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DVD Review

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The Team
The Complete Series


Starring: Lars Mikkelsen, Jasmin Gerat and Veerle Baetens
Distributor: Nordic Noir & Beyond
Certificate: 15
Release Date: 31 October 2016

The Team (2015 8 eps x 1hr) is a European police procedure noir show which follows a pan European police investigation team

The show opens with the murder of three prostitutes; all have been killed in exactly the same gruesome manner after being visited by a journalist. All three girls have been shot through the left eye and had a finger cut off. The Team investigate as the murders had occurred across borders, in Berlin, Antwerp and Copenhagen

Each of the investigators represent the country in which the murder happened, Holland is represented by Harald Björn (Lars Mikkelsen), Belgiam provides Alicia Verbeek (Veerle Baetens) and the triumvirate is completed by the German Jackie Mueller (Jasmin Gerat).

In the frame for the murders is Jean-Louis Poquelin (Carlos Leal), but if this is the case he appears to have done little to cover up his association with the victims and the team are suspicious of such a neat solution. A bit more digging uncovers his association with Marius Loukauskis (Nicholas Ofczarek).

The season combines what often appear to be stand-alone instances of crime, but they all contribute to the team moving closer to the actual reasons for the killings and the understanding of Marius Loukauskis involvement.

The show has gone for a naturalistic view of crime, much in the way of the more popular Nordic noirs. This works in its favour, but it is counter balanced by some clunky dialogue delivery.

The eight episodes are presented on a three disc DVD set and technically the show looks good. The picture is nice and sharp for a DVD and the colour palette has been chosen to remain neutral. On the audio side the track spreads across the channels nicely. There are six European languages in the show so the set comes with burnt in English subtitles and no extras.

It’s not a bad show, but not essential viewing as some of the dialogue delivery is quite flat.


Charles Packer

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