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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: John River (Stellan Skarsgärd The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Insomnia) is a gifted police officer with a secret. As a man haunted by manifestations of the dead, including a tormenting killer, Thomas Cream (Eddie Marsan - Ray Donovan) and the murder victims whose secrets he must unlock, he walks a tightrope between maintaining respectability at work and managing his own fragile state of mind. His colleague and confidant, Detective Sergeant Jackie Stevie Stevenson (Nicola Walker - Last Tango in Halifax) lends River the emotional support he so badly needs, whilst his boss, Chief Inspector Chrissie Reid (Lesley Manville - An Adventure In Space and Time) is conflicted between River s obvious talents and his evident problems. Adrift in a London full of other exiled souls, River s own isolation helps him connect with the troubled victims who crash into his world, and to see the truth in ways his colleagues are drawn to admire and question, in equal measure. But as his long-held defences are eroded by love and loss, River is torn between the living and the dead; will he have to choose once and for all? ...River (6 Episodes) - 2-DVD Set
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Loved this movie on Firestick; bought the DVD for friends; there were no subtitles. On your description it says acori subtitles. What does acori (or atori?) subtitles mean.
At first, I found River's constant communing with the dead a little gimmicky. But the mystery itself, as he tries to solve the murder of his partner, unfolds layer by layer and is quite compelling. The ending is very, very sad, but River is a satisfying mystery that is well-acted and well-told. Highly recommended for people who enjoy shows like Broadchurch (UK) or Witnesses (France).
Still, the series' strength begins and ends with the sheer acting power and presence of Stellan Skarsgard. In an era in which moody Scandinavian procedurals have become a thing in print and on-screen, you'd have thought that producers and show-runners everywhere would be thinking "If only we could interest Stellan Skarsgard in our project." Indeed, he's related in interviews that he'd been approached countless times and couldn't begin to even feign interest. He does know quality though: Morgan's project (and BBC One's production) stood out. He's nothing short of amazing here.
Morgan's story deftly works in Skarsgard's Swedish background. The depiction of River's on-screen affliction is masterful, juxtaposing scenes from River's point of view -- his 'manifests' depicted in conversation or battle -- with that of the POV of others present. There are points where you're momentarily trying to sort reality from River's reality. And, that's the point: River is fully on knife's edge throughout, perilously close to to something resembling a full-out psychological collapse.
Also notable here: Lesley Manville as River's boss, Chrissie Read. She contributes many powerful scenes, none better than when Skarsgard's River confronts her in a supermarket, goading her back to the office. I also liked Georgina Rich as the police psychologist, who does a lot here with active listening, and Adeel Akhtar, as River's new partner, Ira King. Akhtar's character's quiet support of River -- and a tacit understanding of his partner's public demons -- becomes a steadying anchor as the story gets deeper into its unfolding.
I was able to watch this streaming in the US by going to Amazon UK, buying a gift card paying for it that way. I'd tried to do this in the past and had been stymied but this method starting working about one month ago (Nov. 2016). Any difference in streaming quality is not apparent.
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