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Thale Blu-ray

United States
XLrator | 2012 | 78 min | Not rated | Apr 23, 2013

Thale (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (28.77 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
Norwegian: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 (192kbps)

Subtitles
English, English SDH

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25GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)

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Video 4.0 of 54.0
Audio 3.5 of 53.5
Extras 0.5 of 50.5
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Thale

 (2012)

Thale Blu-ray delivers great video and solid audio in this overall recommended Blu-ray release

Two forensic clean-up men discover a mythological siren hidden in the basement of a remote cabin in the Norwegian woods.

For more about Thale and the Thale Blu-ray release, see Thale Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Morten Andresen, Erlend Nervold, Silje Reinåmo
Director: Aleksander Nordaas

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Thale Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Definitive information on Thale's shooting format was not available, but the appearance is obviously that of digital video. To my eye, it appeared to be high-end consumer-grade equipment rather than a professional system such as the Arri Alexa or one of the Red cameras, but the result on XLrator's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray is a satisfyingly clean and detailed image with reasonably solid blacks and well-saturated primary colors in scenes that are fully lit. In the many scenes in the underground rooms, a sickly yellow or green cast tints everything, because the illumination is poor, and the effect contributes to the sense of claustrophobia and danger. The images of the surrounding forest in the outdoor scenes are breathtakingly detailed and beautiful, but also forbidding in their sense of isolation and coldness.

The film's running time is short, and the only extra is a trailer. At an average bitrate of 28.77 Mbps, compression artifacts are not an issue.


Thale Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

The sophistication of Thale's sound editing is demonstrated not by showy surround effects, but by the careful layering and alternation of the dialogue (and breathing) of the two main characters with the various sounds that issue from the recorded tapes they find in the abandoned cabin basement, as well as the otherworldly sounds that issue from Thale herself. In outdoor scenes, there are distant (and also nearby) rustlings that pass quickly through the sound field and are meant to have an unsettling effect. A sequence near the end that cannot be described without spoilers has been carefully edited to converge the sounds of two scenes occurring simultaneously into one aural event. All of this sound work has a natural and effective presence on the Blu-ray's DTS-HD MA 5.1 track, which includes the original Norwegian dialogue. I presume the dialogue is clearly conveyed but do not have the linguistic knowledge to form an independent judgment. An English dub track is available in Dolby Digital 2.0, but when I sampled it, I found the voices wholly unsuitable to the characters of Leo and Elvis.

The sparse musical accompaniment is credited to Raymond Enoksen and Geirmund Simonsen, who have extensive credits in Norwegian TV.



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Thale Blu-ray - March 16, 2013

XLrator Media has announced the Blu-ray release of Norwegian writer/director Aleksander L. Nordaas' Thale, starring Silje Reinåmo as the titular creature and Erlend Nervold and Jon Sigve Skard as co-workers who discover the beautiful mythological beast. The film ...




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