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Wallander: Episodes 1-3

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A lifetime of police work has left Kurt Wallander with the look of a man who's seen too much. In a spare and compelling performance, Krister Henriksson does justice to the detective beloved by fans of the crime novels by Henning Mankell. The series depicts a police team in the city of Ystad, Sweden, confronting the darkness of the human heart. Wallander works with his daughter Linda, who shares his instinct for crime solving and Stefan Lindman, a young detective eager to prove himself.

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  • Actors: Krister Henriksson, Johanna Sallstrom, Ola Rapace
  • Directors: Multiple Directors
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • 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: August 31, 2010
  • Run Time: 270 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZW7XAA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,384 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. A. Maurice on January 20, 2011
Format: DVD
We in the UK have been fortunate in that the BBC has broadcast all of the Kenneth Branagh,and Krister Henriksson,versions,and the later films featuring Rolf Lassgard.
Many of the contributors to the BBC message boards feel that KB's performance was way too theatrical,portaying Kurt Wallander as so angst ridden as to be OTT.
The Kenneth Branagh films are,to my mind,so centred on him that other characters,with the exception of Kurt's father,played by the excellent David Warner,become cardboard cutouts lacking any real depth,or impact.
The Krister Henriksson series is,for me,far superior.
Firstly,the screenplays,based on stories written by Henning Mankell,were subject to his final approval.
The plots are therefore intriguing,and generally lead into unexpected developments.
Secondly,the various actors are given ample opportunity to display their ability,and thus characters appear as fully rounded individuals.
Special mention must be given to the wonderful Johanna Sallstrom as Linda Wallander.Her performance in the final film of the first series is so real that one forgets she is acting.
The same is even more true for the superb Krister Henriksson,whose consistently understated performance as Kurt is a masterclass in acting.
This series is thoroughly recommended.
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144 of 160 people found the following review helpful By Hui Shen ben Israel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 28, 2010
Format: DVD
The wonderful, Basset Hound-faced Krister Henriksson, a great Swedish actor, is simply irresistible and irreplaceable as Inspector Kurt Wallander. Thus far by my count there are 26 episodes in which Henriksson has played Wallander, from 2005 to date. (I just saw his latest last night, but I can't recall the title.)

Created by author Henning Mankell (NO, this is not an alias for Diane Fossum!), Wallander is the epitomy of common day-to-day homicidal inspection in Sweden. Mankell has said the story is the vital thing--he uses events in Sweden for inspiration--the cops come in second place to the story.

Wallander as a character seems to be a raging controversy because Kenneth Brannagh deigned to play Wallander in an all-English-speaking series. The big fans of that series are rather pissed off about the original Swedish versions. WHY?

As for Britain/Brannagh, let me see if I can explain carefully, when it comes to foreign offerings:

Whenever someone comes along to do an English remake of something non-English, it automatically loses its cultural and ethnic contexts. Wallander is set in Sweden, with Swedes and their stories, showing the function of the Swedish police (in this case, the city of Ystad).

I don't think most people pay attention to how silly it looks for this world to be suddenly "translated" into English. When Americans or Brits do a remake, they usually "Anglicize" the story first, unless doing something historical. Yet the British version of Wallander is still "Swedish", set in modern Sweden, TRIES to take from Mankell's original stories, and for all those reasons, it fails.

And though I am a big fan of Brannagh, he is no Henriksson.
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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful By DianeR on November 24, 2012
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Charging $4.99 rental per episode is outrageous! I got Wallander, Season 2, from Netflix for free. All 13 episodes were free on streaming video. $165 to rent the season, per episode price, for Prime customer to watch on Amazon streaming video.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Meigs on January 1, 2011
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A quick comment on Rev. Hernandez's review. I do find Hendriksson to be a fine Wallander, though not as good as Rolf Lassgård, who was featured in several cinema versions of the novels (only The White Lioness is available in English). Glad to see that the Swedish TV series will be sold as NTSC versions in the U.S. market. These episodes are written by a team of scriptwriters, not by Henning Mankell, but the early episodes in the series are faithful to Mankell's concept and Wallander's character.

At about $10 per episode, these are good value. Each is a mini-film. They sell for considerably more than that in the Swedish originals.

Of particular impact is Ola Rapace as the young policeman Stefan Lindman -- wiry, dark haired and intense, Ola is the husband of Noomi Rapace, who has made such an impact as Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish films based on Steig Larsson's hugely successful trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc.).

Even more impressive is Johanna Sällström as Linda, Wallander's daughter. The series begins just as Linda has passed her exams at the Police Academy, and of course, Kurt gets the dates turned around and fails to be there for her. She arrives at her first assignment -- in the same police station in Ystaad, the setting for the Wallander novels. There's a lively, determined tug of wills between father and daughter throughout the first year. Unfortunately for all of us, Johanna Sällström took her own life after the first year of the series.
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