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(aka 'Terribly Happy')

Directed by Henrik Ruben Genz
Denmark 2008


Robert Hanson (Jakob Cedergren) is a Copenhagen police officer who, following a nervous breakdown, is transferred to a small provincial town to take on the mysteriously vacated Marshall position and subsequently gets mixed up with a married femme fatale. Robert’s big city temperament makes it impossible for him to fit in, or understand the uncivilized, bizarre behavior displayed by the townspeople. Quickly spiraling downward into an intense fable reminiscent of the Coen Brothers’ BLOOD SIMPLE and NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, TERRIBLY HAPPY displays a unique, often macabre vision of the darkest depths to which people will go to achieve a sense of security and belonging.


Theatrical Release: July 5th, 2008 - Karlovy Vary Film Festival

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DVD Review: Oscilloscope Laboratories - Region 01 - NTSC

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Distribution Oscilloscope Laboratories - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:43:40 
Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.93 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s  

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Danish (Dolby Digital 5.1) , Danish (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Oscilloscope Laboratories

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• Audio Commentary with director Henrik Ruben Genz and producer Thomas Gammeltoft
• Behind the Scenes documentary about TERRIBLY HAPPY (21:00)
• Danish news story about TERRIBLY HAPPY featuring Henrik Ruben Genz and author Erling Jepsen (2:26)
• Danish TV clip with Genz and Jepsen (2:38)

DVD Release Date: July 13th, 2010

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Chapters: 16



I'm a little ambivalent in recommending the film. It was a darn good thriller but had some very unusual behavior from the characters that I have trouble getting my head around. Frankly though, there is a lot to like about Terribly Happy.

Oscilloscope Laboratories have given us another strong SD-DVD transfer - anamorphic, progressive and dual-layered with a high bitrate. Colors seem vibrant and detail exhibits some impressive moments. Shots of the flat barren countryside look quite good and it is Predictably very clean. Audio comes in two flavors - both original Danish - a 2.0 channel stereo and a 5.1 Surround. There is some aggressive effects with gunplay and some notable separation but I wouldn't say it was a deal-breaker in my enjoyment of the film. Still it had some baas punch when called upon and the suspense and mood is keenly established and nuanced original score by Kaare BjerkÝ. There are optional subtitles in English only. The disc is coded region free in the NTSC standard.

There is an audio commentary with director Henrik Ruben Genz and producer Thomas Gammeltoft. It has gaps and some narration but together they uncover quite a few of the plot's many layers and their English is both quite easy to understand. There is also a 20-minute Behind the Scenes documentary about Terribly Happy in Danish subtitled optionally in English. A bit amusingly there are two very short pieces with Genz and Jepsen showing what looks like some faux-conflict about artistic interpretation of the book-to-film. This is also in Danish with English subs.

This is quite a good mystery/suspense thriller. The townsfolk comprise some eccentric characters. The protagonist is difficult to nail down but overall it was an enjoyable film presentation with Oscilloscope doing another impressive job wit the transfer and extras. It comes in another of their extensive cardboard cases too - similar to The Maid. As a reviewer it is such a pleasure to see distributors like this take some real pride showcasing less-represented but worthwhile films in strong presentable digital editions. Bravo!   

Gary W. Tooze


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