Wallander 3

September 26, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

In this third collection of episodes, we have three feature length stories that offer up far more depth and complexity than your traditional detective series. An Event in Autumn puts Wallander in the midst of two bodies, one that washed up on shore and the other found within his own garden. While the bodies were found in different locations under different circumstances, Wallander is convinced there is a connection between the two. Can he find that connection before even more bodies turn up? The Dogs of Riga also involves a pair of murder victims, this time two Latvian men with extensive mafia related tattoos. In search of answers, Wallander travels to Riga to track down the killers. But when he finds himself embroiled in a corrupt web, can even he free himself and uncover the truth about the murders? Before the Frost has Wallander lending a hand to Linda, who is concerned about her missing friend. The friend has ties to a known murderer, which raises an intense concern. But is the real story behind the woman’s disappearance and can Wallander discover the truth in time?

Based on the popular series of books by Henning Mankell, Wallander delivers intricate, well crafted cases that unfold over feature length durations. The series makes good use of that time too, with nice twists and reveals, so the episodes never feel bloated or stretched too thin. The stories are interesting and the show’s visuals are excellent, so Wallander has a much more polished presentation than most series of this kind. The series also has terrific performances, starting with the lead played by the always excellent Kenneth Branagh. He brings his usual level of depth to the role and really elevates the material, so it is a treat to see him in action here. The rest of the cast is also good, from other regulars to the various one time roles, so Wallander provides good, believable performances. So for fans of detective shows that want more depth from their programs, Wallander is a great choice and should satisfy genre devotees.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The show’s visual design is well replicated, with an image that is clean and clear at all times. The detail is sharp, but of course not on the same level as an HD version. Even so, subtle detail is quite good and softness is never a concern. The colors look natural and bright, while contrast is smooth and consistent. Overall, these episodes look terrific and fans should be pleased.

Audio: How does it sound?

The stereo soundtrack isn’t memorable, but it gets the job done. The audio is clear and suffers from no errors, so this is always a pleasant presentation. The dialogue is the primary element and it sounds good, with proper volume balance and no harshness I could detect. So all the vocals are clear and clean, as they should be. The music sounds good as well, while the other elements are basic, but effective. This release also includes English subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This release includes no bonus materials.

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