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(aka "Arvingerne" )


directed by Pernilla August, Jesper Christensen, Heidi Maria Faisst, and Louise Friedberg
Denmark 2014


Although plotted like a trashy soap opera full of sex and intrigue, THE LEGACY is actually a compelling family drama where hurt feelings and long unresolved issues become entangled with greed (BROTHERS & SISTERS this is not) and the revelation of various plot twists has as much to do with episode cliffhangers as the emotional and psychological motivations of the characters. When acclaimed modern artist Veronika Grønnegaard (Kirsten Olesen, WHEN HEAVEN FALLS) suffers a stroke and dies suddenly on Christmas day, her already fractious family is in for a series of shocks that can tear them apart just as they are coming back together. Eldest son Frederik (Carsten Bjørnlund, ID:A expects to inherit the family home but he does not know about Veronika's plans with gallery owner daughter Gro (Trine Dyrholm, THE CELEBRATION (FESTEN)) to turn the house into a museum to preserve her legacy (a move which would also displace Gro's current husband Thomas [Jesper Christensen, MELANCHOLIA] from his caravan/music studio on the property). Gro only learns from family lawyer Lone (Kirsten Lehfeldt) during the funeral that Veronika never signed the trust documents and goes on a desperate search for them (along with the missing coffin). Youngest son Emil (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, A ROYAL AFFAIR) comes home for the funeral and to collect a grant to build a only to build a resort in Thailand only to discover that Veronika's accounts are frozen until the estate is settled. An even bigger shock comes to the siblings when they learn that Veronika - upon learning that she had breast cancer a few days before - has been in contact with her illegitimate daughter Signe (Marie Bach Hansen, KLOWN: THE MOVIE), and that Veronika has left the house to Signe in a "deathbed will" that her biological father John (Jens Jørn Spottag, TERRIBLY HAPPY) and her athlete boyfriend Andreas (Kenneth M. Christensen, THE BRIDGE) are eager to exploit. Signe sides with the family she wants to be part of - hoping to resolve the long-standing family issues with a naive proposal that will allow for the house to remain standing and the museum to be built on the property - but soon finds that she is being manipulated by both Gro and Frederick. Feeling rejected by a family that seemingly never wanted her, Signe decides to fight for the home her mother left for her. The estate may be the only thing left as she grows more ambitious and ruthless during the ensuing brutal legal battle; and the machinations on both sides unearth secrets and intrigues that may destroy whatever familial affection any of them may have ever had for one another. Also starring Trond Espen Seim (THE THING remake/prequel) as Gro's married architect boyfriend whose gallery design may never be realized and whose professional reputation is damaged when the museum project is quashed due to Gro's illegal actions, Lene Maria Christensen (NORTHWEST) as Thomas' neglected wife whose indiscretion may be exposed, and Anette Katzmann as Signe's adoptive mother who cuts her out of her life after being blamed for keeping her adoption a secret.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 1 January 2014 - 2 March 2014 (Danish TV)

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DVD Review: Arrow Films (Nordic Noir) - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Runtime 9:20:56 (4% PAL speedup)

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: ~6.10 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 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
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Arrow Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
� Episodes 1 - 3 (16:9; 55:26 + 54:52 + 57:00)
� Start-up trailers for 'Nordic Noir' and 'Crimes of Passion'

� Episodes 4-6 (16:9; 57:06 + 55:12 + 52:40)

� Episodes 7-8 (16:9; 56:20 + 57:40)

� Episodes 9-10 (16:9; 55:42 + 58:58)

DVD Release Date: February 9th, 2015

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Arrow presents the ten episodes of the first season on four dual-layer DVDs in anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen (the series is also available on Blu-ray). Unlike some of their earlier Nordic Noir titles, this release includes the original 5.1 track (rather than a downmix). It's not the most dynamic track (being generally front-oriented since it's a dialogue-heavy series) but the surrounds are put into use for atmosphere, source music, and some of the score. The optional English subtitles keep pace with some of the fast-paced exchanges without requiring speed-reading on the part of the viewer. There are no extras apart from the start-up trailers on the first disc.

  - Eric Cotenas


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