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How does it look? Tom of Finland on Blu-ray

6.12.2017

kansiThe Scandinavian Blu-ray edition of the motion picture Tom of Finland was released in Finland some three months ago. I’m now a proud owner of the disc and can assess the contents.

First the bad news: the disc is locked to Region B, and there are no English subtitles for the main feature. In North America, you still have to wait for an English-friendly release for your region.

However, the Blu-ray, distributed by Midget Entertainment of Denmark, shows good image quality, and there are some bonus materials. Unusually for a Scandinavian production, the Blu-ray is dual-layered (BD-50), and the 116-minute film has a file size of 37 GB. The MPEG-4 video bit-rate is a steady 36000 kbps and the image quality is good; there is a nice film-like feel to it.

There is no audio commentary, neither for the main feature nor for the four deleted scenes.

The back-cover boasts with “31 minutes of bonus materials” but they aren’t especially substantial. Four deleted scenes and a featurette “Discussions at Tom’s House” remain the most interesting — the rest is four different trailers, a TV promo spot, and 57 seconds clip from the Helsinki gala première at Tennispalatsi.

The bonus materials are partially in English, partially in Finnish, and there are burnt-in English subtitles everywhere for the Finnish sections, but no Scandinavian subtitles.

The for deleted scenes do not contain anything remarkable. “Meeting Alijoki” (2:00) shows how Touko is caught by Captain Alijoki drawing naughty pictures during the war. “Sisterly Love” (1:17) stresses the strenuous relation between Touko and his sister Kaija. “Gang of Three” (1:20) shows how Kaija seems to accept Nipa as a member of family. The longest of these, “Tom’s Friend at the Ad Agency” (2:26), shows, as I surmised, how Touko left the advertising agency — and the reason was the crude treatment of a homosexual co-worker, a conflict not necessarily realized here in the best possible way.

The featurette “Discussions at Tom’s House” (10:28) is filmed at the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles, and several interviewees (S. R. Sharp, Mark Alton Brown, Peter Karjalainen, Stuart Sandford, and Mark Hayward) discuss aspects of Tom’s life and work. The “TV Special” (2:59) lets the director Dome Karukoski and screenwriter Aleksi Bardy speak for the film.

Here are a few screenshots from the movie. Click on the images to view them in full HD resolution.

Technical details about the main feature:

Disc Title: Tom of Finland
Disc Size: 44 679 979 577 bytes
Protection: AACS
AACS MKB version: 63
BD-Java: Yes
Playlist: 00013.MPLS
Size: 36 996 652 416 bytes
Length: 1:56:01.454
Total Bitrate: 42,52 Mbps
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 36011 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: Finnish / Dolby Digital Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Audio: Finnish / DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3694 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitle: Finnish / 4,157 kbps
Subtitle: Swedish / 13,299 kbps
Subtitle: Danish / 13,912 kbps

Screenshot from the deleted scenes:

Screenshot from the “Discussions” featurette:

For local Scandinavian audiences, this Blu-ray release of Tom of Finland is more than a tolerable addition to the home video library.

 

Tom of Finland
Directed by Dome Karukoski
© 2017 Helsinki Filmi
Scandinavia (Blu-ray region B)
Aspect ratio: 2.35 : 1 (1080p24)
Audio: Finnish/English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Finnish/English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: Danish, Finnish (HoH), Swedish
Runtime: 116:01
Blu-ray Midget Film BRF0426
EAN 5705535059008

 

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