Watch now

8 used & new from £6.00

Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Colour:
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
      

Criterion Collection: Insomnia [DVD] [1998] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


Available from these sellers.
5 used from £6.00 3 collectible from £11.74

LOVEFiLM By Post

Rent Insomnia on DVD from LOVEFiLM By Post

Looking for Bargains?
Check out the DVD & Blu-ray Deals of the Week page to find this week's price-drops. Deals of the Week end on Sunday at 23:59.
Region 1 encoding. (requires a North American or multi-region DVD player and NTSC compatible TV. More about DVD formats)
Note: you may purchase only one copy of this product. New Region 1 DVDs are dispatched from the USA or Canada and you may be required to pay import duties and taxes on them (click here for details) Please expect a delivery time of 5-7 days.

Special Offers and Product Promotions


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Product details

  • Actors: Stellan Skarsgård, Maria Mathiesen, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Gisken Armand, Kristian Figenschow
  • Directors: Erik Skjoldbjærg
  • Writers: Erik Skjoldbjærg, Nikolaj Frobenius
  • Producers: Petter J. Borgli, Tom Remlov, Tomas Backström
  • Format: Anamorphic, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Norwegian, Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 13 July 1999
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305389519
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,662 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Product Description

Skarsgard/Ousdal/Floberg ~ Insomnia (1997)

Review

…a chilly, cerebral…downbeat thriller --Empire --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Fifi on 2 April 2010
Format: DVD
Quite liked the Hollywood version of this, more because of the storyline and the scenery than Al Pacino's sleep deprived cop but am going through a scandinavian film phase at the moment so had to give this a try - and I'm so glad I did. I found it a much superior version, gritty, moody, cold, intriguing, and best of all, it didn't have Robin Williams in it as a creepy comedy villain. Felt I had to work a lot harder with this version to understand what was driving the characters and muse over the justification or otherwise for their actions but in doing so, I got much more satisfaction out of it. By contrast, the Hollywood version encourages lazy passive viewing, waiting to be spoonfed your next opinion. Interesting that the scene with the dog is missing from the US version - clearly that would be a step beyond the pale for Al Pacino!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Tiegel on 6 May 2010
Format: DVD
I have seen the remake with Al Pacino as well and I found it already very good. This one however, is even better - in terms of pretty much everything: atmosphere, characters and their behaviors, scenes, etc. The story is also slightly different so it is definitely worth seeing it even for those who have already seen the remake.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Feb 2011
Format: DVD
This film is all about Stellan Skarsgard. Great seeing him in the principle role, rather than an English language support part. There's nothing cheap about this crime story, where a Swedish cop on a murder case travels to the top of Norway in the bright nights of summer, and his sense of place and reality become warped through sleep deprivation.

Ruthless.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 April 2011
Format: DVD
An excellent psychological drama about a Swedish detective who is caught up in
a murder and then another. He and his partner are brought to this northern Norwegian
town to solve a murder. A young girl has been murdered under mysterious
circumstances. Solving the murder is the easy part, dealing with the rest of his
team and trying to keep himself together is the most difficult.

The entire film revolves around the Detective, played by Stellan Skarsgard. His
life has come apart, and he is unable to control anything. He can't sleep, he can't
block the sunshine from streaming into his hotel room. He falls apart slowly, and
we are witness to the chaos. What is most interesting is that he is somehow able to
function and is one step ahead of everyone else.

This is a film of greys and shadows, and that reflects the feel of the film. We are
never sure what is around the corner, and it keeps us on the edge of our seats.
The film is dark noir, and the only sun is the sun that can't be blocked out. The other
actors have bit parts, really, as we concentrate on the detective and his inner self trying
to deal with his emotions.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 04-10-11

Breaking the Waves [VHS]

Zero Kelvin
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ekkelf on 8 Mar 2005
Format: DVD
Much of the new stylish film making from Scandinavia comes from Norway, and is often called "Norwave" to reflect this. Insomnia is an excellent example of this style. Compared to the Hollywood remake this film is darker, more forboding and more claustrophobic. The tension becomes almost palpable as the story unfolds in the relentless glare of north Norway's midnight sun, leading to the physical and mental deterioration of the main character as he leads a murder enquiry. And no, he does not have the cliched name of Dormer here! When it arrives, the ending is both climactic and believable. The result - a very satisfying film that is certain to keep the viewer's attention from beginning to end.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "jamkopking" on 19 July 2004
Format: DVD
This is a typical example of how a good foreign movie gets messed up by Hollywood big-wigs. This a far better version than the Pacino-Williams film in 2 ways. Firstly visually the landscape is not only stunning but adds to the atmosphere of the film. Secondly, the actors fit their roles better [i thought the roles of Pacino-Williams never really worked], this gives you a much better sense of what the characters are going through and makes you feel attatched to them and therefore the film.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 15 Mar 2003
Format: VHS Tape
A positive effect of Christopher Nolan's remake of Skjoldbjaerg's 1997 inversion of film noir is the fact it has now been given a release- so perhaps people will watch the original, a far superior work to the bloated US remake.
Stellan Skarsgard is perfect here as a Swedish detective (there are references to this, reminiscent of Von Trier's The Kingdom)who travels to a desolate part of Norway to locate the killer of a girl. The film opens with a stunning digitally composed shot, equal to anything in such Dogme films as Festen and The Idiots, of the girl's murder in the permanent daylight. We see the killer clean the body etc- this reminded me a little of Twin Peaks and a lot of Peeping Tom...
This version of Insomnia is a lot tighter & doens't worry about catering to a US audience- the remake having many elements diluted, which I find odd considering it is such a violent society. Here Skarsgard actually shoots a dog, in order to fake evidence relating to an accidental shooting in fog which saw him kill a colleague (there is no laborous back story of him being investigated, unlike the Pacino flick). The remake uses the pathetic device of shooting a conviniently dead dog- dead humans are allowed, but be nice to canines!
Skarsgard's character is also suspect, the scene where he places his hands between the thighs of a schoolgirl peer of the murderee being typical of this- having more in common with the dark world of Paul Schrader or Kubrick's Lolita. The manner in which he entraps a youth is novel & indebted to Hitchcock- though constructed around a sex scene, which is also absent from the original.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   



Feedback