Klown

Based on the TV show in its native Denmark, Klown (Klovn) centres around two hapless friends, Frank and Casper and the impossible and awkward predicaments they find themselves in. Hailed by critics as "The Danish Hangover", it is now available on Blu-ray, courtesy of Arrow Video.

Frank (Hvam) is a desperate man aiming to prove to his pregnant girlfriend Mia (Mia Lyhne) that he is a suitable father figure. To do so, he kidnaps her 12-year old nephew Bo (Marcus Jezz Petersen) and whisks him away on a canoe trip with best friend Casper (Christensen) labelled the “Tour de P*ssy*”. Along the way, the trio encounter a variety of cringeworthy and shocking scenarios such as trying to deal with bullies to being rejected from a high end secret brothel run by the duo's old rich friend who also runs a book club.

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From the get go, audiences can garner instant similarities to the likes of Curb Your Enthusiam or Arrested Development with lingering shots during intense dialogue and those trademark close-ups to an awkward or disgruntled face that these sitcoms are so famous for. As someone who has not sampled the original material from the TV show it’s hard to compare this feature length movie to its source in terms of its vulgarity and shock value. But if it follows suit with other spin offs from comedies such as The Inbetweeners and Borat then one can only assume that it’s been turned up to eleven.

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However, that’s not to say that the laughs only come from the outlandish actions of Frank and Casper. Plenty of chuckles surface from the interactions between all of the characters and the inappropriate timing of particular comments is sheer brilliance. I also found myself feeling incredibly awkward on multiple and unexpected moments such as every person's nightmare, the showing of photos at a family celebration dinner.

When it comes to marketing a comedy from another country, I expect it's an incredibly difficult task (as is sometimes the case with comedy in general) trying to cater to a brand new audience's sense of humour. Even though this may be the case, Klown is hilarious (even when you feel you shouldn't really be laughing) and Arrow Video has accomplished its job in making me want to seek out the original series, which ran from 2005 until 2009, and the movie sequel Klown Forever. I expect others, depending upon their offence tolerance and sense of humour, will too.

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Special Features

Commentary with Director Mikkel Nørgaard and Stars Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen
A typical commentary track that you normally find on home disc releases. All three men speak excellent English (which is a bonus on an English releases of a foreign film). It is made clear that Frank and Casper are old friends as they discuss what went into writing and performing key scenes.

Episode of Klown
It’s a Jungle Down There (co-written by Lars Von Trier) - In this episode, Mia and Iben disappear for some "girl time", for several evenings, and Frank and Casper become suspicious. In fact, the girlfriends are attending a workshop to explore their female sexuality.

Klown from Behind (A Making Of)
This making of feature includes interviews with the cast and crew along with scenes from various locations including the Rock Festival featured in the film.

Inside "Castello Alleycat"
A look inside the Brothel featured in Klown which is Casper’s only destination of choice in the film.

Crafting “The Willie”
A featurette on the film's prosthetics.

Alternative Opening Scene
An alternative opening scene which explores Frank’s lack of responsibility a bit further.

Deleted Scenes
Eight deleted scenes are featured on the Blu-ray release. A few are scenes that have been completely removed from the final cut whilst others are extensions of scenes found in the film.

Outtake Reel
In the words of Frank Hvam; “It’s difficult to keep a straight face whilst filming a threesome”.

Trailers
A collection of trailers including; Danish Teaser Trailer, Danish Theatrical Trailer, US Red Band and US Green Band Trailer.

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Danny Hellman

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Sergio Angelini


Film
7 out of 10
Video
8 out of 10
Audio
9 out of 10
Extras
9 out of 10
Overall

A very dark Danish black comedy that will make an audience wince but also reassures them (and you) that people mean well and it's good to laugh at life's humiliations.

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