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Detective Montalbano: Episodes 1-3 [Import]


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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Mhz Networks Home
  • Release Date: June 29 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003OXSRW8

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWER on Jan. 18 2012
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italian w/ english subtitles. set in sicily on the seashore this series has nothng to do w/ organized crime. on the contrary stories include: the snack theif -- elderly import-export merchant is murderd and a young tunisian woman disappears at the same time. is she a terrorist? why is her small son 'the snack theif'? what happens to him?

this first story reveals montalbano humanity w/ an odd sense of justice. the body is found in an elevator. the intrpid sicilian crime-fighter interviews two woman on the fourth floor who found the body, but didn;t report it because they declared they were 'respectable'. next, montalbano interviews an elderly man who had riden up to his apartment on the fifth floor w/ the body dropping a bottle of wine in the process. terrified his wife will find out he begs the cop to retrieve the bottle. montalbano tells his sargeant to pretend to arrest the two woman making a big display to horrify the neighbours and embarress the woman; then he asks him to by a bottle of wine and slip it to the elderly gentleman. he leaves humming to himsle pleased w/ his orders and having a murder to solve.

the first story also reveals montalbno's defiance of authority and his unusual relationship w/ his colleagues not as blatent as the theme in 'zen' series or prime suspect, but politics seem inevitable in the police structure. all this goes together to make a likeable cop and a great series of crime drama.

Story 2: the voice of the vilolin - i couldn't guess this one - montolbano's trusty sidekick speeds and ends the 'daring duo' in an accident next to an abandoned palace. in the palace m finds a body of a beautiful nude female. what does the corpse have to do w/ a rare violin found in the villa w/ the lid open?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Giresi on June 14 2014
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I am Canadian, I married a Sicilian and love sicilian culture. I wanted to surprise my hubby with a story set in Sicily...he loves it especially some of the Sicilian dialect that is sometimes expressed! I love the main character...such a wonderful change from American crime drama's...Luca Zingaretti captures this lead character with such passion you feel like you are part of the story. I highly recommend this series...bought the whole set...couldn't resist!
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By rod baker on Nov. 1 2014
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the plots are so complex, they are sometimes difficult to follow, otherwise, reasonably entertaining.
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By quinnbabe on Aug. 8 2014
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As it didn't have subtitles as wasn't able to understand so can't answer the questopm
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148 of 149 people found the following review helpful
Molto bene! Nov. 13 2010
By Writetrak - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the problems I find with books that are made into movies is that the directors and writers seldom remember the original plot, let alone the place and pace of the characters, which is happily not the case with this DVD series. The filming, plotlines and casting in these first three episodes are spot on and although it takes a little time to get used to the quick subtitles this, my friends, is very good entertainment and well worth the price. Luca Zingaretti in the lead role of Inspector (Detective) Montalbano is one of the best detectives you'll find on the big (or little) screen today and Zingaretti and the great cast of actors and Sicilian locations make it happen with convincing style. Zingaretti is Montalbano to the proverbial T and producer Carlo Degli Esposti and director Alberto Sironi have captured the heart, sweat and soul of Andrea Camilleri's three books; The Snack Thief, The Voice of the Violin and The Shape of Water that you'll find on these initial disks. Although one reviewer complained about the fast pace of the subtitles, I found it to be convincing enough since it falls in line with most Italian speakers I know and any conversations I tried in Italy.
The subtitle pace annoyed me initially too until I realized it matched the actual speech patterns. Then I chuckled. Besides, with DVDs what we miss, we can always go back and pick up with the rewind.
I've spent the last year turning some friends on to Camilleri's works because they're just well written and enjoyable so now I'll champion this DVD series for the same reasons. These are anything but the same old plots or whudunnit mysteries.Buy the books and buy the DVD collection. This is Italian (Sicilian) gold and friends, it shines!
Will other reviewers agree with me? Probably not because like most of us, what we read we envision in our mind's eye and form our own interpretations. We all occasionally wear rose colored glasses which might explain love, folks who believe pug dogs are cute, and probably our reviews here.
47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Montalbano is better on DVD Nov. 14 2010
By Janet Mackie - Published on Amazon.com
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At first the sub-titles were a little disconcerting but I got used to it quickly. The settings and the plot are excellent and the actors are a joy to watch. I had only previously read "The Shape of Water" (the third DVD in this first series) and I found the DVD followed the plot of the book with the added joy of watching a setting I have never visited. The detective novel "The Shape of Water" seemed very "wordy" to me while the DVD sub titles went to the heart of the matter. Again watching the supporting actors (like the "wronged" wife in DVD #2) was also real pleasure. The sub-plot involving Livia ties the separate plots together and gives a real humanity to the Detective that other detective plots often lack. Anyway, this is not Ho-Hum viewing. If you are up for an adventure, go for this Detective.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Authentic DVD Versions of the Books Nov. 27 2010
By M. Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
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Having read all of the translated versions of the Montalbano series, and knowing that there were movies of the stories shown on RAI, it was great to finally have the DVDs available in western format. After viewing the first three stories, it was well worth the wait--the cast is perfect and the scripts do complete justice to Mr. Camilleri's writing. Now we're looking forward to seeing the full set of the DVDs. Highly recommend them to Inspector Montalbano's many fans.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Latin Morse April 24 2012
By Antenna - Published on Amazon.com
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In our insatiable thirst for detective thrillers, foreign language productions have the benefit of introducing us to a different way of life in a setting which might well suggest the location of our next holiday.

In this case, the drama is set in the fictional Vigata, a quaint old stone-built town spreading over a hilly Sicilian coastline bathed in perpetual sunshine. Detective Montalbano occupies an elegant flat overlooking the Mediterranean where he can relax swimming at the end of each stressful episode.

We are introduced to a slow-paced (apart from the crimes, that is) way of life revolving round food - a man will put the enjoyment of a good meal before rushing to greet his lover - and the extended family, where relatives and workers gather on a sunny terrace to consume plentiful meals together.

Smartly turned out and astute, Montalbano somehow commands the respect of his staff despite the kind of volcanic outbursts which would have him sent on an anger management course in Britain. Like most detectives, he is on shaky terms with more senior officials, perhaps in part owing to his tendency to break the rules, but survives in his post, probably because he always seems to solve the crime in hand, usually through his ability to make deductions from very slim evidence.

The denouement is often unpredictable, partly because the very complicated plot tends to have a few twists which are hard to follow - and to be honest at times implausible. It's quite fast-moving, so with the sub-titles as an added constraint you have to concentrate.

Overall, it's worth watching as the characters are well-developed, the dialogue is amusing, the cases have intriguing aspects, and all does not end happily in every respect - there is a gritty undercurrent, say in the suffering of Tunisian immigrants in "The Snack Thief" or the continual hints at bribery and corruption amongst higher ranking officials, making the "honest" Montalbano a rarity.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
What? Only Five Stars allowed? Short changes the Series. Dec 1 2011
By Gideon Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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Acting, story, direction, production values, location, casting, EVERYTHING.
Freaking EVERYTHING about this entire series is wonderful. Entertaining and
fun. One of the best purchases I have made this year.
I have ALL of the entire collection of this series and there has not been one moment that
has disapointed. The most satisfying TV series that I have seen in a very long time. Wwhich does not mean that others are poor, just
that Montalbano is superior in every manner.
Five Star? Make it Ten.


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