Inspector Rex in Rome is the successor to an Austrian television series (Kommissar Rex) which ran from 1994 to 2004. It featured a smart and funny German Shepherd who worked with a homicide team to solve crimes in Vienna and the surrounding region. In 2004, two years into the third major cast change, the series was canceled, but was resurrected in 2008 with Rex transferring to Rome, Italy.
Inspector Rex in Rome, or simply Rex, stars Kaspar Capparoni as Lorenzo Fabbri and Fabio Ferri as his long suffering sergeant, Morini. The series is shot in both German and Italian and shown in many countries, although not the US and Canada.
Rex's Italian Team
Rex in Rome's lead actor, Kaspar Capparoni, was born in Rome in 1964 to an Austrian mother and an Italian father. Physically attractive in the Steve McQueen/Daniel Craig mold, he makes a convincing hero. Capparoni became a stage actor at 18, later moving on to Italian television, primarily in soap operas and mini series. In 2008, he began filming the Italian version of Inspector Rex, under the direction of Marco Serafini.
As in the original series, the most enjoyable scenes are the domestic ones involving Rex and his master. Capparoni projects a effortless rapport with the dog, offering some priceless facial expressions when dealing with his willful companion. As always, Rex has a mind of his own and is very inventive in achieving his objectives.
Fabio Ferri's character, Morini, is a likeable sidekick, often naive in his snap judgments but always willing to learn. The banter between him and his boss, Fabbri, is always entertaining, even if the lower-ranking Morini usually gets the short end of the stick. Gorgeous Pilar Abbela, as the predatory forensics scientist Katia Martelli, creates some romantic tension in her relentless pursuit of the reluctant Inspector Fabbri. And Augusto Zucchi plays Fabbri's dog-intolerant supervisor, Fillipo Gori.
Recent Cast Changes
In May 2010 Kaspar Capparoni left the series and was replaced by Italian actor Ettore Bassi. Bassi completed the next two seasons, then left in 2012. The 2013 season stars Francesco Arca as Rex's new master.
Rex And His Trainer
Inspector Rex in Rome features an American dog named Henry. Like his two predecessors in the Austrian series, Henry is trained by American Teresa Ann Miller. In her capable hands, Henry/Rex pulls off some amazing stunts, from leaping off a bridge onto a moving ferry to feeding fish to a dolphin. Teresa has a facebook page and a Yahoo group, and personally responds to comments and queries from group members. There are some great photos on her facebook page.
Henry retired in 2010 and was replaced by Nik.
Thankfully, SBS, the Australian multicultural television network, created English subtitles before broadcasting each series of Inspector Rex in Rome. Even among those of Italian ancestry, few know enough of the language to follow the fast paced delivery of Fabbri and Morini, although the hand gestures and facial expressions are almost enough to allow us to follow the stories. But not quite, so subtitles help fill the gaps. All the Italian DVDs mentioned on our site have English subtitles courtesy of SBS.
If you live in the USA or Canada, please note that the Inspector Rex in Rome DVDs are in the PAL format and require a multi-region DVD player for playback. If you don't currently have one, Amazon offers a low cost model for around $60.
You'll notice on the Amazon site that the Philips model (above) has more positive reviews than the cheapest DVD player (retailing for around $35.00). You can buy a multi-region DVD player in stores, but we haven't found one as economically priced as the Phillips model offered online. [If Amazon doesn't have one in stock, you should be able to find it at most retail outlets.]
What you purchase is up to you, but we recommend you take some time to read the online customer reviews of each product before you make up your mind. You can get free shipping with most Amazon purchases over $50, and there is a return policy. If you're interested in watching top rated Italian language programs like Don Mateo, La Piovra (The Octopus) and Commissario Montalbano, none of which are shown on North American television, a multi-region DVD player is a worthwhile investment.
To source Inspector Rex in Rome DVDs online, please click on the images below:
Rex Season 9
Rex Season 10 Episodes 1-11
Rex Season 11 Episodes 1-12
To purchase the Inspector Rex In Rome DVDs in Australia, visit any ABC Shop.