The Northman is one of the best revenge flicks of recent memory and is the most straightforward Eggers film to date. The attention to Viking detail and its performances are uncanny and wonderful. The 1080p HD presentation and its Dolby Atmos audio mix are both amazing and the extras are great and worth watching. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Move over Batman. Step aside, Spider-Man. There's a new action epic around and it's not steeped in superhero mythos or quantum tunnels. Instead, it takes place in a very real place, long ago when Vikings ruled the lands - The Northman. Robert Eggers sits in the director's chair for the third time, making his passion piece of cinema that has his previous outings of The VVitch and The Lighthouse looking like Pixar family movies. Through blood-soaked battles and a hint of the supernatural, this tale of vengeance is the adult action thriller everyone has been clamoring for.
The Northman is a far cry from Eggers' The VVitch and The Lighthouse. While those two slow burn modestly budgeted films dealt with the psychological horrors of the supernatural and going mad in one's own psyche this new Viking action vehicle is a $90 million straight-forward revenge story is something entirely different. Despite the gore, The Northmanwill appeal to a wider audience than Eggers' previous films, because of how well he's tailored the characters. And to finally see Alexander Skarsgård play the role he was born to play as a vicious Viking warrior is something genuinely special.
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Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray
The Northman seeks its revenge on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Code via Universal Pictures. The discs are housed inside a hard, blue plastic case with a cardboard sleeve. The artwork on both the case and sleeve features the main cast of the film looking outward. There is an insert for a digital code.
The Northman comes with an excellent 1080p HD transfer that checks all of the detail and color palette boxes. This film has a somber visual style with loads of steely blues and greys, which this 1080p HD transfer details nicely. Of course, the 4K Disc has better black levels and is able to showcase those nuanced primary and cooler earthy tones, but this Blu-ray presentation looks great. The green grass and orange flames look wonderful under the grey skies and foggy mountain sides. Darker sequences have deep black levels, but there is some mild murkiness, especially when the fire is present.
The skin tones are natural and the red blood looks amazing in every gooey sequence. The detail is vivid and sharp which gives way to amazing close-ups that reveal astonishing facial features, practical effects, and individual hairs. Wider shots showcase detailed pastures and wooden spears nicely. There are no major problems with aliasing, video noise, or banding.
This release comes with an exquisite Dolby Atmos track that is not only robust and loud during the action scenes and more detailed in the quieter sequences with amazing ambient sounds. Sound effects are full and brutal with every punch and beating. The bone crunches and implements pack a punch with a great amount of bass on the low-end side. Atmospheric sounds of footsteps people screaming and crying, fire embers crackling, and wild animals all sound wonderful.
The ocean waves are fantastic and the supernatural elements sound realistic. The height speakers bring down rain, thunder, and other supernatural elements, along with spears flying through the air and other guttural screams from above. The musical score keeps each scene full of suspense and the dialogue is always clean, clear, and easy to follow. There are no audio problems with this amazing Dolby Atmos track.
The Northman is one of the best movies about Vikings and revenge ever made and is another top-notch film from Eggers. There's nothing quite like it and is a ton of fun to watch while giving some accurate accounts of the Viking folklore and culture. The 1080p HD video presentation along with the Dolby Atmos mix is very good, while the extras are worth the time and a lot of fun. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!