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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (Blu-Ray + DVD) (2010)

Jorma Tommila , Peeter Jakobi , Jalmari Helander  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jorma Tommila, Peeter Jakobi, Onni Tommila
  • Directors: Jalmari Helander
  • Format: AC-3, Color, DTS Surround Sound, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • 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 (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005D82VM4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,522 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.

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68 of 75 people found the following review helpful
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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your normal Christmas Story. 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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35 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, enchanting, inspiring 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie and great CD case too February 25, 2012
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different Christmas Story. February 24, 2012
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT VERY FUNNY
The extras were far superior to the main film. Well worth keeping for the rare exports shorts-they are funnier than the main film.
Published 14 days ago by Peter Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars twisted and amusing
This is a foreign independent film not in English, I had seen the original short film as well and loved it. It's dark humor, not a light hearted family Christmas film. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Patrick Foley
5.0 out of 5 stars Must See
A definite different Christmas story must see! Wereally enjoyed the movie. Not a normal Christmas horror story. Loved the mythology, and legends involved. Read more
Published 1 month ago by April_abbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Christmas Movie Ever
Seriously. This is the best christmas movie ever. I will be watching this every year. A bit dark but oh-my-god awesome.
Published 1 month ago by Samuel Matz
5.0 out of 5 stars An offbeat Christmas movie
Rare Exports is not a Holiday horror film in the vein of a number of Santa/Slasher films that have popped up over the years, but rather is a suspense film whose mood of eeriness... Read more
Published 1 month ago by johnf
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This will be one of my favorite Christmas movies! And it's not just for Christmas! Warning; it is not a "normal" movie. It is more than a little bit crazy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ron Skinner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, low quality control on the discs
I gave this 5 stars because I think the film is fantastic. It has easily become our favorite Christmas movie - the macabre humor, the setting, the twist on an otherwise cheery... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Erik
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive Krampus
You'll see a lot of reviews about this film that talk about how wildly innovative it all is -- and "Rare Exports" is certainly that. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael J. Tresca
4.0 out of 5 stars recomended
Different take on father Christmas is always fun
Santa was dark and chilling
Good cast and great action
Corny at times but meant to be so
Published 2 months ago by Casey S.
3.0 out of 5 stars Ready for a Complete Change of Pace?
Ready for a complete change of pace? Have I got one for you!

The full name of this Finnish tale (English captions) is "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale," and it's... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jay B. Lane
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