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Henning Mankell's Wallander

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Product Description

A series of thirteen 90 minute episodes based on original stories from immensely popular Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell, WALLANDER follows the titular chief inspector Kurt Wallander (Krister Henriksson) as he investigates crimes and solves mysteries in the deceptively dark underbelly of picturesque modern Sweden.

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The Godfather of Swedish crime. --The Washington Post

Sweden's greatest living mystery writer. --Los Angeles Times

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Product Details

  • Actors: Krister Henriksson, Lena Endre, Fredrik Gunnarsson, Mats Bergman
  • Directors: Stephan Apelgren, Anders Engstrom, Jorn Faurschou, Jonas Grimas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated:
    Unrated
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Music Box Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
  • Run Time: 1170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DY0V7K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,031 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In response to T.W. Yates review, the complete first season of Henning Mankell's Wallander is available from Mhz Networks; for some reason Amazon is only selling the first season in three DVD segments, rather than complete.

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!
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Note: Not described in the product description: this is all 13 episodes of the second season of the original swedish television series.
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This second series of 13 90-minute episodes is more slickly produced than the first series. The stories are solid and well-written. All episodes are again based on story outlines written for TV by Henning Mankell, and I have found each to be thoroughly engrossing. In addition, series 2 maintains the high level of acting from a group of very talented Swedish performers. Even though two of the main characters from series 1 are gone, Krister Henricksson remains fantastic as Kurt Wallander, and, IMHO, gives the best portrayal of the character. The subtitles can be a bit clunky at times even if one is very familiar with British English. A minor annoyance is that the subtitles do not denote when the characters are speaking a language other than Swedish, such as Russian or Polish, and sometimes that distinction is important to the plot.
I eagerly await series 3 in 2013.
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We purchased this series from a vendor other than Amazon, because they had a B.O.G.O sale. My wife and I have become addicted to BBC Mystery. 'Inspector Morse', 'Inspector Lewis', and 'Touch of Frost' have topped our list. We also enjoyed the Kenneth Branaugh Wallander series, and elected to try the original Swedish version with Krister Henriksson. What a delight!!! We now count this as our favorite. We also note that Henriksson was hand picked by author Mankell to play the role of the taciturn, enigmatic eponymous detective. After watching all 13 episodes in an extraordinarily short time-frame, we thoroughly grasp Mankell's enthusiasm for this gifted Swedish actor. We can only hope for more!!!
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The following refers to the 13 episodes of Season 2.

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.
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The Swedish series "Wallander" is probably the best police drama ever filmed for its comprehensive attention to quality in every aspect of film making. Anyone that has seen it rates if 5 stars and with good reason. Unfortunately, Netlix has this season 2 (not noted in the product description) in its entirety as part of its membership archive (for $8). Equally unfortunately Amazon has Season 1 in it's entirety BUT which they have decided to hack into four pieces and charge $30 for each piece of 3 episodes each or $120 for the 13 episodes. Or you can rent each episode for $5 ($75 for the privilege). To date this is the most egregious exploitation of its customers Amazon has engaged in. Not many are going to rent this for $5 let alone pay $120 for the series. Nor are they going to pay $80 for a Netflix-like subscription to watch Amazon films many of which are available with Netflix and those that are not only $2.99 - a fair rental price. Nor are they going to refer anyone to this service. If Amazon wanted to promote its rental streams they would not gouge the price of their best material in rentals or sales. As a store manager one told us (as we negotiated to buy a few dozen surplus glasses he had) "Better in your house than in my store" and gave us a price that was much less than we expected. We have been back there a dozen times and referred at least six dozen foreigner visitors to that store. Eventually this will be available elsewhere and we will simply wait for it (there are other excellent Danish and Swedish and French police drama series out there right now). Sorry Amazon your bait is way too expensive for our humble fish bowel. Dean Corso
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