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Happy, Happy aka Sykt lykkelig [Blu-ray]
(Anne Sewitsky, 2010)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Maipo Film
Video:Magnolia Home Entertainment
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 21,092,361,041 bytes
Feature Size: 18,694,158,336 bytes
Video Bitrate: 24.93 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: January 24th, 2012
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio Norwegian 1746 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1746 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
English (SDH), English, Spanish, none
• US Trailer (2:05)
• International Trailer (2:04)
Description: Family is the most important thing in the world to Kaja. She is an eternal optimist in spite of living with a man who would rather go hunting with the boys, and who refuses to have sex with her because she "isn't particularly attractive" anymore. Whatever. That's Life. But when "the perfect couple" moves in next door, Kaja struggles to keep her emotions in check. These new neighbors open a new world to Kaja with consequences for everyone involved. And when Christmas comes around, it becomes evident that nothing will ever be like before even if Kaja tries her very best.
The tangy Norwegian comedy "Happy, Happy" is a romantic lark
about optimism and infidelity that begins each of its many-chaptered
stories with four Norwegian guys outfitted in what look like a series of
bad wedding suits and singing gospel tunes.
The title of “Happy, Happy,” the debut feature of the Norwegian
director Anne Sewitsky, presumably refers to the facade of garrulous
cheer thrown up by its obsequious central character, Kaja (Agnes
Kittelsen). A schoolteacher who lives in the snowy countryside with her
glowering husband, Eirik (Joachim Rafaelsen), and young son, Theodor (Oskar
Hernaes Brandso), Kaja is compulsively chipper until the moment her
composure crumbles, and she collapses in tears.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Happy, Happy appears quite modest on Blu-ray from Magnolia. The Blu-ray disc is single-layered and, either due to the production of the transfer, does not represent a dynamic HD presentation. There is frequent noise in the darker sequences and the overall image is flat - leaning more to video than film. More a consequence of the film production itself - but the image can be soft with an almost purposeful attempt to steer away from a glossy, pristine appearance. Aside from Agnes Kittelsen's beauty and the snow covered countryside - there isn't much to extol on the visual front. On the positive this Blu-ray seems consistent and despite the middling bitrate may be a decent representation of the original theatrical appearance.
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Audio comes in the form of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 1746 kbps in original Norwegian. As lossless tracks go - I wouldn't say it is anything remarkable. The quartet music interludes are wonderfully toe-tapping - add a score by Stein Berge Svendsen. So the uncompressed track is tight and clean but I didn't notice abundant depth or range. There are optional subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Essentially bare-bones with only a US Trailer (2:05) an International Trailer (2:04) and some Magnolia adverts. The disc has an untested BD-Live functionality and is Bookmarkable.
January 13th, 2011
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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Gary W. Tooze
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