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The Killing: Season 1 (2011)

Mireille Enos , Joel Kinnaman , Agnieszka Holland , Brad Anderson  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (557 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell, Michelle Forbes, Brent Sexton
  • Directors: Agnieszka Holland, Brad Anderson, Daniel Attias, Ed Bianchi, Gwyneth Horder-Payton
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 587 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (557 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004X1VUNI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,389 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Killing: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

Commentary on Pilot
Orpheus Descending – Extended Season Finale
An Autopsy of The Killing
Deleted Scenes
Gag Reel
Commentary on Orpheus Descending

Editorial Reviews

Following a shocking murder, the lives of the police, suspects and victim's family are intricately woven together in this "spellbinding" (TV Guide) series starring Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, This engrossing series has earned huge acclaim, as well as a Golden Globe® nomination and multiple Emmy® nominations in its first season!

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90 of 109 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Note: Many people felt cheated at the resolution of Season One when questions about the central mystery were still unresolved. So beware, if this is a deal breaker for you--"The Killing" may not satisfy exactly what you are expecting.

AMC, having established itself a leader in smart and sophisticated counter-programming (Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Rubicon), serves up another winner with "The Killing"--an adaptation of a successful Danish television series. I, personally, look at the show as the thematic cousin to "Twin Peaks" albeit with a completely different tone and vibe. Both shows center around the murder of a girl, both even feature the tagline "Who Killed.....(Rosie Larsen and Laura Palmer, respectively)," both chart three similar storylines, and both shows met with viewer hostility when the season didn't fully wrap up the murder mystery. In both, we see the investigation progress, we see the painful aftermath on the girl's family and friends, and we see how the murder may be tied to local politicians and bigwigs. That, of course, is where the similarities cease. "The Killing" is a deadly serious and contemplative drama set in Seattle--not at all encumbered with the quirky eccentricities that defined that other Washington State township. It is an intense and quiet show with a slow build--those eager for easy answers and constant action may need to look elsewhere. The pace of "The Killing" is more akin to the unraveling of a fine novel.

Through successive episodes, the path to identifying the murderer becomes increasingly muddy. Steely and determined Mireille Enos play the intrepid lead investigator haunted by past mistakes. She is unable to move on with her own life and, in fact, sacrifices potential happiness in her dogged pursuit of justice.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Promising--Faithful to Danish Original Version April 4, 2011
update: I did not keep watching this series because it was identical to the Danish one, almost frame for frame. Imagine my surprise then to hear that viewers were in an uproar when it finished this week because there is a cliffhanger instead of a resolution plus (evidently) the murderer in the American version is not going to be the same person as in the Danish original. I was amazed because the Danish one could not have ended in a more clear cut and logical fashion. The murder was solved. The murderer was someone quite logical and a "person of interest" throughout to the investigators. My recommendation is now to go find the Danish one, which is excellent. It is too bad that the Americans didn't just keep reproducing it frame for frame, the way they started out.

This is an American remake of a Danish tv series of the same name. I have seen the entire Danish tv series. This is a very faithful and well done recreation of the series yet changes it to English language and Seattle rather than Copenhagen. There are some fairly minor differences so far between the two scripts. For example, the lead detective, a woman, has a real battleaxe of a mother staying with her in the Danish version as she's getting ready for her second marriage in three weeks time. She has been eliminated in the American version but she is the only character to be eliminated. Since I found the mother very annoying, I don't see that as a flaw. Some other slight differences: her underling male detective in the American version is not hostile to her like he is in the Danish one. In fact, they seem to get along; the male politician in Copenhagen is a lot more complex character than he is in Seattle but that may be because Copenhagen politics are downright baffling.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
AMC, having established itself a leader in smart and sophisticated counter-programming (Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Rubicon), serves up another winner with "The Killing"--an adaptation of a successful Danish television series. I, personally, look at the show as the thematic cousin to "Twin Peaks" albeit with a completely different tone and vibe. Both shows center around the murder of a girl, both even feature the tagline "Who Killed.....(Rosie Larsen and Laura Palmer, respectively)," and both chart three similar storylines. We see the investigation progress, we see the painful aftermath on the girl's family and friends, and we see how the murder may be tied to local politicians and bigwigs. That, of course, is where the similarities cease. "The Killing" is a deadly serious and contemplative drama set in Seattle--not at all encumbered with the quirky eccentricities that defined that other Washington State township. It is an intense and quiet show with a slow build--those eager for easy answers and constant action may need to look elsewhere. The pace of "The Killing" is more akin to the unraveling of a fine novel.

Through successive episodes, the path to identifying the murderer becomes increasingly muddy. Steely and determined Mireille Enos play the intrepid lead investigator haunted by past mistakes. She is unable to move on with her own life and, in fact, sacrifices potential happiness in her dogged pursuit of justice. Her replacement (only he can't replace her when she won't leave!) is the offbeat Joel Kinnaman. Both humorous and strangely intense, the two forge an uneasy relationship that provides a lot of conflict, drama, and unexpected laughs. On another front, the always terrific Michelle Forbes and Brendan Sexton III play the deceased girl's parents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic series
The Killing is one a fantastic series, with great acting and writing. It really is addictive. Unfortunately, AMC did not renew the show after Season 3. Read more
Published 42 minutes ago by R. Newell
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Strange and Unexpected.
I chose this rating because I thought it was a dark long trip, never knowing where I was going to end up. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by temprance debe
5.0 out of 5 stars nail biting!
I would absolutely recommend watching this show. I literally binge watched the entire first season on Amazon. Every episode has a suspense and makes you want to watch the next one.
Published 4 hours ago by Bhavapriya
5.0 out of 5 stars The best series ever!!!
I couldn't stop watching! Never left the edge of my seat! Watched on the Kindle Fire HDX and carried it from room to room! Read more
Published 4 hours ago by Dulciecat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Thrilling series with many twists
The writing is brilliant and the story line really keeps you on the edge of your seat
Published 6 hours ago by mike ortegon
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm.
I think the show has potential. However, at this point in time, it is mediocre in the plots and the actors. I find some of the episodes somewhat mystifying. Read more
Published 6 hours ago by Darlene
2.0 out of 5 stars Dont do Trunks
I didn't watch very much as the subject of someone drowning in a trunk of a car made my claustrophobia scream. If that does not bother you it would be a good show...
Published 6 hours ago by gabbygirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show
Great show keeps u on the edge of ur seat u can't wait to c what happens next on the show
Published 23 hours ago by Al vybiral
5.0 out of 5 stars You gotta see this one!!
This murder mystery was full of suspense. There were so many twists and turns for who-don-it I almost lost track. This was an excellent story line. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Valencia Steed
5.0 out of 5 stars well written & great attention to detail in production...
Though slightly dark in subject matter and moving slower than your average crime show, The Killing delivers great storylines each week, intelligent plot twists & great suspense. Read more
Published 1 day ago by np
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