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Erik The Viking [1989] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Tim Robbins, John Cleese, Mickey Rooney, Eartha Kitt, Terry Jones
  • Directors: Terry Jones
  • Writers: Terry Jones
  • Producers: John Goldstone, Neville C. Thompson, Terry Glinwood
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Aug. 2000
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004VVSP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,926 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Written by ex-Monty Python member Terry Jones and starring Tim Robbins as Erik, a viking who tires of the daily grind of sacking and looting. Gathering together a rag-tag band of squabbling warriors, Erik sets out on a journey to Valhalla where he intends to ask the gods to end the violence which consumes their age and usher in an era of peace. Not everyone shares Erik's dream and he encounters many obstacles along the way - most notably in the form of Halfdan the Black (John Cleese), a local warlord who enjoys all the fighting and wants things to carry on the same.

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This is the story of a Viking Warrior who thought there must be more \ to life than rape and pillage.

Erik's doubts about his lifestyle begin when h\ e inadvertantly falls in love with a rather pretty girl he has just killed. Nt\ that he meant to kill her you understand, but this being the legendary Age of \ Ragnarok, killing people is rather in fashion and mishaps are bound to occur.In fact, any Viking warrior who hasn't killed at least one innocent person by \ the lunch break is generally reckoned to be a bit of a rotten apple.

So Erik \ sets off for Asgaard - the fabled City of the Gods - along with his unruly band\ of followers:Thorfinn the Skull, Sven the Beserk, Ulf the Maddeningly Calm (Sv\ en the Beserk's father), Harald the Missionary (17 years without a single conve\ rt), Lief the Lucky (who is unfortunately drowned on his first day at sea), Iva\ r the boneless, Odd the Coal-Biter (there really was a Viking named that) and th\ e rest of them.

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jac on 20 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD
It's not quite true to say that Disc 2 features 'the original UK theatrical release'. At least one scene is still missing, so if you're the kind of person who remembers that Leif the Lucky had a bigger part in the cinema than he does on the VHS release, you'll be sad to hear that he isn't any luckier in this version. It is more or less the same as the VHS release, however. But that's not the primary reason for buying this set.

The Director's Son's Cut is shorter than the original - 25% shorter, in fact - and the difference is probably only noticeable to people who know the film well. A line here, a tiny scene there, a bit of running around before he reaches Freya's cave, that kind of thing - it all adds up but isn't horribly jarring in the scheme of things. The film is tighter, and snappier for it. New opening credits are a little distracting, and the impact of the original title screen (and music) is lost somewhat, but it moves the film on a little quicker so isn't a disaster.

The additional features aren't completely inspiring - edited interviews from the time of shooting, rather than new material - but the commentary is interesting, and the packaging is nice. Overall it's a much better product than the previous DVD release of this film, and it's a good fun romp through Norse mythology and post-Python humour, with some lovely visuals.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 18 Jun. 2009
Format: DVD
Once again, Amazon have lumped together all the reviews of the various different editions of this title - especially confusing since the film has been released in at least three different cuts on DVD:

1. The single-disc release from Arrow, which contains the shortened 90-minute fullframe version released on video.
2. The 2-disc set released by Arrow containing the shortened 90-minute version released on video and an EVEN shorter 'Son of the Director's Cut.'
3. The Australian PAL DVD release, which contains the widescreen 103-minute international version of the film (which runs 99 minutes when adjusted to the faster running time on PAL) that's longer than the other two editions but still shorter than the original 107-minute theatrical version (which has never been available on DVD).

After a run of box-office successes culminating in A Fish Called Wanda, the Monty Python alumni hit the rocks in a big way in the late 80s, first with Terry Gilliam's hugely expensive box-office disaster The adventures of Baron Munchausen and Terry Jones' rather less expensive but even less successful comedy Erik the Viking. Munchausen became a cult success that's still spoken of admiringly today. Erik doesn't get talked about much...

It's a shame, because the script is pretty good - good enough to survive some dodgy casting (Mickey Rooney in a role that cries out for Ernest Borgnine) and appalling direction (Terry Jones must have been bitten by a long shot when he was a child, because he won't have more than a handful of 'em in the picture, and he constantly puts the visual set-up after delivering the punch line).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alaric on 17 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
I have always loved this film. I love the interplay between Erik's passion for peace and the cultural requirement for violence. I love the absolute silliness of High Brasil, with its tuneless cacophonies and idyllic lifestyle. Imogen Stubbs is brilliant, Tim Robins was the perfect casting choice and Eartha Kitt should have won an Oscar for her voice alone. Truely a special film.

Often films have weeknesses in casting but these can be overlooked as the pace allows the viewer to overlook them. This film has none; from Freddy Jones as the burnt out missionary to Tsutomu Sekine as the sardonic slavemaster, there is not a week link. Even Mickey Rooney is perfect. Each actor brings something to the mix.

The humour is very British but with so many international cast members, it will translate very well. It is subtle but not unreadable. The action is both absurd and brilliant throughout. So many scenes stick in the memory; the Slavemaster ripping into western culture in Japanese, the gods being children, the scene sequence that ends up with Erik realising that he was only invisable to King Arnulf and so many more.

I welcomed the new cut added to the DVD but still preferred the old Theatre release. The DVD does come with a host of extras. However, they are of little consequence - put on the film and watch.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jun. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The Empire review of this movie is utterly wrong. Erik the Viking is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. I actually just tried to buy it from the American Amazon site and was dismayed that it wasn't available. The movie is icredibly well written, acted, and produced. It's one of my very favorites.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. C. Duindam on 29 Aug. 2000
Format: DVD
I thoroughly enjoyed this masterpiece of humour. The combination of viking myth, wonderful tale and humorous setting is great, and this is a must see for anyone who can appreciate such things as Monty Python or the books of Douglas Adams.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 Jan. 2005
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I saw this when I was little and have been looking for it ever since. One of the things I love about the Python movies and off-shoots is that it's never assumed that just because something's a comedy, it needn't look good and it looks great - the costumes, sets and everything are really top notch. It's this solemn setting that makes you almost forget you're watching a comedy and then someone makes a joke and it makes it even more funny!
I love the bone-headed maschismo of the Vikings, especially Sven and his dad. I also used to have unhealthy fantasies about Tim Robbins with his long red hair for some reason.
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