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"Into the White" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Clements

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Synopsis

During World War II, German bombers would at times get caught up in skirmishes with British fighters in the skies over Norway.  This story starts with one such dogfight on April 27, 1940.  Planes from each opposing side get shot down and crash land on this day.  Members of both crews survive the crash landings and set out to march out of the untamed wilderness.  They all soon converge on the same remote hunting cabin where they resolve to work together so they can survive the harsh spring conditions.  Based on a true story.

Specifications

  • Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • 2012, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 44 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master
  • Starring : Stig Henrik Hoff, David Kross, Florian Lukas, Lachlan Nieboer and Rupert Grint
  • Directed by: Petter Næss
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

This was a very enjoyable movie to me.  It was engaging, dramatic, suspenseful and occasionally very funny.  It reminded me a bit of the Mark Twain quote, "I like a good story well told."  Yep, that's me too.  Give me a good story, craft it well and I'll fall for it every time.  For the very same reason, many of the best movies I know of involve limited sets and very few if any special effects.  That is how "Into the White" makes hay.  It is a character study first and foremost but weaves in a buddy tale while giving us hope for humanity and mankind.  Well done.

Technical

Major portions of this movie were shot in dark settings either indoors with low light levels or outside in a semi white-out condition with lighting courtesy of the arctic sun.  These conditions are bound to test the transfer and your video reproduction chain.  I found that the black and dark grays in this movie were transferred effectively with good gradations through the grayscale and very little if any noticeable noise in the picture.  The image did turn soft on my LCD projector and this became most apparent near the end of the movie when the sun came out and the image sharpness improved dramatically.  Also, many of the outdoor scenes showed a blue tint.  On the whole, though, this is a solid video presentation.  

The audio is presented in DTS HD Mater 5.1.  The movie is heavily weighted towards dialog with some surround effects that were largely recreations of environmental sounds in the outdoors.  There were a few gunshots that were thankfully presneted with a natural sound.

Extras

This is a single disc set with just two extras - AXS TV: A Look at Into the White and the theatrical trailer.  Pretty sparse offerings on this disc.