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Rare Exports: a Christmas Tale [Blu-ray]


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  • Format: AC-3, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Video Service Corp.
  • Release Date: Oct. 25 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005D82VM4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,538 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Studio: Oscilloscope Pictures Release Date: 10/25/2011 Run time: 80 minutes Rating: R

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Cylon God on Nov. 27 2011
Format: DVD
Now that holidays are behind us; the leftover turkey all but gone from the fridge; the tinsel and wrapping paper stored and the pine needles swept'and the January blahs in full swing' But what's that? Why, there's one more present sitting in the dark under the Christmas tree, still waiting to be opened. Go ahead, see what's inside, go on... 'I dare you'

Every year around December, we are subjected to the same tired old Christmas staples over and over: It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Santa Clause, A Charlie Brown Christmas, blah blah blah blah blah' It's enough to make you spew rum-laced eggnog all over the living room carpet. But whilst each film is calculated to foster warm fuzzy feelings of goodwill and holiday cheer, few filmmakers seem to be interested in showing the cold clammy underbelly of the Santa mythology.

Which is just what director Jalmari Helander has done. And Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is the result, God bless 'im!

Like Grimm's Fairy Tales, the original source material can be horrifically dark and nightmare-inducing. Santa was not the rosy-cheeked benevolent plushy we see cuddling your little ones on his lap in the Mega Mall. According to legend, he also kidnapped and punished naughty children with a bloodthirsty vengeance. Politically incorrect today, perhaps, but back then it was perfectly acceptable.

Now, don't get me wrong. This is not your typical schlocky serial slasher Santa. Not even close. In fact, I would even go so far to as to say that Rare Exports is a kid's movie (with certain reservations for you parents with delicate sensibilities*).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By el_realisator on Sept. 27 2011
Format: Blu-ray
You will love this unusual dark Chrismas Story that flips the Santa Claus myth around!

In this scandinavian tale, instead of rewarding good spoiled children of America, Santa Claus punishes bad children around the world... by eating them! No need for boxing day, marketing and X-Mas shopping in this holiday's version! So the eating disorder of good ol' St-Nick got him captured and buried in a mountain, until some rich, oil dude has the brilliant idea of finding "it" to... keep it for himself!?...

Don't wanna spoil anything, but as soon as movie starts moving faster, the suspence becomes really tense and the athmosphere of this village lost in the snow transforms into a real X-Mas nightmare that will have you emotionnaly participate actively. Twists and turns await you and the ending will hit you in the face!

Add this title to your X-Mas wish list and prey the legend is dead wrong about your favorite holiday!
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By Sorpse on Dec 26 2013
Format: DVD
this movie definitely surprised me at how well rounded it was. The acting was all very good from the adults to the outstanding actor who played Pietri. The kid was great. The whole vibe of the movie had both a quirky and creeping feeling to it. The kid was constantly afraid of Santa and the precautions he takes were very amusing and tongue in cheek funny. There were also some offsetting depressing vibes that made you care about the characters and I was not expecting that. The emotions in this film are so widespread that it definitely stands out as above average Christmas film, not even just a Christmas horror which is the reason why I watched it. This is a great Christmas movie to watch with the whole family or just by yourself.
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69 of 76 people found the following review helpful
A Dark And Twisted Christmas--Macabre Humor Highlights This Inventive Finnish Import Aug. 4 2011
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
Looking for something off the beaten path this Christmas season? The Finnish oddity "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale" might just be the cure for your holiday blues. Part fantasy, part horror, part black humor--this delightful film manages to adhere to traditional Christmas movie conventions while upending them at the same time. It's an unusually deft balance that makes this both hard edged and heartfelt. While not a perfect movie--once the main action begins, things fall rather too conveniently into place--it is distinguished by its brilliantly bold concept. And despite minor reservations, I have to award "Rare Exports" my respect for its unorthodox story line and wickedly acerbic sense of humor. Destined for cult movie status, I have no doubt that this film will perplex some viewers. But for adventurous movie lovers, I can't think of a better antidote to typical holiday fare.

Set in north Finland, the reindeer population is found dead by local herders . Maybe it has something to do with an American work crew excavating a nearby mountain. There is a disturbing legend about Santa in these parts. It seems that the jolly old fellow wasn't so jovial, but instead was quite evil. He was killed and buried in these hills according to lore and it seems that the Americans might be looking for the genuine Santa Claus. As with any good Christmas story, the protagonist is a spirited boy with a hard scrabble life. Spying on the dig, he can't believe what is discovered. But when strange and scary happenings start to consume the town, will he be able to make anyone understand the evil that has been unleashed? It's such a terrific premise, done with slow burn precision. As opposed to an all out assault on your senses, this sly film methodically ratchets up the creepiness and the macabre humor.

This is a bizarre and highly original winner. The plot twists and turns and the climax is refreshingly satisfying. The wintry locales, the propulsive soundtrack, and the good effects add weight to the narrative. But perhaps the film's greatest asset is in its lead performance. So self assured and polished, it's easy to envision this alternate world through his eyes. His relationship with his father is sweet and realistic despite the surreal feel of the picture. I loved this movie, truly, and have no doubt that it will continue to captivate more adventurous audiences as word spreads through the DVD release. For those looking for family entertainment, I would not recommend this to small children (hopefully that is already clear). But for anyone looking for a new holiday viewing tradition, check this out. This will join A Christmas Story and It's a Wonderful Life as our yearly favorites. It's not perfect--but its sheer inventiveness makes up for any shortcomings. KGHarris, 8/11.
36 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Gripping, enchanting, inspiring Sept. 9 2011
By C. Watkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
We saw this film at our local cinema, not knowing anything about it. From the opening moments we were gripped and engaged by a wonderful combination I have never experienced in a movie before: interplays of mythology, environment, politics. We left the film with our jaws still dropped. It's beautifully produced, amazingly authentic acting, and like nothing else you will see. The story line is very human and ultimately inspiring. I'm sorry that many people missed it at the cinema, so do get the DVD!
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Not your normal Christmas Story. Jan. 5 2012
By Dave Pierce - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
First I saw the trailer. Then, I saw the movie in the theater. Then, I joyfully bought the Blue Ray/DVD, which comes with both Blue Ray and a regular DVD, which I gave to a good friend of mine from Finland.
Rare Exports is a rather tense thriller/black comedy. I wouldn't recommend for children even though the movie has brilliant child actors in it. The cool thing about this film is that it wipes away the gloss and pizzazz of today's Coca-Cola Santa, and brings back the true meaning of "..you better watch out, you better not cry...". At first I was apprehensive about watching a foreign film, but after a few minutes I found reading the subtitles easy because there wasn't that much to read. A lot of action takes place with suggestion at every corner. I hate to give away any spoilers, except that you will love this cult classic and beware of shopping mall Santa's.
Thank you Amazon for shipping it quickly!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great movie and great CD case too Feb. 25 2012
By E. Bottos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is one of my recent favorite films. I don't have too much to add to the existing reviews of the film itself, but I will add that I was pleasantly surprised by the box the DVD came in. It's not the typical cheap plastic DVD case one expects, but instead was a nicely printed tri-fold with film related inserts. It's something you typically expect from a collector's edition, not a standard edition. That's it. If you like quirky horror films, this is one to see.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Different Christmas Story. Feb. 24 2012
By Patricia Luntz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Thought the movie was clever and funny. Wouldn't recommend it for anyone who has little children who still believe in Santa though. Acting was good. Loved the little boy and his father.

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