The Killing at Christmas

The KillingThe Killing III on DVD December 17th plus the Trilogy Box Set featuring Series 1-3 on Blu-Ray for the very first time.

Arrow Film’s Nordic Noir label is extremely pleased to confirm the long awaited return of all conquering Danish-crime drama The Killing (Forbrydelsen).

Sarah Lund and co return for a third and FINAL time on Monday December 17th as The Killing Series III is released on DVD just in time for Christmas. Also released on December 17th is The Killing “Trilogy” which sees the complete series 1-3 together in visually stunning knitwear-embossed DVD & Blu-ray box sets. The Killing “Trilogy” also marks the blu-ray debut of series 1 & 2 – every episode of the hit Scandinavian show in beautiful high definition for the very first time.

More than just a TV programme, THE KILLING has become a full-blown cultural phenomenon in the 2 short years since its first episode graced our screens in late-January 2011.

Created by Søren Sveistrup for Danish production company DR, it wasn’t just the grippingly moreish storylines that enthralled the nation; it was the show’s Scandinavian style, its bleak Nordic scenery, and the connections so easily forged with its central characters, Lund in particular.The Killing

Series I joins Sarah Lund (played by Sofie Gråbøl) on what is supposed to be her final day as a detective with the Copenhagen Police department. She is all-set to immigrate to Sweden with her fiancée, when a 19-year-old girl is found raped and brutally murdered.

A local politician, Troels Hartmann, is in the middle of a hard-fought election campaign to become the new mayor of Copenhagen when suddenly, evidence links city hall to the murder. Over the course of twenty episodes, each a day in the investigation, suspect upon suspect is sought out as violence and political pressures cast their shadows over the hunt for the killer.

Two years on, and Series II finds Lund stripped of her investigative role and transferred to a low-key job in the country; but when the body of a female lawyer is found murdered in macabre and puzzling circumstances, Lund’s former boss calls her back to assist with the investigation. Initially reluctant, Lund soon changes her mind as she becomes engrossed with the case… Over the course of 10 gripping episodes, the worlds of crime, politics and the military become increasingly tangled and, as the case progresses, Lund’s mission becomes a race against time to find the culprit and prevent further killings…

Now, at long last, Detective Inspector Sarah Lund returns in Series III, the long-awaited third, and final part of the trilogy. The financial crisis is raging and the number of bankruptcies and repossessions is on the rise, but Lund has a newfound sense of peace, in the form of a new job, a new home and the recognition of achieving 25 years of service in the Police Force.

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What appears to be a random murder at a scrap yard in the Copenhagen docks begins to interfere with Lund’s plans for a quieter life and draws attention towards the shipping and oil giant Zeeland, run by troubled billionaire Robert Zeuthen.

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Meanwhile, Lund is disturbed by an old flame, Mathias Borch, from the National Intelligence Service (PET), who fears that the killing in the docks is the beginning of an assassination attempt upon the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister himself is in the middle of a turbulent election due to the pressures of the financial crisis and is looking for backing from the commercial sector, including Zeeland. Rumours arise that Zeeland is threatening to move the company and its production aboard – a potential disaster for the local economy.

Both Lund and the investigation quickly become embroiled in the politics of the financial crisis and, all too late, she begins to piece together the perpetrator’s plan and the sort of debt he is seeking to reclaim; a moral debt which costs lives.

Destinies cross over all sections of Danish society as the hunt for the perpetrator intensifies towards a dark secret which eventually puts everything at stake for the Prime Minister, for Robert Zeuthen and most importantly, for Sarah Lund.

Adored by the UK public and critics alike, the BAFTA award winning THE KILLING spawned the UK’s love of Nordic Noir, paving the way for the likes of Borgen, The Bridge and Wallander, as well as bringing foreign language subtitled drama in general to a whole new audience.

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Alex Humphrey

Alex studied film at the University of Kent and went on to work for Universal Pictures in their Post Room gaining an inside look at the movie industry from the very bottom. Constantly writing reviews in everything from local magazines to Hip Hop sites Alex honed his critical skills even spending a brief period as a restaurant critic. Read more

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