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Wallander: Series 1 DVD

Various (TV), 2008


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Film Details

Directed by Various (TV)

Produced in 2008

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - British Film

MovieMail's Review

A magnificent performance from Branagh brings this complex detective to life.

Kenneth Branagh makes a welcome return to TV to play the Swedish detective Kurt Wallander in these three new 90 minute film adaptations of Henning Mankell’s classic Swedish crime novels ‘Sidetracked’, ‘Firewall’ and ‘One Step Behind’.

This is two treats rolled into one – one for all of us Wallander fans and one for lovers of great TV acting. Make no mistake, Kenneth Branagh is using this opportunity as a serious attempt to emulate what Alec Guinness did in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. He’s just updated to the twenty-first century and given it more action. There’s at least as much action on Branagh’s face as there is in the complex plot. Emotions and reactions chase each other across his face and only downtrodden misery ever gets a chance to settle.

This is a marvellous performance backed up by a solid supporting cast and cinematography that manages to make the flat lands of southern Sweden breathtakingly beautiful. And the plots really are dense, and the villains are genuinely nasty.

on 20th December 2008
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Film Description

Kenneth Branagh stars as Kurt Wallander, a hard-working cop with a strong sense of integrity. Based in the small town of Ystad, Sweden, these compelling murder mysteries are based on the award-winning and phenomenally popular novels by Henning Mankell.

DVD Details

Certificate: 15

Publisher: BBC

Length: 270 mins

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 widescreen

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 26th December 2008

Cat No: BBCDVD2785

DVD Extras

  • 2 discs
  • Who is Kurt Wallander?
  • Branagh's Wallander
  • The Wallander Look
  • Branagh and Mankell Interview
  • Audio Description
  • Audio Navigation.

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