Headhunters on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

Headhunters

Presented in the original 2.35:1 theatrical ratio and in 1080p high definition, the picture never looks anything other than crisp and claer, but don’t expect too colourful a landscape in this dramatic tale. For the record, I’m watching on a Panasonic 37″ Plasma screen via a Samsung BD-P1500 Blu-ray player.

The sound is in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, for which I got the 5.1 DTS version, and it’s mostly used for dialogue and ambience, but occasionally gets a slight workout, but I won’t say why as to avoid spoilers. What I will say, is that while there’s an English-dubbed version, it’s done with terrible American accents so give that a wide berth.

The extras are as follows:

  • Behind Headhunters (22:39): Chat from all the key cast and crew, interspersed with clips from the film. Early on, director Morten Tyldum says that even if he gets bad reviews, he’ll still want to continue working in the movie industry. Well, if he continues to make fantastic thriller like this, he’ll never get any bad reviews.

    And how exactly did they shoot that car off a cliff into the ravine? By following the ‘Car Darts’ technique from BBC2’s Top Gear.

  • Trailer (1:28): In 2.35:1, and it gives away some things but leaves ambiguity in others. I couldn’t find this one online, so here’s a slightly longer one, albeit in 16:9:

The menu features brief snatches of the film, interlaced together. There are subtitles in English only and the total number of chapters is a lame 12. Why are Momentum doing the same as Optimum? Give us more!

Another of my bug-bears also comes up with this disc as it’s another case of putting trailers before the main menu, like a rental video from the 80s. Why do they do this? They should be in the extras menu – the trailers at least, and nowhere else. You pay for the disc and you don’t need extra advertisements as if you’re in the cinema.

Headhunters is released on August 13th on Blu-ray and DVD.



FILM
PICTURE QUALITY
SOUND QUALITY
EXTRAS
9
10
8
2
OVERALL 7


Detailed specs:

Cert:
Running time: 100 minutes
Year: 2011
Cat no: MP1160BRR0
Distributor: Momentum Pictures
Released: August 13th 2012
Chapters: 12
Picture: 1080p High Definition
Sound: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1
Languages: Norwegian, English dubbing
Subtitles: English
Widescreen: 2.35:1 (Super 35)
Disc Format: BD50

Director: Morten Tyldum
Producers: Marianne Gray and Asle Vatn
Screenplay: Lars Gudmestad and Ulf Ryberg (from the novel by Jo Nesbø)
Music: Trond Bjerknes and Jeppe Kaas

Cast:
Roger Brown: Aksel Hennie
Clas Greve: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Diana Brown: Synnøve Macody Lund
Ove Kjikerud: Eivind Sander
Lotte: Julie Ølgaard
Jeremias Lander: Kyrre Haugen Sydness
Brede Sperre: Reidar Sørensen


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