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Henning Mankell's Wallander
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The Music Box collection of the second season is exceptional, as well as only enhanced by the addition of Lena Endre to the cast. The only caveat comes with the direction and over-use of soft, light-diffused cinematography in the episode titled Arvet (The Heritage), which is sadly intrusive.
While I have enjoyed both Rolf Lassgård and Kenneth Branaghs'interpretations of Kurt Wallander, Krister Henriksson's characterization here remains, for me, the definitive portrayal of Mankell's world-weary detective, and the 26 episode Swedish television series the best of Wallander's appearances in film. If you are a fan of Mankell's detective in print, or Scandinavian crime dramas in general, this is not to be missed!
I eagerly await series 3 in 2013.
It sometimes seems as though the world is divided into two groups: those for whom subtitles pose no problem, and those for whom they do. If you fall in the former group, and you enjoy police-procedural dramas, then this series is for you. If you fall in the latter group, or if your comfort level plummets when you venture beyond BBC productions, then try the series with Kenneth Branagh and a supporting cast of English-speaking actors pretending to be Swedes - it's not as good, but it is in English.
I am a big fan of British police-procedural/detective series, and it was only because I was having trouble finding ones I had not seen that I turned to the Swedish-language "Wallander" series with Krister Henriksson in the lead role. I was impressed: it holds its own against the better British series.
Which actor you consider the definitive Kurt Wallander may depend on which version of the series you see first (assuming you see more than one). As much as I like Branagh and admire his work, he runs second to Henriksson in the Wallander Stakes. Indeed, the character of Wallander is not the same in the two series. The focus is much more on Wallander in the British series - a choice perhaps necessary to attract Branagh to the role - and he is portrayed as something of a loner, while in the Swedish version the members of Wallander's squad get significant screen time, and Wallander is portrayed more as an intelligent man with good instincts who is effective as a detective, a leader and a mentor. Branagh's Wallander is a man grappling with emotional issues, while Henriksson's comes across as reflective and world-weary but a man largely at peace with himself.Read more ›
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I've watched all three Wallanders (the original, the British & this version) and I prefer this Wallander to the others. This one doesn't whine as much as Branagh or his father. Read morePublished 3 months ago by OxfordWillows
you must let the purchaser know that these DVD's will only operate in USAPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really love the series (FIVE STARS). Unfortunately, nothing on the Amazon website gave a clear clue that this set was Season TWO and not Season ONE (which I unfortunately assumed,... Read morePublished 10 months ago by D. Weldon
Despite the Amazon heading, this is NOT a Blu-Ray edition, but standard DVD. Superb package and it puts US "cop" shows to shame with the quality of the writing, acting and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alaninusa
Brilliant Series 2 of Wallander ... Probably the best of the 3 series.Published 11 months ago by Elan Durham
Really really good. As with any series, there are slow moments and challenging moments, but generally great pacing, great story, good acting.Published 12 months ago by drcg
This version of Wallander is incredible! I got hooked on Wallander with the British version, but even like these more. And what a great deal for the number of episodes. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ruth Hogan
This is a great series. Except for one disk that was breaking up. The rest was fine quality.Published 13 months ago by BeeGee
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