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directed by Erik Richter Strand
Norway 2017

 

When her own colleagues diagnose her disease as hopeless and also decline her request to test an experimental drug she has developed on herself or let her own doctor husband Ravn (Sven Nordin, ELLING) treat her, dying scientist Vilma (Pia Halvorsen) works with her husband in secret to find a cure. When Vilma slips into a coma, Ravn discovers that she has indeed cured her disease but must find a way to wake her and treat her declining systems in the meantime. Faking her death utilizing the method she had determined herself in order for her body to never be found, Ravn beholdens himself to doomsday prepper Leif (Pål Sverre Hagen, TROUBLED WATER) to establish a lab space beneath the subway system at Vakyrien Point where he can pore over his wife's research and see if he can determine where she went wrong. When Leif's friend Teo (Mikkel Bratt Silset) is wounded escaping a botched heist of a printing plant with sixty-two million dollars in which he left the rest of his gang behind and ran over a cop, Leif takes him to Ravn for treatment, burdening him with looking after the fugitive who has to lay low and watch the functioning of his one remaining kidney under less-than-ideal conditions. When Ravn needs a mass spectrometer for his research, he appeals to former colleague Unn (Ellen Birgitte Winther) who insists on knowing what he is doing when the police inquire about the purloined equipment. When Unn discovers that Vilma is still alive, she agrees to help Ravn even if means being under the thumb of Leif who has agreed to let them keep using the underground space and help them procure resources in exchange for opening up a clinic for his contacts, including not only criminals, but refugees, illegal aliens, and people who have either rejected western medicine or contributing to medical companies more concerned with profit than saving people, so long as they can pay. Unable to spend Teo's stolen money, he and Teo use the profits to build a prototype high-tech shelter for what they believe is a comping global catastrophe while Ravn and Unn remain optimistic about Vilma's treatment. It is becoming more difficult for all of them to keeping things secret, however, as cop Per Olef (Joachim Rafaelsen, HEADHUNTERS) starts tracking Leif under suspicion that he may have told leaked security intelligence to Teo's gang, and Ravn's grieving stepdaughter Siv (Ameli Isungset Agbota) stumbles onto her mother's research and suspects that she may indeed still be alive. Despite some heady themes, VALKYRIEN is ultimately far more interesting in its straightforward plot elements than the any points its arguments it attempts to stimulate about bureaucracy, health care, and the environment.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 1 January 2017 - 12 February 2017 (Norwegian TV)

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DVD Review: Acorn Media/RLJ Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Acorn Media/RLJ Entertainment

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 6:00:36 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

2.00:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.39 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.

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Audio Norwegian Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English
Features Release Information:
Studio: Acorn Media/RLJ Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.00:1

Edition Details:
� Disc One:
� Episodes (with 'Play All' option; 3:00:42):
� - 1: 'Underground' (16:9; 46:10)
� - 2: 'Styx' (16:9; 44:36)
� - 3: 'Win Win' (16:9; 45:02)
� - 4: 'Pro Bono Publico' (16:9; 45:10)
� Picture Gallery (16:9; 1:30)
� Behind the Scenes Picture Gallery (16:9; 0:24)

� Disc Two:
� Episodes (16:9; with 'Play All' option; 2:59:54):
� - 5: 'TEOTWAWKI' (16:9; 45:06)
� - 6: 'Blindgjenger' (16:9; 45:14)
� - 7: 'Post Mortem' (16:9; 44:56)
� - 8: 'SHTF' (16:9; 44:58)

DVD Release Date: 21 August 21st, 2017
Amaray

Chapters 40

 

 

Comments

With six hours spread over two dual-layer DVDs, Acorn's anamorphic, mid-range bitrate encodes look acceptable in motion with minor compression artefacts popping up in the deep blacks and fine detail being restricted to extreme close-ups. We have no idea the original mix is stereo since other contemporary Norwegian dramas have 5.1 tracks, but the Dolby Digital 2.0 track gets the job done in regards to dialogue, music, and effects while optional English subtitles have no trouble keeping up with the dialogue. Extras consist of two still galleries.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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