Review: Sound of Noise (DVD)

Magnolia Pictures' gives the highly original, award winning Swedish festival favorite, Sound of Noise a DVD release!

  • Director: Ola Simonsson & Johannes Stj√§rne Nilsson
  • Starring: Bengt Nilsson, Sanna Persson
  • Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 102 Minutes
  • Company: Magnolia Pictures
  • Format: DVD
  • Discs: 1
  • Video: 2.35:1 - 16:9 - Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Audio: Swedish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: 1 - NTSC
  • Released: 6/26/2012

A pair of outcast musicians assemble a rag-tag team of drummers to perform a series of gigs across the city using the city itself as their instrument to create riotous symphonies with the goal being to disrupt the status quo. Hot on their trail is Warnebring, a tone deaf, disgruntled policeman who since a young age has vigorously despised music and see's it as a personally vendetta to put an end to the musician's "crimes". With only an antique metronome being left behind as a calling card of sorts, Warnebring must face what he hates most to solve the case before the rebel band reaches their crescendo.
Sound of Noise may be one of the most inventive and original films I've ever seen. It's an excellent twist on heist films, with wildly intricate ways of conducting music subbing for stealing cash. The musicians, led by the talented but shunned Sanna (Sanna Persson) aren't doing this for fame, fortune or self gain, but for music. Their unorthodox way of orchestrating sound is spread throughout four cleverly titled plans, one of which is titled "Doctor Doctor Gimme Gas In My Ass" which involves them taking a man to an ER room and using his belly, heart monitor beeps and other medical instruments as musical instruments to create a massively catchy track that's both hilarious and foot tapping.
This film has been on my radar ever since it premiered at the Fantastic Fest film festival and won Best Picture in 2010. For genre fans, you know that's a big deal and quite an accolade to achieve. Sound of Noise is a film that deserves to be championed and discovered outside of film festivals. It's a rush of originality that's wildly inventive and never collapses under it's aspirations. If you're looking for something sweet, entertaining, smart and un-American look no further than Sound of Noise.

  • Video
Magnolia's 2.35:1 framed, DVD of Sound Of Noise looks just fine with it's anamorphic widescreen transfer. Colors & black levels are spot on with no crushing or murkiness present. I couldn't help but think the picture quality definitely would have benefited from a Blu-ray release but that understandably comes down to finances. If you're a fan of this film or want to seek it out for the first time, this DVD is well recommended.
  • Audio
The Swedish Dolby Digital 5.1 track is very loud and balanced. There is never really a dull moment thanks to the pounding percussion throughout which leads to a nice use of surround channels. Dialogue is always clear and this does come included with English subtitles.

Bonus Features
  • Featurette - "Music For One Apartment & Six Drummers
  • Featurette - "Music for One X-Mas & Six Drummers
  • Featurette - "Drum Battle: Preparing for the Challenge
  • Slideshow
  • Soundcard Stockholm
  • Water Analysis  Part III
  • Featurette - "Making Doctor, Doctor"