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directed by Kaspar Barfoed, Jesper W. Nielsen, Christian E. Christiansen
Denmark 2014

 

In this second series of cases based on the works of Elsebeth Egholm, Dicte (Iben Hjejle, HIGH FIDELITY) has settled the changes her life has undergone since the first series - her ex-husband Torsten (Lars Ranthe, THE HUNT) is seeing her best friend Anne (Lærke Winther, FLAME AND CITRON), other friend Ida Marie has taken off to Germany to live with her husband and child (Lene Maria Christensen having landed a regular role on LEGACY), and she is seeing photographer Bo (Dar Salim, A HIJACKING) - when another traumatic personal event sets her to work. When her long-estranged Jehovah's Witness father (Rasmus Haxen, KLOWN) is struck by a hit-and-run driver, she discovers that the perpetrator was fleeing the scene of the murder of a prostitute, sending her into the underground world of prostitution and those who exploit the fears and superstitions of young immigrant women (prostitution being legal in Denmark but not pimping) while detective John Wagner (Lars Brygmann, UNIT ONE) and his colleague Linda Bendtsen (Ditte Ylva Olsen) investigate diamond smuggling. When a local wellness queen is discovered murdered in bondage, Dicte explores the S&M scene while Wagner and Bendtsen pursue a suspect who might have been set up. Things get personal again when the twelve-year-old sister of one of Rose's (Emilie Kruse)friends disappears from a local disco and Dicte takes to the airwaves to initiate a search and shame the police into starting an investigation before the twenty-four hour waiting period for reporting a missing person. When Rose starts dating a local football star (RITA's Morten Vang Simonsen), even he becomes a suspect after the team's goalie is murdered as Dicte investigates match fixing and Wagner investigates past racially-motivated attacks against the victim. In the final episode of the season, Wagner himself becomes the prime suspect when Grace (SHERLOCK's Tanya Moodie), the prostitute who helped bust the diamond smuggling case, is murdered and it is discovered that he was romantically-involved with her. Series subplots include Dicte's resentment about her daughter's friendship with her religious zealot mother (Ida Dwinger, OPEN HEARTS), Rose's rocky relationship with her footballer boyfriend, Anna's and Thorsten's relationship threatened by her desire to have children, Dicte's issues with Bo moving himself and his kids into her space, Wagner's relationship with Grace, and Bendtsen's equally secretive relationship with her married superior Louise Holm (Andrea Vagn Jensen).

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 24 September 2014 - 26 November 2014

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DVD Review: Acorn Media - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Acorn Media

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 7:14:00 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: ~2.73 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Danish Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Acorn Media

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
� Disc One:
� Episodes (16:9; with 'Play All' option; 3:37:28):
� - 'Dreams and Diamonds - Part 1' (16:9; 44:00)
� - 'Dreams and Diamonds - Part 2' (16:9; 44:10)
� - 'Passion and Chains - Part 1' (16:9; 42:42)
� - 'Passion and Chains - Part 2' (16:9; 43:22)
� - 'Presence and Absence - Part 1' (16:9; 43:36)
� Picture Gallery (16:9; 1:33)

� Disc Two:
� Episodes (16:9; with 'Play All' option; 3:36:32):
� - 'Presence and Absence - Part 2' (16:9; 43:42)
� - 'Goals and Means - Part 1' (16:9; 43:22)
� - 'Goals and Means - Part 2' (16:9; 43:24)
� - 'Law and Duty - Part 1' (16:9; 42:42)
� - 'Law and Duty - Part 2' (16:9; 43:42)

DVD Release Date: August 14th, 2017
Amaray

Chapters 60

 

 

Comments

The ten episodes of series 2 are spread over two dual-layer discs with a lower bitrate than the first but results are okay in motion for SD apart from some compression artefacts evident in long shots with fine detail like some of the Aarhus brickwork. The Scandinavian release had 5.1 audio while the UK set only has 2.0 stereo, but the former was not English-friendly (whereas the English subtitles of the first series retained the newspaper name as "Dagbladet", the second series refers to it as "The Daily"). The only extra is a picture gallery.

Series 2 is also available in a boxed set with series 1.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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