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  • Language: Norwegian
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AZMFKNK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,287 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Welford on 26 Nov. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
For sometime my friend in Norway has been saying you must see the most popular Norwegian film for years `Kon-Tiki' made in both English and Norwegian. Most people in the UK are aware of this historic voyage and no doubt the producers were hoping that their film would have universal appeal. In 2012 this film was nominated for an Oscar for best foreign film. The film originally lasted for 114 minutes, it was released to acclaim in America, there Cinemas showed a shortened version. It is now available on an American blu-ray, which only has the 90mins version and is I believe region `A' coded. The Scandinavian blu-ray omitted the English soundtrack, as it was available before a possible cinema release in the UK, which never materialised! Strangely a Dutch DVD is available, with the full version in English, but my friend said the visuals are stunning, you must see it on blu-ray. Amazon.de to the rescue on 19th November they released Kon-Tiki on blu-ray (it arrived in England on 20th Nov), and I can confirm it is the full version, in English as well as a German dub, but no Norwegian!

The film is the story of Norwegian Explorer Thor Heyerdahl's very well known, expedition from Peru to French Polynesia on a small balsa wood raft with five other people. He wanted to prove that Peruvians (South Americans) were the first to sail to the Polynesian Islands. The crew's exploits sailing across the pacific are a fascinating and compelling docu-drama especially during scenes where the raft is nearly sunk by great white sharks. My friends who have watched the film all agree that the two-hour version was engrossing and did not flag and felt that the shorter version would have spoilt the film.
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Format: Blu-ray
Two really powerful foreign language films were released in 2012, Kon-Tiki and A Royal Affair. Both films were true historical stories and it was hard to choose which was the stronger film but in the end I'm going with Kon-Tiki because I guess I found it more life affirming than A Royal Affair. It tells the story of Norwegian Explorer Thor Heyerdahl's expedition from Peru to French Polynesia on a small balsa wood raft with five other people. He wanted to prove that Peruvians or South Americans in general were the first to sail to the Polynesian Islands and will stop at nothing to complete his task that he spent 10 years studying. His exploits across the pacific are just fascinating and compelling especially during scenes where the raft is nearly sunk by harmful great white sharks and harmless gigantic whale sharks. The result as a film is one of the finest foreign language films I have ever seen and certainly the best I have seen since Der Untergang (2004). It's a strongly written, strongly acted, beautifully shot and spelbinding masterpiece that stands taller than a lot of the major english language films of 2012 especially such films as Zero Dark Thirty, Silver Linings Playbook and Les Miserables. All in all as true stories go, Kon-Tiki is one of the best I have ever heard and it's dramatisation is a powerful and engrossing tale of courage, friendship and in the case of Thor Heyerdahl, standing up for what you believe in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jakeisthecoolest TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Aug. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Pros - visually impressive, really tense, strong connection with the characters.

Cons - bit slow in places.

Kon Tiki is an uplifting and exciting tale of old world exploration as a Norwegian academic undertakes an extraordinary expedition. A true story that mixes emotion and action to take the viewer on a memorable journey of courage, determination and friendship.
Great actin really helps bring these true life characters to life, while some excellent cinematography, particularly the underwater stuff, conveys a real sense of the isolation, claustrophobia and danger that they undertake on their quest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paola on 10 Jan. 2014
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Nice to relive the adventure. I read the book many a time dreaming of exploring the world. The film is beautifully filmed and is a good compliment both to the book and the documentary film produced earlier.
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The 5,000 mile Kon-Tiki expedition is an achievement above all others, of that there can be no doubt.

On the one hand the sound design too often opted for the melodramatic and the camera is unneccesarily flamboyant for such an earthy premise. Even though the film is contained tightly within the raft with justifiable scenic panaromas there is a shot of colosal silliness undermiming it all. An aerial shot that continues up into the stratosphere and to what end? To mask a cut. Stylistically Kon-Tiki couldnt be less Scandanavian if they tried, I mean, they are speaking English for the benefit of who exactly?

The true value of the piece comes through in the heart swelling adulation of these few men achieved. Pure chasing the sunset cinema that doesnt get bogged down in silence and existentialism. It would take something spectacular for the heart of this film to fail. The basic photography alone outdoes anything that saw Life of Pi celebrated.

There are also some key exaggerations in the pursuit of intensity. One sees the film inspire a total man crush with Knut and the spiralling sharks. The other is the final push which finds immense drama in the simple act of counting to 10.
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