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Q: Atanarjuat ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Atanarjuat
Category: Arts and Entertainment
Asked by: deadfinish-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 09 Apr 2003 19:55 PDT
Expires: 09 May 2003 19:55 PDT
Question ID: 188579
Is the Inuit film 'Atanarjuat' available on video or DVD?
Subject: Re: Atanarjuat
Answered By: feilong-ga on 09 Apr 2003 21:03 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi Deadfinish,

Yes it is available. Atanarjuat - The Fast Runner is available in the
following formats at


The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) (2001) 
List Price: $27.96  
Price: $23.99 and eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders
over $25
Used and new from $20.10

Format: Color, Widescreen, Dolby
Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
DVD Features: Theatrical trailer(s) • Widescreen anamorphic format
ASIN: B00007L4ON

Editorial Reviews -
"The Fast Runner turns the frozen landscape of northern Canada into
the stage for an adventure as sweeping as The Odyssey or Beowulf.
Adapted from an Inuit legend, The Fast Runner centers on Atanarjuat, a
charismatic young hunter struggling for the affections of Atuat, who
has already been promised to Oki, the son of the camp's leader. When
Atuat chooses Atanarjuat, Oki seems to accept it, but later events
turn his anger and hatred into a murderous spite. This story, as
passionate and primal as any film noir, is framed by the daily lives
of the Inuit--a struggle for survival that is both simple and vivid,
foreign yet immediately understandable. No one in the cast is a
professional actor, but the performances are direct and compelling,
telling a story that is both epic and intimate. --Bret Fetzer"


Atanarjuat - The Fast Runner (2001) - English subtitles
List Price: $98.99
Price: $98.99 & This item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping.
Used & new from $29.00

Format: Color, NTSC
Rated:  Not for sale to persons under age 18. 
Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
VHS Features: NTSC format • Subtitles in English • Color, NTSC
ASIN: B000083C8V


Title: Atanarjuat - The Fast Runner
Starring Natar Ungalaaq, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Lucy
Produced by Paul Apak Angilirq, Norman Cohn, & Zacharias Kunuk
Screenplay (in Inuktitut) by Paul Apak Angilirq [from an Inuit folk
Production Design by James Ungalaaq
Photography (Color) by Norman Cohn
Edited by Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn, & Marie-Christine Sarda
Music by Chris Crilly

Academy Awards:
Canada 02 (Win: Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, First Film, Film
Editing, Music / Nom: Best Sound, Costumes), USA 02 (Foreign Film

Festivals (Prizes):
Cannes 01: Un Certain Regard (Best First Film), New Zealand 01,
Melbourne 01, Edinburgh 01 (Best New Director), Telluride 01, Toronto
01: Special Presentations (Best Canadian Film), Halifax 01: Closing
Night, Calgary 01: Clo

World Premiere/Country/Distributor/Censors/FirstWkend/Screens:
Oct 26 2001 Canada

U.S. Premiere/Distributor/Censors/FirstWkend/Screens:
Jun 7 2002 Lot-47 0.036 2

World Gross To Date: 4.831

In the U.S.: 3.787

Rest of the World: 1.044

Running Time: 2:48
Genres: Drama
Critics: **** / 5

DVD-USA / DVD-French / VHS-USA / VHS-French

Info Source: The Movie Times Inc.

You can find other sources and info through the links below.

Search strategy:

atanarjuat dvd - in Google Web search

atanarjuat vhs - in Google Web search

atanarjuat vcd - in Google Web search

I hope this helps you. Should you have any comments/questions, please
feel free to post your clarification before rating this and I'll
attend to you as soon as possible. Thanks for asking.

Best regards,

Request for Answer Clarification by deadfinish-ga on 10 Apr 2003 19:26 PDT
Can you tell me if the DVD version is 'zone free' and check the price
- $27.96 seems low. Also, would the video VHS version of this film be
playable in Australia?

Clarification of Answer by feilong-ga on 11 Apr 2003 07:29 PDT
Hi Deadfinish and thanks for making your clarification.

"...and check the price - $27.96 seems low."

If you read carefully, the info I gave you regarding the price is the
same as what is posted in the link I gave you, no more no
less. Here's the shipping cost to Australia: - Australia Shipping Rates

"Also, would the video VHS version of this film be playable in

The VHS version available is in NTSC format. Most of Australia use PAL
as so unless your player can support it, you may not be able to view
it if your player is suited only for PAL format. Check your VHS player
and TV manual regarding this.

You have three options just in case:

1) You can get the NTSC release and have a video specialist in your
area convert it to PAL format.
2) You can wait until a VHS PAL version is released, but that could be
a long wait.
3) You can get a transcoder such as the KDV-500 to convert NTSC to PAL
so you can watch it. It may be a bit pricey but it will solve both
your DVD and VHS coding problems in the future. No more worries
regardign what format you're going to get in the future.

ThreeDoubleYou Company
The KDV-500 also known as the CMD850

You can also find other similar transcoders through this link:


If you have other queries related to the products, please explore
their respective links to get more information.

Additional Resources:

DVD Times
Atanarjuat The Fast Runner

Internet Movie Database Inc.
Atanarjuat (2001)

With regards to the sources I have given you, including the product
description and other information, I'm in no way representing any
company I mentioned in the answer and in this clarification. The
material I've presented is for informational purposes only.


Clarification of Answer by feilong-ga on 11 Apr 2003 07:32 PDT
It seems there's a glitch with my system. The first part of my
clarification was cut off. Here's the first part of that

"Can you tell me if the DVD version is 'zone free'..."

I scoured the Internet for this but everywhere I looked, the current
DVD release is for Region 1 only. In the first link I gave you that
leads to, there is a note about regional coding:

"NOTE: Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement
(RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had
problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free"
DVD players."

For more information on RCE, click here:

Now, If you can wait a little longer, Region 4 coding is due to be
released at the end of this month. I found this info at:

Michael D's Region 4 DVD Wideo Info Page
Upcoming Region 4 DVDs (Alphabetical Order)
Fast Runner, The (Atanarjuat)
Confirmed release: 30-Apr-2003
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