Rent The Killing: Series 1 (2007)

4.4 of 5 from 147 ratings
18h 20min
Rent The Killing: Series 1 (aka "Forbrydelsen") Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
Synopsis:
Sarah Lund is looking forward to her last day as a detective with the Copenhagen Police department. She is supposed to move to Sweden with her fiancée, but everything changes when a 19-year old girl, Nanna Birk Larsen, is found raped and brutally murdered. Along with detective Jan Meyer, Sarah is forced to be ahead of the investigation, as it soon becomes clear that Lund and Meyer are chasing a very intelligent and dangerous murderer. Local Politician Torels Hartmann is in the middle of a hard election campaign to becomes the new mayor of Copenhagen when suddenly, evidence links the city hall to the murderer.
But is he really the murderer? At the same time, the girl's family and friends struggle to cope with their loss. Over the course of twenty days, suspect upon suspect is sought out as violence and political pressures cast their shadows over the hunt for the killer.
Actors:
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Directors:
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Producers:
Piv Bernth
Voiced By:
Kai Selliken, Torsten Jansen, Kim Bildsøe
Creators:
Søren Sveistrup
Writers:
Søren Sveistrup, Per Daumiller, Torleif Hoppe, Michael W. Horsten
Aka:
"Forbrydelsen"
Studio:
Arrow Films
Genres:
TV Crimes, TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, TV Thrillers
Countries:
Denmark
BBFC:
Release Date:
04/04/2011
Run Time:
1100 minutes
Languages:
Danish Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.77:1
Colour:
Colour
Disc 1:
This disc includes episodes 1 - 4
Disc 2:
This disc includes episodes 5 - 8
Disc 3:
This disc includes episodes 9 - 12
Disc 4:
This disc includes episodes 13 - 16
Disc 5:
This disc includes episodes 17 - 20
BBFC:
Release Date:
17/12/2012
Run Time:
1100 minutes
Languages:
Danish Dolby Digital 2.0, Danish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Disc 1:
This disc includes episodes 1 - 4
Disc 2:
This disc includes episodes 5 - 8
Disc 3:
This disc includes episodes 9 - 12
Disc 4:
This disc includes episodes 13 - 16
Disc 5:
This disc includes episodes 17 - 20

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Reviews (2) of The Killing: Series 1

Balkan drama delight - The Killing: Series 1 review by JD

Spoiler Alert
12/05/2013

The American's clearly thought it was good because, like girl with the dragon tattoo and insomnia they were not slow to do a copy. I have not seen the copy, it would do well to be as good, the acting in this is paralysingly good. It is a multi-drama very similar to Borgan which I would also recommend. There are about 10 plots all of which are good and all are played enough to maintain tension and emotion without confusion. The plot is therefore so complicated I will not summarise but it is not difficult to follow.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Enthralling, engrossing, suspenseful - superb TV cop / political drama. Highly recommended. - The Killing: Series 1 review by RP

Spoiler Alert
14/04/2014

It's very long and it's in Danish with subtitles - but please don't let that put you off. This is an enthralling police / political drama that will have you mystified (by the twists and turns of the story) and impressed (by the sheer quality of the acting).

There are 20 (yes, 20!) episodes of around 55 minutes each. Each episode covers one day in the hunt for the killer of a young girl. But this isn't a simple cop drama - the murder takes place against the background of mayoral elections for the city of Copenhagen and the leading challenger for office and his staff appear to be deeply involved. Are they? Or is this yet another of the many red herrings and false trails that are laid to keep you waiting in suspense for the next episode.

The story goes like this: a 19 year old student is found raped and murdered. Suspicion falls on her fellow students, her teacher, the driver of the car she was found in, her family, local politicians, her father's employees, a taxi driver. DCI Sarah Lund investigates and becomes obsessed with finding out whodunnit, at the expense of her own family and her career.

The length of the series allows a depth of characterisation that is rare in TV dramas and the quality of the acting is very good indeed. The depiction of the grief of the victim's family is almost tangible.

I recently watched series 1 of 'Borgen', the Danish TV political drama. 'The Killing' also includes Danish politics, but this time in local government rather than parliament and while 'Borgen' is about political machination at least the politicians have fairly clean hands. Here the involvement is much darker and more corrupt.

My taste and that of my wife are quite different - but for once we found something we both really enjoyed. We watched 'The Killing' for hours day and night until we had consumed it all. Great stuff. If I have a criticism it is that the ending - while in hindsight inevitable - left quite a few loose ends unanswered and details unaccounted for. So, episode 20 slightly weaker than the others, but the first 19 are cracking!

Superb. 5/5 stars. Highly recommended.

[Aside 1: Apparently the Danish title 'Forbrydelsen' translates better as 'The Crime' - and this series is about far more than a simple killing]

[Aside 2: The subtitles vary in quality and at times lapse into American rather than English - but that's a minor point]

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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