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Kon-Tiki (2012)

Pal Sverre Hagen , Odd Magnus Williamson  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Pal Sverre Hagen, Odd Magnus Williamson
  • Writers: Petter Skavlan
  • Producers: Christoph Daniel, Petter Skavlan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Norwegian
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Twc
  • DVD Release Date: August 27, 2013
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,506 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kon-Tiki" on IMDb

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Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl (Pål Sverre Hagen) crossed the Pacific ocean in a balsa wood raft in 1947, together with five men, to prove that South Americans already back in pre-Columbian times could have crossed the sea and settle on Polynesian islands. After gathering financing for the trip with loans and donations, they set off on an epic 101 day-long journey across 8,000 kilometers, all while the world was watching. KON-TIKI tells about the origin of Heyerdahl’s idea and the events surrounding the group’s voyage.

The dangers of the high seas have rarely been rendered as vivid and thrilling as in Kon-Tiki, the 2012 movie version of Thor Heyerdahl's famous and acclaimed autobiographical tale. Heyerdahl (Pål Hagen), an ethnographer and explorer convinced that the Polynesian islands were colonized by natives from South America, sets out to prove his thesis by sailing on a raft from Peru to the South Pacific. With five friends, some he's known for years and some he's recently met, he constructs his raft as it might have been made by Neolithic peoples, and sets off into the ocean. Kon-Tiki depicts the most dramatic moments of the expedition with lush and vivid cinematography, evocative sound, and compelling performances. Encounters with sharks and rough weather will stir up primal responses in viewers--the movie does a superb job of putting the audience on the boat (and in the water) with the sailors, nicely balancing narrative with gorgeous spectacle. Kon-Tiki is a satisfying reminder that, in this age of overblown intergalactic battles and crime stories, the basic conflicts of humans and nature can still seize the imagination. --Bret Fetzer

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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars *BEWARE* US release is cut by almost 30 minutes June 1, 2013
I had been eagerly waiting to see "Kon-Tiki" for quite some time, and this weekend it finally opened at the local art-house theatre here in Cincinnati. I went to see it right away.

"Kon-Tiki" (2012 release from Norway; original duration 118 min. US length approx. 95 min.) brings the story of how Norwegian scientist/esplorer Thor Heyerdahl wants to prove that Polunesia was first stlled by Peruvians, contrary to the accepted belief at that time. As the movie opens, we see young Thor already wanting to be a daredevil in hiw own backyard. Next we find Thor and his girlfrien/eventual wife Liv spending time in Polynesia in the late 1930s, and it is there that Thord gets the idea that Polynesia was settled by "travelers from the east" (which would be South America). Thor spends the next 10 years trying to prove this theory, until he is dared by a publisher to provide the ultimate proof: replicate the 5000 mile journey from Peru to Polynesia on a raft, the same way it was done 1500 years earlier. About half an hour into the movie, the journey begins, and what an epic journey it turns out to be. To tell you more would ruing your viewing pleasure.

Several comments: first and foremost, what is a great movie turns out to be a butchered version of the original (and Oscar-nominated) Norwegian version that was released last year to great acclaim (it is the highest grossing movie of all time in Norway). Indeed, all source materials (including info listed by the art-house theatre but also for example here on Amazon and on IMDb) list this as lasting 118 min. but what I saw today was barely over an hour and a half. After the movie was over, I asked to speak to the manager as I thought maybe something went wrong, but instead I was told that indeed the US version is a shortened version.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Power of Faith April 22, 2013
I just saw the latest Kon Tiki film that debuted in 2012
at the Nashville Film Festival. It was an inspiring film
that brought out raw emotion for the six men that made the
101 day journey together. Thor was a calm leader that kept
his wits about him even under the toughest of conditions.
And it was incredible that he could not swim! I am not sure
if all of the facts are true in this film, but it was
extremely well done. The actors are fantastic and engaging.
Truly one of our modern day adventurers, Thor Heyedahl had
a vision that he shared with the world. This is a must see
movie. Even if you doubt his theory that South Americans
crossed the Pacific to land in Polynesia, the story is one
that you will enjoy and keep you on the edge of your seat!
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
A Norwegian-filmed dramatization of Thor Heyerdahl's legendary expedition across the Pacific Ocean on a flimsy wooden raft. Lovingly constructed and beautifully filmed with a sharp eye for the grandiose, it's eye candy on the same level as Planet Earth, if to a slightly more reasonable scale. The plot is a gentle balance between nature-watching and temper-managing, as the crew of six men and a parrot get to know a bit too much about one another over the course of their hundred-day adventure. Several of the journey's more dramatic moments feel manufactured (and, upon review, actually are) but I'd hardly call that unexpected and it may have been necessary to give the story a bit of punch. After all, where's the excitement in watching two hours of smooth sailing against a tropical horizon? It's an uplifting tale, if not an especially challenging one, and excellent fuel for escapist daydreams. Definitely worth catching on Blu-Ray if you're as big on our planet's sights and sounds as I am.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
I know there are already a number of reviews of the FILM posted, and I'll refer you to those for the story line and acting. I'll use this space to discuss the DVD and BD versions. This is another instance of the Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay going the extra distance to put a lot into the home video release of a film that only received limited theatrical release.

As you will learn from my fellow Amazon reviewer Paul Allaer, the US theatrical version was edited down from 119 minutes to 96 minutes. It was the longer version - in Norwegian with English Subtitles - that was nominated for the Academy Award as Best Foreign Feature Film. What you get on both the DVD and the BD version are BOTH that original as well as the English language version - which will give the film greater exposure. Whichever version you choose, it is the visual images that will grab you the most. The BD version looked great on my new flat screen TV. There were a few sound issues however with the volume dropping off in a few places. I'm not sure it this was in the transfer or not. (This was in the English version.). The special effects (mostly CGI created) are quite heavy, but very realistic. (One of the two "bonus features" is a nine-minute "Visual Effects Featurette" which shows the images before and after the CGI effects, with no narration; just a musical soundtrack.)

The other bonus is a 25 minute "program" on the expedition that Thor Heyerdahl made in 1947 and subsequent book and film versions. It appears to have been made for a television show.

Having recently returned from a vacation in Norway, I was anxious to see this film (which seemed to have passed through Philadelphia quickly on its theatrical run.).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Stick with the book
Excellent book but the movie skimmed and skipped so much of the content that it was difficult to follow the plot. What a shame because the cinematography was nicely done.
Published 2 days ago by ClassicalEduMom
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible true adventure.
I've read the book, own and watched the documentary and now own the blu-ray. A very good adventure movie based on real life experience. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Phillip Winn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A super movie...never a dull moment...hard to believe Thor couldn't swim!!
Published 18 days ago by Pauline R. Edington
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic story about history and the sea
Published 23 days ago by john a parilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 26 days ago by virgilio e. hoffmann
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Slow but informative.
Published 1 month ago by Chuck Carlino
4.0 out of 5 stars Subtitiles are always a bit harder to follow but the movie was great....
Saw the movie on Netflix and bought the Bluray to see the original Norwegian edition. Subtitiles are always a bit harder to follow but the movie was great. Read more
Published 1 month ago by william
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I'm happy
Published 1 month ago by Bob Slingsby
3.0 out of 5 stars The orginal movie was the best. This one seems to be made more for ...
Not a world class movie as many details are not included. Didn't follow the orginal book very well. The orginal movie was the best. This one seems to be made more for Hollywood.
Published 2 months ago by KH
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent account of the journey
an excellent account of the journey. am signing on for the next one!
Published 2 months ago by Albert Weissman
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