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Wallander (Faceless Killers / The Man Who Smiled / The Fifth Woman) [Blu-ray] (2010)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: English (DTS-HD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 270 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (361 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003X82D1A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,075 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The award-winning drama returns with Kenneth Branagh as Wallander in the next set of thrilling tales set in the beautiful landscape of southern Sweden! Based on the novels by Henning Mankell, these stories follow Kurt Wallander, a sensitive but brilliant detective – a man who takes each murder case he works on personally and will stop at nothing in his search for the truth, even at the expense of his health and his family life. Beautifully filmed, Wallander is a compelling series featuring an extremely likeable and entirely believable character and bold, powerful stories.

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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I enjoyed Wallander Series 2 more than the first series, as at least some of the mysteries do not defy all credibility. Based on the Swedish crime novels of Henning Mankel, this trio of mysteries grows more sensational as it progresses, but the unbelievable bits creep up on the viewer instead of being outright off-the-wall. As is often the case, Mankel has entwined social issues with his murders: anti-immigration sentiment, trafficking in human organs, and domestic abuse. Dave Shiflett of Bloomberg aptly described Kurt Wallander as "perhaps the most melancholy man on television" and Kenneth Branagh's performance as "majestically morose". He is an unlikely police officer. Wallander has a strong sense of justice but a hard time coping with life in general, much less with the brutality with which he job brings him into constant contact. He's never in a stable state of mind.

The Wallander series is also set apart from most television cop dramas by Wallander's lack of relationship with his colleagues. Fellow detectives Anne-Brit Hoglund (Sarah Smart), Magnus Martinsson (Tom Hiddleston), and pathologist Nyberg (Richard McCabe) are always there, making helpful contributions, but Wallander has no personal relationship with them and barely a professional one. They're just part of the landscape. This is more in the mold of noir fiction, which focuses on the protagonist's angst and how he is acted upon by the world around him. But Wallander's crises are emotional, not existential. He processes everything on an emotional level, to the extent that he seems always to fail his needy daughter and father, the people with whom he is most preoccupied.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended October 22, 2010
Format:DVD
If you have been captivated by the first installment of "Wallander" episodes, the second is a must for you. If, on the other hand, you find Wallander and his world too bleak (I disagree with respect, but this is a matter of taste), you are well advised to pass up the second set. Regardless whether you have read Henning Mankell's Wallander novels - great literature in the disguise of great detective fiction - or not, the film scripts can stand on their own merits, as the plots are, to the most part, intelligently curtailed and extracted from the books. The cast of characters is excellent, the films, beautifully shot against the colorful backdrop of the Swedish country- and cityside, focus not only on the whodunit with its police procedural, but tackle very real social issues and problems present in all western societies. While Kenneth Branagh certainly would not have been my imaginary "ideal" Wallander persona when I read the novels, I find him an almost perfect choice for the role. His mostly dysfunctional private life, very well captured, mirrors the world of crime in an often dysfunctional society. Whether the camera actually assumes his subjective viewpoint or not, all events appear to be seen through his eyes: with compassion, helpless anger and complex, brooding introspection. The three films in this set are as suspenseful as they are thought provoking. You will want to watch them again. Highly recommended. A tip for those who own an all-zone DVD player: check the prices of the Wallander sets on amazon.co.uk.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice change of pace October 18, 2010
Format:DVD
For those of you who need light, happy and uplifting endings then obviously Wallander is not for you but the reason it works for me is because it's real and it's gritty. Wallander is some of the best work that Branagh has done in a very long time. Wallander is weary, he's hardened and he's vulnerable. He sees the worst in certain people and I love that about him. There is true evil out in the world and Wallander has seen it. This is a really good series and a bit different being set in Sweden. We have never really seen such a dark series set in this beautiful country so it's a nice change of pace. If you like your crime dramas gritty and dark with some great acting from the main character then Wallander is something you'll enjoy.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, just brilliant! January 9, 2011
Gorgeous photography, actually shot in Sweden. Kenneth Branagh is perfect in the role of Kurt Wallander, an extraordinary detective solving unusual and gruesome cases.... Rough, uneven as are most real people, he is a powerful character. Start with `Sidetracked' as the first episode. The young girl in the opening is running through a huge field of blazing yellow flowers... I was so entranced with that opening shot I had to do some research to see what could be that brilliant in flower... "Rapeseed... grown for the production of animal feed, vegetable oil for human consumption, and biodiesel" says wiki so now you know too.

Did I mention the gorgeous photography?

Opening music is Emily Barker's Nostalgia

I just wish there were more.. :(
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am astounded! February 16, 2011
Format:DVD
I am astounded at the level of negative criticism aimed at what is a well-directed; atmospheric and yes dark series of thrillers. Wallander is an outstanding series which is leaps and bounds above most television fare and merits thoughtful viewing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wallander Returns... November 15, 2010
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BBC has produced a second set of excellent film adaptations of Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander detective novels, returning most of the original cast, including Kenneth Branagh, who absolutely inhabits Mankell's moody Swedish detective on screen. Like the first series, these three films are set on location in and around the southern coastal city of Ystad. The evocative Swedish landscape helps set the tone of the films.

In "Faceless Killers", an elderly couple are slaughtered in their own home. Foreigners are suspected, and Wallander ends up in a race against time to find and stop the real killers before Ystad explodes in hate crimes. Wallander himself ends up being a casualty of the violence.

In "The Man Who Smiled", Wallander, out on extended sick leave, is approached by an old acquaitance, who asks him to check into the mysterious death of his elderly father. Wallander discovers a trail of clues that lead back to a wealthy philanthropist and another burnt-out policeman. Wallander will have to argue his way back on duty to solve a difficult case.

In "The Fifth Woman", a series of vicious revenge killings have the Ystad police scratching their heads. Only Wallander has the intuitive insight and dogged determination to connect the cases and capture a mysterious and ruthless killer.

The "Wallander" mysteries are not for everyone. Wallander himself is unable to remained detached from his work; his personal life is a painful emotional trainwreck. The stories are quite dark; those who need clean happy endings are likely to be disapppointed. Fans of the novels should expect that complex plots have been simplified for the screen. That said, "Wallander" Set Two is highly recommended to fans of the series. This DVD set includes a couple of background features on the production of the series.
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