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  • Actors: Jorma Tommila, Peeter Jakobi, Onni Tommila
  • Directors: Jalmari Helander
  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: Finnish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Nov. 2011
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0052WKZYM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,721 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

It is the week before Christmas when young and adventurous Pietari uncovers the truth about Santa Claus. Legend has it that the jolly old man is more of a foe than a friend. A group of American scientists is also looking to uncover some facts in Pietari’s quiet rural town in northern Finland. It turns out that the most well-kept Christmas secret ever lies 500 meters below ground. This dark secret and Pietari unleash an unforeseen chain of events, after which, Christmas will never, ever, be the same again.

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ben J. Johnson on 2 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
Anyone remember Peter Jackson having humour and charm as well as a nice eye for detail? The people behind this do.

This is a very admirable horror/comedy that nods towards PJ and to be fair is a stunning feature-debut from Jalmari Helander. I don't want to give any spoilers, so I'll say this is a dark twist on the Santa Claus legend, very nicely executed. I've been following the Scandinavian horror "scene" for a little while after Dead Snow caught me completely by surprise and this is another snow-bound movie that delivers.

There's less blood/gore/violence in this than I was expecting - which I do like, but it didn't detract from the movie at all, I'd almost suggest this suitable for teen/tweens aside from some heavy(ish) bad language.

Will make a worthy purchase - go youtube the trailer.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By H. keningale on 29 Oct. 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I'm very excited that this is finally about to be released on dvd, after a year of waiting! I went to see this at the cinema with my husband, and because it was so unknown we had the screen to ourselves. From the moment it started it had my full attention, and I could tell it was going to be worth every penny. Once we left the cinema I couldn't stop thinking about how brilliant this film was!

It is a bit of a black comedy, but there were some moments that genuinely creeped me out and had me on the edge of my seat. The acting is brilliant, setting is perfect and the plot is absorbing. I highly recommend adding this to your christmas collection if you like to have a bit of variety, however if you want cookies, laughter and puppies with tinsel this may not be for you.

I am hoping that this film starts to get more recognition because it seems to be getting ignored and it really deserves more. I am not going to go into depth about how good the score is or how well it was shot, but i just need to mention that is has been well crafted and succeeds in creating the perfect atmosphere. I genuinely don't have a bad word to say about this film, as soon as it drops through my letter box i will watch it, and it will go on again during xmas week!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 18 Dec. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Every Christmas there are a few attempts at making a new Christmas classic that studios can milk on home video and TV for decades to come, but for every Elf there are a dozen Surviving Christmases and for every A Christmas Story there's a bloated Polar Express. Rare Exports takes a different route than the usual cookie-cutter feelgood confections, examining the origins of Santa Claus and the whole naughty and nice issue in a whole new light in the kind of Christmas movie that belongs more on the same shelf as Gremlins, The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Lion in Winter than the latest version of A Christmas Carol. And it does it surprisingly well in a film that deserves to become a genuine Christmas classic once word spreads beyond the undeservedly small audience that saw it in cinemas.

It begins with a curious find at a mountaintop drilling site. But these men aren't drilling for minerals or oil but looking for a grave to rob - and not just any old grave. Unfortunately, they find it... and pretty soon the reindeer the locals were counting on to see them through the hard Nordic Winter have all been eaten and the local naughty children start to disappear, replaced in their beds by wicker figures. And then they catch someone in a wolf pit. A silent and feral barefoot old man who likes the smell of gingerbread and children who don't tell the truth to their parents...

While the idea is outrageously attractive, it's a genuinely pleasant surprise to discover that this isn't a simple cheap slasher movie with a gimmick but a well crafted, often fantastic looking film made by a real filmmaker who knows how to build a story and create characters that are believable and who you can root for.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. Watkins on 9 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD
We saw this film at our local cinema, not knowing anything about it. From the opening moments we were gripped and engaged by a wonderful combination I have never experienced in a movie before: interplays of mythology, environment, politics. We left the film with our jaws still dropped. It's beautifully produced, amazingly authentic acting, and like nothing else you will see. The story line is very human and ultimately inspiring. I'm sorry that many people missed it at the cinema, so do get the DVD!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Puzzle box on 9 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD
This film actually had a limited release in December 2010 before getting back on the festival circuit, but because the DVD release was in November 2011 and it previously went largely under the radar. Christmas- themed horror movies are a favorite at the appropriate time of year, but nobody expects a film like Silent Night, Deadly Night to be much more than a cheesy 80s horror flick with good nostalgia value. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, a foreign film from Finland, uses the Christmas theme, or more specifically the concept of Santa, to weave a scary tale of the dark side of the holiday legend.

This film has kids in it, but it is definitely NOT for kids. This is one surprising movie, that it isn't a Hollywood production is clear from the very beginning. Nothing is clean, clear-cut, perfect English or filled to the brim with CGI. But that doesn't make it in any way a bad movie. To the contrary. It is this rawness that helps you get the feeling you are really up there in the harsh winter of northern Finland. The story is also just a bit off the beaten track for any Hollywood production. This is definitely no Coca-Cola Santa we are talking about. The pace of the story is just right, if you ask me.

The small bits where there might have been some more tempo gives you just enough time to form your own misconceptions about how the movie will progress. Besides the nice story, the amazing landscape is by itself a wonder to behold. To bad you don't get to see to much of it. Also, the music is of a very high standard, underlining the mood very well. Downsides to this movie? OK, the acting is not the very best I have ever seen, but good enough to not irritate. Oh, and they used some easy way outs for scenes that would have cost them loads of money. They just don't show them and leave it up to you to fill it in. But again, this doesn't irritate. All in all, a very nice production definitely worth watching.
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