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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005D82VM4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,231 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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4 of 4 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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Odd film but worthy of a watch. subtitled it is easier to follow. I enjoyed it immensely but my wife just shrugged and said - it was ok.
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76 of 84 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.
37 of 47 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!
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great movie if you set expectations right/great blu ray Oct. 30 2011
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I simply loved this film. I'm coming to build a deep appreciation for Scandinavian horror films, such as this one, let the right one in, dead snow, and so on. They have a very different character than the typical American horror, with more emphasis on atmospheric creepiness, than on surprise scares. Certainly I enjoy both, but depending on my mood, I may gravitate toward one more than the other.

That said, with the right expectations you'll really enjoy this film. As other reviewers accurately point out, this is an interesting re-telling of the Santa story, with an obvious dark twist. However, you should know its not really a scary movie per se; the film definitely sets a stage of dread, nervous anticipation and general creepiness, but it does not produce many outright scares. Rather than having santa jump out and kill someone, you see ominous snow tracks, or a pacing santa with a dangerously malicious look in his eyes (trying to avoid spoilers here). So understand you're not getting Friday the 13th.

I have to admit the concept is incredibly creative. The concept alone makes this a great film to watch. Further, if you can help your child discern between reality (insofar as you want him/her to believe) and make-up TV, this could be a family movie. There are a few gory scenes (e.g., a pig being butchered), so I'd think 10 y/o or so is probably a decent lower limit. Additionally, there is a certain family cozy-ness to it; the story is about a widowed father (on rough times) and his son; much of the story focuses on their relationship and the boy's experiences, so there definitely is a relatability that will appeal to a family watching this film.

Regarding the Blu Ray - the packaging is simply phenomenal. Whoever designed it did a brilliant job, and the packaging and interior design neatly mirrors the story. Additionally, the Blu Ray video quality is great, but not perfect; I'd rate it a 4/5 stars. To benchmark myself, I give Dead Snow a 5/5 for video quality.

Very highly recommended. Remember, if you watch this film for the creative concept and well executed story, and not expecting jump out of your seat scares, you'll be delighted.
14 of 17 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!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Rare Exports: A personal review Dec 8 2011
By Charles Ballard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase

I'd been wanting to see this movie for over a year. IMDB had the trailers in late 2010, and I thought it would be in U.S. theaters for the holidays. It MAY have shown elsewhere in the country, but to my knowledge NEVER came to Saint Louis. So now it's the holiday season of 2011, and it's out on video. It's not quite what I thought it was going to be. There is a bit of a twist at the end (Santa is not always what you think!!!), and if you've seen the short movies which inspired it, this movie actually fit's in well with those. This movie is irreverent in the same way that "Santa Clause Conquers the Martians" was irreverent. You take an established icon (Santa) and do something outlandish with it to create a movie that people will be talking about for years to come. But don't get me wrong. It's NOT an American production, it's Finnish. So things that children can see over there without parental supervision have earned the movie an R rating in the U.S.. The primary focus of the movie spends most of it buck naked with his... north pole exposed to the arctic cold. And there is also some expletive laced language. But overall a great movie with an young hero who saves the day in the truest Spielberg-ian tradition. If you like off-the-wall stories, Rare Exports will not disappoint. CKB.

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