Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 2nd, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: Sweden, 2008
Director: Peter Pontikis
Writer: Peter Pontikis
Cast: Jenny Lampa, Ruth Vega Fernandez, David Dencik, Omid Khansari, Peter Järn, Jörgen Persson, Marcus Ovnell, Isabella Sobieski, Ellen Fjæstad, Björn Ekdahl
DVD released: October 25th, 2010
Approximate running time: 72 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: 15 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Swedish, Dolby Digital Stereo Swedish
DVD Release: Chelsea Films
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £12.99
Synopsis: When sibling vampires kill the leader of a biker gang. They quickly find themselves the prey of the remaining members of the dead bikers gang. Will they find sanctuary or will this indiscretion prove to be their undoing?
This film was original released under the title Vampyrer. And the more anglicized title Not Like Others was most likely done to make this film more accessible to wider audience beyond the film’s native country Sweden. Oddly enough the title Not Like Others perfectly sums up what this film is about. In a time when vampires are all the rage. It is refreshing when a vampire film comes along and actually surprises. The two vampire’s at the heart of this film sisters named Vera and Vanja. These are not your garden variety sharp fanged blood sucking creatures of the night. They use a razor blade to impale their victims throats. Don’t let this alternate means of drawing blood mislead you into thinking that their thirst for blood is restrained.
The film takes place over the course of one night. With only minimal time via some brief flashbacks filling in the two girls pasts. This lack of character development fortunately does not hinder the story at hand in any way. And while the bulk of the film is spent following the two girl’s around as they try to stay one step ahead of a biker gang who is looking for revenge against them. There is actually a lot more to this film than a cat and mouse story. This film’s most enduring asset is the relationship between the two sisters. Who personality wise are polar opposites. Vera is satisfied with their isolated existence, while Vanja desperately wants to experience a life beyond the one she shares with her sister. This causes a fraction between the two sisters that plays an integral part in this film conclusion.
Outside of the performances of its two leading ladies Jenny Lampa and Ruth Vega Fernandez. None of the other cast leave any lasting impression. They both do a remarkable job fleshing out and bringing to life what could have been one dimensional characters. The film’s most pivotal moment is a scene in which the Vera character puts Vanja in danger. When she neglects to tell her that the bikers, who have been chasing them are nearby. When all is said and done, those looking for a gory horror film. Should look elsewhere. Ultimately Not Like Others is a poignant story about sacrifice.
Chelsea Films presents Not Like Others in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. This is a strong looking progressive flagged transfer that does a great job with the 16mm source. Colors and flesh tones look accurate. Black levels tend to fluctuate and details look crisper during interior scenes. While some exterior scenes look a tad soft. Also there is healthy amount of grain that is most pronounced during exterior scenes.
This release comes with two audio options, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in Swedish and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in Swedish. Both audio options are clean, clear and balanced. With the main difference between the two audio mixes being. The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix sounds fuller on the lower end frequencies.
Extras for this release are limited to a trailer for the film (1 minutes 43 minutes – anamorphic widescreen, in Swedish with English. Overall Not Like Others gets a well rounded audio / video presentation from Chelsea Films.