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Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries - Episodes 13 & 14

4.7 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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In German with English Subtitles Murder, Venice, relationships...it's a delicious concoction in the hands of crime novelist Donna Leon. Venice provides the backdrop for the lush film versions of the bestselling novels, which feature the singular Commissario Guido Brunetti, canal boat rides instead of car chases, fine cuisine and crime investigations in one of Europe s most beautiful locations. Uwe Kockisch stars as Brunetti, a police inspector with a keen mind, razor-sharp wit, and a touch of melancholy. He strives to bring criminals to justice, but experience has taught him that countless things work against that human frailty, corruption, and police incompetence being chief among them. He takes refuge from the job in the company of his loving wife Paola, a university literature professor, and two teenage children, Raffi and Chiara.

EPISODE 13: WILLFUL BEHAVIOR - A young woman is murdered, but Brunetti can find no sexual or financial motive. She was set to inherit a fortune from her grandmother, a woman very much alive and obsessed with clearing her husband's name from the accusation of art theft during the Mussolini years. The case draws Brunetti into a search for lost art and buried secrets from the bleakest days of modern Italian history.

EPISODE 14: BLOOD FROM A STONE - Fake designer sunglasses and handbags - reason enough for murder? As Commissario Brunetti investigates what seems to be a gangland execution among rival immigrant African peddlers of knockoff luxury goods, he discovers dozens of raw diamonds in the apartment of an informant. The trail leads to a viper's nest of government secrecy, corruption, and dirty politics; his boss pressures him to drop the case.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Uwe Kockisch, Julia Jager, Michael Degen, Karl Fischer, Annett Rennberg
  • Directors: Sigi Rothemund
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MHz Networks
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
  • Run Time: 179 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0083H502A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,730 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I own all of the episodes in this German-produced series based on the Commissario Brunetti books by wonderful Donna Leon. The actors fit the parts and while some of the details had to be left out or changed a little to fit the television show constraints, the stories are remarkably true to the books in spirit and whimsey. And the scenes shot outdoors in Venice are just breathtaking. I was surprised that the character of Brunetti's mother was changed and introduced as a recurring appearance in the shows, but I soon warmed to her and appreciate that she is a funny and believable person rather than a sad ghost as in the books. I accept the producers' artistic license in this respect, although I wonder how author Leon reacted to this revision! If you loved the books as I did for their intrigue, historical detail and timeliness, inventive plots, delightful and well-drawn characters, both good and bad, and the evokng of Venice and its culture, food and quirkiness, you will love these DVDS as well.
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I have become more or less used to the actors speaking German. They all look and act so Italian that I am not bothered anymore. Brunetti deals with the ethical and moral problems of his mysteries and tries to remain humane and fair. I love the books and am very pleased with the film adaptations
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I have always loved all of Donna Leon's books. This DVD series is so well done. I don't mind sub-titles so it works well for me. My husband is hard of hearing and he realy enjoys the sub-titles. I have purschased all the DVD's that are available for now and hope there will be more.
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By cjk on June 16, 2016
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Found the books in a small bookstore in Venice 10 years ago and have read them all. So excited to have the DVDs and I have the complete series. They follow the books very well. Love the scenery. Their apartment is very close to the apartment we rent. Actors are perfect. Wish they were in Italian
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If you know the Donna Leon books on Inspector (commissario) Brunetti you will love this series of videos. Fabulous views of Venice, inside and out. Don't be put off by the fact that it's in German with English subtitles. There is not that much dialogue and the subtitles are well done and easy to follow. Some of the plots stray a little bit from the books, but I didnt mind. Excellent series, even if you've never read any of the books.
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We like the show and love the location shots. Maybe we'll even learn a few words of a new language! We plan to buy more. The DVD came very quickly, which was appreciated.
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Good acting, interesting story lies, Donna Leon good author, no problem with subtitles, learning a little German in the process. Glad we got started on this series.
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Italian crime solving among the best you will see. There are some elements of Inspector Montalbano the way the inspector handles the inquiries. He using intuition along with the facts to get his man. He has a excellent relationship with his staff and his superior which is both firm and friendly.
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