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Release Date: June 7th, 2022
Movie Release Year: 2022
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Release Country: United States
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The Northman - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Review Date June 9th, 2022 by
Overview -

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 4K presentation with Dolby Vision and its Dolby Atmos audio track are both fantastic and the bonus features are amazing and worth watching. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

 

OVERALL
Highly Recommended
  • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
    Technical Specs:
    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + Digital
    Video Resolution/Codec:
    2160p HEVC/H.265
    Dolby Vision HDR / HDR10
    Length:137
    Release Country:United States
    Aspect Ratio(s):
    2.00:1
    Audio Formats:
    English: Dolby Atmos
    Subtitles/Captions:
    English SDH, French, Spanish
    Movie Studio: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
    Release Date: June 7th, 2022

Story Review Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take

5 Stars out of 5

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 that is something entirely different. Despite the gore, The Northman will 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.

For Bryan Kluger's Full Theatrical Review...CLICK HERE...

 

Vital Disc Stats: The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
The Northman spears its way to 4K + Blu-ray + Digital Code via Universal Pictures. The discs are housed inside a hard, black 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.

 

  • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
    Technical Specs:
    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + Digital
    Video Resolution/Codec:
    2160p HEVC/H.265
    Dolby Vision HDR / HDR10
    Length:137
    Release Country:United States
    Aspect Ratio(s):
    2.00:1
    Audio Formats:
    English: Dolby Atmos
    Subtitles/Captions:
    English SDH, French, Spanish
    Movie Studio: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
    Release Date: June 7th, 2022

Video Review

4.5 Stars out of 5

The Northman comes with a fantastic 2160p UHD 4K transfer with Dolby Vision that looks amazing. The colors are rich, vibrant, and nuanced in every lighting condition of this period piece film. This is not exactly a brightly-colored or happy movie. It's gloomy and dripping with cooler natural colors of grey skies, tons of greenery for pastures, and the occasional orange and red bursts of flames. The Dolby Vision enhances those darker sequences with the amber glow of fires and the darker colors in the wardrobe. Those natural elements of blue ocean water and brown mountains look amazing and the many shades of green give depth to the land around. Some knightly robes showcase more primary colors and the red blood is always deep and gooey in the best ways. The black levels are inky and rich without any murky shadows or bleeding into other elements.

The Dolby Vision upgrades those nighttime scenes where the detailed clothing and scars show up nicely and other colors of wood and flames are showcased nicely. The detail is vivid and sharp throughout as well, revealing strong closeups of individual hairs, beads of sweat and blood, gory entrails, practical effects, and facial pores. Threads in the clothing show up nicely as well, along with splinters of wood and strands of hay. The CGI work is impressive as well and never looks pixelated or soft. There are no issues with banding, aliasing, or noise that creeps up in darker sequences or foggy scenes.

Audio Review

4.5 Stars out of 5

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.

Special Features

4 Stars out of 5

There are about 52 minutes of bonus features here that include interviews with the cast and crew and behind-the-scenes footage. It's well done and produced, plus an excellent commentary track.

  • Audio Commentary - Director Robert Eggers delivers a fun and engaging commentary track that explores some of the makings of the movie which includes how they shot certain sequences and some of the camera magic that was used. This is a MUST-LISTEN.
  • Deleted Scenes (HD, 13 Mins.) - There are nine total deleted or extended scenes included here, none of which are too important to the story, but are nonetheless fun to watch. Each sequence is about a minute or so in length.
  • An Ageless Epic (HD, 12 Mins.) - The entire cast and crew talk about the overall story of the film and how historically accurate the movie was, and all those details and work that went into creating this period piece. Some quick clips of behind-the-scenes footage and set building are included.
  • The Faces Of Vikings (HD, 11 Mins.) - The cast and crew talk about the cast and their characters here and how they trained for their respective roles. This was a lot of fun.
  • Amleth's Journey To Manhood (HD, 4 Mins.) - The ritual of the manhood scene is discussed by the cast and crew with some on-set footage.
  • Shooting The Raid (HD, 4 Mins.) - This extra focuses on the big action raid sequence with some quick shots of on-set stunts, fight choreography, and more. The cast and crew also discuss how the scene was filmed. It should have been longer though because there are so many cool elements to this sequence.
  • Knattleikr Game (HD, 3 Mins.) - The brutal and violent game that is played in the movie is talked about by the cast and crew.
  • A Norse Landscape (HD, 5 Mins.) - A look at the locations and set designs.

 

Final Thoughts

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 4K video presentation with Dolby Vision along with the Dolby Atmos track is quite grand, while the bonus features are worth watching and a lot of fun. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

  • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
    Technical Specs:
    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + Digital
    Video Resolution/Codec:
    2160p HEVC/H.265
    Dolby Vision HDR / HDR10
    Length:137
    Release Country:United States
    Aspect Ratio(s):
    2.00:1
    Audio Formats:
    English: Dolby Atmos
    Subtitles/Captions:
    English SDH, French, Spanish
    Movie Studio: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
    Release Date: June 7th, 2022