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Supremely Strange Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale On Blu-ray & DVD Combo


Out now on a Blu-ray/DVD combo is Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (via Adam Yauch's Oscilloscope Laboratories), a supremely strange folk-horror tale from Finland about an archeological excavation of a mountain that unearths....Santa. This Santa, however, is not the one with a twinkle in his eye -- he's a horned, fearsome, creature from Finnish legend. It's up to a little boy and his huntsman dad to outwit him and his fiendish elves -- wizened, naked old men with beards who round up all the children who have been naughty, tying them up in burlap sacks and racing off through the woods. Director Jalmari Helandar's outlandishly bizarre film has a Grimm fairy tale feel with the gorgeous mountainous terrain and features a heroic, resourceful, little lad. So move over Miracle On 34th Street, there's a new Christmas classic in town and it's the damnedest thing you've seen in some time. This special edition includes the short films that were a springboard for the feature, and on the Blu-ray a wonderful extra: Santa Claus Conquers The Martians, a classic bad movie starring a young Pia Zadora.

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