedish always do some fantastic crime/mystery programs and this one again does not disappoint ! I have both sets and they are well worth getting.
Published 11 months ago by Mel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great detective police show.
Maria is a very good and human Swedish police woman with skills and brains, I love this series and hope there are more coming.
Published 13 months ago by Robert Duchateau
1.0 out of 5 stars Defective DVDs
I have been ordering DVD series from Amazon for quite a while and have been disappointed lately. This, among others has been defective. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jami M Mudd
3.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff if you like Swedish police dramas set on islands
Nice big English subtitles on this baby. My wife watches these while I try to fall asleep. The sound of people talking Swedish is very soothing. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jake Fantom
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these Swedish detectives!
I hadn't heard of Maria Wern but thoroughly enjoyed this series. I hope more are coming out. For some reason, Swedish detective series are extremely interesting, partly due to the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by maggie
4.0 out of 5 stars Who wrote episode 7?
I have enjoyed every episode except #7. This weak, crying womnan is not the Maria
Wern in previous episodes. The actress even looks confused.
Published 19 months ago by Hartwick
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