Nightwatch

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Making its delayed stateside debut after thrilling European audiences and held from American release by Dimension Films as director Ole Bornedal developed an American remake, Nightwatch retains its remarkable shock factor nicely in this commendable Anchor Bay release. Presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs, Bornedal's stark widescreen photography retains its chilling composure while remaining free of digital artifacting, film grain, or debris from the source ...
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Making its delayed stateside debut after thrilling European audiences and held from American release by Dimension Films as director Ole Bornedal developed an American remake, Nightwatch retains its remarkable shock factor nicely in this commendable Anchor Bay release. Presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs, Bornedal's stark widescreen photography retains its chilling composure while remaining free of digital artifacting, film grain, or debris from the source materials. Blacks in the numerous dark scenes are solid and deep, while the eerie fluorescent lights cast an unsettling glow on the stark, empty hallways of the ominous hospital morgue. Skin tones are spot-on. The audio track's effective Danish Dolby Digital 5.1 mix with optional English subtitles effectively conveys the coming dread with spooky atmospherics, a fun soundtrack, and full-sounding vocals that sound well balanced. The killer's voice especially carries a chilly resonance that will provoke shivers as it worms its way into the viewer's skin via the low-frequency tones reverberating from the subwoofer. The few jump-scares are booming and effective. Though extra features are slim on the disc, the director's commentary is entertaining, as the soft-spoken Bornedal speaks as though he is actually directing his actors on set, seemingly provoking the precise responses at the exact times and enthusiastically explaining his methods for building tension and suspense. Recorded after the filming of the American remake, Bornedal recalls the comparative details of the two casts as he reveals some of the more subtle character motivations and their unique portrayals by each actor. For those familiar with only the remake of Nightwatch, this original version offers compelling insight into the vision that drove both versions of the film, and for those unfamiliar with either, it provides a pulse-pounding study in suspense that will hold the viewer captivated until the shocking finale.
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Special Features

Widescreen presentation [1.77:1] enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Audio commentary with director Ole Bornedal; Theatrical trailer; In Danish with optional English subtitles
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Nightwatch may remind viewers of George Sluizer's The Vanishing 1988, in the sense that both are stylish European horror/thrillers that the same director was hired to remake as a Hollywood studio picture, with vastly inferior results. It's easy to see why Ewan McGregor was chosen to play Nikolaj Waldau's role in the American version, since the two could be brothers, if it weren't for the fact that they speak different languages. Waldau makes an effective, slightly naïve everyman for Danish director Ole Bornedal's maze of morgue horrors, many of which are left to the viewer's imagination. Bornedal makes smart use of the quiet emptiness of the creepy building, contrasting it with the pop music Martin uses to keep himself awake. The space he patrols, with its halogen-lit corridors, becomes a character itself, with its arcane succession of doors without handles and locks that must be turned, which serve no purpose than to prove the guard completed his rounds. There's nothing really groundbreaking about what Bornedal does here, as the morgue setting and the killer's methods seem to be about as derivative as they are influential. However, there's no denying it's a taut, solidly crafted viewing experience, containing a sufficient number of genuine surprises, as well as a sense of humor. Bornedal also explores some interesting themes in his dialogue, tackling relationship fidelity and sexuality, and how men egg each other on toward dangerous experimentation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/29/2001
  • UPC: 013131131390
  • Original Release: 1994
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Martin
Kim Bodnia Jens
Lotte Andersen
Ulf Pilgaard Inspector Wormer
Rikke Louise Andersson Joyce
Sofie Gråbøl Kalinka
Technical Credits
Ole Bornedal Director, Screenwriter
Michael Dela Sound/Sound Designer
Joachim Holbek Score Composer, Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Obel Executive Producer
Margrethe Rasmussen Costumes/Costume Designer
The Sandmen Score Composer
Camilla Skousen Editor
Soeren Krag Soerensen Art Director
Sort Sol Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter Selections
1. Program Start/Main Titles [2:18]
2. The New Job [5:52]
3. The Morgue [4:30]
4. False Alarm [5:20]
5. Making The Rounds [2:54]
6. No Limits [6:16]
7. A Challenge For Martin [3:59]
8. Peter Wormer, Homicide [3:32]
9. Latest Victim [1:30]
10. "The alarm just went off" [4:36]
11. Joyce [7:19]
12. Holy Service [6:01]
13. Trail Of Blood [5:20]
14. "Will you marry me?" [2:21]
15. Lust In The Morgue [5:16]
16. Under Suspicion [5:48]
17. Confrontation [1:54]
18. The Killer Strikes [3:54]
19. Death Behind The Door [2:33]
20. Prime Suspect [4:56]
21. Disturbing Phone Call [2:07]
22. Ungodly [4:24]
23. Desperation [3:44]
24. "Have you ever been killed before?" [3:31]
25. Wedding Bells [5:01]
26. End Credits [2:03]
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Menu

Side #1
   Extras
      Trailer
      Commentary
   Audio/Subtitles
      Audio
         Dolby Digital 5.1
         Dolby Surround 2.0
         Commentary with Director Ole Bornedal
      Subtitles
         English
            Subtitles On
            Subtitles Off
   Play
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