(Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg, et al / Blu ray / PG-13 / 2011 / Magnolia Home Entertainment)
Overview: The government says there's nothing to worry about it's just a problem with bears making trouble in the mountains and forests of Norway. But local hunters don't believe it and neither do a trio of college students who want to find out the truth.
Blu ray Verdict: The plot, such as it is, has some eager college kids deciding to make a documentary about Hans, a man they suspect is a bear poacher. This early part of the story isn't setup very well, but it serves to get us to the trolls. Hans, it turns out, is actually a trollhunter employed by the Norwegian government to keep trolls in check. The government wants to keep trolls hush-hush, but Hans is tired of the secrecy and lets himself be filmed.
What follows is something of a nature documentary as Hans talks matter-of-factly about the natural history of trolls. We also see Hans at his work, which consists of tracking down rogue trolls and killing them with light. Trolls, as all Norwegian kids know, die if exposed to light, or, in this case, a battery of lights mounted on a truck.
The climax of the film takes place on a snowy plateau where Hans faces off against a 200-foot tall mountain troll. It's at this point, if not before, that you realize this film looks as good or better than most Hollywood creature features, and that's with a budget of only $3m. All is not perfect with 'Trollhunter': the college kids are superfluous, and the film cries out for a bit more humour, but it's certainly a lot of fun. In fact, I'd be willing to watch a 'Trollhunter 2' as long as they keep the budget low. [CW] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.66:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
A Making-of Featurette
HDNet: A Look at Trollhunter