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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (Blu-Ray + DVD)


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  • Actors: Jorma Tommila, Peeter Jakobi, Onni Tommila
  • Directors: Jalmari Helander
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Color, DTS Surround Sound, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Oscilloscope Laboratories
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005D82VM4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,207 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It's the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, and an 'archeological' dig has just unearthed the real Santa Claus. But this particular Santa isn't the one you want coming to town. When the local children begin mysteriously disappearing, young Pietari and his father Rauno, a reindeer hunter by trade, capture the mythological being and attempt to sell Santa to the misguided leader of the multinational corporation sponsoring the dig. Santa's elves, however, will stop at nothing to free their fearless leader from captivity. What ensues is a wildly humorous nightmare a fantastically bizarre polemic on modern day morality. RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE is a re-imagining of the most classic of all childhood fantasies, and is a darkly comic gem soon to be required perennial holiday viewing.

Customer Reviews

Very unique film.
Mac
I can't say more without giving too much away, but I will note that it all works better on a second viewing once you know that the ending isn't gigantic.
johnf
I really enjoyed this movie, great visuals, great story line.
dallasrose

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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.
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36 of 46 people found the following review helpful By C. Watkins on September 9, 2011
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!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dave Pierce on January 5, 2012
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!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ballard on December 8, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Friends,

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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Julian on January 8, 2012
Format: DVD
Well made fantasy/dark comedy in true finnish style. The 2003 and 2005 shorts made to obtain the funding for this movie are true comedic gems and really need to be seen in order to appreciate the Finns sense of humor. Little blood and no horror. You are buying for the beautiful scenery and a taste of nordic humor.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on October 30, 2011
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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.
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English or Finnish?
same here. anyone know for sure if it is in Finnish?
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