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Feature 8.0
Video 8.5
Audio 7.0
Special Features   0.0
Audio 8.0
Distributor: Madman
Running Time: 520 minutes
Classification:
 M15+
Reviewer: Simon Black

8.0


The Killing Part 1

The release of this 20-part Danish crime series was extremely fortuitous, given the world’s current obsession with a certain girl possessed of a certain tattoo.  Move over Dan Brown and Harry Potter: at this moment in time Scandinavian + murder mystery = $.  Lots of it. 

Happily for fans of the genre, The Killing more than lives up to expectations.  The series revolves around Sarah Lund (Sofie Gråbøl, Daisy Diamond), a Copenhagen-based Detective looking forward to her and her fiancé’s imminent relocation to Sweden.  On the eve of the departure, 19-year-old Nanna Birk Larssen is found in a field, raped and brutally murdered.  Along with her replacement Jan Meyer (Everything Will Be Fine’s Søren Malling), Detective Lund heads the case, uncovering a Millennium Trilogy-esque trail of intrigue and corruption leading all the way City Hall and implicating seemingly guilty local politician Troels Hartmann (Lars Mikkelsen) in the process. 

Recently earmarked by Fox for an American remake, The Killing is an adroit and highly addictive affair from its accomplished first episode to its cliffhanger finale.  The series makes excellent use of its epic runtime, introducing a slew of supporting characters – such as Nanna’s grieving parents and Hartmann’s dismayed lover Rie – that lend an engrossing air of gravitas, not to mention emotionality, to proceedings.  It’s mandatory viewing for followers of crime TV, and a thrilling exploration of both the criminal psyche and Denmark’s little-seen seamy underbelly. 

Audio & Video

The Killing is a dark affair in every sense – colours are quite muted, perhaps in an attempt to mimic visually the sombre subject matter – and there are much use of shadow and eerily-lit night time sequences.  It works well within the milieu, and the 16:9 widescreen enhanced transfer is crisp and free of defects.  The Danish DD 2.0 audio is solid and consistent throughout. 

Special Features

Nada.  Ten hours over three discs doesn’t exactly leave you feeling short-changed, however.






 
 



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