Troll Hunter (Trolljegeren) (Blu-ray) (2010)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
|Year Of Production||2010|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||André Øvredal|
Glenn Erland Tosterud
Tomas Alf Larsen
Hans Morten Hansen
Inge Erik Hnejesand
Benedicte Aubert Ringnes
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
Norwegian DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
I can't remember seeing too many Norwegian films in my time and when I read about this one in an upcoming releases guide from Madman, I thought it sounded like it might be well worth seeing and it certainly is. In fact, this is another Scandinavian film scheduled for a Hollywood remake, although I am not convinced it would work. Norway has had a long tradition of myths and legends about trolls, large creatures of the forests and mountains. This fun mockumentary exploits those traditions explaining that in fact Trolls are real and that the Norwegian government has been covering it up for many years.
A student film crew from a Norwegian University are trying to follow a strange man, who travels around in a camper van. According to the opening explanation the film has been put together from their footage which was left at a film company anonymously. The guy they are following seems to be a bear poacher as dead bears regularly turn up where he has been. The film crew is led by Thomas (Glenn Erlund Tosterud) and also includes the camera guy, Kalle and a sound girl, Joanna. They manage to catch up with the guy and despite his reservations, get him to agree that they can come with him that night and film his activities. He tells them that he is looking for Trolls but they do not believe him. His name is Hans (Otto Jespersen) and it turns out that he is employed by the Troll Security Service, a secret branch of government to track down and kill Trolls that have escaped their assigned territory.
This film is a lot of fun, played very straight generally, but the situations are very amusing and the way they explain normal things as being caused by Trolls is a hoot. Additionally, the effects for the Trolls are great and there are excitement and thrills to be had. Another fantastic element is the Polish painters who moonlight as a bear delivery service. This film also shows off the rugged beauty of Norway.
This film has some parallels to The Blair Witch Project, especially early on due to the way some of the footage is shot, showing close-ups of the frightened Joanna as they meet their first Troll. However, this film is obviously much lighter being played for laughs rather than scares, generally.
Regardless, those who like the sound of this premise should definitely take a look at this film before it gets remade, because I can't see how it could be improved by a remake.
The video quality is very good for what it is but most of the restrictions are probably due to the low budget, shot to appear amateur source rather than the transfer. The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio or close to it. It is 1080p encoded using AVC.
The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout but not at the best of Blu-ray level. The shadow detail was reasonable but this was probably purposefully reduced in some scenes. The colour was good but not spectacular, probably a function of the dark weather and reduced colour palate of the environment.
There was some mild noise and shimmer occasionally and a couple of scenes were grainy..
There are subtitles available in English, English Narration (i.e. the exact words of the dub) and English for the Hearing Impaired. They are clear and easy to read.
There are no obvious layer changes during playback.
The audio quality is excellent.
This disc contains the original Norwegian soundtrack in DTS HD-MA 5.1 along with an English (American) dub in the same technical format. The case lists completely different formats to those actually on the disc. They should not be believed. The American dub is horrible and should be avoided unless you really have to avoid subtitles.
Dialogue seemed clear and easy to hear and understand, although Norwegian is not my strong point.
There is no score as such, with incidental music only being the order of the day, which obviously suits the supposed shooting style of the film.
The surround speakers were used constantly in the action scenes, with troll noises, growls, crashing trees etc. filling the sound stage. The subwoofer was also in nearly constant use for action scenes including lots of thumps and thuds along with growls and other crashes and bangs.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu included sounds and scenes from the film. It is an effective introduction to the film.
Not too much here but there are some good things involving wolves.
Some worthwhile stuff here including more from the power station and more of the Polish painters.
Technical stages of constructing the VFX, no commentary just footage.
Various bits and pieces of on-set footage and messing about from the actors. Not too bad.
Various sketches of trolls and stills of Norway.
Short promo style making of with cast and crew interviews.
This Blu-ray seems to be the same all over the world.
A fun and exciting mockumentary about Trolls.
The video quality is very good considering the style of the film. The audio quality is excellent.
The extras don't add up to much.
|DVD||SONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output|
|Display||Sharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built into BD player. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|