Originally Posted by keenan
I agree, the Danish series is right up Netflix's alley, although it would actually be the BBC release as I don't believe the Scandinavian releases have any English subtitles.
When I looked at "Forbrydelsen II" on sale in a video shop in Oslo, there weren't English subtitles. The Killing (aka Forbrydelsen I) has been released with English subtitles by the BBC/2Entertain (I think) in the UK - but SBS in Australia, showed it quite a bit before the BBC, and there may have been a subtitled DVD release in Aus as well.
Scandinavian domestic releases vary with regard to English subtitles (though Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish subs are very common) Some major series have them (Varg Veum DVDs and Blu-rays, all but the first ep of Irene Huss, more recent Beck episodes, latter DVDs and the most recent DVD/Blu-rays for instance). Many movies do - but again not all. (And sometimes you get a pleasant surprise - nothing on the label to tell you they're there - but then they are!)
Annoyingly the TV4 Wallander (Krister Henriksson) releases had English subtitles for the entire first series and the first few episodes of the second series. They then stopped releasing with English subtitles - presumably so that they could exploit a secondary DVD release in English speaking territories? (Well actually that's what they said when I emailed SF to ask)
And the series is now available in the UK with English subtitles. (But annoyingly the Blu-ray re-releases in Sweden don't have them at all - though re-mastering them with English subs isn't too tricky) (*)
The rights could be a bit sticky there with the entities involved, the Danish TV rights holders and the BBC.
Doubt the BBC have any rights issues outside the UK. Suspect they will only have the UK (and probably Ireland) rights.
(*) I speak basic Swedish and can cope with clear Norwegian, but need Danish subtitles for Danish shows (I usually watch with the Swedish or Norwegian subs there if present). However because nobody else in my family speaks these languages, I have to watch with English subtitles if watching with them. (Which means often doing my own translations and resubtitling)