Zen: Vendetta / Cabal / Ratking
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The mostly British cast are at their usual best, and if the aristocratic English and slightly regional accents among the police detectives strikes an odd note at first (add to that mix the Italian accent of Caterina Murino), one soon becomes so absorbed in the story that the anomaly becomes unimportant. The mixture of British accents is analogous to what would be the mixture of university-educated detectives and the Italian version of police constables, a condition that would be lost with pseudo-Italian accents, no matter how well done, especially considering that Zen, convincingly acted by Rufus Sewell, is a Venetian. The sense of verisimilitude is maintained by extras shouting at each other every now and then in Italian (Rome is a very noisy city). The sound is especially good, down to the two-note police siren which goes flat by several keys with the doppler effect as the car passes by and heads off into the distance.
The carefully crafted plots of these crime stories hold political overtones, which, even though the books were written in the 'eighties and 'nineties, seem equally valid today, as little changes in a city where patronage and politics (and, unfortunately, the criminal underworld) have been walking hand-in-hand for over 2000 years--so long that the very boundaries between the spheres have become blurred.Read more ›
The cast is sterling though for the most part unexplainably British in this Italian set drama (Stanley Townsend, Ben Miles, Francesco Quinn, Anthony Higgins, Garry Cooper, Adrian Schiller and Cosima Shaw) but the key to the success of this series is the solid work by Rufus Sewell. While the winter and spring shows rest, this series deserves summer attention. Grady Harp, July 11
Vendetta: Things get rolling in perhaps the least solid episode (for me anyway). Character introductions vie for time with a plot line that has Zen investigating a case where an innocent man has been charged with multiple murders at a country estate. In addition, an assassin with a personal grudge is also on Zen's trail unbeknownst to the detective. Of course, these two elements will combine into one deadly showdown. It's fun enough, if a bit convenient. A large chunk of time is also spent developing Zen's romantic affair with a new office worker, and this detracted from the main action.Read more ›
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I enjoyed the series with the character of Aurelio Zen. I was happy to promptly receive the DVDs which are in excellent condition.Published 12 days ago by Sharron J. Jones
Very different from my previous viewings of movies with Rufus, I really enjoyed all three. Some of the plots could have been developed more.Published 1 month ago by Elaine R. Nedrow
How I wish they had made more than 3 episodes of this show. One of, if not THE best series I have seen ever on TV. Watch them over and over. So smartly done. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Judy Self
What?! No more of this great series? Excellent acting and beautiful scenery.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Absolutely great DVD series! The entire package covering/jacket and DVD discs
arrived in excellent condition.
Rufus Sewell....is an astounding actor ...its got Masterpiece Theater written all over itPublished 8 months ago by erik watt