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Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti 5 & 6

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Joachim Kr+Ýl, Barbara Auer. Donna Leon's brilliant police inspector deals with the death of a famous conductor and then a skeleton found in a field just outside Venice in these fifth and sixth entries from the exciting series. Includes Death at La Fenice" and Friends in High Places." 2 episodes on 2 DVDs. In German with English subtitles. 2003/color/175 min/NR/widescreen.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 Home
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005IAAIDQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,157 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I am enraptured with Venice -- what a magical place! I am also a great fan of Donna Leon's Guido Brunetti mysteries, in which fine writing, fascinating characters, timely issues, and complex plots mix with the wonder of Venice (and there's always a delicious nod towards succulent Venetian cuisine). What an irresistable combination! Over the years, I have become very fond of Commissario Brunetti and his family (and his colleagues at the Questura -- the police headquarters). Thanks to Leon's skill as a writer, they have come alive for me and I feel sure I could recognize most of them striding across the Rialto Bridge. When I saw that these novels had been turned into television dramas, well, of course I was enthusiastic about watching them, and very curious about how well they would translate to the screen. Overall, this series is a resounding success; however, there are a couple of important surprises to note: 1) While I did not expect them to be in English, I was certainly taken aback that they are in German! After the initial shock, the actors took over and soon I wasn't noticing the language difference. (The subtitles are well done and not intrusive.) The acting is excellent, and the dramas are faithful renderings of the spirit of Donna Leon's novels. Venice itself is as much a star in these episodes as any other character and the panoramic shots of the city are wonderful. The viewer gets a real sense of the place. 2) The second surprise is that, after four installments of the series, the main characters of Guido and his wife Paola have been replaced by two new actors. That was disconcerting, to say the least, especially as all the other actors remained the same, and the sets of the family's home and work remained unchanged. Weird.Read more ›
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In this two disk set you get the Donna Leon format with a German production and a slight twist from here out. In episode 1-4 Joachim Krol and Barbara Auer played Brunetti and his wife while in 5&6 and the rest you have Uwe Kockirsch and Julia Jager taking over the roles. Other than that, and a few minor adjustments of getting used to the change in actors, the storylines are solid, the Venice settings great, and the productions still very good.
The change in actors initially threw me and might throw you too, but then think of it as the James Bond movies and which ever Bond it is along with the various Q's and M's, it still works and works well. I had to do a double take on the new Brunetti as Uwe Kockirsch bears an uncanny resemblance to French actor, Armand Assante. That aside as well, Kockirsch holds his own and brings Commissario Brunetti to convincing depth.
As for the continued series, well,for all of the scenic beauty of Venice Donna Leon shows us a seedy, darker side with Brunetti and crew doing their best to scrub it back to its glow through her pen.
Good stuff here and a nice break away from the car chases and shoot 'em ups that seem to occupy most other police detective stories.
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The actor playing Brunetti is now Uwe Kockisch, instead of "what's his name?"; I think his wife has changed too. Anyhow, here is the content:

Episode 5: DEATH AT LA FENICE. After a famous conductor dies from cyanide poisoning during the intermission of his concert, Brunetti probes into the maestro's past, and uncovers a shocking picture of immorality and ruthlessness - as well as a legion of bitter enemies... some of whom have held a grudge for many decades. Based on Donna Leon's first Comissario Brunetti novel...

Episode 6: FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES. Brunetti's housing nightmare begins when a clerk from the land registry office tells him that his apartment lacks necessary paperwork. When the same clerk dies "accidentally," Brunetti begins to investigate, and learns how the real estate market in Venice really functions.

And, of course, you get to see the streets and buildings of Venice.

P.S.- Look also at Episodes 7 and 8.
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Many thanks to German television for developing this series based on the Donna Leon novels. They are especially high-class. Thanks also, and perhaps especially to MHZ network in the US for making this series (and others, Montalbano etc) accessible to English speaking viewers.
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I have ordered 8 of these DVD's. all of them shift from normal color to a green/purple hue while running. No problem with other dvd's, so its not the player. These are expensive as dvds go, would have expected better quality. The stories, acting, scenes of venice are all wonderful but the color really reduces enjoyment.
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Do you know how sometimes you'll start watching something and quite inexplicably, you will straight away fall in love with it? That is my relationship with the Brunetti mysteries.

The shows are simply magnificent. Everything about them: the actors, the scripts, the music, the plots, the scenery.

I have not read the books. Sadly, I have never been to Venice. I came into the series cold and at first, admittedly, I found the episodes a bit slow. But then I realized that this show is not your normal one-hour (or is that 40 minutes?) SVU. It takes its time. It is languid and although the subject matter can disturb, it is in essence calming.

So you need to go with the flow. The plots and subplots wrap around each other, and ebb and flow. The music swells and the beauty of Venice stupefies. There is really nothing finer than to sit down and fall into an episode of Brunetti.

Somewhere early on in the series the two lead actors (Brunetti and his wife, Paola) change. I was at first despondent. I liked the first Brunetti! But I have come to love the sexy, charming, yet boyish Uwe Kockisch. I have come to know his co-workers like my own co-workers, and his family has become my family. When his mother (and the actress who played her) passes away, I cried.

I have become invested in Brunetti's children, Raffi and Chiara, as they experience various growing pains and turn into wonderful adults. I laugh at his silly and vain boss, and smile at the all-knowing and alluring secretary. And I adore Guido Brunetti. He is kind, loving, caring, progressive, funny, smart, determined, courageous and occasionally silly.

I see this review is more of a love letter than a critique. There you have it. I love this show. Each episode (movie, really, at 90 minutes) is a work of art. Brunetti makes me happy and I am so grateful to the MHz Network for airing it.
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