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Naeturvaktin (Night Shift, Icelandic TV series)

4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Language: Icelandic
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Run Time: 330 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005ETGYG6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,504 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Naeturvaktin is the hit Icelandic comedy series set in a petrol station, as shown on BBC4, featuring Jorundur Ragnarsson as the anally-inclined station superintendent asnd Jon Gnarr and Petur Sigfusson his hapless co-workers. ALL 12 EPISODES of the first series. (Series 2 and 3, Dagvaktin and Fangavaktin, now also available in this multi-award-winning run.) English subtitles.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very funny 7 Sep 2011
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I didn't expect that a series set in a Reykjavik petrol station would have me in stitches, but that's exactly what happened. Night Shift is an Icelandic gem, with understated writing, perfect timing and best of all, unique characters.
The events of each episode are generally seen through the eyes of new employee Daníel Saevarsson, who witnesses the chaos generally caused by his boss, the wannabe Marxist dictator Georg Bjarnfreðarson, and his colleague, the good-natured but dimwitted Ólafur Ragnar. Daníel is immediately a very sympathetic character, and also apparently the only really sane person in the building. Ólafur is loveable, despite living in Cloud Cuckoo Land most of the time. And Georg? Well, imagine if Vladimir Lenin and Captain Mainwaring had a love child. That should give you some idea what Georg is like...
There are plenty of laugh out loud moments, including Georg's pompous speeches ("I have FIVE university degrees!!") and Ólafur's many scrapes. There are also moments of real drama and pathos, often revolving around Daníel, but also sometimes Ólafur as well. The episodes are very well acted and the three main actors (who were also involved in writing the show) are to be commended for creating memorable and subtly-drawn characters.
If you can get hold of a copy of this series it will keep you amused for a long time - and you won't be able to pass a petrol station without looking for the "Personnel on the Forecourt"!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Helen
I haven't laughed so much in a long time. Every character is manic. The people who come for fuel are bemused. If you have the chance, watch it!!!!!!! Also, very interesting to hear Icelandic which I've rarely heard before. BBC4 also showed a very good police drama - more from Iceland would be very welcome, to make up for the relatively poor home produced TV drama these days so much of which is stale old stuff they don't seem able to give up or new stuff that we switch off after five minutes or so as totally bored.

BBC4 has given us these splendid Icelandic programmes, also Swedish Wallander, French Spiral, Danish The Killing (which is very much better than the American spinoff although the latter is worth watching), Sicilian Inspector Montalbano, and many other challenging and interesting programmes. And would you believe, the BBC want to close down BBC4....... They just don't care about what we viewers want, seems to me.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nightshift 11 Sep 2011
this is my favourite tv show. i hope the bbc shows day shift. that's all i wanted to say but it isn't 20 words so in the tradition of unseen rules affecting what you read and write on the internet i'll add that i bought it for my dad's birthday and he loves it too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant! 1 July 2012
I watched this series when it was first shown on BBC 4, and now deeply regret not recording and keeping them.

I would love to purchase this series, and the sequels, but the price they are currently being offered at is just too prohibitive (although I am still tempted!).

The characterisations are briliant, the acting superb, and the humour is some of the best I have ever seen in a comedy.

The show works on so many levels, and as well as being so funny, it also offers well studied portraits of the human psyche.

I would say that it is closest in style to 'The Office' (British version), as it mixes both humour and pathos so brilliantly.

To any doubters I would say please do not be put off by the subtitles, you don't even notice them after a while, and you will be rewarded with one of the truly great modern comedies.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but look about... 2 Nov 2011
Cold, dark, thought provoking humour. Jon Gnarr is superb. The same can be said for the other leading/supporting cast. I recommend this DVD, absolutely.

One criticism is the subtitles that don't appear to be totally accurate and in comparison to the recent run on BBC4 are badly timed and hard to keep up with. Another gripe is the absence of the special feature documentary from the English option. Of course you can watch the Icelandic version but with the absence of any subtitling one has only the option to chuckle at the obvious charm and humour that exhumes from Gnarr's body language - or learn Icelandic!

Ok, so good... except price. Hmmmmm.... Buy from one of the many Iceland based stores and you're talking between 26 - 30 GBP.

Conclusion... buy the set, they are uniquely wonderful, but don't get ripped off. Make sure you look about and get the best deal.
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