Criterion Press Release: Insomnia (Dual Format)

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    INSOMNIA (DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY AND DVD EDITION)
    In this elegantly unsettling murder mystery, Stellan Skarsgård (Breaking the Waves) plays an engimatic Swedish detective with a checkered past who arrives in a small town in northern Norway to investigate the death of a teenage girl. As he digs deeper into the heinous killing, his own demons and the tyrannical midnight sun begin to take a toll. Erik Skjoldbjærg’s chilling procedural anticipated the international hunger for Scandinavian noirs and serial killer fictions, and features one of Skarsgård’s greatest performances.
    1997 • 97 minutes • Color • 2.0 surround • In Norwegian and Swedish with English subtitles • 1.85:1 aspect ratio
    DIRECTOR-APPROVED DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
    • New 4K digital restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • New conversation between director Erik Skjoldbjærg and actor Stellan Skarsgård
    • Trailer and TV spot
    • One Blu-ray and one DVD, with all content available in both formats
    • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Jonathan Romney
    TITLE: INSOMNIA (DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY AND DVD EDITION)
    CAT. NO: CC2374BDDVD
    UPC: 7-15515-11871-2
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-856-9
    SRP: $39.95
    PREBOOK: 6/24/14
    STREET: 7/22/14
    TITLE: INSOMNIA (DVD EDITION)
    CAT. NO. CC2379DDVD
    UPC 7-15515-12011-1
    ISBN 978-1-60465-868-2
    SRP $24.95
    PREBOOK 6/24/14
    STREET 7/22/14
     
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    Thank you for supporting HTF when you preorder using the link below. If you are using an adblocker you will not see link.
     
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    This is a really great and underseen film. If you've seen the Nolan remake, this is going to blow your mind.
     
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    Definite purchase, terrific film.
     
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    What Nolan remake? ;)
     
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    This is the version to see...Nolan's remake is a joke in comparison.
     
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    I thought the Nolan remake was pretty good neonoir, with 3 fine actors doing some of their best work. I prefer the original though.
     
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    The problem with Nolan's version is that it takes the easy way out.Original, he kills a dog to fire a bullet and create evidence.Remake, he does the same thing but to an already dead dog.Every decision in the remake is like that, anything that could be offensive is not eliminated, but smoothed over to make it "nicer". The ending especially.
     
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    I prefer the original, but the Nolan's version was also great. Far from "joke".As always, I'll "choose" both.
     
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    Nolan's version isn't at all a bad film, it's just disappointingly softened.
     
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    Sure, I do see your point, but at the same time it kinda puzzles me that so many people want these "remakes" to be like the original (often foreign) film. I mean what's the point in that? Perhaps this is a bit of a "American thing", where many people only see the US remake and perhaps never the "original"? So you know, the remake should be like the original.

    IF studios create a remake, it should take some core elements from the original film and then just create another, new film around that core. Respect the original film/material (and most of all: Pay up for the original creators!), but create your own thing, that's how I see it.

    Gus Van Sant's Psycho and Haneke's Funny Games are one of the worst examples (yes, IMO!) of creating a "remake". Shot-for-shot remake? WHY? I mean really, why? Both of the versions of Funny Games are good, but I personally hated the "twist" in the film. And then that same "twist" was repeated in the US remake! Godddammit.
     
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    Because 98% of America would never see the original version because it's in Norwegian.And they didn't change it to be creatively different. The ending and things like the dog were changed to make the film more palatable to US audiences and to make the main character more noble/heroic which undercuts the whole point of the film.So yes, they should have made it as close as possible because to this day, that's likely the only version people in America are aware of (same with Funny Games which I think is a totally valid thing for Haneke to do)
     
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    I apologize for using the word "joke" and did not mean to ruffle any feathers with that. I saw the original film first and when the remake was announced I just felt it did not make sense to remake a film that was already excellent. However, I like Pacino...most of the time but he is an actor that can cross over into terrible ham if you let him (later in his career)...and felt he could bring an interesting aspect to the central character. I also had really liked Nolan's Memento and so felt it would be interesting to see what this guy did with the same story.

    Basically, what Moe correctly describes in his posts and calls "softening" was the primary issue. Only I did not feel it was just softening the film and central character...my feeling was they gutted the thing. Let's face it the original film and Skarsgard's Engstrom are a truly nasty bit of business and it all clicks to create a riveting story.

    Watching the Nolan film after that was a major letdown. Now to be fair if I had never seen the original I probably would have enjoyed the remake much more. Pacino does not go over the top in it and gives a good performance.

    The big issue to me is it was like somebody remaking Abel Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant and turning it into The Somewhat Annoying Lieutenant Who is Really Not Such a Bad Guy if You Give Him a Chance.
     
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    In all fairness to the filmmakers, dogs and kids seem to be the only two things that you can't kill without having an American audience HATE a character. They don't really mind that he'll cover up accidentally shooting his partner, frame a guy for that shooting, let a killer walk in exchange for help with that frame up or that he's planted evidence in an old case (I haven't seen Insomnia since the theater so forgive me if the details are off) but kill a dog and you'll lose them. :)
     

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