'Wallander - Season 3'
(Kenneth Branagh, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2012 / BBC Home Video)
Overview: The British television series 'Wallander' boasts eerily beautiful scenery, intricate plotting, and, above all, Kenneth Branagh, who delivers a masterpiece of interior acting. The less he lets slip, the more fascinating the character somehow becomes.
DVD Verdict: For all those unaware, 'Wallander' is a British television series adapted from the Swedish novelist Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander novels and starring Kenneth Branagh as the eponymous police inspector. The first three-episode series was broadcast in the UK back in 2008. The second series was broadcast in 2010 and now we have the wonderful third series here in 2012.
Filmed in Ystad, Sweden and Riga, Latvia, we again find Branagh playing Wallander. Indeed, he does an incredible job of portraying the very complex, at all times grey character of Wallander. Filmed abroad, every character true to the way it was originally written re: foreign names, foreign cities, foreign everything save for the english language, the first episode is 'An Event in Autumn.' The back drop for this one is that a truly macabre set of instances has come together to bring our hero into the mix. Basically, Wallander discovers a young girl's skeleton in his own backyard!
In 'The Dogs of Riga,' we get to leave Sweden and venture to Latvia where two bodies have washed ashore. But, as he investigates, a Latvian detective investigating a drug smuggling ring crosses paths with Wallander - and they go toe-to-toe. And then another murder has Wallander wondering what this man's connection is to his case. In the final episode, 'Before The Frost,' a religious zealotry takes center stage in what turns out to be a very convoluted tale to be spun. Bringing us a tale of arson and animal cruelty and a nasty maniac at the center of it all, you have to stick with this one all the way to get a grip on the powerful ending, trust me. These are all Full Screen Presentations (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs