The Killing (US) Seasons 1-3 – 11 Disc DVD Set Review (MediumRare)

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Based on the popular Danish television show of the same name, The Killing follows homicide detectives, Sarah Lindon (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Cinnaman), over their various investigations in the aftermath of a murder of a teenage girl. Set in Seattle, Washington, the first season covers the first two weeks in the investigation of said murder, with each episode covering around a twenty-four hour period. With three main storylines revolving around the teenage girls’ death, we follow the police and their investigation, the family attempting to come to terms with what has happened, and the political involvement that occurs while this is all happening. The second season resumes the investigation, continuing where the first season concluded. With new evidence being found, the various storylines come together into one, with tension being upped and new information being revealed. The third season takes a different turn, set a year after the case that was being investigated throughout seasons one and two. Investigating a series of murders that relate to Lindon’s past cases, this season is a change of pace from the previous but maintains the standard set previously. A fresh start, some might say.

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Here, thanks to Mediumrare, we have a set that delivers three seasons across eleven discs. The Danish version of the show is massively popular and it wasn’t going to be an easy task for a US adaptation to surpass it. While it may not surpass its Danish counterpart, it still offers some truly innovative television and with top notch writing and excellent performances, as well as edge-of-your-seat twists and turns, it keeps you guessing until its thrilling ends. Seasons one and three are the strongest here, but the second one still has plenty to offer and I enjoyed all three seasons very much. Enos, as Lindon, is incredible, and the backbone of the show. A slow-builder with realism, tension and a dark and moody atmosphere, this shows a lot of respect to the original show on which it is based, while also carving out its own quality of storytelling, resulting in some truly fantastic television.

The release is great. It’s audio and visual quality is high, and having all three seasons in a nice neat single release is very fulfilling. Mediumrare have done a commendable job here with this release and it would sit nicely alongside the original show on any DVD owners’ shelf. With 38 episodes, there is plenty here to keep you intrigued and entertained. Crime television shows can be hit and miss, but this one hits on most occasions and it is definitely worth checking out, with this release being its finest in the UK, for sure.

The Killing (US) – Seasons 1-3 (11 Disc Box Set) is available on DVD now.

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