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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Blu-ray

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DigiPack / Blu-ray + DVD Oscilloscope Pictures | 2010 | 83 min | Rated R | Oct 25, 2011

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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

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Finnish: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Finnish: LPCM 2.0

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English, English SDH

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50GB Blu-ray Disc
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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Blu-ray delivers stunningly beautiful video and superb audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up! This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus.

For more about Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale and the Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Blu-ray release, see Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Director: Jalmari Helander
Writer: Jalmari Helander
Starring: Onni Tommila, Jorma Tommila, Rauno Juvonen, Tommi Korpela, Jonathan Hutchings, Per Christian Ellefsen

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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Blu-ray, Video Quality

  5.0 of 5

Oscilloscope has delivered a wonderful 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray image that fully conveys the impressive locations where Helander filmed his outdoor scenes, both at the mountaintop mining operations and in the countryside below. (Though set in Finland, the film was shot in Norway.) Detail is superb, whether it's the distant mountain ranges or the fraying patches in Rauno Kontio's heavy wool sweater or the makeshift "armor" that Pietari fashions out of his hockey gear to protect himself from Santa's attacks. Contrast levels are never excessive, so that the bright whites of the vast snow expanses don't overpower other objects, and black levels are appropriate for distinguishing essential visual elements at night and in dark interiors (although there's also a game of concealment at work here, because some elements of the make-up and visual effects need to be disguised). The color palette runs toward earth tones, with incongruous bursts of primary colors (notably red) to remind us that 'tis the season to be jolly -- or afraid, very afraid.

The credits indicate that the film was digitally "graded", which is common parlance in European films for the digital intermediate process. The Blu-ray was presumably sourced from the DI, which is usually a reliable protection against high-frequency filtering, transfer-induced ringing or other inappropriate digital tampering, and indeed I didn't detect any. Nor did I see any compression artifacts. The image on this Blu-ray is utterly faithful to the source I saw projected in the theater, and that is my principal criterion in judging Blu-ray picture quality.


Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

The DTS-HD MA 5.1 track is surprisingly active for a film that doesn't have many major action set pieces. In the opening scenes on the mountaintop, the sounds of drilling and other machinery fill the surrounds; later, the explosions of the excavation rumble and echo around the room. Wind, snowstorms, snowmobiles and other ambient noise suitable to the environment can be heard, along with a few surprises, including a steel animal trap in an unexpected location. The sounds of various projectiles traverse the room in the final act, as does a company helicopter on which Riley arrives for his meeting with the local herders. The dialogue in English is clear and well-rendered; I can only assume that the Finnish dialogue is equally clear. The energetic score by Juri and Miska Seppä has a presence and urgency far superior to what I remember from the theater, which I suspect has as much to do with the near-field experience as with the lossless presentation. (There is also a PCM 2.0 version for those who have not yet upgraded to DTS lossless.)



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