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Wallander - Season 3: An Event in Autumn / Dogs of Riga / Before the Frost (2012)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 270 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (405 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008FTWT7K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,891 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Wallander 3: An Event in Autumn, The Dogs of Riga, Before the Frost (DVD)

As an actor, Kenneth Branagh came bursting out of the gate at full speed, with a fierce energy and churning wit that brought the works of the Bard to 3-D life on the screen. (In his rendition of Hamlet, even the Melancholy Dane came off as strangely proactive.) Given this history of kineticism, it comes as a bit of a surprise that Branagh's finest performance may very well be that of a withdrawn Swedish detective with a tendency towards inertia. The British television series Wallander boasts eerily beautiful scenery, intricate plotting, and, above all, Branagh, who delivers a masterpiece of interior acting. The less he lets slip, the more fascinating the character somehow becomes. Based on Henning Mankell's novels, the series follows the downbeat adventures of Kurt Wallander, a world-weary police detective who operates in the Swedish town of Ystad. An Event in Autumn, the first installment in this third collection, finds Wallander attempting to construct something like a normal life, moving in to a cottage in the country with his girlfriend and her son. Fate soon comes knocking, however, as a gruesome discovery in his garden leads to the uncovering of a murderous legacy. Based on the second novel in Mankell's series, The Dogs of Riga finds the inspector traveling to Latvia, after a murder at sea entraps him in a deadly case of police corruption on unfamiliar ground. While narratively speaking this may be the weakest of the three, with at least one too many drawn-out travel sequences, the attention to fine detail and characterizations still pay big dividends, particularly in Wallander's dealings with a cynical Latvian policeman (Søren Malling) whose outlook on life makes the title character seem like Pollyanna. This collection finishes up in fine style with Before the Frost, an exploration of belief and religious mania that ranks among the top episodes in the entire series. Adapting a novel that originally focused on Wallander's daughter Linda, the grim subject matter allows Branagh to further refine the beautiful dourness of his character: constantly expecting the worst, yet still not quite beaten down enough to give up hoping for something better. That it all ends on a ray of shaky optimism is reason enough to count down the days until the fourth series comes to light. --Andrew Wright

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous Series September 25, 2012
I am not the type of person who normally enjoys moody tv shows and movies. I was leery about the BBC Wallander series, with Kenneth Branagh playing the lead role of Kurt Wallander. I am so glad I made an exception when the series was presented on Public Television. I was hooked after the first episode.

I was thrilled when the series was released on DVD and I bought the set with 9 episodes from Amazon UK. Even though I have seen most of the episodes, a few times before, I am still enjoying them again. One of the plus sides of short-term memory loss is that I can watch my favorite shows over and over as I am doing with Wallander.

One of the best features of the series is the breathtaking scenery of southern Sweden. It adds a unique touch I haven't found in any other series outside of documentaries.

I am so glad Branagh agreed to play Wallander. I think he does a wonderful job of portraying the very complex character of Wallander.

I hope readers won't be put off by the negative reviews here. I think you will find this an outstanding series worth every penny you pay for it. I can't imagine any mystery lover not having a copy in their DVD collection.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's About Wallander The Man September 23, 2012
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Those who are "bored to tears" with Kenneth Branagh's portrayal of Kurt Wallander probably have never read the books. I would say his portrayal is as close as any Englishman can come. I think you have to be a fan of Henning Mankell's brilliant books to fully appreciate what is being done here. I do appreciate it, very much.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Kenneth Branagh has become something of an industry chameleon and his evolution in the entertainment world has been fascinating and unpredictable to watch. Making his name by spearheading Shakespearean adaptations (his first "Henry V" earned him a couple of Oscar nods for Best Director and Best Actor), he branched off into more mainstream roles before becoming an A-list director of blockbusters (Thor, anyone?). He might not have been my first choice to play Henning Mankell's enigmatic and introspective Swedish detective Wallander, but he's come to inhabit the role quite comfortably. He was, after all, born in Northern Ireland which is quite different (even if geographically close) than Mankell's Scandinavian protagonist. If anything, though, he epitomizes the unstable nature and world weary despair that personifies the series of books on which these mysteries are based. It can be a showy role, but it's also one inhabited by a quiet sadness and a distinct vulnerability. These three movies are the third grouping in a successful series. "Wallander" won a BAFTA for Best Drama series in 2009 (Branagh was Emmy nominated as well) and Branagh picked up a Best Actor BAFTA in 2010 (and was Golden Globe nominated that year).

