Follow The Money Season 2 on DVD – The DVDfever Review

Follow The Money Season 2

Follow The Money Season 2 begins 18 months on from the end of season 1… Claudia (Natalie Madueño) is out of jail, and Sander (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) is out of the picture. No-one knows where he is, except The Swede and all us viewers. Another mystery is that Claudia goes home and has a bath, but who was paying the leccy bill to heat it??!

£200m is still missing, thanks to Energreen and Knud Christensen (Waage Sandø), and fraud squad cop Mads (Thomas Bo Larsen) wants to pursue it with a wiretap on Sander’s phone, as he’s sure Claudia will contact him, no-one knowing the conman’s fate…

Hans Peter (Søren Malling) comes in with a case of fraud for his one-man business. Mads doesn’t want to know due to the low scale of the fraud, but as he’s one of the main actors from Borgen, we know he’ll be back big-time!

Claudia gets a job at Absolon Bank, run by siblings Simon (David Dencik) and Amanda (Sonja Richter). They’re an ethical bank, but they’re being made an offer by the distinctly unethical Knud, who Claudia knows from Nova Bank. One of the board members who he needs to persuade is Claudia’s Uni mate Ulrikke (Karoline Brygmann). Will she be tempted?

And The Swede is back…


Alf (Thomas Hwan) and Mads (Thomas Bo Larsen).


This second season is a bit slow to get going regarding the story for Absalon Bank, but around the halfway point, that one starts to get more meat on its bones, and there’s enough twists and turns to make your head spin. Overall, it’s not quite as good as season 1 as it’s missing a strong character like Sander to work opposite Claudia, but it’s still well worth a watch.

The opening credits are still the same, but Simon is placed in Sander’s stance, which comes across a bit odd as they’re almost all set in the Energreen office with the water theme, which doesn’t play a part in this series.

Interestingly, the original series lists this as episodes 11-20 – as if it’s a continuation of the same series (which it’s kinda written that way, so I can see where they’re coming from), whereas BBC just classed them 1-10 for Series 2.

Disappointly, however, Arrow has not released this second season on Blu-ray – just DVD. Why? I don’t know, but it does have a big following so I would’ve thought it was a must, especially with its slick production values.

Follow The Money definitely redefines the phrase: “What a tangled web we weave”.


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Nicky (Esben Smed Jensen) and Bimse (Lucas Hansen)


Now, for a few comments on the series, which I’ll hide under a spoilers header, so only read them if you’ve watched the entire series.

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The programme is presented in the original broadcast ratio of approximately 2.20:1 widescreen ratio, the same as another of the broadcaster’s big and deserved hits, Borgen. Since this is released on DVD only, it’s not as sharp as a Blu-ray, and in fact, it looks slightly less defined than I’d normally expect, which is a shame.

The sound is in Dolby Digital 5.1, and it’s a TV drama with nothing in the way of split-surround effects apart from occasional moments in the score, but you weren’t expecting a special effects movie. You wanted a densely plotted drama and that’s what you get.

Sadly, there are no extras, but that’s generally the case with all TV series getting a home release.

Subtitles are in English, but this is another series where occasional English language isn’t subtitled. Chapters are thin on the ground with just 6 per episode, and the menu features headshots of key cast members along with a small piece of the background music on a loop.

Follow The Money Season 2 is released on Monday on DVD from Nordic Noir & Beyond. Also, click on the packshot for the full-size image.


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Natalie Madueño as Claudia Moreno


FILM CONTENT
PICTURE QUALITY
SOUND QUALITY
EXTRAS
8
7
7
0
OVERALL 5.5


Detailed specs:

Cert:
Running time: 10 * 60 minutes
Year: 2016
Released: April 10th 2017
Cat no: FCD1498
Chapters: 6 per episode
Picture: 1080p High Definition
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Languages: Danish, English
Subtitles: English
Widescreen: 2.20:1
Disc Format: 4*DVD9

Directors: Kaspar Munk, Mads Kamp Thulstrup and Søren Balle
Producer: Anders Toft Andersen
Creators: Jeppe Gjervig Gram, Jannik Tai Mosholt and Anders Frithiof August
Series writing credits: Anders Frithiof August, Jeppe Gjervig Gram, Maja Jul Larsen, Tobias Lindholm and Christian Gamst Miller-Harris
Music: Tobias Wilner and Sara Savery

Cast:
Claudia Moreno: Natalie Madueño
Mads Justesen: Thomas Bo Larsen
Nicky: Esben Smed Jensen
Alf: Thomas Hwan
Simon Absalonsen: David Dencik
Amanda Absalonsen: Sonja Richter
Bimse: Lucas Hansen
Kristina: Line Kruse
Hans Peter: Søren Malling
Lina: Julie Grundtvig Wester
P: Claes Ljungmark
Annika: Fanny Risberg
Kasper Eriksen: Joen Højerslev
Frederik Knudsen: Thomas Ernst
Mathias Thomsen: Christopher Læssø
Ulrikke Bondesen : Karoline Brygmann
Nanna Riis: Stine Stengade
Steen: Kasper Leisner
Bertram: Villum Eneström Valsten
Jan: Henrik Noël Olesen
Albert Justesen: Johannes Bjørn Schwerin
Esther Justesen: Iben Ejsing Holdgaard
Henriette: Signe Skov
Knud Christensen: Waage Sandø
Jens Kristian: Anders Heinrichsen
Bjarke Strand: Henrik Vestergaard
Lise Strand: Lisa Carlehed
Karin Nørgaard: Patricia Schumann
William Hald : Morten Lützhøft
Læge: Pelle Emil Hebsgaard
Jørgen: Finn Nielsen
Killerich: Birthe Neumann
Susanne Birk Simonsen: Maibritt Saerens
Grethe Christensen: Lone Hertz
Hegle Larsen: Tommy Kenter
Olga Larsen: Coco Hjardemaal
Theis Jeppesen: Jens Sætter-Lassen
Mushtaq Aziz: Jace Desay
Douglas Henson: Martin Roy Colin Turner
Milena: Biljana Stojkoska
Milas: Balder Staahle

Reviewer of movies, videogames and music since 1994. Aortic valve operation survivor from the same year. Running DVDfever.co.uk since 2000. Nobel Peace Prize winner 2021.
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