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In Order of Disappearance [Blu-ray]
(Petter Moland , 2014)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Det Danske Filminstitut
Video: Magnolia Home Entertainment
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 31,763,054,196 bytes
Feature Size: 26,596,300,800 bytes
Video Bitrate: 22.99 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: December 6th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio Norwegian 2015 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2015 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3476 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3476 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
English (SDH), English (descriptive), English, Spanish, none
•Interview with Stellan Skarsgard (6:01)
• Interview with Hans Petter Moland (13:57)
• Trailer (2:04)
Description: When a father (Stellan Skarsgård), uncovers his son's murderer, he begins to unravel. Once an upstanding citizen, Nils embarks on a blood-thirsty quest for revenge that escalates into a full-blown international gang war. With darkly funny humor reminiscent of Tarantino and The Coen Brothers, Nils finds himself caught up in a world not his own surrounded by drug traffickers, con artists and kingpins, in order to bring his son's murderers to justice.
Nils Dickman, played by a steely Stellan Skarsgard, is a quiet snowplow driver and Citizen of the Year recipient in a faraway Nordic town. No surprise that his former gangster brother asks incredulously, “When did you become Dirty Harry?” after Dickman turns into an expert hit man to avenge his son, who’s mistakenly murdered by a local drug gang. Dad’s switcheroo never quite adds up, but his mobster slayings, cleverly punctuated with obituary title cards, make In Order of Disappearance a cheeky black comedy and worthy Norwegian successor to Kill Bill. Absurdities abound in the zippy plot: A gay romance develops between two henchmen, a kidnapped boy asks his captor about Stockholm syndrome, and police officers who seem to have teleported out of a Coen brothers screenplay bumble about. But the best folly comes from Pal Sverre Hagen as Greven, the gang’s head honcho and enemy No. 1, who veers from calculating to manic and boasts one of the worst haircuts on a villain since No Country for Old Men.Excerpt from TheGlobeandMail located HERE
Stellan Skarsgård is good as ever, never losing the sense of parental rage that kicks everything into action, even if there is a moment or two where it's almost self-parody, but never letting that get in the way of making something horrible funny by saying it in a completely straight-faced manner - or bringing the same sort of simple, matter-of-fact delivery to how snow removal isn't just a job for him, but a field he likes to keep on top of. Peter Andersson is a great bit of casting as Nils's brother; the shared sense of humor and tension between them is just right, and Andersson gets one of the most quietly awesome scenes of the movie. Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen, on the other hand, gets to play manic, a hilarious egotist whose front as the owner of a trendy chain of bakeries is pitch-perfect, especially as there's very little dividing line between that and being a sociopathic gangster . He's tremendously funny. Somewhere in between is Bruno Ganz, a somewhat late arrival as the elderly head of the Serbian mob who is sometimes surprisingly funny beneath his old-school solemn criminality. Even beyond them, there are a couple dozen or so characters, many there to meet unfortunate ends, who all make a good, amusing impression in their time on screen.Excerpt from JaySeaver at eFilmCritic located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
In Order of Disappearance looks quite pleasing on Blu-ray from Magnolia. Shot with the Arri Alexa the many snow-capped and icey outdoor sequences are impressive. We get all the benefits of that format (clean, super-tight visuals) and few of the weaknesses (flaring etc.) although it can look softish in pans. Colors are very bight and authentic. This is on a dual-layered disc and detail is consistent and pleasing in 1080P. There is frequent depth and no noise. This Blu-ray provides a solid HD video presentation. No complaints.
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We get a DTS-HD Master in 5.1 surround in original Norwegian at 2015 kbps (16-bit) with the option of an even more robust English DUB (24-bit). In Order of Disappearance is an aggressive film with plenty of violence and gunplay. This comes through with anticipated depth in the lossless. The score is credited to Brian Batz, Kaspar Kaae and Kåre Vestrheim and exports a fairly serene feeling, most of the time, adding more to the film's 'black comedy' aspects more than it does a 'crime-actioner'. It provides a good backdrop to the majestic landscapes.There are optional subtitles, including 'descriptive audio', and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Supplements consist of English audio interviews with Stellan Skarsgard, for 6-minutes, and with director Hans Petter Moland for almost 14-minutes. They are fairly generic discussing the evolution of the project. There is also a trailer.
December 3rd, 2016
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.
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