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(Aleksander Nordaas, 2012)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Anderson Merchandise
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 19,978,752,350 bytes
Feature Size: 18,951,149,568 bytes
Video Bitrate: 28.76 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: April 23rd, 2013
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio Norwegian 1730 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1730 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DUB: Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
• DVD of the Feature
Description: Two crime-scene cleaners discover a mythical, tailed female creature in a concealed cellar. She never utters a word, unable to tell her story, but the pieces of the puzzle soon come together: she's been held captive for decades for reasons soon to surface… Fun fact: THALE is based on a mythical character in Nordic folklore called the "huldra". According to the myth, a huldra is a beautiful creature with female attributes living deep in the woods. It is said that it seduces men that works in the woods by humming a beautiful song, and they never return to their village. You can recognize a huldra by its cow tail.
The characterisation is strong throughout. A nicely observed script has
us rooting for Leo and Elvis when we barely know them, and Jon Sigve
Skard impresses with particularly strong work in the penultimate scene.
It's Silje Reinåmo, however, who is the standout, utterly convincing as
the traumatised girl, eliciting much more than lust or pity. Strikingly
unselfconscious, she moves like a wild animal. The girl's intelligence
is clear but she's also dangerous, unpredictable, vulnerable - a
sympathetic other. Though writer/director Aleksander Nordaas uses this
to talk obliquely about perceptions of women more generally, and thereby
about the way they are used within the genre, Thale never ceases
to be an individual with a mind of her own.
If you had to stumble upon an angry, vicious mythic creature, you could do worse than the sexy monster found in Thale by Elvis (Erlend Nervold) and Leo (Jon Sigve Skard), two guys who clean up after crime scenes. At their latest gig, the duo stumble upon Thale (Silje Reinåmo), a stunning woman in a secret basement who emerges out of a milky bathtub and who, it turns out, was kept captive for decades by a man who experimented on her while hiding her from mysterious pursuers. Audiotapes and a severed tail kept in a fridge prove clues to Thale's folkloric origins, though the mystery is soon altogether sapped by writer-director Aleksander Nordaas's decision to have Thale provide Elvis with psychic transmissions that bluntly lay out her backstory.Excerpt from The Village Voice located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Norwegian fantasy, horror, mystery Thale , shot on HD, comes to Blu-ray from Xlrator. It's a short film at a little over an hour and a 1/4 and the single-layering (with only a trailer as a supplement) has a supportive bitrate and the resulting image transfer is very impressive. This is 1080P and I saw few-to-none of the weaknesses of the production format (i.e. contrast flaring etc.) Colors (greens and yellows) are vibrant - detail, in less-kinetic shots, is crisp. The cinematography of the unspoiled Norwegian forests and countryside look fabulous. It is presented in the original 1.78:a aspect ratio and the only minor weakness is the creature effects which are shade transparent in HD. Really, this is a function of the production, not the transfer. This Blu-ray produced highly pleasing visuals and is probably a strong replication of the theatrical appearance.
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Audio comes in a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 1730 kbps in the original Norwegian with an optional standard Dolby English DUB that I didn't even bother with (there is not an excess of dialogue.) Most creepy are some of the soundless moments but notable were a few crisps separations. Depth wasn't a huge factor in the film. There is some original music by Raymond Enoksen and Geirmund Simonsen that never eclipsed the video but ran, delicately beside the narrative. There are optional English subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Only a trailer but the package also contains a DVD of the Feature.
April 10th, 2013
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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