New Release: A Somewhat Gentle Man DVD

A Somewhat Gentle Man movie scene

Stellan Skarsgard (l.) stars as an ex-con in the deadpan Norwegian comedy.

Strand Releasing issued the Norwegian crime-laced dark comedy A Somewhat Gentle Man on DVD on May 3, 2011.

In the movie, Stellan Skarsgard (Boogie Woogie) plays Ulrik, a middle-age murderer who has just been released from prison to a life of, well, he’s not sure. While his former boss is hoping that Ulrik will eliminate the snitch who put him in the clinker for some 12 years, Ulrik isn’t so sure he wants to jump back into a life of violence. But, then again, a job as a car mechanic and a love affair with his landlady doesn’t sound all that appealing either. A criminal’s life is for the young, Ulrik reasons. Or is it….?

Presented in Norwegian with English subtitles, A Somewhat Gentle Man was directed by Hans Petter Molland and stars Bjorn Floberg, Gard B. Eidsvold, Jorunn Kjellsby and Jannike Kruse.

The movie played a slew of international film festivals over the past year in such cities as Berlin, Melbourne, Palm Springs and Helsinki. It popped up on a single screen in the U.S. in January 2011 as part of a limited theatrical release, so the DVD gives the film its biggest audience.

No bonus features are on the DVD, which carries a list price of $27.99.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.