Expectations, therefore, were fairly high for this new collection. And while not my favorites from a plotting standpoint, I enjoyed spending time with Wallander again. I understand that the methodical pacing may not be for everyone and, admittedly, the cases seem to be getting more and more outlandish and reliant on coincidence. But the series just has an unusual feel and setting that speaks to me. And I find the character of Wallander inherently fascinating. I wouldn't necessarily give this my strongest endorsement if you haven't seen the other movies.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Penultimate Installment of Wallander October 7, 2012
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In this DVD set, Kenneth Branagh is back for another series as Kurt Wallander, a detective in Ystad, Sweden. Season Three appeared on the BBC this past July and consists of the interpretations of Swedish author Henning Mankell's novels "An Event in Autumn," "The Dogs of Riga," and "Before the Frost."

Wallander shows determination, insight, and courage in solving brutal murders, often going above and beyond duty to solve the crimes, all the while dealing with complicated family relationships in his private life. The stories are well-written and some episodes in the series even provide the viewer insights into current Swedish society. And as with the first two seasons, the scenery of Sweden (and in this season, Latvia) significantly adds to the enjoyment of the series.

Season Three might be a notch below the first two seasons, but still well worth your time if you enjoyed the previous seasons. Fans of the series look forward to the fourth and final season of Wallander.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Production By Revered BBC September 13, 2012
By Pamela
Well developed storyline/plot and characters. There were a few moments when I felt actions could have been better understood and followed had there been more background provided. There is an atmosphere of depression throughout most of it, in keeping with the character of Wallander. I feel I am particular about movies and usually watch British productions. I find myself looking eagerly forward to future episodes, despite its few flaws.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The ever depressed Wallander returns October 10, 2012
I'm a great fan of Scandinavian crime authors such as Henning Mankell, Karin Fossum, Jo Nesbo, and more. It is interesting that all three of the mentioned authors have male protagonists that frequently struggle with their inner demons, some more than others, but all have this thread of a tormented soul weaved into their individual lives. For Fossum, it is Inspector Sejer, and for Nesbo, it is Harry Hole. In terms of dramatization though, we only have Wallander for company, at least for the present.

In Collection 3, viewers are treated to three feature length dramas, i.e. "An Event in Autumn", "The Dogs of Riga", and "Before the Frost". I admit I did not much care for "An Event in Autumn", but I enjoyed the other two. Kenneth Branagh shines in his role as the tormented and depressed Wallander, though I would like to see more focus on the plot as well as the other characters. Those who have been watching this series will understand when I say that the point about Wallander's troubled soul has been hammered home one too many times, and can get a little tedious at times.

The production qualities are amazing as always and a treat to watch. Those who like crime dramas with well-developed characters will enjoy this. At the time of writing, this DVD is not available in Blu-Ray format but the audio is clear and the images are well-defined and crisp, though not quite as sharp as those found in HD versions. I was only interested in the dramatization in terms of plot and character development and I felt Wallander 3 did a good job on those fronts. There's also the option of English subtitles but no extras.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars We love Wallander but not everyone will like it
We love Wallander but not everyone will like it. It is slow and Wallander is a brooding character. Works for us!
Published 1 day ago by R A
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, acted and shot
Beautifully written, acted and shot. The contrast of the gorgeous Swedish countryside with the dark subject matter is intense, Mankell, the author of the novels, is like Bergman... Read more
Published 2 days ago by S. C. Talbott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
maybe the best detective series
Published 4 days ago by Bob Pomeroy
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed all 3 seasons
Wallander is so Moody! But it plays so well. Enjoyed all 3 seasons.
Published 5 days ago by Lindey L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wallander's success
I really love this series, Kenneth Branagh,is perfect in combining brilliant and compassionate police work with
a quiet, and rather sad personality.
Published 5 days ago by Susan A.
5.0 out of 5 stars like able detective who is down on life but rich ...
This is well written with gifted acting. If your a sucker for a clever, likeable detective who is down on life but rich in plot this is a find.
Published 5 days ago by RonV
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best.
Published 8 days ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book and excellent film.
Published 12 days ago by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I LOVE This show
Published 14 days ago by Carla D. Olson
3.0 out of 5 stars Although I think Season 1 was by far the best, I love re-watching the...
Although I think Season 1 was by far the best, I love re-watching the dysfunctional Kurt Wallander. looking forward to Season 4!!
Published 15 days ago by amomma
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